Category Archives: Education

The students arrive and the real work begins.

The school buses sat idle for most of the summer, but bright and early this morning, ninth-grade students who live in Saco, Dayton, and Arundel stood sheepishly along the side of the road as they waited for the first bus ride to their new school. Driving to work, I¬†saw more than one parent trying to […]

Teachers and coaches throughout the state are greeted by the heat of summer

It has been a summer for the record books. Yes, the season is short and yes, the calendar always seems to sprint toward September, but at times this past summer, it has been almost unbearably hot and humid. Today was the first day of school for many teachers around the state, myself included. It seems […]

Waiting for the students to fill the hallways and the classrooms to come alive.

Today as I sit in my my empty and quiet room here at school, I’m thinking about the 110-120 new students who’ll soon occupy the seats in my class. I’m thinking about the lessons we’ll talk about during the first week and I’m thinking about my former students. I can’t help but wonder what they are doing as the summer draws to a close.

I am a teacher and it’s time for a new school year to begin.

Cadillac Mountain – one of the greatest classrooms in the world.

Teachers, from kindergarten to college, are always trying to find a way to connect with the students who regularly settle into the seats of their classrooms. This year, my students and I spent a good deal of our time focusing on Maine writers and the work they produced. We studied E.B. White, Elizabeth Strout, Stephen […]

Final writer visit of the year – Paul Doiron coming to speak at Thornton Academy

Paul Doiron, the former editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, and award-winning and best-selling mystery and crime writer will speak about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Doiron is coming to campus as part […]

The best way finish writing a novel … train for a marathon!

Let’s start with the obvious, completing a novel is difficult and there often seems to be a never-ending supply of distractions to drag you away from the computer or the writing desk. I know the story that I wish to write and I’ve completed a draft of the book, but as almost every writer will […]

A semester filled with stories from professional writers

Kate Clark Flora, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine and a best-selling mystery and crime writer will be speaking about her work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited […]

Giving students a chance to speak directly with a writer – one of the best forms of education

Bruce Robert Coffin, a retired detective sergeant from the Portland Police Department and a best-selling mystery and crime writer from Maine will be speaking about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is […]

Making educational institutions safe again – Arming school teachers, administrators, and the staff is not the answer.

The last few days I have watched and read the stories about the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I’ve read as students, school employees, parents, and politicians have struggled to find the right way to express their frustration and come up with a reasonable and effective solution. At a listening session at […]