06montreal_breakfast_pip_02_mDebby Bell-Smith has taught in traditional and alternative settings for twenty five years.  She offers a rich multi-age, diverse program that emphasizes skills in language arts and math for students K-8. Debby believes that teachers are facilitators in children’s educational process and should be available to provide resources and tools for discovery. Her elementary education program provides an environment for children to develop strong skills in literacy and mathematics and exposure to all other disciplines. The school environment is safe so that children can take risks and learn from their mistakes. She believes that students need to learn social as well as academic lessons.

n599903542_7216Cheryl Saliwanchik-Brown, Ed.D has over 12 years of elementary classroom and secondary teaching experience as well as college level composition courses. She works extensively with alternative education groups and teaches courses in at-risk education and multi-cultural education to beginning and advanced level students at the University of Maine. At Wassookeag, she provides one-on-one and group tutoring to high school-age youth.

gkised_thu_mgkisedtanamoogk, University of Maine faculty member, offers courses to secondary students in Native American Studies.




valerie_wallaceValerie Wallace has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been teaching art for the past six years in her studio and at schools and colleges in central Maine, as well as exhibiting and selling her paintings and papier machet sculptures.  Val is most proud of the fairy tale themed mural, puppet theater and Little Red Ridinghood sculpture for the brand new Orono Public Library. “I love teaching and I believe that anyone can be successful!  Painting and drawing are lifelong activities as is enjoying the work of other artists.”

Tony Sohns, Natural Historian, offers 10-week science programs at Wassookeag.  Tony’s hands on approach to science brings experiential learning opportunities to children ages 5-13.

Annamarlies Hunter offers weekly 30 minute music lessons in classical instruments.

Wassookeag also offers classes in permaculture, fiber arts, yoga, guerilla art, and theatre, taught by other educators, community members, or parents.  Check out our Calendar page for the current schedule.

For more information about the Wassookeag Learning Community, please contact Debby Bell-Smith at 866-2642.