Harry Kaiserian has been writing a weekly food column since 1987 and has taught cooking classes on a variety of cuisines. His course on “The Role of Food in Film and Literature” was well-received, as was the team-taught “Making Healthy Food Taste Great.”
David Boyer retired from teaching in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy at Marietta College in Ohio. As a professor in a small department he taught a wide variety of courses in his twenty seven years there, but his favorite was always the Introduction to Sociology course. In it he used novels, autobiographies and film, in addition to sociological texts, to encourage students to acquire a sociological imagination.
Although Paul Garcia shifted his career to translation in the nineties, he has been an Adult Education Spanish teacher pretty much non-stop since then. He spent his formative years in the linguistic soup of Manhattan, where within a few blocks one could hear Yiddish, Italian, Irish brogue and Spanish, of course, from spanglish to grammar worth approval by the Real Academia. As an hispano-yanqui raised in Nuyorico, his attitude toward languages has become that none fully expresses the human soul, but each serves a culture. Having taught at secondary and university levels for twenty years, he earns his living as a translator and interpreter. He’s lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.
Lynnette Sproch is a graduate of Rowan College where she was awarded the Dr. Shenk Award for creative excellence. She has been painting for 50 years, and teaching for 40, both in public and private institutions, as well as giving private lessons. Not only is she an artist in both watercolor and ceramics; she studied human anatomy for 15 yrs. with master sculptor Joe Query. Her works have been exhibited at numerous venues including Maine Won’t Discriminate, Huston Tuttle, the Caldbeck Gallery, Artfellows, and Colby College. She is a member of the Maine Arts Commission.
Charlotte Herbold has taught theater courses in the Senior College for several years. She holds degrees in Theater and English from Stanford University, The Max Reinhardt Seminar, The University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maine. She has acted in many plays in many places and groups, including Belfast and the Belfast Maskers.
Judy Beebe graduated from Smith College with a major in English Literature and did graduate work at Syracusse University to become an elementary teacher. After her mother taught her the basics of knitting, Judy became an avid knitter. With the occasional help of experts in local yarn shops, she has learned how rewarding, relaxing and creative knitting can be.
Cathy Lickteig Makofski is currently a contributing writer for Maine Seniors Magazine. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. She recently relocated to Belfast after living in Camden, Maine, for 12 years. Cathy is a nonfiction writer with a special interest in the fortitude of people with serious health issues, the extraordinary lives of everyday people, and the magic and muddle of relationships with families, friends, pets and the natural world. Since the blank page always poses a serious challenge for Cathy, her prompts are as vital to the process as pencils and paper.
Larry Mayer is a professor of oceanography at the University of Maine. He was educated in chemistry and geology, but has broadened himself to work in many biological issues as well. He has taught several other relevant courses such as Chemical Oceanography, Estuarine Oceanography, and Marine Biogeochemistry. His research has focused on coastal oceanography extensively in Maine, and also in several other parts of the world.
Nancy Blatz taught high school math for thirty-three years in New York. During that time she attended adult education painting courses and took four watercolor classes from the Huntington Township Art League. The rest is history. When she retired to Maine, she became a member of the Midcoast Art Guild and she has since become a master watercolor instructor at Senior College.
Wendy C. Kasten, Professor Emerita from Kent State University (Ohio), began her teaching career in Waldo County, Maine, at Searsport Elementary School. She has also taught at the University of Maine, University of South Florida, and Deakin University in Australia. Wendy is the recipient of two teaching awards in higher education. She has co-authored eight books on literacy/literature topics, including two published in Turkish, and two translated into Mandarin Chinese. She has authored numerous articles and been Associate Editor for The Reading and Writing Quarterly for 14 years. She has taught courses in children’s and young adult literature, educational research, teaching reading, teaching writing, and action research. Wendy has traveled extensively, working with teachers and graduate students in many countries. She resides in Belfast.
David Porter, a Brooklin resident, is a retired (2006) professor of mycology. His professional teaching and research at the University of Georgia spanned nearly forty years. He now teaches mycology at College of the Atlantic and leads a variety of mushroom related field experiences in the Blue Hill area.
Cloe Chunn, a former high school and college teacher, is a naturalist, outdoor writer, and Registered Maine Guide. She is a cofounder and faculty member in the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Her book, Fifty Hikes in the Maine Mountains (W.W. Norton), has been a Maine standard hiking guide, continually updated and revised for over 30 years. Cloe has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and has explored wild country as far afield as Antarctica, where she did geological research during graduate school. Cloe is happiest when she is outdoors, where she enjoys feeling her connection to the rest of Earth’s creatures and helping people restore their sense of connection also. She does this through her work with the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. She is especially fond of birding, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and Sphagnum bogs.
Sandi Cirillo earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She spent most of her career teaching in the public schools in New York.
She is also an accomplished fiber artist and has taught fiber workshops all over the Northeast and North Carolina. Influences for her drawings and fiber art come from her joy of being outdoors and sketching and photographing the natural world and especially from her love of coastal Maine. You can see examples of Sandi’s art at www.especially-for-ewe.com. She also teaches many different workshops at her studio in Searsport.
Beverly Crofoot and her husband David moved to Bayside in 1977 and have lived there ever since. Before undertaking the book project, Beverly served on the Board of Overseers which is the governing body of the Northport Village Corporation. She has also been active in the Bayside Historical Preservation Society since its inception twenty years ago.
Pat Griffith is a retired newspaper editor who covered the White House and Capitol Hill during the years George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton were president. A graduate of Stanford University, she has been a member of Belfast Senior College for 13 years and has served as president. She has arranged courses and taught individual classes on presidential wives and families and on two preeminent political women from Maine, Frances Perkins and Margaret Chase Smith.
Patrick Lorenz is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Maine Maritime Academy and has taught there for the last 12 years. Prior to this, he was a biomedical researcher for many years and then worked for a large IT firm, most all of which was done within the Washington, D.C., area. Dr. Lorenz’ current research interests include the mathematical modeling of the extraction of energy from ocean waves.
Jim Kosinski has been a photography educator for decades, having taught classes and workshops at colleges, schools, art centers, and museums throughout the Northeast since the 1970s. His presentations on “good humor with a camera” are ongoing at a variety of organizations in Mid-coast Maine. He invented the Merlin Paintcan Pinhole Camera that is used in photo & art classrooms throughout the world.
Richard Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Boston University and his master’s in music history and theory from the University of Connecticut. He spent the most important thirty-nine years of his teaching career in the public schools of Connecticut and Massachusetts, mostly at the secondary level. During these years he directed musical theater productions, including many of Broadway’s best-known musicals. Dick has also taught music courses at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.
Beginning with an early interest in drawing, painting, and lettering, Anne Spencer received a BA in Fine Arts from Wilson College including courses in art history, aesthetics, oil painting, and graphic design. She received professional competencyin Occupational Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. During her 45 years of OT practice, 26 in Maine, she continued painting and exhibiting, and travelled extensively. She received an MA from the University of Maine at Orono in Liberal Studies, in areas of art, history, and health. She continues to exhibit paintings and enjoys teaching watercolor classes to students who are interested in drawing and painting yet fearful to begin.
Tom McCarthy, a graduate of Northeastern University and a Vietnam veteran, is a retired U.S. Secret Service special agent. Since 1995, he has traveled worldwide—including to war zones—for the Department of State lecturing and providing training to host countries’ security forces. He has also lectured extensively for other entities including John Jay College of Criminal Justice. McCarthy has retired to Camden, and besides intelligence, he lectures on protective services, another area in which he has had personal experience, and terrorism. Tom has taught several very well-received courses at Senior College.
Deborah Stevenson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and spent the first half of her adult years as an actor before deciding to leave theatre to begin a family and pursue painting. She has been making art, exhibiting, and teaching for over 30 years. She lived and worked on the West Coast for many years, returning to the East in 2007. She worked teaching art through a non-profit in the inner city and underserved communities of Baltimore for several years. In 2010, she moved to NYC to concentrate on her own work in the dynamic and diverse communities there. A recent transplant to Belfast, she now does workshops and has her own studio here, from which she participates in the international collage community, showing and publishing her work.
Saadiya Boutote completed her undergraduate degree in Political science and graduate degree with a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University. She is a self-taught henna artist and has studied the history of the art form. Henna has been a greater part of her cultural connection to her Indian heritage. She currently uses henna as a medium for her artwork which includes painted Ostrich eggs.
Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, is Director of Community & Education for the Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four of Maine’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries. A former high school teacher and administrator, Becky has over a decade of experience in all aspects of the medical cannabis industry on both the East and West coasts. While her career has taken her out of the traditional classroom, she remains a dedicated educator who uses her extensive industry knowledge and classroom experience to engage health care professionals, community leaders, patients and the general public in learning about medical cannabis.
Juliet Baker has studied and taught English language and literature for forty years. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and pursued a Ph.D. at Berkeley. She has taught several well-received courses at Senior College, including “The Bible as Literature,” “Beowulf Reconsidered,” “A Feminist Reading of Jane Eyre,” and “A Reconsideration of Charles Dickens.” In the community she has also offered classes on poetry and on mystery novels set in foreign lands, facilitated a reading group on The Odyssey, and directed an Arthur Miller play.
Keith Dunson, M. Ed., has specialized in serving “At-Risk” students in public education settings in Waldo County for 35 years and has served locally on Drop-out Prevention committees as well as on a state level Alternative Education Committee. He presented his paper on his studies of motivation at an international conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, which led to the formation of a research team. He successfully presented the initial validity results (based upon the former RSU elementary school population) for peer review of his team’s research on the motivation and psychological characteristics of “at-risk” students at the International Conference of Motivational Scientists and Professionals in the Washington D.C. area. This resulted in the development of a scientifically valid psychological instrument for screening elementary students for “At-Risk” characteristics. He was involved with validity and reliability confirmation of these studies at a seminar in Chicago. He has since presented both locally and at the state level and is currently writing a discourse on the natural laws of human education.
Instructors Ray and Patricia Estabrook are the co-Founding Directors of the Game Loft, Belfast’s award winning after-school program. The Estabrooks created and run a very popular U.S. and Maine history program for high school students called Coming of Age in America or CoA. CoA uses role play to explore complex topics in American history from a variety of perspectives using all the senses.
Neal Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and is currently a rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. For Senior College at Belfast, he has put together and presented a series of very well-received courses on the history of rock and roll over the last several years.
Rebecca Jessup studied Latin at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has taught and tutored Latin for over twenty years, in Colorado and Indiana, to students of all ages—home schoolers, high schoolers, college undergraduates, and beyond. She grew up spending summers on Squirrel Island off Boothbay Harbor and is thrilled to have relocated back to mid-coast Maine. She has taught Latin at Senior College and through Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education at Camden Hills Regional HS. As a poet, she was recently awarded a residency at the Poet’s House in New Harmony, IN, along with her partner, the writer Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer.
Duncan Newcomer is the New England coordinator for the Colonial Williamsburg pilot project on the Idea of America. He has taught this material at the Hutchinson Center as well as a Senior College course on his book “Quiet Fire: The Spiritual Life of Abraham Lincoln” which is a short feature on WERU at 6:30 Wednesday mornings each week. Duncan is a writer, teacher, and spiritual director. He and his wife Rebecca Jessup, Latin teacher and poet, live in Northport.
Elizabeth Garber studied Greek Epic at Harvard in the Mythology and Folklore Department during the 1970’s before her life took a different turn. Teaching a class on the “Odyssey” four years later will be an exciting return to an old love. Elizabeth is a poet, memoirist, and acupuncturist, and has taught a Senior College class on “The Literature of St. Petersburg.”