Story posted January 08, 2014
The Spring 2014 cohort of Bowdoin Teacher Scholars began their teaching practicum on January 6th
The fifteen student teachers will be spending the next 14 weeks working full-time in area high schools and middle schools as they work toward completing requirements for their initial Maine State Teaching Certification, with Highly Qualified status.
Of the fifteen Bowdoin Teacher Scholars, three are undergraduates and will graduate in May 2014. The remaining twelve 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.
Cully Brownson ’14 is a senior Math and Education coordinate major from Napoleon, Ohio. Having completed his pre-practicum field placement at an area middle school, he now looks forward to gaining experience at Greely High School in Cumberland working alongside Doug Pride. Also at Greely will be Caroline Moore ’14, a senior Biology major from Manchester, Massachusetts. She will be working with Carrie Gianattasio in her biology classes. Our third undergraduate is Bridget Connolly ’14, an English major from Pittsfield, Maine. She will continue working in the English classes of Jeanne Shields at Brunswick High School, having completed her pre-practicum field placement there this fall.
Returning to Bowdoin from the Class of 2012 are Laura Armstrong, Hope Gimbel and Kristin Rogers. History major Laura Armstrong is returning to expeditionary learning-based Casco Bay High School to work with her pre-practicum cooperating teacher, Jake McNally, in his sophomore humanities class. Most recently Laura has lived in Costa Rica as a Fulbright English Teacher Assistant. Hope Gimbel spent a year working at the boarding/day Marianapolis Prep School in Connecticut before returning to Maine to complete secondary English certification while working with Bowdoin alum Jamie Romano at Deering High School in Portland. Kristin Rogers is already very familiar with her surroundings in Rich Meserve’s History classroom at The REAL School on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, having spent the past 18 months working with him as part of an Americorps position. Laura and Kristin are both native Mainers, and Hope is from Glen Cove, New York.
Along with Laura, Hope and Kristin in Portland Schools will be four other Bowdoin Teacher Scholars. Brian Kim ’13 from Lee, New Hampshire will join the sophomore English classes of Alberto Morales at Casco Bay High School. Brian’s English and Economics double major at Bowdoin will complement the cross-disciplinary approach to curriculum at Casco Bay. Miami, Florida native Zoe Eiber ’13 spent the fall working as a long-term substitute teacher at Greely Middle and High Schools, and now will be joining Spanish classes with AnneMarie Orth at King Middle School. Also at King Middle School will be English major Anders Samuelson ’13, who will be joining the Language Arts classroom of Catherine Paul. Anders spent the fall volunteering in schools in his hometown, Freeport. Joining Hope at Deering High School will be Tricia Thibodeau ’13, an Earth and Oceanographic major from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She will be working alongside Dan LeGage in his 9th grade Earth Science classes.
Mathematics and Physics double major Megan Samson ’13 will be traveling from her hometown of Lisbon, Maine to her placement with Tom Quick, a math teacher at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. Also close to campus will be Sarah Hirschfeld ’13, a Biology major from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. After biking across the country last summer and working for Tri-Maine this fall, Sarah will be working in the 9th grade science Academy classroom of Andrew McCullough. Jessica Caron ’13 is returning to the classroom after a fall internship with the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. Originally from Fort Kent, Maine, Jessica will be student teaching with Esther Pelletier at Lewiston High School. Spencer Vespole ’13 will join Charlene Bartlett’s 8th grade Humanities class at Bath Middle School after spending the fall as a volunteer teacher at his alma mater, Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. Rounding out the Bowdoin Teacher Scholar cohort will be English major Lianna Bessette ‘13 from Windham, New Hampshire. Lianna will be placed at Falmouth High School with veteran English teacher Michael Casey.
With student teachers in 10 different schools, the student teaching seminar, held weekly, will provide an opportunity to bring everyone together to share ideas and stories while processing experiences and developing a professional learning community. The practicum and seminar will culminate with a defense of teaching practice and principles and the presentation of a professional portfolio that demonstrates their competency in each of Maine’s 10 initial teaching standards. Successful completers of the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program receive full endorsement for Maine initial teaching licensure with Highly Qualified Status, and reciprocity in all 49 other states.