About our School


Congratulations to the Class of 2017
Class of 2017

Best of luck with your future endeavors!

Hello all,

Thank you for your patience as I took some time getting acquainted with students and the Penquis School facility before I sent out my greeting to you. To share a little bit about myself, I grew up in Fort Fairfield, Maine, graduating from Fort Fairfield High School in 1994. I took my first music teaching position in 1999 in Limestone, Maine. Since then, I have taught or coached in a number of locations – Fort Kent, Waterville, Newport, Hampden, and Old Town. I have also taught for the University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine (Orono), Florida State University, and the University of Wisconsin.

I have five college degrees, the most recent of which is a post-masters Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership that I earned at the University of Maine while I worked for four years coordinating their student teacher program. Completion of that degree also marked my return to public K-12 instructional settings as I accepted the position of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for RSU 50, which includes the towns of Patten and Island Falls, among others. I had leadership roles at each school in the district, which included Southern Aroostook Community School, Katahdin Elementary School, and Katahdin Middle/High School. I greatly enjoyed my time working in RSU 50, but was eager to take on more responsibility and lead your school, putting to work for the kids and community everything that I have learned since I first became a teacher over 18 years ago.

My first impression of the staff is that they remain very positive and committed to working with students and parents. It is not news to the community that the students in our school come from diverse home lives, and that some may have more challenges to work through than others. It is also not a surprise to you that the school has fewer resources than some others across Maine to devote to solving problems. While change takes time and no small amount of creativity, I believe that the staff is up to taking on that challenge (in fact, they already are) and that we can expect changes for the better as the year continues.

Again, I am happy to be part of the Penquis Valley School community, and I hope you will reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Kind regards,

Dan Ross

Principal, Penquis Valley School

Mr. Dan Ross, Principal


207.943.7346 ext 100 

Mr. Michael Rollins, Assistant Principal


207.943.7346 ext 101                             



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