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New Staff Members at DISES

Miss Sara Phillips 

This is Sara’s third year teaching music but her first year teaching in this community. Previously she has taught music to students in PK - 8th grade. She has two years of experience directing drama and show choir as well. Last year the show choir she directed at her previous school earned a bronze rating at the state competition. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Maine. While there she participated in several choirs such as University Singers, Athena Women’s Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Oratorio Society, and Euphony. She also participated in the Opera Workshop singing various parts and organizing costumes, sets, and makeup. She was a cast member in the University of Maine’s production of Pirates of Penzance and has been active in a few community theatre productions throughout the state since she was a teenager. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family, and doing escape rooms with her fiance.


Audra Eaton is a former DIS graduate and is excited to be returning to the community to teach first grade.  For the past several years she has taught K-2nd grades, coached high school basketball, been a middle school drama director, and owned and operated a dance studio while furthering her education to earn a Master’s in Literacy.  Miss Eaton participated in the Summer Program at DISES where she had the pleasure of getting to know many students and staff. She is eager to share her passion for dance and the performing arts with the community. 

Mrs. Jill Kofton 

Jill Kofton was born and raised on Deer Isle and is a graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington. Jill received her B.S. from the University of Maine, Orono, and M.A. From John F. Kennedy University (Berkeley, CA). She has taught art for six years, both in South Carolina and Maine. Jill and her husband David live in Deer Isle in his family farmhouse with their rescue dog Cooper. The Kofton's run their own art gallery and studio known as Kofton Studios. Jill is an avid modern quilter and her husband a painter and sculptor. Jill's art program focuses on the Studio Habits of Mind, eight dispositions students are taught so that they learn to think like artists. Her curriculum covers a wide array of art techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking, fibers, clay, iPads, sculpture, mixed media, etc. Helping her students to think and work like artists while expressing their creativity and interests is a joy for her.

Mr. Ross Momaney 

This year Mr. Ross Momaney is excited to be teaching 5/6th grade writing and 3rd/4th grade ELA. Mr. Momaney was born and raised in the small town of West Dummerston, Vermont. There, he went to a small K-8 elementary school which placed a high emphasis on community. Prior to coming to DISES, Mr. Momaney has had experiences working in a kindergarten, second, and third grade. For many summers he has helped teach ceramics to kids, teenagers, and adults. Mr. Momaney graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington this past spring with a degree in Elementary Education (K-8) and a concentration in Social Studies as well as a minor in Art.  When he is not teaching, Mr. Momaney enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.

Kristen Day is very excited to join DISES this September as the School Social Worker.  Kristen has a passion for helping kids realize their strengths and potential.  Kristen has performed a variety of services in schools: individual counseling, group counseling, parent forums, and classroom and student activities. Kristen is thankful for this opportunity and is looking forward to being a member of a great school community.  Kristen lives in Sedgwick with her family, dogs, and cats.

Ms. Susan Wells- 3rd & 4th classroom and 5th-grade science

Ms. Wells is so happy to be teaching at DISES this year! She will be teaching third and fourth grade in room 219 and will also be teaching fifth-grade science. She was raised in North Carolina and spent much of her adult life there. Her family is originally from Massachusetts and Maine. Her Great Uncle taught at the Deer Isle High School! Susan grew up spending her summers in both Maine and Massachusetts. She says that moving to Deer Isle feels like moving home.

When Susan is not at school she loves to walk her dog Hilda, knit, read, garden and do all kinds of crafts. She was a professional potter for many years. One of her goals this year is to visit all of the walks on Deer Isle.

Mrs. Marleina Ford - instrumental music/band

This is Mrs. Ford’s 20th year teaching, but her first on the island, though she did teach in Brooklin and Sedgwick for two years back in 2002. She is very excited to be part of the Union 76 schools! She has taught Music PreK-12 throughout Maine, as well as Gifted and Talented and Math.  She grew up in southern Maine in Westbrook and Naples, and has lived in Ellsworth for 18 years. Earning a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Maine, she was part of most instrumental groups on campus as well as Oratorio Society. She is currently active in community and professional music groups including the Ellsworth Concert Band, Bangor Band, The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra, Acadia Wind Ensemble and pit orchestras at The Grand. Her major instruments are saxophone, bass clarinet, and percussion, though she plays whatever is needed. Outside of music, Mrs. Ford is a hobby photographer and enjoys reading as well as fishing for smallmouth when she gets the chance. Mrs. Ford’s husband is an 8th-grade teacher at Ellsworth Middle School, and they have three daughters, ages 8, 12, and 13, plus a dog, two cats, and a parrot. 

Mrs. Kelly Slaven - Kelly Slaven is very excited to be joining the DISES team as the K-2 Special Educator. For the past 14 years, she has taught in the special education field and looks forward to working with students and families in the community.  

Ms. Emily Newell is excited to be joining DISES as a Special Education teacher for grades 3-5. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington and has been teaching for 15 years in Central Maine. She specializes in teaching reading skills and is excited to teach the Eureka math program!

She grew up in South Portland but has been coming out to Deer Isle and Isle au Haut during the summer for over twenty-five years. Staying year-round on the Island will be a new adventure! She can’t wait to visit galleries, see shows at the Opera House, and visit all the libraries in the area. She also enjoys writing, researching Maine history, knitting socks, and reading voraciously!

Kelsey Winslow is excited to begin providing occupational therapy services to the DISES community. She graduated with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s in Healthcare Studies from Husson University. This past year she worked in a variety of schools providing OT services to kids in grades K-12. Kelsey also works at Acadia Hospital where she provides group and individual intervention to the children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses. Kelsey is grateful for this new opportunity and eager to work with the children and families in this community. 


School Closed Today

For Union 76

Due to high winds causing unsafe vehicle travel school is closed in all SU 76 Schools, today Thursday, Oct 17th. SU76 schools include Brooklin, Deer Isle-Stonington and Sedgwick.


What a great year for DISES students with the support of our PTO!

From Bake Sales to Trunk or Treat, these ladies have brought fun and a positive spirit to our students and community.

Here's to a great 2019-2020!

Mission Statement

 Creating resourceful, knowledgeable and compassionate citizens of tomorrow. 

Vision Statement
Every CSD 13 student is a self-directed, active learner eagerly engaged in meaningful opportunities for exploration that allow them to follow their passions and dreams, both within their school and in their community. They are confident, resilient, proud of their school, and ready to be compassionate and involved citizens of tomorrow. 
To accomplish this: 

1. We provide our students with a comprehensive, personalized learning experience that includes opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

2. Our students will become clear communicators able to understand a variety of perspectives, skilled in interpersonal and real world skills, and capable of contributing to strong community leadership.

3. Our learning community, built on the positive aspects of our island culture, will be student-centered, safe, respectful and nurturing for all. Students will be supported in learning to investigate options, make mistakes, and grow in the process. We will foster positive student/teacher educational partnerships as well as collaborative parental involvement and engagement.

4. Our CSD 13 staff are professional, respected, adaptable, and compassionate; they provide strong, informed educational practice and leadership within Union 76. Staff are supported within the schools, where use of a shared decision model is employed, and also by the wider community. Professional development is encouraged and rewarded.

5. Our facilities are well-maintained and welcoming; they support learner needs and generate a sense of pride for the school community.

6. Our Community takes pride in and actively supports our schools. School/community collaboration to create community-based learning experiences is valued and encouraged. 

Core Beliefs
1. All students can learn and want to be successful.

2. Students learn in different ways, at different rates, and in a variety of settings.

3. Learning involves curiosity, taking risks, and making mistakes.

4. Students need clear and relevant learning targets, frequent feedback, and ongoing, meaningful reflection.

5. Effective applied learning incorporates opportunities for real world problem-solving.

6. Social, emotional, and physical development are essential to students’ learning and success.

7. Students learn best in a safe environment characterized by positive relationships with peers, and with caring, competent adults.

8. High standards of performance are expected from all members of the learning community.

9. Life-long learning is a community-wide endeavor and a shared responsibility

Invitation for public comment:  School Union 76 is in the process of preparing and submitting its applications for Title IA and Title IIA grants. We welcome any comments and suggestions from the public regarding those applications and use of grant funds.  Anticipated submission dates are June-July 2019.
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
Title II A is aimed at Building Systems of Support for Excellent. Teaching and Leading and is generally used for professional development.


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