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.
Bonny Eagle High School
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.
Yarmouth School District
Director of Partners in Education
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.
Somerset Career and Technical Center
Cooperative Education and Career Exploration Instructor
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.
Massabesic High School
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.
Director of Community Connections
Windham/Raymond School District
Lorraine acts as a bridge between RSU14 and the local community, with the goal of improving 21st century skills and increasing career exposure for all students K-12. To this end, I bring in speakers, assist with business trips, lead the mentoring program, connect students to job shadows and internships, and am developing school-to-work and independent study programming.
Maine Department of Education
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.
Director of Third Thought Initiatives for Civic Engagement
As Director of Third Thought Initiatives for Civic Engagement, John is responsible for a variety of inward facing (campus) and outward facing (Maine and beyond) initiatives designed to promote and support civic and community engagement through a lens of self awareness, perspective taking, deeper inquiry, and creative collaboration. Outward facing initiatives include the annual New England Youth Identity Summit that welcomes 300+ high school students to attend youth centered workshops and the Can We? Project, a school and weekend retreat based initiative designed to encourage dialogue across political and other differences.
Auburn School Department
Aspirations Coordinator K-12
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/Grant Coordinator
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
Career Preparation Teacher/Cooperative Work Experience Coordinator
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
Gorham High School
Community and Career Coordinator
Eliza Kenigsberg is the Career Coordinator with Aspire Gorham. Aspire Gorham is a partnership between Gorham Public Schools, JMG, and the MELMAC Education Foundation to encourage students of all ages to think about and plan for their futures. In this role, 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.
Portland High School
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.
Kennebunk High School
School-to-Work Transition Specialist
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.
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.
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.
Regional School Unit 25: (Bucksport, Orland, Prospect, Verona Island)
Aspire Golden Bucks
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.
Somerset Career and Technical Center
Career Counselor and Middle School Liaison
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.
Greely High School
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.
Deering High School
Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator
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.
Scarborough High School
Career Pathways Coordinator
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.