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Anne Atwell-McLeod, CTL’s teacher of grades 7-8 writing, reading, and history, graduated from Amherst College with a double major in American Studies and English. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington, D.C. She taught sixth grade in the Washington, D.C. public school system for a year, then spent three years teaching grades 6-8 at Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland. She is a member of the CTL class of 2000.

Caroline Bond is CTL's kindergarten teacher. She has a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Maine at Farmington and has worked with students of all ages for the past twenty-eight years: as a volunteer and sub at Pine Hill Preschool in Jefferson, a teacher of third and fourth grades at Chelsea and Waldoboro, a science teacher of fifth and sixth grade students at Kieve Science Camp for Girls, a seventh and eighth grade math and science teacher at CTL, a sub and helping teacher at CTL for the past three years, and the CTL kindergarten teacher on Fridays for the past two years.

Ted DeMille teaches grades 1 and 2 at CTL. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheelock College in 1981 and returned to earn a Masters in Reading, Teaching, and Consulting. He has over thirty years’ experience teaching grades kindergarten, one, and two. He is also a professional musician, involved in The Good Rockin’ Daddies (children’s roots and rock) and North Star (traditional American bluegrass). Ted leads writing and reading workshops for teachers throughout the U.S, presents at the National Council of Teachers of English and International Reading Association annual conventions. His book Making Believe on Paper, about primary-grade writers and fiction, was published by Heinemann in 2007.

Jill Cotta, CTL’s teacher of grades 3 and 4 since 2002, is a 1997 graduate of Middlebury College. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maine at Orono in 2000; prior to obtaining her Masters, she team-taught a combined third and fourth grade class for two years at Weybridge Elementary School in Vermont. She also taught third grade at the Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta. Jill has conducted teacher workshops about writing and reading in the intermediate grades at seminars across the U.S.

Glenn Powers is our teacher of grades 5-6 as well as grades 7-8 science. He taught humanities, math, and technology for ten years in Williamsville, New York, as well as East Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, and at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria before coming to CTL in 2005. He earned a Masters in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has presented at National Council of Teachers of English Convention, and is at work on a book for Stenhouse about literary discussions when readers choose their own books. He consults with schools about writing and reading workshop methods.

Katie Rittershaus our grades 5-8 math teacher, has been part of the CTL faculty since 2004; before that she was a familiar presence at the school as a long-term sub, helping teacher, and advocate for kids. A passionate mathematician, Katie also holds a B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in women's studies and took several years of pre-med courses at Regis College and Colorado State University. Her students are stand-outs at Maine’s annual Mathcounts competitions and in their high school mathematics courses.

Music is taught by Kaity Newell. Pam Brackett is our physical education and drama teacher, and Mary Beth Owens teaches art. Pam Brackett, Josi Brune, Helene Coffin, Donna Guenther, Jennifer Keegan Sanborn, Maggie Limm, and Renee Roy are our helping teachers.

Photography credit for the tree image: corwyn@midcoast.com

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