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Music Is Her Thing...and Then Some - Sue Barre

posted Apr 29, 2020, 3:43 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 29, 2020, 3:44 PM ]

Sue Barre
Sue Barre is the band director in Waterville grades 5-12.   She is a graduate of UMass Amherst where she earned a Bachelor's of Music Education and Horn Performance.   Sue holds a Master's in Educational Leadership from USM Gorham.   This is her fourteenth year at WSHS where she works with the Pep Band, Jazz Band and the Fall Musical and serves as Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department.  Sue started her teaching career in Turner Maine and has taught in Freeport Maine.   Sue was elected to the Board of the National Association for Music Education last February and will be representing states from Maine to D.C. in that role over the next six years.   Sue lives in Waterville with her husband and her children are attending three different college this year.    Hiking, quilting, reading, attending concerts as an audience member and time with family are just a few of her favorite things.

Have You Met Our Visual Artist? Suzanne Goulet

posted Apr 29, 2020, 3:37 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 29, 2020, 3:38 PM ]

Suzanne Goulet
A Visual Art Educator, her business card reads, “Suzanne Goulet, Art – Traditional, Digital and Emerging Media.”  What is emerging media? It's what innovative artists and designer are creating with and anything new her students want to explore. Her studio classroom is for old, digital and new stuff for artists and designers of all abilities.  Some of Suzanne’s honors include; 2017 Maine Art Educator of the Year; 2014 Bill Bonyun Award for significant contributions to arts education; the UMaine Softball "Best Teammate" award is named for her; the first student nominated Renaissance Educator Award (why she will always "see", and fight for the quietest students) are a few recognitions.  Suzanne has presented extensively to her peers on the State and National level as well as exhibiting her artworks.  Suzanne is grateful for the many outstanding and committed educators and learners that she has worked with during her career at WSHS, and how they have, and continue to impact and transform the diversified learners of Waterville. 

Suzanne loves to play outside and invites you to join the Outing Club on their next adventure. On land? On water?  Wake up to Adventure!

Special Describes Mykayla Conerly

posted Apr 29, 2020, 3:34 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 5, 2020, 2:44 PM ]

Ms Shaw
Mykayla Conerly is our special education life skills teacher.  She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Maine in 2012 and her graduate degree in special education from the University of Maine in 2019.  Mykayla worked as a special education music teacher at a private special purpose school for 4 years before beginning her adventure here at Waterville Senior High School in 2017.  In her free time, Mykayla enjoys traveling, helping people with their essential services, and spending time with her husband, Sean, and her fur-child, Breesy!

Teacher and Advisor, Rebecca Silsby

posted Apr 3, 2020, 2:23 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 2:26 PM ]


Rebecca Silsby is an English teacher at WSHS. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned her degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. This will be her 9th year teaching and 2nd year at WSHS where she teaches 9th and 11th grade English. Ms. Silsby is a co-advisor for the sophomore class of 2022 and has coached softball in the district. She loves being involved with the many things going on around the school and supporting her students and their activities outside of the classroom. Ms. Silsby recently completed her Master’s degree in Human Relations at Husson University and is nearing the end of her degree program for a Master’s in School Counseling. When she’s not at school, Ms. Silsby enjoys doing DIY projects, landscaping, visiting friends, and getting outdoors. Favorites that can be seen in her classroom include Rae Dunn, iced coffee, the Patriots, and Game of Thrones.

Meet Heidi Bernier our Athletic Director

posted Apr 3, 2020, 2:22 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 2:24 PM ]

Ms Bernier
Heidi is a graduate of Thomas College where she earned her Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor’s in Sports Management as well as a Bachelor’s in Public Accounting. Mrs. Bernier joined the Waterville Senior High School team as our Athletic Director in August of 2011.  Prior to that, she was the Athletic Director at Thomas College for four years. Mrs. Bernier loves to be outside, is interested in watching any and all sports (especially those that her two sons participate in), and likes to travel when she can fit it into her schedule. Her proudest accomplishment is that of her two sons, Ty and Kolby, who are 12 and 9 respectively.

Marissa Ayer

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:55 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 11:55 AM ]

Marissa Ayer is the resident school-based clinician from Kennebec Behavioral Health. She is a graduate from the University of Maine at Orono where she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work. This will be her 4th year with WSHS and the first full year as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Marissa began her career working in a preschool specifically designed to support children on the autism spectrum followed by working in crisis services before coming to work for KBH. Marissa enjoys yoga, hiking, spending time with her dog, and pumpkin everything.

JoAnna Ashby

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:49 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 11:51 AM ]


JoAnna Ashby is an English teacher at WSHS. She has a BA in English from the University of Maine at Augusta and an MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University. This will be her third year at WSHS where she teaches sophomore and senior classes. She lives with her husband and stepson in Hallowell and spends as much time with her infant nephew as possible (pictures available upon request) in between working on her novel, reading vociferously, and binge-watching various Netflix offerings.

Ms. Blanchet Puts Special in Special Services

posted Feb 2, 2020, 9:38 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 2, 2020, 9:39 AM ]

Heather Blanchet is a special education teacher at WSHS.  She is a 2002 graduate of UMaine Farmington, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science.  She earned her Master of Education in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in 2008.  This is her 15th year at WSHS, and her 17th year teaching.  Heather is involved in the school community by serving on several committees and serving as a class advisor.  She has been married for 16 years to her husband, Nick.  They have 2 children, daughter, Brynn, who is 13 and son, Gage who is 11.  Heather enjoys camping with her family and their 2 dogs, a boxer named Max and a Lab mix named Conway.  In her free time, Heather likes reading, kayaking, watching her children's sports games or working on projects around the house.

Ashley, The Go-To Person When You Need A Friend

posted Feb 2, 2020, 9:36 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 2, 2020, 9:39 AM ]

Ashley Rancourt, LCPC, NCC, graduated from Winslow High School in 2003. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington in 2007 and her Master’s Degree in clinical counseling at the University of Southern Maine in 2012.
Ashley's job here at Waterville Senior High School as our social worker. She says she has "had the pleasure of being in this position since it was created, in 2016." She works in the guidance department as "the go-to person for any mental health needs, crisis situations, or if you’re just having a bad day and need to vent to someone (or grab a snack, have a quick cry, in need of a pep talk). Teen years are rough and it’s nice to have someone to go to!"
Ashley is a mom of two young children, Chase and Sydney. They keep her on my toes! When not helping everyone at school and keeping tabs on her children, she loves reading, laughing, going to concerts and comedy shows, and is a huge fan of road trips and finding adventure.
Something most people don’t know about me Ashley is that she has been published several times! All through college and graduate school, she worked for a horror magazine and an online book company. She reviewed books of all sorts, many of those reviews were published in the book, and some even on the front cover! Hard work pays off.

Mathematics with Donna Forkey

posted Jan 8, 2020, 12:40 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 12:40 PM ]

Donna Forkey
Donna Forkey is a Math teacher at WSHS.  She earned her Bachelors degree in Secondary Education with a Concentration in Mathematics at the University of Maine in Orono.  She earned two Master's degrees in Education and Computer Technology in Education from Thomas College in Waterville.  This will be her 27th year of teaching in the Waterville Public Schools district.  She spent six of those years at Waterville Junior High and the other 21 at Waterville High School.  Beyond the classroom, she serves as a class advisor, graduation co-coordinator and SAT test site coordinator. Donna bleeds purple as she is a 3rd generation WSHS graduate.  She is married to her husband, David; has five adult children: Danielle, Cassie, Sarah, Chris, and Brian; as well as two grandchildren: Hannah and Conner.  Outside of the school community, a few things that Donna loves are spending time with her family, being out at the lake, watching the New England Patriots and too many crime-drama shows to list. Something that many people may not know about her is that she actually taught her own brother when she was student teaching here at WSHS.

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