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. 

Librarian/Media Specialist

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

       Meet Dr. James Boyd, Music Teacher

 

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

 

 

Kate Stinson

Speech Pathologist

 

 

Teacher Biography:

I grew up in southern New Jersey and attended Muhlenberg College, where I received my B.S. in Natural Science.  After college, I worked for two years doing in-home ABA therapy for children with autism in the Philadelphia area.  I then moved to Boston and earned my Masters in Speech Pathology from Northeastern University.  While completing my Masters, I worked as a Research Assistant and participated in two different projects focused on Voice Output Communication Aids.  After graduation from Northeastern, I completed my Clinical Fellowship in Brooklyn, NY at a preschool for children with autism.  I then moved to Portland, Maine and worked at The REACH School for six years providing speech/language therapy to children ages 1-6 with a variety of developmental disabilities.  When my husband got a job in Midcoast Maine in 2013, I began working for RSU #13. 

 

Why you like to teach your grade or special area:

 I enjoy the variety that is involved with Speech/Language therapy.  I like working with students in small groups on everything from speech sound errors to social skills. 

 

Parent contact plan:

 Feel free to contact me anytime via email (kstinson@rsu13.org).

 

Homework:

I do not typically assign homework.  However, if parents request, I’m happy to create home practice sheets for individual students.