Special Area Teachers

We are very fortunate to have a number of special subject areas offered at Cushing Community School. Weekly, students participate in art, physical education, and music classes.

 

Other programs and resources at Cushing Community School include the Title I, Reading and Math Intervention, and Resource Room.

 

See the links below for information about individual teachers and special program areas at Cushing Community School. 

Library Media Specialist/ Technology Integrator

Special Education

Art

 

Meet Mrs. Eddy


Tell me about yourself.

My name is Janelle Eddy and I am the K – 8 art teacher in Thomaston. I grew up in Cushing and attended Cushing Community School and Thomaston Grammar School. I graduated from Georges Valley High School in 1996 and graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education in 2002.

 

Why do you like teaching art?

I enjoy teaching art because it allows me to share my passion for art with my students. I enjoy this quote by Pablo Picasso, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” I truly believe that all children are artists and that it is my job to give them the tools to believe and realize that they are.

 

What are your favorite student units?

I have always enjoyed working with clay, so any lesson in which we work with clay would be my favorite lesson. We make frogs, turtles, cupcakes, vases, and many more items out of clay.

 

What is your plan for parent contact?

Please feel free to call Lura Libby School at 354-6464, or email me at jeddy@rsu13.org.

 

What are your homework guidelines?

I do not assign homework. However, I encourage students to draw at home.

 

 

The Philosophy of Art

Philosophy of Art Education:

The art program is dedicated to educating and caring for each student as a person and individual ~ accepting all students, whatever their ability, and playing upon it to enhance their imaginative and natural talents.

Art Room Expectations:

1.~ BE ON TIME TO CLASS!

2.~ Come to class prepared.

3.~ Participate in classroom activities.

4.~ Write down homework assignments.

5.~ Complete homework.

6.~ Respect individual classroom rules.

a)~ respect teacher, classmates and yourself

b)~ no talking during directions

c)~use materials properly

Personal Expectations:

1.~ Accept responsibility for personal decisions and behavior.

2.~ Express your needs appropriately.

3.~ Respect others opinions, feelings, and beliefs.

4.~ Work cooperatively with others.

5.~ Show a willingness to take risks and meet challenges.

                    6.~Show an ability to start, continue and complete tasks.

                  Grading/ Evaluation:

Evaluation is an on going process.~ Student expression both visual and verbal including creative thinking, problem solving, class participation, willingness to learn and try different ideas and individual effort are all important parts of evaluation.

Evaluation will not be based on whether a student finds the right answer to a problem presented- as there are really no wrong answers in art.~ Rather, evaluation will be based on the the following:

1.~ Ability to follow directions.

2.~ Completion of projects to the best of his/her ability.

3.~ Proper use of materials.

4.~ Ability to use new art vocabulary in context.

5. ~Willingness to be creative.

 

~ Most Important:

EFFORT *~ EFFORT * EFFORT*~ EFFORT

 

  

Music

 

Ashley Boden, Music Teacher

 

Tell me about yourself.

Hello! My name is Ashley Boden and I am the music teacher at Cushing Community School and Thomaston Grammar School. I have been teaching general music and band for 2 and a half years. I grew up in Liberty, Maine with two music teacher parents and have been an active clarinet player and singer my whole life. I graduated from Mount View High School in Thorndike in 2011 and I graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. I currently live in Damariscotta with my adorable cat Singer.

 

Why you like to teach your grade or special area?

I love to teach music because I feel that every child should be able to communicate their artistic side, whether it’s via music, art, or another media. Music has been my passion my whole life and I am excited to be able to share it with our community. One of my favorite quotes is from a professor I had at the University of Southern Maine, “Music sounds how feelings feel.” I feel that this perfectly describes why I love to teach music.

 

What are your favorite student units?

I really love to teach band. I feel that being an instrumentalist is a skill that takes a lot of hard work and dedication and I love to be able to help foster those traits in our students.

 

What is your plan for parent contact plan?

The best way to reach me is by email at aboden@rsu13.org

 

 

Physical Education

 

 

Occupational Therapist

Mrs. Lauren Watts

Occupational Therapist

 

 

Tell us about yourself:

I am one of the Occupational Therapists for RSU 13. I work in the schools on the west side of the district (Cushing, Thomaston Grammar, Lura Libby, Oceanside West and the St. George School). I live in Tenants Harbor with my husband and our two dogs. We have three grown daughters and one granddaughter.

I love working with students in the various schools because I get to know a lot of different students of all ages. Every one of them is unique! It is very rewarding to see my students progress with their skills.

 

What is your parent contact plan?

I can always be reached via my rsu13 email if parents have questions. 

Speech

 

 

Sue Foltz

Speech Pathologist

 

 

Teacher Biography:

Most of my working career has been in the area of education.  Besides running a theater and working at the YMCA in Pennsylvania, full time educating has been my life's work.  My friends think of me as a "grammar snob."  Currently I'm working on that flaw.  Besides teaching I enjoy antiquing, playing the drums, playing bridge, attending church groups, and reading.

 

Why you like to teach your grade or special area:

 Since I now have the gift of being able to work with only a few speech students, it is my delight to have time to prepare daily lessons that combine many of the areas of speech, such as articulation, fluency (stuttering), voice, social skills and language.  Language has always been a stronger skill for me than math and the sciences and speech gets to include so many "fun" topics to teach.  My own children roll their eyes when I gather my grandchildren around the kitchen table to share traditional grammar with them.

 

Your favorite units:

This is difficult to choose.  It's fun putting definitions to music which aids memory.  Using antique "props" is meant to give students some history along with their speech lessons.  I love to use Dick and Jane and David and Ann books for a twist in teaching reading.  Social skills can sometimes be targeted while having a tea party, and of course there is always repetition, repetition, repetition.