Camden Hills Regional High School welcomes new teachers
Rockport — Some new faces have joined the faculty at Camden Hills Regional High School for the 2013-14 school year. Renee Randall, Thad Feeney, Jane Babik, Patti Forster, Sarah Bingham, Amanda Glenn and Kimberly Scantlebury began their teaching journey at CHRHS this week and are considered by the administration to be wonderful additions to the school.
“We are fortunate to have such a qualified group of new teachers,” said Dr. Nick Ithomitis. “We were decimated by retirements and resignations this summer, but I feel that we have a great new group of replacements, eager to get to work.”
Thad Feeney is the school’s new technology integration specialist. He graduated from Colby College in 2003 and then taught social studies at Skowhegan Area High School for four years and then Skowhegan Middle School for the last three years.
He has completed all of his course work for a master's degree in educational technology from University of Connecticut.
“In my role as the technology integration specialist, I am passionate about technology's potential,” Feeney said. ”Technology serves the students and teachers and is only effective when accompanying good instruction, which already exists at CHRHS.”
Feeney said he is excited to join teachers in the classroom and work directly with the students. He is also eager to continue the "terrific conversations about teaching and learning that I have already begun to share with staff."
The English Department is getting an influx of fresh new eyes and ideas, with the addition of four new teachers.
Jane Babik brings a wealth of experience to the CHRHS English Department, having taught English both in the United States and abroad. Earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a master’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono, she worked most recently at Colgate University Library and prior to that taught 12th-grade British and advanced placement English at Winslow High School. She has also taught English in British schools in London and Oxford, taught English as a Second Language in Montreal, and spent a year as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Austria.
“I've been extremely impressed by, and grateful for, the friendliness and helpfulness of the school staff and faculty,” Babik said. “I feel very lucky to work in a school that has both excellent facilities and a vast array of programming and experiences to enrich students' lives.”
Joining Babik in the English Department, Patti Forster has two decades of secondary English education experience. From the San Francisco Bay area, she has been teaching secondary English for the past 20 years following attendance at California State University at Chico. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and her secondary teaching credentials. During her teaching career, she said she also had the privilege of studying English at the University of California at Berkeley through a fellowship program.
“My goal as a teacher is to provide my students with the tools and resources they will need to become independent learners, critical thinkers, and clear, successful communicators,” Forster said. “I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students here. I have heard so many compliments about them already. I am also eager to learn more about this community."
Amanda Glenn, who has a master’s of arts from University of New Hampshire, has 12 years of experience in education at the college, high school and elementary levels. After six years of teaching high school English, she moved to Guatemala and spent 18 months teaching the language with a group called Safe Passage.
She also designed an English curriculum for an orphanage program in the Dominican Republic, and then moved on to direct a middle school program in Redwood City, Calif., for the educational nonprofit Citizen Schools.
Most recently, she taught English and Technical Communication with the Maine Community College System, where she also designed a course on the rhetoric of rap music.
“I'm very excited to be working with high school students again,” she said. “I can't wait to help my exchange students become comfortable as members of the school community, and I think my Title I students are going to have a great year exploring reading.”
She added, “Every single person I've met has been generously supportive and enthusiastic. I feel privileged to be here.”
Renee Randall comes to Camden Hills from Oregon where she finished her master’s degree in education. Originally from Massachusetts, she brings knowledge and teaching experience from both the east and west coasts.
“I am very happy to be here at Camden Hills and look forward getting to know the faculty and students,” she said. “The administration has been extremely pleasant through the interview process and it was the most comfortable interview I’d ever had.”
The Special Education Department is adding Sarah Bingham. She received her master’s degree from Simmons College in Boston. In 2000, she and her husband moved to Maine where she taught Special Education, English and health. Most recently she taught in Bath (RSU1) for 11 years.
Bingham said she feels she very fortunate to have landed at Camden Hills.
“Both my district and high school orientations here in the CSD were very thorough which comes from strong leadership,” she said.” I'm also impressed with the connection to the community including the school being so environmentally conscience.”
Kimberly Scantlebury joins the Science Department after teaching ninth-grade Geophyscial Science, biology and environmental science at Massabesic High School in Waterboro.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Unity College and a master’s degree in ecological teaching and learning from Lesley University. Scantlebury has field experience as well, including her role as the piping plover/least tern project outreach specialist in Maine this past summer.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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