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40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd. • Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
adultedinfo@rsu23.org • (207) 934-7922 • Fax: (207) 934-3705
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Christine Adams is the Alternative Education teacher at Saco Learning Center. She attained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, and has spent many years working in education in various roles.

Jason Adour, PT, DPT, received his doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston. He is the owner of the Maine Strong Balance Center in Scarborough, an outpatient physical therapy practice where he specializes in balance and walking rehabilitation.

 

Gordon Andersen, a retired American Baptist pastor, learned to cane years ago from one of his parishioners and has been enjoying this craft ever-since. He started his own caning business in 20.01

Art Night Out instructors are experienced, passionate crafters. They provide a relaxed, fun environment with lots of support and quality materials and tools to ensure a positive learning experience. You will leave class with new skills and an amazing project you created yourself. See our Gallery.

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Mary Bailey, an avid and talented baker, is a Culinary Arts major at YCCC. She is a cook & baker at Saint Joseph’s Convent in Biddeford and also makes bagels for Biscuits and Co. in Biddeford.

Meret Bainbridge, LAc, MAcOM, owner of Acupuncture by Meret in Portland and Saco, has been practicing acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Greater Portland since 1997, and in Saco since 2016. Meret is a licensed acupuncturist and a registered practitioner of Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure with over 20 years experience.

Laura Balladur has studied dance since her first pliés at age 3 and teaching Tango since 2008. She brings her knowledge of body mechanics, dance, music, and pedagogy to the classroom. Both a recognized leader and follower, she creates a fun atmosphere for you to develop into a confident dancer. She also organizes a monthly milonga in the Portland Tango community, where she is also a valued tango DJ.

Gene A Barber, a wholesale rep for Devenish wines, started his first wine tasting club in 1974 and has been an avid student ever since. He deals primarily in low-yield, low-production wines that are sustainable, organic and natural.

Jessica Barker has been belly dancing for most of her adult life, starting with the Desert Dancers with Miraya Swanson. Continuing her studies with world renowned instructors such as Nathifa Shakti, Heather Powers and Rosa Noreen. As a certified Yoga Instructor with hundreds of hours of teaching experience, Jessica is excited to fuse her two passions.

Shannon Belt is a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor. From teaching skiing in the winter, bike mechanics in the classroom, or traffic safety on our roads, education is at the heart of what he likes to do.

Ron Bibeau, former successful amateur golfer and a Head Golf Pro since 2002, began working at Dunegrass in 2016. He is currently VP of The New England chapter of the PGA and soon to be elected President. Ron has been a member of The Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and has been honored by his peers with various awards over the years.

Liz Bieber is a photographer specializing in portrait and event photography. In 2008, she graduated from the Master’s Program in Film & Media at Hunter College. Liz teaches photography courses and workshops locally, including MECA and SMCC.

Steve Boillot received a BA from the University of Missouri and has taught ESOL for eight years after retiring from a career in college textbook publishing.

Heather Boisot is National Healthcare Association Instructor certified with 16+ years of experience. She is currently nurse manager at Freeport Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where she is in charge of a staff of 50+ people.

Beth Boucher, Founder of Boucher Family Chiropractic, earned her Doctor of Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic and has a practice built around family wellness care focusing on education for her practice members and lifestyle choices.

Lisa Bouchard is a licensed massage therapist, Shiatsu practitioner and acupuncturist. She has owned and operated MassageCraft in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach for the last 25 years.

Tom Bull of Dirigo Brewing which came to life in 2014 when Molly & Tom Bull and Meesha & Mark Paulin joined forces to bring Tom’s lifetime dream of building a brewery focused on his delicious interpretations of traditional German and Eastern European lagers and seasonals. Dirigo has been serving new old school beers to one and all since August 2016!

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Peter Carlino is a Certified SCORE Mentor and the Director of Client Workshops at the Portland SCORE office. Peter's carer background is in computers and telecommunications where he worked with large companies and small to bring innovative products to market.

Karen Casey has been gardening for over 40 years. She has worked in numerous professional gardening positions and currently owns her own business called The Occasional Gardener, When You Just Don’t Have the Time.

Laurie Cavanaugh is an independent rideshare operator and experienced speaker with three years of rideshare experience.

Robert Chipman, local artist and performer, works with spray paint, found objects, acrylics, charcoal, pen, pencil and watercolors. His paintings have been published in several novels and magazines. He has also worked as a professional birthday clown, juggler and stage magician for more than 30 years. See our Gallery.

 
  Penny Kusum Clum, MS, E-RYT 500, Advanced Yoga Nidra Facilitator, began practicing yoga over 20 years ago. She is the founder of Kusum Institute Yoga, offering yoga classes and immersion programs to bring the calming principles of yoga into daily life. www.kusuminsitute.com

Ken Cole is a lifelong card and game player. He has hosted many tournaments and card parties for the past 20 years.

  Janet Conner holds a BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists. Her hooked rugs have been exhibited  regionally, and can be seen at Maine Fiber Arts Center in Topsham. See our Gallery.

Jennifer Courtois, RN, has 40 years of nursing experience, from hospital, home health, diabetes & community education and 10+ years teaching of CNA, PSS & CRMA in both the classroom & clinical areas.

Kim Crepeau, a basket weaver since 1984, has been enthusiastically teaching her craft for the past 15 years. From beginner to intermediate, the baskets Kim chooses for her classes can be made by all.

Alinson Cruz began working for Microsoft 5 years ago as a Technical Advisor and has worked his way up to Business Manager. He is a lifelong tech junkie who prefers Windows-based devices for their flexibility and business software benefits and is passionate about helping people discover the endless possibilities of their Microsoft products.

Robert Cyr is a Safety and Wellness Instructor, Certified Health Coach, organic gardener, and personal chef. He has been an Official Trainer & Pacesetter for the Hannaford-sponsored training runs since 2003 for the Beach to Beacon road race.

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Iona Desmond is an artist and teacher with over 38 years of experience. Her pastels and sculptures are in many private collections in the US and Canada and she has won several awards for her artwork.

Missy Dunaway is a fine artist with a BA in Fine Art and Art History from Carnegie Mellon University. Her travel sketchbook was featured in Travel & Leisure, Huffington Post, Airbnb and in A World of Artist Journal Pages, by Dawn Devries Sokol. Missy also teaches online at creativebug.com where she shares her talent for creating amazing travel sketchbooks.

David Durkee has worked in adult education for fourteen plus years as both an educator and administrator. He has served as a director of TRIO programs through Southern Vermont College, and is the current director of OOB/Saco Adult Education. With degrees in English and Secondary Education from the State University of New York, David is a lifelong learner and a strong advocate for the importance of education. David is commited to offering a range of enrichment and basic education courses to community members, and enjoys helping empower students through new educational and career pathways.  

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Meredith (Miki) Earle, owner of Royal Chalk, specializes in training the Do It Yourself student in the art of chalk painting. She also creates and provides chalk painting products.

Joshua Edgerly graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2012 with a BA in Graphic Design. He has been teaching InDesign at SNHU since 2013. He also has his own multimedia business and offers freelance graphic design work.

Dr. Jonathan Emlet, DC, of Scarborough Family Chiropractic, has BAs in Biology & Life Sciences, a Masters in Nutrition & Human Performance, and lectures to share valuable tools on how to live healthier by focusing on what is natural for the body.

Caryl Everett and Dorinne Spirito are avid Mah Jongg players who are passionate about sharing their love for the game with others.

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Louis Falank Jr., owner/operator of Mountain Bear Programs/Guide Service & instructor at Maine Primitive Skills School, has worked/volunteered with programs at camps and schools across Maine, New York & Pennsylvania. www.mountainbearprogramsandguideservice.com

     

Suzanne Farley has taught music for more than 31 years. She teaches privately, performs locally, and is eager to share her love of music with others.

 

 

Ashley Flowers is a Yoga Instructor, SUP instructor, Environmental Educator, Entrepreneur and life-long lover of the water! She has been helping people connect with nature and with themselves for over 10 years and looks forward to sharing her love of yoga and paddleboaring with you!

Jodi Flynn, founder of Luma Coaching, specializes in supporting business leaders overcome stress and self doubt and creating the business and lifestyle of their dreams. Her podcast, Women Taking the Lead, inspires women to overcome self doubt and lead with confidence and integrity.

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Jon Gale is a retired educator, practitioner in Buddhist meditation techniques, and presently studying as an interfaith chaplain.

Noelle Gallant has been a teacher at Saco Middle School for five years with experience in fundraising, volunteer coordination, and event design. She loves finding ways to use technology to simplify her life, at school and at home.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She has sold her original greeting cards at craft fairs and will be selling them on etsy.com soon! See our Gallery.

Mark Gerardi has been studying and teaching martial arts for 25 years. He is the founder of Samurai Fitness and a professional member of the National Qigong Association. He is also an Energy Healer who recognizes the health benefits of these active moving meditations. www.luminousandhealthy.com

Linda Greer is an Art Night Out instructor. She is an experienced artist who provides a relaxed atmosphere, lots of support, quality materials/tools to ensure a positive experience.

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Bernadette Hawkes, practicing holistic aesthetics since 2009, is passionate about holistic health and recently extended her practice into Ayurveda. She is trained in Panchakarma, Reiki I-3, yoga, trauma sensitive yoga and studied mindfulness meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn at Blue Cliff Monastery.

Jen Hayes has over 20 years experience in the horse industry; working for profit & not-for-profit horse business settings in roles of management, leadership and program development. She is a strong advocate for the horse and values curriculums geared to meet the needs of all creatures from the ground to the saddle. She is a PATH-certified instructor and Horse Program Director for Oceanwood.

Linda Hargesheimer, a former schoolteacher, has a BS Ed from Bowling Green State. She has been doing numerology for 20+ years, is a Licensed Louise Hay Teacher and has been a student of spirituality for 30 years.

Mike P. Harris, a professional speaker/entertainer and a trainer of Public Speaking at UNUM, has mentored many who felt terrified in front of groups into confident, effective speakers & group leaders.

Bernadette Hawkes, practicing holistic aesthetics since 2009, is passionate about holistic health and recently extended her practice into Ayurveda. She is trained in Panchakarma, Reiki I-3, yoga, trauma sensitive yoga and studied mindfulness meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn at Blue Cliff Monastery.

 

  Bo Hewey has taught from kindergarten through high school and Adult Education. With a Masters in Literacy Education from USM and a MA in Progressive Education from Goddard, he is a lifelong learner who enjoys teaching and learning with his students.

 

Kristin Hobbs, certified in Yin Yoga, has been practicing yoga since 2013 and finds that, after years of high impact, high-intensity workouts, yoga was a refreshing change of pace and the benefits were amazing! She loves the way her body and mind feel after completing a Yin Yoga practice and wants to share that experience with others.

Briana Holt started working as a baker at 13, continued through college and began her professional career running an elite pastry kitchen in Montauk, Long Island moving on to sling pies and donuts at Brooklyn’s Pies and Thighs, and then found her way to Maine, where she paired up with owners of local hot-spot Tandem Coffee Roasters. Briana now showers the city of Portland with her skillfully crafted (scones and pies.

Barbara Hopkins, Masters in Communications Management & certification in Corporate Training., is a licensed Maine agent, has 20 years experience in health insurance operations including 10 years conducting member education meetings throughout Maine.

Detective Huntress brings detectives from the Saco Police Department to present this class. The detectives have more than thirty years of collective experience in investigating a wide variety of crime scenes.  

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Jennifer Jackson graduated from USM in 2006 with a BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in Painting and took many courses in Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, and Art Education. She continues to try new techniques and crafts to keep herself immersed in the art world.

 

Hanna Jalbert, Medical Aesthetician and Professional Makeup Artist, studied 1200 hours of Medical Aesthetics at the well-known Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. She graduated in 2002 and began her career practicing throughout New England, PA, and NYC before returning to ME in 2012. She currently owns and operates Beauty Couture, a Skin Care and Cosmetic Studio on Main St in Saco. facebook.com/beautycouture.maine

Mona Jerome, owner/operator of Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford, has worked with horses for 30+ years, specializing in Mustangs. She trained with numerous national horse trainers & volunteered at Bureau of Land Management adoption events. www.mustangrescue.org

Alexandra Johnson, BA in Media & Communication from USM, has been writing avidly for years, focusing on the techno-thriller genre and working as a contract marketer and freelance writer. She is excited to show students how amazing it feels to immerse yourself in your own world of words.

Dana Johnson is a certified health coach and owner of A Healthy Life and Biddeford Saco Bootcamp. She enjoys helping people feel better and achieve their goals. www.danajohnsonahealthylife.com

Glen Johnson, a dowser for over 50 years, specializes in finding water, moving water veins, map dowsing and locating lost objects.

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Amanda Kimball has been studying the use of essential oils for several years and creates homemade products ranging from therapeutic body care to toxic-free household cleaners. Her personal journey to find natural products for her health concerns has turned into a passion for sharing natural solutions with others.

Lena Knight is a 500RYT registered yoga teacher and a certified Rasamaya Barre instructor. She has been a dedicated asana practitioner for 20 years and owns her own yoga studio in OOB.

Dr Devra Krassner has been in private practice for 25 years. She practices at IHCM with a specialty in women’s health care, using many modalities, including herbal medicine, nutrition and homeopathy. www.maineintegrative.com

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Jennifer Laflin is a medium (psychic) empathic who enjoys working with individuals to assist them on their journey. She provides gallery and personal readings locally and at public venues and fairs as well.

Frank Lee is a Systems Administrator for Thornton Academy. He has taught classes in multimedia and technology since 1996. He also consults on network security and design, web applications, and social networking.

 

Eileah LePage has been teaching French and Spanish to beginners for thirteen years. She is excited to share her expertise and passion for language with adult learners.

Heather Levasseur AWMA, RP, a graduate of UME, currently holds Accredited Wealth Management Advisor and Registered Paraplanner designations through the College for Financial Planning. In the financial services industry since 1994 she has a background in team management, marketing, client budgeting, and investment planning.

Ingrid LeVasseur, BA, CCT, founded Inner Image Clinical Thermography, LLC in 2006. She received her thermography training at Duke University, Raleigh-Durham, NC under the auspices of the American College of Clinical Thermology.

Susan Lieberman has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. She never takes more than one bag and always finds the bargain-priced trip!

Dalton Link is a body care and vitamin specialist at Whole Foods Market in Portland, ME and finds joy in making clean products that his friends and family can use. His years at Whole Foods Market have fulfilled his passion for organic and healthy food and he is excited to share the many merits of natural skin care with you.

Carol Lombard is a social worker whose practice has been with youth at risk and their families. She has seen first hand the frustrations people face when having to run a household and raise a family when lacking basic knowledge. Her hope is that in attending this class you will learn skills to make your life a little easier.

Mike Luchetti, a former schoolteacher and avid fisherman, has been teaching boat and motor repair for the past 25 years. He repairs, builds and works on boats and motors daily and enjoys showing others what he has learned.

Lisa Luken is a Professional Organizer and Simple Living Mentor, helping others find joy and freedom through simplifying. www.simplejoyliving.com

Heather Lundin has traveled across the US & overseas to study with internationally recognized belly dance stars and has learned many lessons through the dance: an appreciation of her body, how to feel beautiful and have fun while expressing herself! She currently teaches Belly Dance, Yoga and Kids Yoga and also performs with the Barefoot Truth Dancers Troupe throughout New England.


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Jean Mack, a Community Health Educator, has thrived on a vegetarian diet for many years. She currently works for Dining Services at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Clayton Marr III was born into a large deaf family. He attended deaf schools K-12 and graduated from RIT with a degree in mechanical engineering. He currently works at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as teacher assistant and plans to attend schooling to become an ASL teacher.

Mary Marra has been creating mandalas and meditating with art for many years. She believes that a spirit of play and an attitude of wonder are at the heart of creativity, that all of us can access our inner artist, and that awe and beauty heal the world.

Geoff MacLean is Vice President of Cumberland County Beekeepers Association, a USM Cooperative Extension Beekeeping instructor, and a beekeeper at Red Brook Honey in Scarborough. www.redbrookhoney.com

Laura Manuel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst practicing at Integrative Health Center of Maine.

Betts G. Mayer, a retired psychotherapist, founded The Gabrielsen Group in Pennington NJ, specializing in marriage & addiction counseling. She is currently a Senior Love Mentor™ for Dr. Diana Kirschner, author of Love in 90 Days & Sealing The Deal.

Kathleen McCallum, CYT 200, RPP, Advanced Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator, Reiki II (Usui Lineage), has developed a deep attunement to Spirit/Energy/Prana through the practice of Yoga. She attended the Amrit Yoga Institute for Yoga Nidra Professional Training and teaches at Kusum Institute. She offers services in Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga.

Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Community Educator at UMaine Cooperative Extension, served with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and has completed the Master Food Preserver Program, an intensive, hands-on training in all aspects of home food preparation.

Sean McCloy, MD, MPH, MA, is Medical Director/founder of Integrative Health Center of Maine and specializes in Lyme-literate treatment. He received his MD from NYMC, is dual board-certified Diplomate in both Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine.

Adam McGee, ABOC, received his BA from Greenville College. He is an Optician with CPO and NCLEC certifications and currently works at Associated Eye Care.

Pamela McGrath, the first official female Capoeira teacher in Maine, has 14+ years of Brazilian Martial Arts training taken in Maine, the US and Brazil. She is the owner/director of Capoeira Alma do Mar school in Portland, offering ongoing classes & workshops.

Kelcy McNamara is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) who is also certified through the Boston Trauma Center to facilitate yoga for trauma treatment. Kelcy teaches group and private sessions of TCTSY (trauma center trauma sensitive yoga) and offers workshops for yoga teachers and clinicians.

Lucille Ann Meltz, founder/owner of Touch the Soul Personal Coaching, trained with a master from the International Institute of Hand Analyses. She has done 100s of readings providing in-depth and often life-changing insight into an individual’s talents, personality and soul’s agenda.

Cara Methot is a certified eBay education specialist. She is an experienced, full-time top rated seller for the past seven years with over 33,000 positive feedback ratings.

Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development and landscape design to irrigation installation and engineering. Rob has worked at Moody's Nursery for over 35 years and was President of the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association. Visit www.moodysnursery.com

Bil Moriarty, of the Biddeford School Committee & Director of Santa Bil's Workshop, a local nonprofit, has eight years experience building fast, low-cost sites and cross marketing social media to maximize onine effectiveness.

  Mary Moskowtiz, MS, CHHC is a Health and Nutrition Counselor at Mainely Health and Nutrition in Saco. She has   a MS degree from USM and is a board certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC.  www.mainelyhealthandnutrition.com

 

Richard "Murph" Murphy, is a film, TV, animation and rock & roll writer. He has sold and developed scripts for most of the major Hollywood studios including Fox, Universal, Disney, HBO and the Cartoon Network. He’s even written for The Beatles! Yes, those Beatles! A member of The Writer’s Guild Of America, Murph is a Hollywood survivor.  He’s been at this screenplay madness for over 30 years and, somehow, is still alive to tell the tale.

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Bob Nadeau has been playing the game of cribbage daily for 70 years! Throughout his lifetime he has taught many people how to play and although he has not yet taught more than one person at a time, he is excited for the opportunity to teach a group of students.

Cooper Nadeau, born and raised in Portland, ME, is a graduate of Deering High and attended the David Leadbetter Acadeny at IMG in Bradenton, FL. He is passionate about teaching golf and has taught all ages and skill levels and is ready to hel you improve your game.

Heather Nichols is the owner and trusted tarot and astrology reader, and soul retriever of Stones & Stuff, a rock shop in Portland, ME.

 

Liis Nigol is the Student Services Coordinator for the OOB/Saco Adult Education program. She has worked as a counselor with high school, and college students for over 30 years.

 

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Susan Parks, Executive Director of the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater since 2016, has been acting with MSIIT for 25 years. She has performed in dozens of scenarios on topics, including: literacy, sexual harassment, domestic violence, race relations, communication and many others. The MSIIT troupe has performed for a wide assortment of institutions, organizations & agencies such as Maine DHHS, Maine Police Academy, Androscoggin County Jail, Jackson Labs, Shaw’s, Hannaford’s, and the Family Violence Project.

Duncan Perry, a ukulele player for 10 years, is an experienced teacher and performer who entertains at festivals, nursing homes, libraries, schools, and community gatherings. He is also a member of the popular Falmouth Library Ukulele Society (FLUKES).

Savanna Pettengill, a BFA graduate of photography from Maine College of Art, shares her photographic process to young and old alike. Her work is a gathering of spontaneous and subconscious reactions to her surroundings, woven into visual narratives about the beauty and traumas of life.

Lazaro Hernandez Pomeras grew up in Cuba, where he began dancing at a very young age. Lazaro attended a Cuban school of dance, finishing with a degree in Physical Education. He was invited to teach in Russia, later moving to Portland, ME, where he is known as one of the most energetic and skilled dance instructors available.

Dr. Aline Potvin is a naturopathic doctor, teacher, medical muse, and healthcare advocate. Her love of working with patients in her family health practice in Arundel, ME is only surpassed by her deep desire to educate and support families to become independently healthy, and bring that forward into building community.

Chef April Powell, a Certified Wellness Chef, Internationally Certified Sports Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach, has crafted her own style of cuisine using local and global flavors, seasonal ingredients and nutrient-dense foods. She runs a consulting and mobile teaching service in Maine. www.fitkitchfoodedu.com

Helen Webb-Prosser is a certified teacher currently working at Memorial Middle School in South Portland.

 
 
 

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40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd. • Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
adultedinfo@rsu23.org • (207) 934-7922 • Fax: (207) 934-3705