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Scott Barksdale is the Head of School for the Harpswell Coastal Academy.  Scott began his career as a musician but found that friends who were teachers seemed the happiest in their career choices.  That change in career trajectory developed into and 11-year career...

Fern Des Jardins has served her community of St. Agatha in rural Maine for all her professional life.  Fern has influenced the lives of hundreds of students in her classroom as well as education leaders across the state and country.  In this remarkable interview, Fern...

The Threshold Program

The Threshold Program

Aaron Churchill talks with three of Maine’s extraordinary educators.  The Threshold Program operates from the MEANS Academy serving some of Maine’s most vulnerable students. In this conversation we hear how a program started to address teen pregnancy expanded to...

Erica Mazzeo is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment in RSU 57.  Her unique educational history as researcher and teacher in public, private and public charter schools makes her an exceptional resource in Maine as the state endeavors to reimagine a...

After 31 years as an educator in the “bricks and mortar” public school system, Maine native Walter Wallace took on the role of Principal at one of the State’s two virtual public schools.   Prior to the Covid pandemic, many were suspicious of virtual schools.  Maine...

Kylie Bragdon, Head of the Maine Ocean School in Searsport is a self-described “Downeast Girl” who followed her family’s generational involvement with lobstering.  Sensing a need to provide educational opportunity to students who did not fit into typical district...

Brittiny-Rae Perron was headed for a career in medicine when an internship at the Perkins School for the Blind outside Boston changed her career trajectory.  Brittiny-Rae discusses with Aaron Churchill how her experiences with Teach for America in Nashville followed...

Matt Newberg, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

Matt Newberg, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

Matt Newberg is a master educator with 20 years’ experience in fostering student-centered learning.  In this conversation with our host Aaron Churchill, Matt discusses topics that are subtle, innovative approaches to educational success practiced at the Maine Academy...

Heather King, Maine Arts Academy

Heather King, Maine Arts Academy

Our inaugural conversation with creative education leaders across the state of Maine features Heather King, Head of School for the Maine Arts Academy. Heather discusses how this charter school offers an integrated arts curriculum for students from rural areas in...

Matt Newberg Head Educator at MeANS

Matt Newberg Head Educator at MeANS

Matt Newberg is a master educator with 20 years’ experience in fostering student-centered learning. In this conversation our host Aaron Churchill discusses topics that are subtle innovative approaches to education success practiced at the Maine Academy of Natural...

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