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Anne Atwell Merkel, CTL’s teacher of grades 7-8 writing, reading, and history since 2013, 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, and then spent three years teaching grades 6-8 at Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland. She presents about her work at conventions of the National Council of Teachers of English. Anne 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 almost thirty years: as a volunteer at Pine Hill Preschool in Jefferson, a teacher of third and fourth grades at Chelsea and Waldoboro elementary schools, 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 three years, a helping and kindergarten teacher at CTL.

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 songwriter and musician. Ted leads writing and reading workshops for teachers throughout the U.S and 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 CTL’s teacher of grades 5-6; he is also our middle-school science specialist, teaching science to grades 5-8. 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 and writing across the curriculum.

Katie Rittershaus has been CTL’s teacher of middle-school (grades 5-8) mathematics since 2004; before that she was a familiar presence at the school as a long-term substitute, helping teacher, and advocate for children. 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 Mathcounts competitions and in their high school mathematics courses.

The school manager is Maggie Limm, who has a background in psychology and is the mother of two CTL graduates. Music is taught by Kaity Newell, talented local musician and music educator. Pam Brackett, owner and operator of Chewonki Campground in Wiscasset, is our physical education and drama teacher, and Mary Beth Owens, noted children’s book author and illustrator, teaches art.

A teacher since 1973, Nancie Atwell founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in 1990. She is CTL’s former grades 7-8 teacher of writing, reading, and history and its current writing support teacher. She is the recipient of the inaugural Global Teacher Prize, chosen by the prominent Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors, and scientists from around the world. She is the first classroom teacher to receive the major research awards in the field of language arts, the M.L.A. Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize and the N.C.T.E. David H. Russell Award. She won the NCTE Award for Outstanding American Middle School English Teacher; was honored by the Library of Congress and River of Words Foundation as Poetry Teacher of the Year; and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of New Hampshire. Nancie is the author of the classic text for teachers In the Middle, now in its third edition, which Thomas Newkirk of the University of New Hampshire describes as the “the greatest book on literacy teaching ever written in this country.” Other titles include Side by Side; Lessons That Change Writers; Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons; The Reading Zone; and Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School, which includes a DVD about CTL. She edited the anthologies Coming to Know, Understanding Writing, and the first three volumes of the Workshop series. Heinemann has produced two DVDs of Nancie and her student writers and readers in action, Writing in the Middle and Reading in the Middle, with all royalties benefiting tuition assistance at CTL.

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