Here at Mt. Blue RSD 9 Adult Basic and Community Education, we have an enthusiastic staff ready to help you achieve your educational goals. We'd like you to get to know us better by introducing ourselves to you.
Ray Therrien, Director
Ray has been the Director of Franklin County Adult and Community Education for over twelve years. In his thirty-plus years of experience in education, Ray has worked with refugees from around the world, Micmac and Mexican migrants, prisoners, high school age youth at risk and adults. Ray enjoys music, adventure and the outdoors.
Paul Brown, Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education Coordinator
Paul was involved in education at the middle school level for over thirty years and adult education on and off for thirty eight years. His goal is to promote Community Education within the community, by the community and for the community. His interests are home projects and his grandchildren.
Liza Donald, Administrative Assistant
Liza has been the administrative assistant for the Mt. Blue RSD and the Franklin County Adult Education programs for more than ten years. She enjoys working with people in the community and helping them complete their tasks. She enjoys being with her family, friends and the community. She likes to quilt and do scrap booking and most of all, cook.
Rebecca Dennison, College Transitions Coordinator, Career Advisor
Becky attended the University of Maine at Farmington as a parenting non-traditional student, where she received her BA in Psychology. Becky then went with the momentum she had created and attended University of New England where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Having had many fun, interesting, challenging and rewarding jobs, Becky now happily finds herself working at Adult Education and expects nothing less from this experience.
Michael Burd, Technology Integrator and Life Skills
Mike was a technology business owner for seven years and a community educator for three years before joining the FCABE Team in 2005. He is of the mind that fluency in the language of Information Technology can be a powerful empowerment skill, both personally and professionally. Mike is also a professional bassist and amateur grandparent. He is in relentless pursuit of almost any life-engaging opportunity.
SUE KIDD, Math Instructor AND Odysseyware Coordinator
Sue has a BS in Secondary Education/Math from the University of Maine at Farmington. She taught math at Mt Blue High School for 12 years. She has her own photography business as well as a 185 acre farm where she raises her own produce, maple syrup, chickens, horses and hay. She is the mother of two children.
Maggie Scholl, Reading and Language Arts Instructor
Maggie has a BS in Special Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and an MS in Education from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in New Sharon with her husband, daughter, grandson and four cats. In warm weather, she may be seen with her husband riding a tandem bicycle to work. She also enjoys reading, playing the clarinet and knitting in her spare time.
Greta Espeaignnette, MSAD 58 ABE/High School Equivalency Instructor/Recruiter
Greta has a BA in math from UMF and an MS in Information System Management from the University of Colorado Boulder. After just over 20 years in the US Air Force, she returned to her hometown of Avon where she is enjoying working in Adult Education. She manages her small family farm and enjoys the many outdoor activities the area has to offer.
Nancy Hilliard, Rangeley ABE/High School Equivalency Instructor/Recruiter
Nancy is a retired high school social studies teacher who moved to the Rangeley area 5 years ago. Originally from Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder, she moved with her family to New Hampshire and taught in the Nashua area for 16 years and earned a Masters Degree in Education as well. She loves the mountains and lakes of this area and spends as much time outdoors as she can.
Stephanie Ward, Instructor for English Language Learners
Stephanie is new to our adult education team, but not to the Mt. Blue School District where she is the teacher of the Deaf. She holds a Masters degree in special education and comes to us with over 30 years of teaching experience. When not at school, Stephanie is busy with her family, dogs and chickens. When time allows she enjoys kayaking, sailing, crafting and traveling.
Sue Knight, Corrections Facility Coordinator
Sue has been working with Adult Education since 2002 when she started with the Even Start Family Literacy Program. Back then, she made home visits and included the family as learners. It was a great introduction to learning about the philosophy of "adults as learners". Sue currently enjoys bringing education into the Franklin County Detention Center, kind of a home visit, helping men and women earn their HiSET diploma, get ready to attend college or just explore their thoughts about what they might like to read.
Julie Sawyer, HiSET Supervisor and ITV Coordinator
Julie joined the Adult Education program after working many years in health care. She is excited about working more closely with students as they pursue and achieve their educational goals. She has an Executive Secretarial Certificate from Casco Bay College and an Associate Degree in Management from Saint Joseph’s College. She enjoys many fitness activities, including running, walking, biking and swimming. She is married to her childhood sweetheart, the mother of two sons, and a grandmother!
Kristie Backus, Office Support Services
Kristie has a BS in Special Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has worked in the education field over the years and has also worked as a Family Service Advocate for families in Franklin County. Most recently she has worked as a Real Estate Agent. Kristie enjoys many hobbies/activities such as knitting, making stained glass projects, basket weaving, singing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and most recently playing the guitar. She has three children. Kristie is excited to be working with the staff and students at Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education.
Sharron Cornell, Office Support Services
Sharron has been working for Franklin County Adult Basic Education since 1994. She attended the University of Maine at Farmington as a non-traditional student, earning a BA in Visual/Performing Arts. Her first job upon graduation was teaching adult learners and she has been here since working in different capacities. She enjoys living near the mountains and the many cultural activities available in this area.
Mt. Blue RSD Franklin County Adult Basic & Community Education
129 Seamon Road, Suite A
Farmington, Maine 04938
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone (207) 778-3460
Fax (207) 778-2971
Driving Directions: Our Physical Address is 129 Seamon Road, Farmington, ME 04938 for use with any of the popular online mapping websites which will give you a map with directions customized from your location.