MSAD 60 EXCEL


MSAD 60 EXCEL is a program that supports students who have advanced academic and artistic abilities. EXCEL stands for:

Encouraging

eXceptional students to be

Curious and

Engaged

Lifelong learners

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Our mission: We believe that students who excel or have the potential to excel above the norm should be provided with educational opportunities which match their abilities, interests and needs. These experiences will give students the chance to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills at an advanced level and/or pace. EXCEL collaborates with classroom teachers to ensure that students’ educational programs meet their individual needs.

Our Staff:

Excel Director / Grade 8 EXCEL

Adina Hunter has been teaching in the Noble school district since 2005. She worked as the NHS EXCEL teacher for twelve years before becoming the EXCEL Director in 2019. She earned a B.A from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, is certified in Gifted Education, and is currently working on her Masters Degree in School Leadership. In 2015, she was recognized by MEGAT as the Maine Gifted Educator of the year and in 2019 the Maine Hannah E. MacGregor Maine Teacher of the Year recipient for her work with the National History Day competition. Adina and her husband live in Eliot with their two children Hazel (9 years) and Weston (7 years).

Noble High School, Grades 9-12

David has been teaching in MSAD 60 since 2006. Certified in both English and Social Studies, he has taught both subjects as well as related electives over the years, and he designed and co-advises SEAL, the NHS Humanities Diploma Endorsement Program. David graduated with an honors degree in Political Science and History from USM before earning an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh. He later completed the teaching program at UNE, where he has since served as an adjunct instructor and board review member. David lives in Portland with his family.

Noble Middle School

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Christa is originally from Belgium and moved to the United States twenty-two years ago. She has been teaching for 20 years, starting in outdoor education and spending the past eight years working with gifted and talented students. Christa moved to the area with her daughter and husband from the island of Kauai, where she spent her days as a high school director. She earned her B.A. from Suffolk University in the United Kingdom and is working towards her M. Ed. in gifted education. Her goal is to build confidence, instill a love of reading, and show students a clear understanding of how their thinking works, helping them find their path to personal and academic excellence.


Hussey School (Grade 3) /Knowlton School

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Eileen Sahagian has been teaching elementary students since 1978. She began as a classroom teacher and after ten years returned to school to earn her M.Ed. in gifted education. She began a school-wide enrichment program in NJ and was a gifted education specialist in Ohio. She taught courses and supervised student teachers at DeSales University and Franklin Pierce University. She has two amazing grown children and a geophysicist husband. She loves to read, sing, sail, ski, and swim.

North Berwick Elementary School / Hussey School (Grades K-2)

Brenda LaFrance joined the EXCEL team in 1999. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with her B.S. in Elementary Education, and she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine. She always knew she wanted to help students grow in their learning, and she understands the nature and beauty of a curious mind. Reading, cooking, and being outside are some of her favorite things. She especially loves to hear from her former students so send her a line or drop by to see her! Brenda lives in Alfred with her husband, four kids, and two pups.


Hanson School/Lebanon Elementary

Lisa has been teaching in the MSAD 60 district for 20 years. She began her teaching career at Noble as a middle school science teacher. During that time, she also taught an Adult Ed biology course at Marshwood High School. In 2010, Lisa began teaching at the elementary level in the Lebanon Schools. She started as a 3rd grade teacher and moved up to 4th grade 2016. Lisa graduated with an Associates in Animal Science from UNH and was a veterinary surgical technician prior to beginning her teaching career. In 2000, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from UNE with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Her priority is to develop strong relationships with students so that she can understand how they learn and be able to teach them to their fullest potential. Lisa lives in Berwick with her husband and her two dogs, Molly and Maggie She has 3 grown children and 3 grandsons.

MSAD 60 EXCEL is a program that supports students who have advanced academic and artistic abilities.

EXCEL Mission Statement:

We believe that students who excel or have the potential to excel above the norm should be provided with educational opportunities that match their abilities, interests and needs. These experiences will give students the chance to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills at an advanced level and/or pace. EXCEL collaborates with classroom teachers to ensure that students’ educational programs meet their individual needs.