Faculty Pocket book: June 22 – Portland Press Herald


Artist Rachel Gloria Adams created a mural within the Skillin Elementary Faculty library in South Portland. Contributed

South Portland college feels the love with new paintings

The scholars at Skillin Elementary Faculty can now take pleasure in a dynamic and colourful piece of paintings that was created only for their library.

Native artist Rachel Gloria Adams put in a mural known as “To Skillin, with Love” within the story space utilizing her signature geometric type that may be seen round Portland, together with the brand new Youngsters’s Museum of Maine at Thompson’s Level.

“We wished one thing that might mirror the range and energetic spirit of our faculty, whereas additionally being child-centered and playful,” stated librarian Jennifer Stanbro.

“It was vital to us that each one college students be capable to join with the piece and Rachel labored with us to create a design that enables college students to interpret artwork in their very own inventive methods,” Principal Bethany Connolly stated.

This yr the library additionally acquired the primary everlasting I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library assortment designed to each mirror upon and educate in regards to the fashionable immigration expertise. Skillin has additionally begun a small multilingual library to assist college students leverage their dwelling language as in addition they be taught in English.

“We need to ship a really clear message of belonging and inclusion to all college students,” Stanbro stated. “We would like them to know that the world is stuffed with potentialities and to domesticate their confidence of their potential to entry all it has to supply.”

Portland educator semifinalist for trainer of the yr

Casco Bay Excessive Faculty social research trainer Matt Bernstein is amongst eight County Academics of the 12 months named as semifinalists for 2023 Maine Instructor of the 12 months.

Bernstein is amongst 16 lecturers – one from every of Maine’s counties – chosen from a pool of tons of of lecturers nominated by a member of their college neighborhood as a part of the Maine Instructor of the 12 months Program.

Bernstein, who’s the 2022 Cumberland County Instructor of the 12 months, and the seven different semifinalists will proceed with the 2023 Maine Instructor of the 12 months choice course of.

The subsequent step for the semifinalists shall be a “Shows, Panels and Portfolios” session July 28 on the College of Maine. The lecturers will give a mock keynote speech and take part in a panel dialogue. They need to additionally submit a portfolio that’s based mostly on the Nationwide Instructor of the 12 months software.

Interns serve state places of work

A number of native college students had been among the many 52 undergraduate and graduate faculty college students who’ve began working in state, municipal and county places of work by way of the 2022 Maine Authorities Summer time Internship Program.

Tessa Kilgore of South Portland, who’s attending the College of Michigan, is a knowledge analysis and GIS mapping intern at Southern Maine Regional Planning Fee.

Different interns, their faculties and internships are:

Rosalie Leonard of South Portland, Clark College, knowledge analyst, Division of Labor, Heart for Workforce Analysis & Data.

Ryan Harke of Portland, College of Maine Faculty of Legislation, shopper credit score examiner intern, Maine Division of Skilled and Monetary Regulation.

Shaylyn MacKinnon of Portland, College of Michigan, American rescue plan coverage mission supervisor, Maine Division of Well being and Human Providers.

Grace Nichols of Portland, College of Maine Faculty of Legislation, advocate assistant, Maine Staff’ Compensation Board.

Keiran Lorentzen of Yarmouth, Kenyon School, beverage container redemption program intern, Maine Division of Environmental Safety.

Ashley O’Brien of Scarborough, School of the Holy Cross, junior compensation analyst, Judicial Department, Administrative Workplace of the Courts.

Piper Strunk of Cape Elizabeth, Bates School, revolutionary training assistant, Maine Division of Schooling.


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