Clinical Experience Resources - 320/520
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Clinical Experience - Resourcesin Language Arts (EDU 320/520) 

I have been in contact with the principals and teachers listed under Public School Contacts (see the end of this handout) who look forward to your visiting their schools.  You may also contact principals whom you know. 


Set up a meeting with the principal.  On the day of your visit to the school, dress professionally (i.e. as if you were teaching at the school [no jeans]).   Also remember, it all counts.  You never know who will be the one to select you for a teaching position or support you in getting a teaching position, if you decide to teach.  Deal with everyone at the school as if you were in the midst of an extended job interview.  That fact is, you are. 


Bring a copy of my “School Administrator” letter to the principal.  Consider writing a letter of introduction yourself to the principal.  Introduce yourself, tell of your interest or passion for teaching, and ask for her/his recommendations for a teacher who inspires kids.  Ask them, if possible, for a teacher who would welcome your participation in the classroom during the two hours of your visit.  (Observing is important but being actively involved with students will hook you into the best part of teaching: the students.) 


When you first meet your cooperating teacher, give her/him a copy of my “Cooperating Teacher” letter.  During your time in the classroom, use a journal to take notes of what goes on, the interaction among teachers and students, and the questions you have.  Either before you leave the school or very soon thereafter, write a thank you note to the teacher and another to the principal for their willingness to let you learn with them at their school.


Begin calling schools immediately as your first clinical experience response paper is due during the fourth week in class. 


Public School Principals


            Young School (K-2) – Principal Peter Harrison    284-7053


            C.K. Burns School (3-5) – Principal Terry Young

We are excited about continuing our relationship with UNE students and enjoy
being able to share the experience of teaching and learning at the 3rd,
4th, and 5th grade level

Saco Middle School (6-8) – Principal Rick Talbot 

282-4181, extension 2303    They can  contact me via email or phone--whichever works better for them.   I enjoy the great relationship Saco has with UNE.  I look forward to another exciting and great year.  



            JFK Memorial Kindergarten Center, 64 West Street, Biddeford, Maine  04005

Contact Principal Paulette Bonneau, Principal at 282.4134.

Biddeford Primary School (Grades 1-3) [Call Madeline Belanger at 282-8285.  Tell her you want to observe and participate for two hours and what times and days that you can visit.  Reading and Language Arts is often done from 830-11A]   Joan L. Warren, Principal. 320 Hill Street, Biddeford, Maine.  The principal welcomes UNE students!            Biddeford Intermediate School (Grades 4-5) Principal Debra Kenney or Paulette Bonneau   282-5957,  335 Hill Street, Biddeford, Maine            Biddeford Middle School (6-8) – Principal Charles Lomonte    We'd be happy to have your students visit. The best time to reach me is from 7:45 am - 9:00 am. They can call 282-6400 and tell me what their schedules and their subjects are and I'll see how we can accommodate them.  25 Tiger Drive, Biddeford, Maine 


            Kennebunk Elementary School (K-3) Principals Terry Allen and Deb Johnson ( and

Sea Road School (4-5) – Principal Kevin Crowley  (   We would be pleased to work with your students.  Have  them email me and I will set up placements for them.   If there is anything else I can do just let me know. 

            Middle School of the Kennebunks (6-8) – Principal Fran Farr (  We have had a steady stream of UNE students through the years, so we would welcome yours.  If you'll have them contact me with days and times they are available, I'll be happy to set something up.   

Reiche Elementary School (K-5).  Contact the school's volunteer coordinator, JoAnn Ellis.  She is very welcoming of UNE students for observation. Contact her directly at 207.874.8175   166 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102


            Eight Corners Elementary School (K-2) 22 Mussey Road, Scarborough, ME  04070, Principal Anne Marley,



            Falmouth Middle School (5-8)  Principal Jeff Rodman



            Mitchell Primary School (K-2) – Principal David Foster    439-1707

            Shapleigh Middle School (6-8) – Principal Wanda Avery   439- 2572

            Traip Academy High School (9-12) – Principal Pat Garnis  439-1121


Public School Teachers

 Buxton (SAD #6)Dolores White, Grade 4/5 Multiage, Hanson School, are all learners - our level of learning is measured by our individual ownership of that learning.  If all participants’ children, teacher and college students truly believe this, then all encounters provide a win/win situation for all. I look forward to hearing from your students. Diane Caswell, Grade 4, S. D. Hanson School, Buxton, ME  04038,      Just received your note about students visiting.  I'd love to have them.  I have been teaching for 31 years and have had a few student teachers, so I'm used to it.  


Susan Palmer, Grade 3, Plummer Motz School, 192 Middle Road, Falmouth, ME  04105.  Contact her by email.    Teaching and Learning - it's a wonderfully fun journey we make together, children and teachers, hand in hand. Paul Rosenblum, Grade 4, Plummer Motz School, 192 Middle Road, Falmouth, ME 04105, Amy Wheeler, Grade 5, Falmouth Middle School.  Yes, it would be fine to put my name on such a list AND I feel energized by the opportunity to open my classroom to anyone who would like to visit. The absolute best way to contact me is through email. Jean Logan, Grade 2, D.W. Lunt School, 74 Lunt Road, Falmouth, ME     I would be happy to have students come to visit if scheduling works.  Visiting a variety of classrooms is a great way to get a feel for how different literacy education can look in action.   Happy Day! Carol Daigle, Grade 2, D.W. Lunt School.  I am glad to help give your students an opportunity to observe and/or help out during their visit. I feel that observing many different teaching situations gives students a better look at the profession.  Feel free to contact me by email. Jennifer Merrifield, Grade 4 teacher, Plummer Motz School, 192 Middle Road Falmouth 04105   I love to share my passion for teaching with others entering the profession.  
Jeremy Stein, 7th Grade Social Studies, Falmouth Middle School, Falmouth, Maine.    My classroom is an open book. I run a classroom that is experiential and based on student discussions. I do not stand in the front of the room and lecture, rather guide the students to discover their own understanding.
Heather Farley, Grade 1, Narraganset School.  She can be reached at 892-8714.  

Cheryl Fotter. Grade 3, Village Elementary School, 12 Robie Street, Gorham, Me.  04038 222-1363--direct line to my classroom,
I would love to have your students join me in my class.  E-mail is best for me.  I check daily and will get right back to you.


Heather Russell.  Grade 6, language arts and social studies. Gorham Middle School    A visit to my classroom is well-suited for students who have a particular interest in learning about how to use service-based learning in a
hands-on, integrated approach while meeting the needs of a diverse group of students. Our school garden program is at the heart of the work we do across the curriculum

Cindy Hayes, Kindergarten, Kennebunk Elementary School,

Our children are our future and their future is shaped by the good teachers and positive experiences they have in school.  The most meaningful experiences an aspiring teacher can have are with students in the classroom environment with the careful support and mentoring by another teacher.  I welcome preservice teachers--they hold the key to the

future. Bethany Milburn, Grade Two Teacher, Kennebunk Elementary School, 177 Alewive Road, Kennebunk, Maine 04043      I would be more than happy to welcome UNE students into my classroom.  I believe that there is no better education/training for prospective teachers than to directly experience learning with students and through the eyes of students. A second grade classroom is an ideal environment for such learning to take place, as the students are motivated, capable, and (quite) independent learners!

Mary Hebert, 7th grade Language Arts teacher at the Middle School of the Kennebunks. If you come visit my classroom I hope you'll observe 1) kids taking charge of their own learning 2) kids enjoying writing and reading.

Carolyn Sylvanus, 7th grade Language Arts teacher at the Middle School of the Kennebunks.  I would be delighted to have UNE students visit our classroom. Emailing me is a great idea. It's exciting, and it's a great opportunity for students to show their "stuff.". Students take it as a compliment when we have visitors.

Wendy Thompson, 5th grade teacher, Sea Road School, Kennebunk, Maine   The best time for students to come to observe is in the mornings between 9:00 and 12:15. Math and Literacy are taught during this time. I welcome anyone to come and visit. I hope that at the end of the observation in my
classroom, the future teachers will walk away with a few strategies and ideas to store in their "teacher tool box".


Alice M. Sundik, Grade 2, Lyman Elementary School, 39 School House Road, Lyman, ME 04002.    As an undergraduate student, I was fortunate to have experienced a variety of educational settings and those experiences taught me so much.   I would like to provide those same opportunities to pre-teachers.
Kristen Fox, Grade 4-5, Levey Day School, 400 Deering Avenue,  Portland, ME   04103.  Contact her at   Levey has about 40 students in grades K-5.  It was founded about 50 years ago and only recently has been extended to include grades 3-5. Joan Gildart, Grade 4, Longfellow School, 432 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103, 207- 874-8195. Contact her by email I've been teaching in the Portland school system since 1973, from kindergarten through fifth grade (and find the cycles of child development ring matter what grade I'm working with, I still say, "Take turns; hands & feet to yourself; name on your paper!!!!". Glad to be of help! 

Pat Lammers, Grade 4 with Steve Fuller at Hall Elementary School in Portland, Maine.  You can get in touch with her via email:   Teaching is a very demanding and exhausting profession, but if you work hard and focus on the needs of students, it can be very rewarding.  You can make a difference in many students' lives.  Basically I teach Language Arts in the morning - reading, word study, and writing.

SacoMelanie White (UNE teacher education!)  5th Grade Teacher, C.K. Burns School
Saco, Maine 04072   If you have students that would like to observe a 5th grade teacher, feel free to pass my name on.   I am loving my new job and truly enjoying teaching!

Courtney Fitzgerald, CK Burns, 3rd grade Teacher, 135 Middle Street, Saco, ME 04072    In order to learn how to teach you need to do it; before you can do it, you have to experience it.   On a side note, it hasn't been that long (less than 10 years) since I was the student who needed to see teaching in action.  I still remember how
important it is to go into a classroom and watch what it is like

From a UNE student, She was funny, smart, and so excited to have me observe. She was wonderful and seems very welcoming to future observations.

Nicole Walton   Grade 4 at CK Burns School, 135 Middle Street, Saco, ME   Email is the best way to reach me.   I'm very willing to have students visit my classroom for a first hand look and I encourage them to contact me.  I guess my feelings about visits can be summed up with...It's been a few years since I was observing and visiting and preparing myself for a career in education, but not so many that I've forgotten how valuable visits and talking with teachers and students can be.   Jim Hand  8th Grade, Saco Middle School, Saco, ME I would love to have your students come in.  I teach 8th grade writing (3 blocks), pre-algebra, and social studies.  I would love to have UNE students come observe what I am doing.  Send me a quick email to set up a time. Bob LePauloue.  7th Grade Reading, Thornton Academy Middle School, (cell) 934-5422 (home) 282-4181.   I have always enjoyed having UNE students visit my classroom!

South Portland

Robin Reinhold, Brown Elementary School, 37 Highland Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106, or  
Sue Atwood, Wescott Junior High School, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, ME  04092, 
(207) 854-0830 ex. 539,
Becca Cole, Grade 1, Windham Primary School, Windham, ME  04062, 892-1840,     I enjoy working with preprofessionals (and professionals, too), and in fact just finished co-teaching Theoretical Foundations of Learning at USM, which was a great experience.  I have given guest lectures on Assessment, Literacy Programming, Differentiation, and Comprehension at USM and St. Joe’s, so I have tons of materials that I would be happy to share with students at UNE. Deb Luce and Carol Otley, Grade 4, Windham Manchester School, 709 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302), North Windham 04062  and     Both have wonderful senses of humor.  Carol says whoever comes to her room should be prepared because they "eat & dissect gross things they read about."  We love having students come to our school. Kristen Foley, Grade 5, Manchester School, 709 Roosevelt Trail, Windham.  The best email to reach me at would be my school email, which is
 I always enjoy having another adult in the room to give me another set of eyes and a fresh perspective.  Plus, learning how to behave around, and be polite to, visitors are important social lessons for my 5th graders.  Given that I'm brand new to elementary teaching, it will be beneficial for teachers-to-be to see what it's like to be a first-year! 
Kristen completed her teacher education at UNE.


Dan Rothermel, PhD

Department of Education

University of New England   
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2007 )