Your first job, your latest promotion, starting your own business, going on for an advanced degree — it all starts at the University of Maine at Farmington. UMF is where opportunities begin and where success is born.
UMF Education graduates and professional improv comedy troupe all-stars, The Teachers Lounge Mafia. Left to right: Dan Ryder ’98, Jeff Bailey ’98 and Natalie Simmons ’07. Dan teaches English at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Jeff and Natalie work at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, where he teaches technology and she teaches English and theater arts. Both Dan and Jeff were featured on WCSH-TV6 as a Maine Education Association "Inspiring Educator."
Dana Bullen '88, Secondary Education. President and General Manager, Sunday River Resort. Newry, Maine. Also serves on UMF Board of Visitors.
Pine Pitch Press founders Emily Baer '10 and Andrew Thompson '10 promote their first release, "I Could Be Here Now." Pine Pitch Press is a Portland-based outfit dedicated to publishing the written, drawn or otherwise printable in small-batch anthologies.
Jennifer Dorman '93, Special Education Teacher. 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year. Skowhegan Area Middle School. Skowhegan, Maine.
Holly Doe '94, Elementary Education. Technology Integrator and NH's only recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Also earned a National Science Foundation award. Earned a M.S.Ed., Lesley University, an Adult Space Camp graduate and certification at the Google Teacher Academy in London. (Both her parents are also UMF graduates.)
Dr. Shannon Carr '94, Biology. Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB-GYN) at the Women's Center at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine. Earned M.D. at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Gerald Cayer '85 Community Health Education. Executive Vice President for the Franklin Community Health Network and Franklin Memorial Hospital. Earned Master's degree in Public Health and Public Health Administration from Boston University. Also serves on UMF Board of Visitors.
Tracy Williams ’82, Principal at W.G. Mallett School in Farmington was named Maine’s 2015 Distinguished Principal of the Year.
Kevin Brooks '04 English. Lead Developer. Image Conscious Studios. Boston, Mass. Principal. Kevin Brooks Web Design & Development. Portland, Maine.
Distinguished UMF teacher alumni. From left: Jennifer Dorman ’93, 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year; Shannon Shanning ’00, 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year; Sarah Reynolds ’03, 2014 Franklin County Teacher of the Year; Gloria Noyes ’93, 2009 Maine Teacher of the Year; Jeff Bailey ’98, 2014 Oxford County Teacher of the Year; and Shelly Moody ’98, 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year.
Samantha Burk ‘12 Geology. Mineralogist. CS Mining in Milford, Utah.
Erica Emery '06, Secondary Education. Owner & Founder of Rustic Roots Farm / CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) a sustainable organic farm in Farmington, Maine.
Seven UMF grads work as both athletic and academic staff at Carrabassett Valley Academy. From left: Robin Chace ’08, alpine ski coach and U16 coach; Michael Savage ’92, alpine ski racing program manager; Marcy Cooper ’12, history teacher; Nate Jencks ’05, alpine ski racing and U18/U21 coach; Charli Sayward ’13, math teacher; Andrew Willihan ’06, alpine ski racing U14/U16; Meghan (DeCourcey) Price ’02, snowboard weekend program manager and Nate McKenizie, Ski Industries Certificate and founder and head coach of freestyle program.
Katie Dickinson, '14. Business Psychology. Enrollment Analyst. Athenahealth. Belfast, Maine.
Chris McKee '92, Business Economics. Vice President of Corporate Programs for promotional-products giant Geiger, based in Lewiston, Maine.
UMF graduates and Word Portland co-founders Emily Jane Young '07 and Danielle LeBlanc '08. Word Portland is a popular monthly reading series held in downtown Portland.
Kristie Clark '91, Elementary Education. English Language Learner (ELL) Director for Lewiston, Maine, Public Schools. The 2010 recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for excellence in teaching.
Jesse Michaud '06 Rehabilitation Services. Occupational Therapist. The 2011 recipient of the Maine Occupational Therapy Practitioner Award.
Sarah Pine '09, Community Health Education. Operations Manager for Maine Huts & Trails. Based in Kingfield, Maine.
Isaac Ball '02, Community Health Education. Physician Assistant. Also a graduate of University of New England Physician Assistant Program.
Shannon Shanning '00, Public Health and Special Education. Special Education teacher at the Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, Maine. Named the 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year -- the first special education teacher to ever receive the award.
Tracy Weston '97, Environmental Science. Project Manager, Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection's Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites program. Also earned a Master's degree in Public Policy from UMaine.
Luke Shorty '03, Mathematics. Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, the renowned science and mathematics magnet high school Limestone, Maine. Also earned a Master's degree in Mathematics at Montana State University.
Janet Ventrella '04 Elementary Education. 5th grade teacher. Livermore (ME) Elementary School. Named 2013 Maine History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehman Institute of America.
Adam Chabot '11 Creative Writing. English teacher / J.V. hockey coach. Kents Hill School. Kents Hill, Maine.
Travis Magnusson '06 Community Health Education. Physical Education teacher and soccer coach at Buckfield Junior-Senior High School, varsity boy's basketball coach at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine. Named his high school division's 2012 "Coach of the Year" by the Maine Assoc. of Basketball Coaches.
Rachel Labreque '06, Early Childhood Education / Psychology. Co-founder of Teachly, a NY-based company that creates educational apps driven by cognitive science research. Received the prestigious 2014 Apple Design Award at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Paul Hunt '82, Environmental Manager for the Portland Water District. Was recently honored with the Dexter Brackett Award from the New England Water Works Assoc. His wife, Pat ('82) is a UMF graduate and is a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine and their daughter, Therese, is a 2013 UMF Community Health Education graduate.
Lynn Lavorgna-Landry '92, Community Health Education. Business health and wellness manager at MaineGeneral Health (MGH) in Augusta, Maine.
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