Story posted January 08, 2013
The Spring 2013 cohort of Bowdoin Teacher Scholars began their student teaching practicum on January 2nd. The seven student teachers will be spending the next 14 weeks working full-time in area high schools as they work toward completing requirements for their initial Maine State Teaching Certification, with Highly Qualified status.
Of the seven Bowdoin Teacher Scholars, three are undergraduates and will graduate in May 2013. The remaining four are post-graduates who completed all requirements for the Teaching minor prior to graduation, and now have returned in order to complete the practicum and seminar needed for licensure.
Matthew Bernstein ’13 is a senior History major from London, England. Having conducted his pre-practicum field placement at Casco Bay High School in Portland this fall, he is continuing to work alongside Humanities teacher Jake McNally. Also working at the expeditionary learning-based Casco Bay High School, with Humanities teacher Stephanie Doane, is senior History major Molly Porcher ‘13 from Stow, Massachusetts. Rachel Lopkin ‘13, a senior French major and English minor from South Salem, New York, spent her fall in a French classroom at Brunswick High School and is now working with Kim MacDonald in French II and III classes at Greely High School in Cumberland.
Post-graduate English major Will Cogswell ’11 has returned to Greely High School in Cumberland to work with his pre-practicum cooperating teacher, Susan Inman, in her English 9 and elective classes. Will is from Asheville, NC, and returns to Brunswick after spending last year as a Fulbright English Teacher Assistant in Bogota, Colombia. Also returning to work with his pre-practicum cooperating teacher is Will Holland ’12, from New York City and Vermont. Will is working with Latin teacher Jane Lienau at Brunswick High School after returning from a three-month long leadership skills NOLS course in Patagonia. McKay Belk ’11 has filled his time since graduation in a variety of capacities – boat-building apprentice, long-term substitute teacher, lobsterman, and after-school program volunteer – and is now working with Jessica Bean teaching World Civilizations and Psychology at Deering High School in Portland. McKay is originally from North Carolina and majored in Anthropology at Bowdoin. Kate Reichert ’11 returns to Bowdoin after spending a year as a post-bac environmental education Fellow at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, and a few additional months as an environmental educator and after-school program leader in Madison, Wisconsin. Kate is returning to familiar territory, being a native of Bowdoinham. She majored in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Bowdoin and is now teaching US History and Current Events with Pam Wagner at Brunswick High School.