August 23, 2016
I hope this finds you well rested and enjoying some Kodak moments. It is always bittersweet to write this letter as summer memories are still being recorded while we simultaneously prepare for a new school year. It is hard to believe that August is upon us and the school year is right around the corner.
First off, I want to recognize all employees for the enthusiasm and caring spirit that is brought to the Department, day-after-day, year-after-year. You bring it to one another, and you bring it to our learners, whether they are in the lunchroom, the hallways, on the fields or in the classroom. I truly believe that the energy our students have for learning, which is palpable as you walk through the schools, comes from the work being done by each of you – on the front lines as well as behind the scenes – throughout the Department. The enthusiasm, conversations, and activities stemming from the diverse learning environments exemplify the excellence of this Department and our community.
Second, I am eager to collaborate with each of you. During this pivotal year, we will continue to develop our skills in a student-centered proficiency-based model. We will have the opportunity for professional development throughout the year as we move slowly to move fast so that we gain a firm foundation of personalized learning as members of the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning. We will have opportunities to learn about best practices, classroom tools and structures, and assessment strategies to impact student outcomes and raise student achievement. Through themes of professional development and small steps, we will continue our storyboard and create the “Brewer Way” as we strive to meet our vision and mission together.
Third, I would like to welcome several new staff to the Department this year.
William Leithiser – BCS Principal (rehire)
Samantha Pangburn – BHS Assistant Principal
Kristi Carney – BHS Guidance Secretary
Lt. Col. Scott Magnan – AFJROTC Senior Instructor
Scott Flagg – Occupational Therapist
Tracy Goodrich – BHS AP/AD Secretary
Janelle Jundt – BCS Special Education Grade 3/4 Teacher
Brian White – BCS Grades 5-8 Life Skills Teacher
Pamela McGinn – BCS Grades 5/6 Resource Teacher
Sheri Bryant – BCS Grade 2 Teacher
Robert Kumpa – BCS Grade 8 Science Teacher
Melanie Bradbury – Pre-K Teacher
Brittney McElvaine – Pre-K Teacher
Kelly Thibodeau – Ed Tech I
Michelle Cashman – Ed Tech I
Rodger Wong – Chess Advisor
Ben Goodwin – Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
Joshua Donnelly – Assistant Cross Country Coach
Phil Turmelle – Assistant B Soccer Coach
We also had many staff move into new positions this year. We welcome them into their new roles.
Robert Simko – IT Director
David Jeffrey – BHS Instructional Strategist
Karen Saucier – BCS Instructional Strategist
Lorna Willey – BCS Kindergarten Teacher
Deb Yule – BCS Kindergarten Teacher
Heather Knowles – BCS Grade 1 Teacher
Ashley Bean – BCS Title I Teacher
Jamie Patterson – Ed Tech III
Kris Anne Spring – Ed Tech III
The administrative team has just completed a very productive administrative retreat at the Brewer Community Center. During this retreat, the administrators unpacked the vision and mission committing ourselves to our goals and professional development plan for the year. We practiced observation and feedback methods to help support teachers on continuous improvement and created an action plan based on staff feedback and district needs. We are eager to share this work with you during our three opening days starting on August 29th, 2016. You will find attached to this email/letter a copy of the agenda for the first three days of school.
Please enjoy the remainder of the summer. Take time to pause, reflect, rekindle, renew, to create memories, and to celebrate life. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Superintendent of Schools
Faculty Inservice Days’ Agendas