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Happy Retirement

June 11, 2019

Maine is fortunate to have such marvelous arts educators!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on student development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2018-2019, I invite you to join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state.

I certainly appreciate your commitment and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love! Yahooooooo!

The following visual and performing educators have contributed a combined 371+ years to teaching visual and/or performing arts education!

  • ANGELIKA BLANCHARD, Manchester School and Windham Primary, Visual Arts
  • DAWN BODEN, RSU#3 Unity/Thorndike, Elementary Music, 35 years
  • JOY DREW, Wentworth School, Scarborough, Music, 27 years
  • VICKY MORGAN-FICKETT, York Middle School, Visual Arts, 15 years
  • MARY GANNAWAY, Elementary Music, Sanford, 43 years
  • SUE NELSON, Elementary Music, 21 years
  • NANCY NEUBERT, Sanford Junior High School, General Music and Chorus, 39 years
  • WENDY SCHLOTTERBECK, Leavitt Area High School, Visual Arts, 34 years
  • CAROL SLADE, SAD #17, Elementary Visual Arts, 20 years
  • BONNIE TAYLOR, K-4 Falmouth, Visual Arts, 23 years
  • RICK OSANN, Bonny Eagle High School, Theatre and Visual Arts, 15 years
  • LISA MARIN, PreK-12 Moosabec Community School District and Union #103, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Visual Arts, 23 years
  • JIM SMALL, Madison High School, Visual Arts, 38 years
  • VANESSA WHITE-CAPELLUTI, Wells High School, Visual Arts, 38 years

If you  know of a teacher who is not on this list please be sure and email me at meartsed@gmail.com with the information and I’d be glad to add them. Thanks!

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Happy Retirement!

June 21, 2018

Maine is fortunate to have such marvelous educators!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on student development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2017-18, I know that you join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state.

I certainly appreciate your commitment and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love!

The following have contributed a combined 483+ years to teaching visual or performing arts education!

  • VICKI BOVE, Gorham Middle School, Visual Arts, 40 years
  • FLO ESINGER, SAD l5, Visual Arts, ? years
  • ALLEN GRAFFAM, Mt. Ararat High School, Music, 42 years
  • KATIE HALL, Falmouth Elementary School, Visual Arts, 24 years
  • PHIL HAMMET, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, Visual Arts, 16 years
  • JULIE KLEHN, Waterboro Elementary School, Visual Arts, 31 years
  • STEPHANIE LEONARD, Fairmount School, Bangor, Visual Arts, 25 years
  • ANNE MACEACHERN, Sanford Junior High School, Visual Arts, 40 years
  • JENNI NULL, Songo Locks Elementary School, Music, 40 years
  • SAM MOORE-YOUNG, Carrie Ricker School, Litchfield, Music, 32 years
  • BEVERLY PACHECO, South School, Rockland, Music, 36 years
  • CANDACE PARKER, Lee Academy, Theatre Arts, 22 years
  • MARYELLEN SCHAPER, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Dance and PE, 42 years
  • CAROL SHUTT, Mount Desert Island Elementary School, Visual Arts, 22 years
  • KATHI SUSI, Pittston Consolidated School, Gardiner, Visual Arts, 28 years
  • THEO VAN DEVENTER, Mt. View Middle School, Thorndike, Music, 43 years
  • Flo Eslinger, who is retiring from elementary visual art after serving SAD

A wonderful note from Ann MacEachern on her retirement from Sanford Junior High School after 40 years:

“I’ll miss the chance to interact with kids as they discover talents they didn’t know they had. The outliers, the experimenters and the endearingly quirky denizens of the art room have made most days a joy. 

Retirement will give me a chance to reorder my priorities: more family time (I have 5 grandchildren), my OWN art projects need attention, traveling adventures, live music venues, environmental concerns, sorting years of accumulation to make space for new blessings… the list goes on. 

To ARTS teachers everywhere: Keep pushing for expansion ARTS time in school schedules, physical space in school buildings and fewer students per art teacher. The world needs creative problem solving now more than ever!”

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Happy Retirement!

June 22, 2017

Maine is fortunate to have such marvelous educators!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on student development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2016-17, I know that you will join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state. I certainly appreciate the commitment from the following educators and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love!

  • LINDA BABB, RSU#25, Bucksport, visual art, 47 years
  • SUE BOISVERT, Scarborough, music
  • JIM BROWN, China Middle School, music. 16+ years
  • MARY DEVENNEY, Erskine Academy, visual art, 18 wonderful years
  • DEBBIE DiGREGORIO, C.K. Burns School, Saco, visual art, 32 years
  • WES FRANKLIN, Greely High School, visual art, 35 years
  • PAUL GREENSTONE, Lake Region High School + other schools over the years, music, 40+ years of teaching
  • SUSAN HANSON, Blue Point and Eight Corners School, grades K-2, visual art, 31 years
  • KENNETH JONES, North Haven Community School, grades K-12, visual art, dance, theater, 24 years
  • MARGIE LANDIS, Mt. Ararat High School, music, 30 years
  • BETH LIBBY, Wentworth School, grades 3-5, visual art, 36 years
  • ROBERT HELSTROM, Hodgdon, music
  • CHERYL McGOWAN, Skowhegan Area Middle School, music, 36 very full years
  • BETTY MCINTYRE, Windham High School, music, 32 years
  • PAUL SCHNELL, George E. Jack and Edna Libby Schools in Standish (SAD/RSU 6), incredible music teacher, 40 years
  • JOYCE St. PIERRE, Sanford Schools, elementary visual art, 40 years
  • SARAH STUART, Mattanawcook Junior High School, Lincoln, visual art, 40 years
  • PAM TURCOTTE, Winthrop Grade School, visual art, 37 years
  • Wes Franklin, Visual Art, Greely High School, 35 years
Together these teachers have taught for over 500 years! WOWZER! If you or someone you know is not on the list and retiring please email me and I’d be glad to add them to the list. Thanks!
In and email from Joyce St. Pierre
Art in a room, from a box going floor to floor and room to room, on a cart and in a beautiful art room….all my experiences.
Taught from 6 to 12 classes a day, in 4 to 7 buildings a week, in 22 schools located by lakes, in mountains, towns and cities!
Students ranged from pre-K to K – 6, HS, college, adult ed, and an alternative school.
It’s been fun, frustrating, exhilarating, challenging, expected and unexpected…all over and more…
I’ve worked with some of the best people in the world!
Wouldn’t have changed a thing.
In an email from Kenneth Jones
I have been the k-12 Visual Art teacher from 1998 to 2010 and since then I’ve taught Visual Art k-4 and 9-12. During the entire time I was also the k-12 Physical Education teacher from 1993-2017. Inside of the P.E. job I’ve leaned heavily on my BFA in Dance and Theater. I choreographed all of the John Wulp productions on North Haven (including “Islands”) and produced a Circus Arts presentation every other year for the past twelve years that is full of dance. Every three years I’ve led an “Empty Bowls” fund raiser- focused on a different food bank in Maine or in the world.
Janis (my wife and the k-12 French teacher at NHCS) are off to Durres, Albania where she has accepted a job teaching 2-8 French and TEFL English on the high school level at the Albanian College- Durres. I’ve been promised that they will find a way to keep me busy. I’m taking my bike so I will, very happily, peddle Albania .
Thank you for all of your support over the years. I have benefited tremendously from the conferences I have attended over the years. They serve such an important role for any teachers in isolated positions. I remember your journey to North Haven when North Haven was recognized for Excellence in the Arts. As I recall, it was a bit of a sloppy day on the water!
It has been quite a run on the island but we are both excited for this next adventure.
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Happy Retirement

June 15, 2016

Maine is fortunate!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on students development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2015-16, I know that you will join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state. Maine appreciates the commitment of the following educators and wish you well and many healthy years of laughter!

Combined the following have taught for 503+ years. HAPPY RETIREMENT!

  • BETSY ALLEN-McPHEDRAN, Visual Art, RSU #38, 29 years of service
  • SARAH BARNUM, K-6 Visual Art, Augusta School Department, 30 years of service
  • PIPER BOLDUC, Visual Art, Old Orchard Beach High School, 37 years of service
  • LISE DUNN, Music, Mast Landing School, Freeport, 42 years of service
  • MARY DYER, Visual Art, Winthrop High School,  40+ years of service
  • ELAINE FLETCHER, Visual Art, Harrison Middle School, 30 years of service
  • JULIE HAYES, Visual Art, Vine Street School, Bangor, 31 years of service
  • KATY HELMAN, Visual Art, Deer Isle Stonington High School, 18 years of service
  • KIM KRAMP, K-8 Visual Art, Conners Emerson School, Bar Harbor, 35 years of service
  • JOHN NEAL, Music, Oak Hill High School, 38 years of service
  • DIANE NOBLE, K-6 Visual Art, Saco Schools, 38 years of service
  • BLAISE SPATH, Music, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, 33 years of service
  • BETH WHITNEY, Music, Woolwich Central School, 34.3 years of service
  • ROGER WHITNEY, Music, Wiscasset Schools, 35 years of service
  • LINDA THORNDIKE WILLIAMS, Visual Art, Berwick Schools, 33 years of service

If you know of others retiring this year who are not on the list please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov so I can add them to the list.

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Congratulations and THANKS to our Retirees

June 15, 2015

Maine is fortunate!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on students development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2015-16, I know that you will join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state. Maine appreciates your commitment and we wish you well and many healthy years of laughter!

Combined the following have taught for 583 + years. HAPPY RETIREMENT!

  • BRIAN HUTCHINSON, Winslow, Band: 42 years of service
  • VENNICE HUTCHINSON, Winslow, Vocal Music: 38 years of service
  • SUE SCANLON, Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, Visual Arts: 43 years of service
  • FRANK CHIN, SAD 54, Visual Arts: 38 years of service
  • ELLEN NORTON, King Middle School, Visual Arts: 44 years of service
  • SUE OLMSTED, Durham Elementary, Music
  • ROBIN KENISON, Bath Middle School, Music: 34 years of service
  • HOLLY SMITH, Rockland High School, Visual Arts: 31 years of service
  • KAL ELMORE, Bangor High School, Visual Arts: 26 years of service
  • EDIE GRENIER, MSAD #20 Fort Fairfield, Visual Arts: 36.53 years of service
  • JUDY BABBIDGE, Connor Conslidated School (EUT), Music
  • ALISON BRENNAN, Calais High School, Music: 38 years of service
  • BONNY COX, RSU50-K-12, Music: 21 years of service
  • CAROL SHUMWAY, Mt. Blue High School, Music: 27 years of service
  • KAREN RENTON, Yarmouth, Music: 34 years of service
  • ANN DILLON, Greeley Middle School, Music: 29 + 14 years of service
  • WANDA WHITENER, Tremont School, Music: 38 years of service
  • DEB GRABBER, Granite Street School, Millinocket, Art: 10 years of service
  • CAM WEIR, Yarmouth Elementary School, Art: 40 years of service
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Happy Retirement!

June 26, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES!

Best Wishes to the following for a wonderful – happy and healthy retirement. Combined they have contributed over 350 years of teaching visual or performing arts to students across the state of Maine. Their expertise and commitment to education is appreciated and I am certain their students will miss them! Never to be taken away from them, or the districts they have served, is the impact they have made on students education in the arts. THANK YOU all! I hope you will continue to be involved in arts education in Maine by providing me (argy.nestor@maine.gov) with an email address to continue to be on the Maine arts education list-serv. May your days be filled with sunshine wherever your journey takes you!

  • Pat Reed – East End Community School, Portland, Visual Art, 27 years
  • Penny Appleby – Leavitt Area High School, Performing Arts, 40 years
  • Dianne Anderson – Traip Academy, Kittery, Visual Art, 20 years
  • Jonathan Smith – Oxford Hills Elementary School, Music, 28 years
  • Nancy Capone – Lake Region School District, Music, 25 years
  • Marta Robbins – James F. Doughty School, Bangor, Visual Art, 28 years
  • Charlene Farnham – Searsport District Middle & High School, Music, 40 years
  • Jack Clifford – RSU 19, Music,
  • Mark Schumpert – RSU 19, Music,
  • David Kent – Windham, Music,
  • Kath Hartley – Bangor High School, Visual Art, 25 years
  • Deborah Jellison – Mary Snow School, Bangor, Visual Art, 27 years
  • Helena Bosse – Dr Lewis Libby School, Milford, Visual Art, 20 years
  • Sybil Wentworth – MSAD 40, Elementary Music, 39 years
  • Marianne Tibbetts – Augusta, Elementary Music, 35 years
  • Ann Stepp – Portland, Music
  • Robert Helstrom – Fort Fairfield, Music, 11 years
  • Sandra Irwin – Tremont School, Visual Art
  • Chris Prickitt – Dexter Schools, SAD46, Music
  • Nancy Curran – South Portland, Music

Please note that some of these teachers started their careers in other schools/districts but the one listed is where they are retiring from this year.

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Happy Retirement!

June 7, 2011

THANK YOU!

The following arts educators are retiring this year. I appreciate your contributions and years of dedication to educate students in the arts. Congratulations on your retirement!

  • Jay Hoagland, Belfast Area High School, visual arts – 25+ years
  • Sarah Tabor, Bangor High School, visual arts – 28 years
  • Pat Craig, Hampden Academy, visual arts – 34 years
  • Carlene Hirsch, Bangor High School, theater
  • Gail Dufour, East End Elementary Schools, Portland, music – 26.9
  • Mark Nordli, Deering High School, Portland, music – 30.9 years
  • Denis Drobinski, Nathan Clifford School and Portland High School, music – 35.9
  • Judy Mason, Ella Lewis School, Peninsula School, RSU 24, visual arts – 14 years
  • Rush Brown, Sanford High School, visual arts – 21 years
  • Joyce Jack, Bonny Eagle Middle School, music – 37 years
  • Jennie Morrison, Cony, Augusta, visual arts – 35 years
  • Linda Stearns, Songo Locks School, Naples, visual arts – 40 years
  • Tom Block, Wiscasset High School, visual arts – 37 years
  • Linda Stanley, Westbrook High School, visual arts – 37 years
  • Jean Shorey, Canal Elementary School, Westbrook, visual arts – 27 years
  • Martha Michaud, Madawaska, music – 35
  • Kathy Keene, Hall School, Waterville, visual arts – 22 years
  • Brenda Angotti, Millinocket, music – 38 years
  • Iris Fields, Harmony, music – 40 years
  • Patti English, Winthrop, music – 24 years
  • Ginny Hallowell, Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, visual arts – 26 years
  • Lucille Hussey, Massebesic Middle School, visual arts – 35 years
  • Debbie Chappell, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, visual arts
  • Katherine Snow, Brunswick High School, visual arts – 40+
  • Ronnie Decker, Leavitt High School, Turner, visual arts – 23 years

There may be others retiring that I am not aware of! If you or a colleague of yours is retiring from teaching please let me know. Thank you!

Rush Brown, Sandford High School

Linda Stanley, Westbrook High School

Jean Shorey, Westbrook

Iris Fields, Harmony

Carlene Hirsch, Bangor High School

Tom Block, Wiscasset

Joyce Jack, Bonny Eagle

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