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CBHS Science Teacher Honored as ‘Paragon of the Lifelong Learner’

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CBHS Science Teacher Honored as ‘Paragon of the Lifelong Learner’
Posted on 11/05/2015
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Anne Loughlin, Casco Bay High School’s founding science faculty member, was recognized for her teaching excellence by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker at the board’s Nov. 3 meeting.

Crocker gave the following summary of Loughlin’s work:

Anne has been an outstanding classroom educator in the Portland Public Schools for many years, first at King – and for the last ten plus years, as the founding science faculty member at Casco Bay High School. She also served for several years as a Central Office administrator and was recognized by the Milken Foundation as one of the nation's top teachers.

Anne is a paragon of the lifelong learner. First, she transitioned to CBHS and founded both its physics and biology courses. She has been the lead designer of several exceptional learning expeditions. Her students have designed and raced cars, built energy-efficient chicken coops, and orchestrated blood drives, all while engaged in learning vital science knowledge and skills. Anne is passionate about challenging all kids and is a master of differentiation. Her work in making science accessible and rigorous for all is an inspiration to her colleagues.

This year, Anne has re-invented herself again, offering to take on the teaching of three upper-level science courses for the first time: AP Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Engineering. This last course she designed herself after an intense summer of staff development and training. (During her teeming summer, she also co-led two week-long summer intensives for students, one in geology and one in astronomy.)

Last year, after the school decided to dedicate $25,000 of the $100,000 Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Larry O’Toole award money won by CBHS Principal Derek Pierce to a new maker space, Anne avidly researched the best way for the school to spend the money. Once she identified the right equipment for a DIY lab, she sought and conquered the training she needed to make great use of the new lab. She is also a relentless and adept grant writer – both for herself and her colleagues. If it will benefit kids and CBHS, Anne will somehow make it happen.

This fall Anne's students are reaping the benefits of her tremendous work and dedication, not only in her engineering course, but through the new DIY club she launched. She is also planning a Robotics Sculpture intensive in collaboration with local artists and the University of Southern Maine this January. We are proud and grateful for all that Anne has done to help our students and staffs achieve excellence.

Crocker added, “Anne, thank you so very much.”

Loughlin said, “I’d like thank the school committee for continuing to support Casco Bay.” CBHS, Portland’s newest public high school, celebrated its 10 anniversary this year.

Loughlin also thanked Principal Derek Pierce “for having the vision for everything that Casco Bay has become.”  Additionally, she expressed thanks to her husband and “everybody who has supported me along the way.”

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker; CBHS teacher Anne Loughlin and School Board Chair Sarah Thompson