Outreach and Service Learning Coordinator
Freeport High School
207.865.4706 ext. 309
As an Outreach and Service Learning Coordinator at Freeport High School, Dede Bennell, creates experiential learning opportunities, career exploration, internships , and supports students at risk with alternative learning opportunities. She is the liaison for community and school. Dede helps create events and programs that support real-world learning opportunities. Additionally, she coordinates the mentoring program and assists with students in need by reaching out for community support through charitable giving.
Extended Learning Teacher
Bonny Eagle High School
Head Girls Cross Country Coach
Head Boys Indoor/Outdoor Track
Mike teaches career readiness courses, connects students with guest speakers and provides extended learning opportunities for students through: internships, extended studies, job shadows and informational interviews.
Dr. Sarah Bushey
University of Maine at Presque Isle
Maine C3 Secretary
Sarah Bushey is the ELO Coordinator at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Aroostook County. She has taught music and humanities classes at the college level and has previously worked for a local nonprofit focused on higher education and awarding academic scholarships. UMPI is partnering with Caribou and Presque Isle high schools to provide ELOs for their students. UMPI is the first college in the state to offer ELOs to its students, and the first to partner with local high schools in the implementation of ELOs.
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.
Cooperative Education Instructor
Somerset Career and Technical Center
Michaela is a Career Exploration and Cooperative Education Instructor at the Somerset Career and Technical Center (SCTC) in Skowhegan. She works with students on finding their career interests and provides students with extended learning opportunities.
Allison is the Dean of Academics at Massabesic High School. She began this position in 2018 after teaching social studies at the high school for four years. Her mission in the program is to provide college and career pathways for any and all students at the high school and help them to reach their future goals and aspirations. She does this by providing 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. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues in order to provide opportunities for students.
Outreach & Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator
Augusta Electrical JATC
207.453.1301 ext. 4
Cara joined the Augusta Electrical JATC in July of 2022. She previously worked in public education for 11 years at Nokomis Regional High first as an English teacher then as ELO Coordinator. After discovering a passion for workforce development, she took her own advice by pursuing a career within the trades. Now, Cara helps high school students explore careers in the construction trades through an all-trades pre-apprenticeship program. Through this program, students learn about the construction industry, the various trades, and the skills needed to be a successful apprentice if that is the pathway they choose. She also assists adults interested in becoming journeymen electricians by sharing details about the apprenticeship program through IBEW 1253 and assisting with the application process from start to finish. If you'd like assistance in navigating apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs, Cara is happy to help.
Director of Community Connections
RSU 14 Windham/Raymond School District
207.892.1810 ext. 2932
Lorraine Glowczak engages with community members and businesses to increase student educational opportunities and to support school-related needs. She also collaborates with multiple stakeholders within the district, including administration, teachers, counselors, and parents.
Although available for the whole district, Lorraine’s office is located at Windham High School, where she meets with high school students, assisting them in completing capstone project requirements. She also acts as an Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Coordinator for the high school’s Independent Study program. Here, Lorraine coordinates credit-based educational opportunities outside the traditional classroom for students through various methods, including internships, job shadows, and mentorships.
Margaret (Meg) Harvey serves the Maine Department of Education and the CTE field as the Maine Middle School Career and Technical Education (MS-CTE) consultant. Meg has been an advocate for Career and Technical Education for the last 30 years, as a grant administrator, State Director of Maine CTE and in her current role. She has been 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. https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/cte/schools/middleschool
John Holdridge is the Volunteer and Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator for Cape Elizabeth Schools. John directs the HUB at CEHS, a flexible workspace designed to support collaborative partnerships across and beyond the campus borders. In addition to leading the Student Driven Learning and CEHS Mentor programs, John manages job shadows, internships, mock interviews and other programming that connects students with the world all around.
Aspirations Coordinator K-12
Auburn School Department
207.333.6652 / C 207.520.7032
Jim Horn is the Aspirations Coordinator for the Auburn School Department responsible for developing and supporting career awareness efforts for students K-12. 5th & 6th grade students visit to Central Maine Community College and local manufactures. Coordinates EL Bridge Academy ME, senior year internships and a member of the Lewiston/Auburn internship development committee.
Expanded Learning Opportunity Coordinator/Grant Coordinator
R. W. Traip Academy
(w) 207.439.1121(c) 207.475.4725
As the Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator, at Traip Academy I work with community members and businesses to create rigorous personalized learning experiences that connect students to their passions, the community and their future. ELOs at Traip Academy allow students to develop hands-on, minds-on, experiences through internships, apprenticeships, online courses through the Virtual High School as well as early college courses offered by the University of Maine system and Maine’s Community College system. Through the development of an ELO, students are able to design their own pathway to post secondary education.
South Portland High School
Sheree Inman connects students to career opportunities through teaching career exploration, personal finance and Intro to Business. She also works with students and employers so that students gain workplace skills through a cooperative work experience program. She is also the career fair event planner for her school.
Sheree was also named Maine Jump$tart Educator of the year for 2020-2021
Career Aspirations and Extended Learning Coordinator, JMG
Gorham High School
Eliza Kenigsberg is the Career Aspirations & Extended Learning Coordinator for the Gorham School District’s Aspire Gorham initiative. This community-wide initiative encourages students in every grade, in every Gorham school, to think about their futures. Collaborating with businesses and community organizations in and around Gorham, the Aspire Gorham team is connecting students to professionals for career exposure, exploration, and experience opportunities from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator, Portland High School
207.874.8250 ext. 7425
Andrea Levinsky is the Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator at Portland High School where she coordinates mock interviews for the entire 9th grade class, job shadows for the entire 10th grade class, and internships for motived 11th and 12th graders. Last school year, Portland High School had over 30 student interns in industries ranging from marketing, automotive, non-profit, the arts, veterinary, nursing, and maintenance. Andrea focuses her work on equity in her program and making it accessible to Portland High's diverse population of learners.
School-to-Work Transition Specialist
Class Advisor for 2023
Debate Team Advisor
Kennebunk High School
Tom is currently a school-to-work transition specialist and Job Developer at Kennebunk High School. He connects with students, engaging with them about their future plans and goals. In addition, Tom works closely with employers providing a link between the businesses and non-profit organizations and the high school.
South Portland School Department
207.767.3266 ext. 3432
The South Portland School District's department of Community Partnerships is directed by Gretchen McCloy, with a longstanding mission of keeping the "community in the classroom and the classroom in the community". Gretchen runs programs, projects, and learning opportunities for students Pre-K through 12. They include corporate Mentor programs, community and parent volunteer training and facilitation, 8th Grade Job Shadow, Senior Internship, Career Exploration, Project Based Learning collaborations, tutoring and Business-Education cooperatives. These initiatives are designed to benefit students, staff, and a diverse population of partners throughout the entire community. Gretchen believe that everyone wins - and everyone learns - by working together.
Associate Director of Educational Partnerships
University of Southern Maine Early College Programs
Patty has taught mathematics for over 30 years in high schools in New Jersey, Maine and Indiana. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1987 – 1989 where she taught at the Lycee in Mali, West Africa. She believes strongly in providing her students with the opportunity to master mathematical concepts at any age. She has a degree in Mathematics and Economics from Indiana University and a Masters in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University. She recently retired from public school teaching and is now an administrator for the Early College program at the University of Southern Maine. Patty hopes to help connect the ELO work happening in high schools with Early College credits when possible.
Lake Region Vocational Center
Cooperative Education is the School-To-Work program that is part of Career and Technical Education. The program at Lake Region Vocational Center works with students at Fryeburg Academy, Lake Region High School and Sacopee Valley High School. The purpose of this program is to help students obtain the skills that they will need to become successful after high school.
Aspire Golden Bucks
Regional School Unit 25 (Bucksport, Orland, Prospect, Verona Island)
Aspire Golden Bucks is a partnership between RSU 25, JMG, and the MELMAC Education Foundation to advance aspirations for students of ALL ages as they consider and plan for their futures. The initiative began a planning year as of July 2020. Jen is currently assessing the assets that exist in RSU 25 and will work with the students, teachers, staff, administrators, and community members to increase student aspirations system-wide.
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.
Elizabeth Sanborn is the ELO Coordinator for Sacopee Valley school district, which includes the towns of Hiram, Cornish, Parsonsfield, Porter, and Baldwin. She connects students to hands-on, credit-bearing experiences outside of the traditional classroom with an emphasis on community-based career exploration. From healthcare to HVAC, dog training to architecture, Elizabeth works with students to create learning plans that include goals, a site plan summary, and tasks/hands-on experiences such as information interview, job shadows, internships, and field trips.
Extended Learning Coordinator
Marshwood High School
Rob is the ELO Coordinator for Marshwood High School, which serves the towns of Eliot, South Berwick, and Rollinsford, NH. Rob coordinates a program that provides support for everything from classroom curriculum development to apprenticeships. The mission of the burgeoning program is to inspire and engage students. Our ELO program promotes student agency by partnering with students and the community to develop meaningful, relevant, personalized learning experiences. Student ELO options include independent studies, project based learning, digital learning, job shadows, mentors, work study, internships and pre-apprenticeships. Our program focuses on the impact authentic, real-time, hands on experiences will have on the student’s future goals and aspirations.
As the ELO Coordinator at Deering High School our focus is on providing students from various economic backgrounds, exposure to unlimited opportunities outside of the school. Opportunities include job shadows, internships with local businesses, coordinate & plan for guest speakers and a heavy emphasis on volunteer opportunities for all grades.
ELO Coordinator also facilitates and helps coordinate Senior Capstones, a graduation requirement for all Deering Seniors.
Maine Department of Education
Office of Innovation
Career Education Specialist
Rick was most recently the Community Outreach and Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Coordinator at Brunswick High School. Rick is currently with the Maine Department of Education in the Office of Innovation. He advocates for student learning opportunities outside the classroom and promotes career pathway connections through experiential, real-world experiences. He helps support and bring together ELO networks and ELO coordinators.
Career Pathways Coordinator
Scarborough High School
Maine C3 Co-Chair
As Career Pathways Coordinator for Scarborough High School, Christy Zavasnik, develops career exploration and experiential learning opportunities for students, through establishing and maintaining business-education-community partnerships that support internships, job shadows, guest speaker and field visit programs. As a liaison for students and business and industry representatives, Ms. Zavasnik, develops & coordinates real-world learning experiences and a variety of events and programs that support students' understanding of the skills, education and training required to enter the workforce.