November 9, 2017 | News
Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Change-Makers,
For the past ten years it’s been my mission to help kids succeed – it’s taken me from the baseball field to the Kindergarten classroom – from Portland, Maine to Ukraine – from Bowdoin College to Portland Public Schools.
And this is what I’ve come to believe-
Schools should be at the centers of our communities- where kids develop strong relationships with caring adults; where their talents are discovered; and where they learn about the world around them!
SchoolSquare was born to make that happen – to connect schools with the people of our communities.
In 6 days, on November 14th I will be launching SchoolSquare’s Kickstarter Campaign and I am asking for your support. We aim to raise $25,000. This money will go to help build our new online platform.
You can see more about my story and the story of SchoolSquare by checking out P3’s awesome video below.
I was born and raised in Portland, Maine. I grew up loving baseball and I succeeded on the diamond. It sent me to the University of Maine, to the Cape Cod League and then to the professional ranks with the St. Louis Cardinals.
After playing six years of pro ball, I joined the Peace Corps and taught in a small village in Ukraine. The school was the heart of the village and it is where the community connected. The big kids helped out with the little ones. The grandmoms spent time with the lunch ladies. School events and concerts were attended and enjoyed by all. The community was one big family. They took care of each other. And they took care of me.
Since returning home to Maine, I’ve worked as an Special-ed Ed-tech in the Portland School System, working at Lyseth, Reiche, Presumpscot, Riverton and Ocean Ave. Elementary Schools. I also coached baseball at Bowdoin College and boys soccer at Portland High School, served as Co-President of the Maine Peace Corps Association, and coordinated the Rosemont Mural Project, a community-based art project which has provided over 700 students from six of Portland’s schools an opportunity to create public art for the communities which they live in.
Join me in supporting teachers, inspiring kids, and connecting communities!
Thank you for your continued support and please reach out with any questions or comments you might have. Thanks so much!