About the Faculty
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 teaches kindergarten on Fridays at CTL. 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, and, for the past two years, as a sub and helping teacher at CTL.
Helene Coffin is CTL’s kindergarten teacher. She
has a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Maine at Orono and a Masters in Education from the University of New England. She has twenty-eight years of outstanding experience teaching kindergartners, as well as five years at the second grade level. Helene is legendary for her outreach to parents, former students, and the school community. Every Child a Reader, Helene's book about teaching reading through poems was published by Scholastic in 2009. She has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention and works with primary teachers in individual school districts to improve their literacy instruction.
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.
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. 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 has been CTL’s teacher of grades 7 and 8 mathematics 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.
Macleod, CTL’s teacher of grades 7 and 8
science since 2003, previously taught middle school science at Boothbay
Elementary and Hebron Academy.
She also consulted with the Boothbay schools, where
she helped teachers incorporate the Investigations math curriculum.
She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with
degrees in botany and biology, and also took courses at Goucher
College in Maryland, Portsmouth Polytechnic in England, and
the University of New Hampshire.
is taught by Kaity Newell. Pam Brackett
is our physical education and drama teacher, and Mary Beth Owens teaches art. Caroline Bond, Pam Brackett, Donna Guenther, Maggie Limm, and Renee Roy are our helping teachers.
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