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.
Glenn Kapiloff, Director
Glenn is the Director of Franklin County Adult Education. His task is to keep everything moving in the right direction. He is here to support the teachers and staff that work so hard to meet the needs of our students. He does this by helping to breakdown the barriers for student success. Looking at innovative ways to help fund our programs and initiatives is a big part of that. My goals are to advocate, provide support and ensure that the programs we offer at Adult Ed are meeting the needs of the community we serve. He has been in the school district for over 30 years. He taught Industrial Arts (Technology Education) at Mt Blue Middle School for 18 years before being hired as the Director of Foster CTE Center. During the 12 years as director of Foster Tech he was a part of Mt Blue Campus building project. This project has helped us change from independent institutions to one, integrated campus. This has helped allow students interested CTE programs to blend a career focus with their academic programming. He feels that the next change to the campus is to incorporate Adult Education as part of an alternative pathway for some students. This will help lower our high school dropout rate and improve student skill levels. He came to this position because he would like to see a fair and equitable education for all learners, regarless of their learning style, academic ability or chosen pathway. This should be able to happen at any point in a persons life. He feels he can use his knowledge of career education to help support the new direction of Adult Education with regards to workforce development and training. Using our programs as a gateway to further training and education. One interesting fact about Glenn is the his mother named me after 'John Glenn' the first American to orbit the Earth!
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.
Alli Merrill, College Transitions Coordinator
What brought me to Adult Education:
When I attended school academics always came easy. However, instead of going the traditional route of college after High School I chose to start my family. In 2009, I found myself as a single parent in need of a better education to support my family. I stopped into Franklin County Adult Education one day to see what they could do to help me achieve my goal. From that point on my life changed forever. I completed the College Transitions course and went on to get 2 degrees in Education and most recently my Masters in Psychology. I have worked as a teacher, and a social worker and now am privileged to combine my love of both in the position of College Transitions Coordinator.
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 & 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.
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.
Kristie Backus, HiSET Supervisor
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.
Amanda Barker, Office Support
"What brought you to Adult Ed...?”
I wanted to be more important, I wanted to have more responsibilities, I wanted to help change lives and mostly I want to help others succeed with their futures. The one thing I wanted to do for myself but decided to become a mom instead. Wouldn't change it for the world but, if I had the chance I would have done both!
Amber Stone, Career Advising
I've come to Adult Education after many years of working in various alternative education scenarios. I love helping people find the motivation, the path and the persistence to not give up on their education, no matter what that looks like. I want the people I work with to have the best quality of life, and I want to help them achieve that.