Dede Bennell connects students to extended learning opportunities and career exploration through job shadows, career talks, internships, and volunteerism. Additionally she coordinates service learning projects with teachers to provide real-world learning that ties to curriculum.
Samantha Brink works with
community and business partners to place both high school and highly-skilled technical center students in
internships, job shadows, and extended learning opportunities. She oversees the 6th-12th grade College, Career, and Life Readiness curriculum.
Justine is the liaison between teachers, administrators and community members. This role coordinates and manages special events such as career fairs and enrichment programs, screens and trains volunteers, manages a K-12 mentoring program, and recruits community volunteers, speakers and business organizations to support the schools' initiatives.
Lisa uses her sales background to leverage job opportunities, internships, extended learning spots, and job shadowing experiences for students. She views this job as an exciting opportunity to help students explore what truly interests them, helping them to narrow their goals and fulfill them after graduation. A parent of a KHS student, Lisa also volunteers on the Visual and Performing Arts Board in town.
Diana collaborates with organizations
and educators to create opportunities for every student in Maine to access pathways of learning that nurture aspirations along a continuum of development K-12. Diana is the Regional Education Representative for Hancock County, developing ongoing interactions with school personnel and community representatives.
Allison provides opportunities such as independent study, and internships for
students. She also coordinates dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment opportunities and advocates for
students to apply and attend vocational schools.
Cara Flannery connects students to extended learning opportunities and career exploration through: job shadows, career talks, internships, work experience, and volunteerism. Additionally she coordinates service learning projects with teachers to provide real-world learning that ties to curriculum.
Middle School Career and Technical Education Consultant
Meg has been an advocate for CTE for the last 30 years and is now facilitating the new MS-CTE legislation and administering the pilot projects being run throughout the state. She directs state MS-CTE grant funds, works in the field as a consultant to staff and administrators, works on national boards to develop MS-CTE protocols and standards and visits schools to provide technical assistance.
Gorham High School
Community and Career Coordinator
Eliza collects data on student career-interests, plans and facilitates a speaker series, coordinates career-focused field experiences, sets up job shadows, informational interviews, extended workplace learning experiences, and full-school career days.
Andrea (she/her) engages the school in career exploration through activities such as mock interviews for 9th graders, job shadows for 10th graders, and internships for 11th and 12th graders. She focuses her work on equity in her program and making it accessible to Portland High’s diverse population of learners.
Gretchen runs programs, projects, and learning opportunities for students Pre-K through 12. These include mentor programs, volunteer training and facilitation, 8th Grade Job Shadow, Senior Internship, Career Exploration, Project Based Learning collaborations, tutoring and Business-Education cooperatives.
Alanna Wacome is the Career counselor for the Somerset Career and Technical Center (SCTC) in Skowhegan. She works with all of the students in the school on career explorations and helping them have a career path when they graduate. She also teaches students the skills to leave with a portfolio in hand upon graduation.
Dan's primary charge is to connect high school students with community based learning experiences that are in areas of high- interest to the student. He developed a great passion for this type of work as a special education teacher, a role in which he has 10 years of experience.
Sydney provides opportunities for career exploration through job shadows, internships and volunteer placements for 9th-12th graders at Deering High school. She also coordinates Senior Capstone projects, Stem Leadership programs and a Junior wide Job Shadow Day. Providing equal opportunity for Deering’s diverse student body is top priority in her work.
Rick helps manage and plan extended learning opportunities such as
student internships, job shadows, work based learning, and arranges paid work experiences. He plans and
manages whole-class tours and supports teachers K-12. He also manages the community service requirement.
Christy develops opportunities for students through business, education and community partnerships. She develops and coordinates internships, job shadows, guest speaker programs and field visits, which support students' understanding of the skills, education and training required to enter the workforce.