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What's Happening at Presumpscot



Hello. My name is Angie Taylor, and I am honored to be the next principal of Presumpscot Elementary School. Most recently, I was principal of Baxter Academy for Technology and Science. At Baxter, I learned from committed students who traveled from many surrounding areas into Portland to engage in STEM-focused education. Prior to Baxter, I was an elementary school principal in Mechanic Falls and a social studies teacher and program developer at Poland Regional High School.  I have had the opportunity to teach education courses at USM and at the University of New England

I grew up in southern California, and after I graduated high school, I served in the US Navy as a cryptologist. I now live with my family in Raymond, Maine. We have two dogs, three cats and a small flock of hens.

To say that Cynthia Loring has left big shoes to fill is an understatement. Just in the few days that I have spent meeting faculty, staff, parents, and students at Presumpscot, it has become obvious that y’all have built an incredibly tight and caring community. I already feel welcomed and supported, which is incredible. I am looking forward to continuing the work you have started.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you!


Angie Taylor


New Kindergarten Teacher at Presumpscot School

We are excited to welcome Samara Doyon to the Presumpscot community. Samara lives in Portland with her partner and two children. She is from Maine, living both in the Bangor and Portland area. Samara completed the University of Southern Maine’s ETEP program in 2014, and earned a B.A. in English with a minor in creative writing in 2008. Samara’s experience includes working as a pre-K teacher at Roots and Fruits Preschool and Children’s odyssey.  A fun fact, Samara wrote two children’s books: Magnificent Homespun Brown and Magic Like That. Both will be published in 2020. 

Heather   Please welcome our new art educator, Heather Livingstone. She will be with us 2 1/2 days this year, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Heather comes to the Presumpscot community with 16 years experience teaching
visual art in Maine schools. She graduated from USM with a BFA in Art Education, and has an MA in Art Education from Boston University. Heather is a painter and 2D artist who has exhibited her work in various local galleries. She has a passion for integrating the art curriculum across content areas, a background in project-based learning, and is thrilled to be joining an Expeditionary Learning school. Heather looks forward to nurturing hands-on creativity, artistic problem-solving, and innovative thinking in the student-artists at Presumpscot Elementary starting this fall. She resides in Portland with her husband, son, and three cats.
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Please also welcome our other new art educator, Samantha O'Connor, who will be with us on Friday mornings.

Samantha just moved to the Portland area from Northern Virginia this summer, after teaching Visual Art for two years near Washington, DC
. She graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Art and Visual Technology, and English. She worked as an Art Gallery Curator in Richmond, Va and self published her children's book, Captain Marlowe and the Red Tide before obtaining her Master of Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of VA. Samantha works with graphite, gouache, and stained glass in her free time, but loves to dabble in all mediums. Samantha looks forward to creating meaningful relationships with her students based on a foundation of creative choice and personalization tending to the whole child. She now lives in Westbrook with her significant other and beagle and is looking forward to exploring everything Maine has to offer!
Patrick Sutor 

We'd like to introduce one of our new music educators, Patrick Sutor, who will be with us on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and Fridays.

Patrick previously taught in the Oxford Hills School District for five years, and before that taught in Newark, New Jersey for three years. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BM in Jazz Studies and from Montclair State University with a MA in Education. Additionally, Patrick received his full Orff-Schulwerk certification from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As an educator, Patrick seeks to give students the tools to use music as a means for creative self-expression through not just singing and playing instruments, but movement, composing, and improvising. In addition to teaching Patrick plays the saxophone and clarinet in several professional ensembles in the Portland area, and enjoys playing Irish traditional music. Besides music, Patrick likes to spend time outside through fly fishing, hiking, camping, and skiing.

Another new member of our music staff is Tim Fulwider, who will be with us Wednesday mornings. 

Tim teaches music at both Presumpscot Elementary School and East End Community School.  This is his fourth year teaching in Portland Public Schools and is excited to be a part of the Presumpscot community!  Prior to teaching in Portland, he taught elementary general music in Nashville, TN after obtaining his music education degree from the University of Dayton in 2012.  He looks forward to sharing his love of music with Presumpscot students, parents and staff!

Please visit the link for summer reading information.
The Truth About Climate Change According to Kids.
Kindergarten Information Brochure.
Please view the Kindergarten Information Brochure for important information and dates.  READ MORE... about Kindergarten Information Brochure
Mrs. Loring has announced her retirement. Please see her letter below or in her "Message From the Principal" box.  READ MORE... about
The Presumpscot Promise.
Links to The Presumpscot Promise in several languages can be found here.  READ MORE... about The Presumpscot Promise
Kindergarten Registration and Pre-K applications.
Pre-K Application and Kindergarten Registration is taking place February 25 – March 8, 2019. Do you live in Portland? Do you have a child who will be 4 years old by October 15, 2019? Pre-register your child for Pre-K. Or, will your child be 5 years old by October 15, 2019? Enroll your child in Kindergarten. Translated Pre-K applications are available here.   READ MORE... about Kindergarten Registration and Pre-K applications
Family Council Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:45 a.m. in the Welcoming Room at Presumpscot School..
What's Happening in LearningWorks?.
Stay current with the following links.  READ MORE... about What's Happening in LearningWorks?
School Handbook.
Be sure to check out our school handbook. It can be found here or under the "For Students" tab  READ MORE... about School Handbook