Sean Rivis

Sean Baldwin is our Web Master and Tech Guru.  He currently works in NYC as a Helpdesk Analyst for Citadel NY, an IT consulting firm.  Born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Vermont, Sean made the trek to NYC in 2013. He has a B.A. in Theater and Drama, an A.A. in Technical Theater from Johnson State College and over five years of experience in the tech space. He is passionate about Improv Theater and long distance running. The New England Institute is thrilled to have him on our team.

Sue Barre is currently the Band Director for grades 5­-12 and the Chair of the Music Department in Waterville Public Schools. Mrs. Barre holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Horn Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters of Education Leadership from the University of Southern Maine.   Active in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative she has presented at the Maine Music Educators Conference and the All Eastern Music Conference with Ms. Argy Nestor about Leading the way to Proficiency through the Arts.  Sue is currently serving as the President­ of the Maine Music Educators Association. She resides in Waterville with her husband Greg and their three children.

Tina-Boone-300x225A 20-year veteran in education, Christine Greenlaw Boone is the Superintendent of Glenburn Schools and former Principal of Weatherbee Elementary and Frankfort Elementary schools and Gifted and Talented Coordinator in RSU #20. Christine began her career as an educator teaching middle school in the Clark County School District, in Las Vegas, Nevada after graduating from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in Education. She obtained her masters degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she began her administrative career. Upon returning to Maine, Christine continued her educational leadership career as an assistant principal, principal and Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Christine has formerly served as a clinical field supervisor for student teachers at Husson University.  As Tehyi Hsieh, the Chinese educator, writer and diplomat shared, “The schools of the country are its future in miniature.” An Aroostook County native, she leaves her home in Stockton Springs, Maine each summer so that she and her family can adventure in the northern Maine woods. She wants her sons to learn the lessons each summer that they cannot learn at school.

Mickie Flores has been teaching ScienceMickie Flores since 1983 in one form or another. Mickie earned a B.S in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1975 and an M.S. in Secondary Education from Elmira College in 1980. She has taught middle school science classes, high school chemistry and biology, and content and methods science courses as an adjunct instructor for the State University of New York at Potsdam. Mickie was the recipient of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship award and managed Senator Durbin’s education portfolio 2004-2005, including the original organization of the Senate STEM caucus.  She was selected to write science items for National Assessment of Educational Progress and named to the Top Ten Professor List by 2006 graduates of SUNY Potsdam. Currently, she is the 2015 Hancock County Teacher of the Year and teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade science at Deer Isle Stonington Elementary School in Deer Isle, Maine.

Lisa Ingraham teaches Visual Art at Madison Elementary School. She has a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Western Connecticut State University and a MS in Education from Thomas College. She has taught visual art in public schools  for 10 years. As a teacher leader for the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative since 2013, she has collaborated with other visual and performing arts teachers from around the state of Maine in reflecting on assessment and designing professional development presentations for regional workshops. Lisa is currently the Secretary and Advocacy Co-chair for the Maine Art Education Association, and is working toward her endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education.

Grace S. Jacobs has worked in the field of Gifted & Talented Education in Maine for 16 years, as a classroom teacher, program facilitator and consultant. She has a special interest in the social and emotional needs of the gifted learner, as well as twice exceptionality. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she also carries a strong commitment to global education and service learning. Grace has served on the Maine Educators Gifted and Talented board and was nominated for the SENG honor roll in 2013. She completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Keene State College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. Currently, Grace is a Gifted Specialist with the Marshwood school district. She lives in Maine and loves the natural beauty of New England with the opportunity to enjoy hiking, kayaking and exploring.

Dr. Jennifer PageDr. Jennifer Page instructs NEI courses in Science Education and Inquiry-Based Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology after earning her undergraduate degree in Marine Science from the University of Maine in Orono.  After teaching undergraduate courses at both institutions and teaching a year of high school Biology in Atlanta, Jenn decided to transition to teaching high school full-time and spent 5 years at Bangor High School in Maine as a science teacher and speech coach. Jenn is currently the Education Coordinator with the Hurricane Island Foundation, providing experiential, hands-on education programs and research opportunities focusing on marine sciences, STEAM education, human ecology, sustainable living technology, citizen science initiatives, and leadership in environmental stewardship for all ages from middle school to adults. Jenn combines her passions for research and education to bring inquiry-based learning to students and is strongly interested in the process of transitioning existing lesson plans into inquiry-based curriculum.

Instructor, Tracie PetersonTracie Peterson is a Special Education teacher at Steven’s Brook Elementary School in Bridgton, Maine.  After earning her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and a certificate in UMF’s Ski Industries program in 1999, Tracie served as teacher and center director at a private preschool facility for ten years.  Transitioning to elementary school, she began working with children with disabilities, completing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from New England College in 2011.  Still passionate about skiing, Tracie has been a part of the Snowsports School and a staff trainer at Shawnee Peak since 1990, training instructors who teach young children and those with special needs. Tracie lives in Casco, and enjoys singing with the Portland Community Chorus and spending time outdoors with her family.

Lindsay Pinchbeck, M.Ed., is the Director of Sweet Tree Arts and Founder of Sweetland School, a Reggio-inspired, Project-based K-6 elementary school program in Hope, Maine.She has been teaching in the arts and alternative education settings for the past 20 years. Lindsay gained her Masters in Education through Lesley University's Creative Arts and Learning program and received her undergraduate degree in Art and Music from Colby College. Creatively she works as a printmaker and photographer. Lindsay believes art can be shared by all ages and all abilities on many levels - we create as active participants, engage as observers and share experiences together enriching our lives and building empathy when we explore the world through the Arts. Lindsay is proud to be a member of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. She continues to share ideas locally and across the state of Maine around Creativity, Growth Mindset and Listening and Responding through the Arts.

Catherine Ring is Executive Director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education and teaches graduate level courses to educators across the state of Maine. She has served on the Core Leadership Team with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative since 2010. Catherine has presented at the Maine Principals’ Association Conference as well as nationally at the National Art Education Conventions. Catherine is a former K-8 Principal and has taught visual art for 20 years in public schools. She has also attained her Assistant Superintendent certification. Catherine completed her Education Leadership studies at the University of Vermont and received her Master of Arts from Vermont College of Norwich University. For her thesis, entitled “Education and the Arts, Toward Creative Intelligences,” she researched the role of the arts in learning and has worked closely with classroom teachers, helping them to integrate the arts into their regular curricula. As Principal, Catherine helped to bring to her school district the Kennedy Center’s National Partnership program. She assists school districts throughout Maine with differentiated instruction, arts integration, and gifted and talented programs. Catherine has been named the 2014 Advocate of the Year by the Maine Art Education Association. In the fall of 2016, Catherine accepted a one-day per week position as Visual Art Teacher at Isle au Haut School.

Instructor, Jake Sturtevant

Jake Sturtevant was born and raised in Maine by a musical family. He is a prolific composer, performer, and music educator. His compositions encompass a variety genres and media including jazz, funk/fusion, vocal, chamber music, orchestral, electronic, and multi-media works.  Jake currently is the music director at Falmouth High School, in Falmouth, Maine. Additionally he held the position of music educator at Bonny Eagle HS and Washington Academy, Teaching Assistant of the Composition department at the University of Minnesota, and he has worked as an intern and as an independent contractor for the Maine Arts Commission.  Jake has been interested in acquiring and changing his teaching and assessment practices to focus on standard based grading. He has had the opportunity to be part of the Arts Assessment Institute and Initiative, and has taught a variety of workshops at the October 2011 Maine Arts Assessment Conference at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. He is continually inspired by other teachers around the state and the country who have found a verity of assessment practices that help students achieve practical goals that will help them progress, while not stifling their creativity. Jake holds degrees from the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jazz and Contemporary music program (B.A., Music, 2003), and the University of Minnesota (M.A., Composition 2005), where he studied with Dr. Judith Lang Zaimont. Beyond his profession Jake enjoys his time with his family, and all outdoor activities especially hiking and skiing.

Barbara Vinal holds a Masters in Technology Education from Lesley University, a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and holds a certificate in online instruction through the Carolina Online Teacher program (COLT) through LearnNC, a program of the UNC School of Education. She is currently an Instructional Technology Facilitator and Magnet School Coordinator for the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, NC. She has been an educator in Maine, New Hampshire, NC and Texas for over 30 years. Mrs. Vinal was a member of the Maine Dept. of Education Learning Results Review Committee in 2007, which developed the Maine state standards in Visual and Performing Arts. She has presented sessions at multiple conferences on technology integration in the classroom, assessment techniques and in developing standards-based curricula.

Rob Westerberg, Instructor

Rob Westerberg is Choral Director at York High School in York, Maine and Director of the Portland Community Chorus. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Keene State College and M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine. He is past President of the Maine Music Educators Association, the Vermont Music Educators Association and the Vermont Choral Directors Association. In addition to guest directing dozens of choirs throughout northern New England, Mr. Westerberg is a frequent clinician, advisor and guest speaker. He served the Maine Department of Education in the rewriting of the Maine Learning Results for the Visual and Performing Arts and has continued to work closely with Maine's Arts Are Basic Coalition (ABC) to monitor legislation promoting the growth of arts education. Most recently he has worked with the Department of Education to help design and implement Maine’s Arts Assessment Initiative. His commitment to furthering music education has brought him accolades from the Maine Arts Alliance, the Keene State College Music Department and the New Hampshire Music Educators Association. At York High School, he has done extensive work in the area of standards based assessment and worked with administration to establish a Graduation Requirement specifically for Music - one of the few public schools in the northeast to possess one - ensuring that music education be truly "essential for every student".

  • Stephen York is the New England Institute's Dean and is on the Core Faculty for education and liberal arts.  Beyond teaching special education and general education courses, Stephen teaches interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. Experienced as a public and private school teacher in special education, alternative education, middle school, and behavior management, he also taught for Job Corps in Grafton, Massachusetts, and in higher education in Pennsylvania, California, Michigan and New England. Awarded a B.A. in Education and Humanities at Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, a M.Div. in Education and Humanities at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, Stephen is now at candidacy status for his D. Min. in Leadership Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York.