Welcome to the Mahoney Resource Support Team!!





Welcome to the Mahoney Resource Support Team website!  We will be using this site as a "one stop shop" for all things Mahoney; information and resources for classes, resources to practice skills at home and places to keep track of homework.  We are excited to pull together this site and hopefully will provide a good resource to make the most of your time here at Mahoney.










August 22, 2017


Dear Students & Families,


We hope that this letter finds you all enjoying the amazing summer weather that Maine gives us every year.  We are gearing up for a full, fun and productive year!


This year we are excited to be continuing to provide the best possible services for you all.  We are, for the first time ever, in a position where we are able to provide grade level centered classroom supports which will truly allow us to be even more present than ever before.  Of our team of six adults, we have two adults dedicated to each grade level as a full time support.  Case management will be split between our two lead teachers, Jess Broda and Erin Bernard.  We work very closely as a team, so throughout the year you may have the opportunity to work with any one of us.  We would like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves, and welcome you to reach out at any time should you have any questions.


Throughout the school year, all of us plan to contribute to the following website with class notes from mainstream classes we will be supporting, as well as other homework supports.  Please bookmark the site and take advantage of these resources and accommodations.  We will be using a team site to provide detailed class information and homework help.  Once the site is up and running we will send that along!


We are looking forward to a great and productive year!


Jessica Broda brodaje@spsdme.org

Welcome back for the 2017-2018 school year!  I am looking forward to another fun year at Mahoney.  This will be my 8th year teaching at Mahoney, also having completed  shorter stints at Thornton Academy and Gorham Middle School.  My favorite part about teaching in the resource room is watching students make progress over the course of their middle school careers.  I also love to meet our new sixth graders, and I will be taking the lead with this year’s sixth grade group.  I live in Portland’s Deering Center neighborhood with my daughter, Maddy, who is attending Deering High School.  We love athletics, particularly volleyball, so you will often hear me talking about our weekend travels to volleyball tournaments.


I am excited to be part of our reconfigured resource room team for this coming school year!  I will be case managing Mahoney’s 6th grade class as well as some of the 7th grade class.  I will be teaching and supporting primarily sixth grade.  Please stay in touch with any questions during the school year!


Erin Bernard bernarer@spsdme.org

I am so excited to begin another new school year filled with wonderful students and lots of learning!  This will be my 6th year (holy moly!) at Mahoney, and what I love the most about this job is that every year brings new and exciting adventures.  I live in South Portland with my husband, our almost seven month old twins, Charlotte & Finnigan, and our beagle, Nemo.  You may find us running (mainly at 5:00am) as I am training for my second marathon, or eating at one of the many delicious local restaurants in our neighborhood.  I am so thankful to work with such an amazing team of teachers; I know this year will be wonderful!


This year I will be case managing Mahoney’s 8th grade class along with half of our 7th grade class.  Don’t hesitate to reach out at any time with questions.  I check email all the time!  


Dana Mcquinn

Hello new and returning families. I, too, am returning as an Ed Tech for my sixth year at Mahoney. It is with much enthusiasm that I will be working with a larger team to support students develop skills and study techniques that will allow them to take initiative for their learning. I have been a resident of South Portland for 18 years, have 3 grown sons, a dog and cat.  I usually can be found digging in the dirt, walking my dog, swimming, biking, hiking, camping and trying to find good music at local venues.


My favorite part of my job is watching the students grow both academically and social/emotional development in this unusual time in their lives as middle schoolers.


Ellen Monaghan

2017 marks my 30th year working for the South Portland School Department! Last spring, I made a decision to resign from my position as a special education teacher in order to spend my last few years before retirement as an Ed Tech.  It is a win-win for me as I will continue to support student learning - the best part of being a special education teacher - but I will be leaving the paperwork and meetings behind! I feel very fortunate to be working with a great team and look forward to working with the students.


I live in Portland with my husband and we have three daughters (two older girls are teachers, youngest will graduate from college next year).  We enjoy skiing, hiking and biking.


Robin Legere

I am excited and looking forward to the start of another school year . This year will be my 11th year as an Ed Tech at Mahoney.  I live in South Portland and have raised my three grown children here. I love to read, follow Boston sports, (especially the Patriots), and attend yoga classes.  


Mahoney is a place I love and I look forward to helping in any way I can.


Joe Robinson

This will be my 17th year working for the South Portland School Department and I am looking forward to another year at Mahoney.  I live in Biddeford with my wife and two kids.  I am also actively involved with athletics in South Portland, both as the middle school baseball coach and as the varsity hockey coach at South Portland High School.  I also coach soccer for another school district.  My favorite subject is history, and you can find me reading about different historical figures and periods in history almost every day during my lunchtime.