2016-08-05 / Community News

School district hires new staff

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

With the new school year just weeks away, the board of education approved the hiring of 12 new staff members to fill vacancies caused by retirement, resignation or new positions at Scarborough High School, Scarborough Middle School and Wentworth School.

Two new science teachers were hired at the high school, including Christine Beecher, a former education technician in Scarborough schools who recently finished student teaching in a 10th grade biology class and Stefanie Davis, who has worked in Bangor, South Portland, Auburn and for the past 12 years at Catherine McAuley High School (now known as The Maine Girls Academy) in Portland.

Ryan Facey, who has spent the last decade teach social studies courses at Sanford High School, was hired to join the social studies department at the high school, while Glenn Fernald, who has been teaching math for more than 20 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was hired to join the high school’s math department.

Former Northampton (Massachusetts) High School English teacher Emily Hopkins was chosen to fill a vacant English teacher position at the high school. Alyson Murtha, who spent the last two years as a counselor at Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, will be the latest high school guidance counselor and Courtney Norod has been chosen to fill a special education position at the high school.

Norod has worked with in Boston schools and most recently helped elementary and middle school students through Catholic Charities.

Sandra Dumont, who has taught French and Spanish for 13 years, will be working as a part-time high school foreign language teacher. Michelle Shupp, who has taught high school Latin and English in Pennsylvania for more than 15 years, will split her time between her role as a high school Latin teacher and middle school and high school humanities curriculum instructional coach.

Aaron Wynne has been tapped to be a science and social studies teacher at Scarborough Middle School after working as a social studies and life science teacher at Wells Junior High School and education technician in Brunswick.

Danielle Martel, who has worked with students of all ages as a school counselor, day treatment clinician and residential clinician over the years, has been chosen as a new school counselor at Wentworth School, where Lindsay MacDonald will soon start as a classroom teacher.

MacDonald worked as a long-term substitute in a fourth-grade classroom at Wentworth School last year and has worked as a preschool teacher in South Portland.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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