Waterville Senior High School

Tel (207) 873-2751
Brian M. Laramee, Principal
Keith Mahoney, Assistant Principal
Heidi A. Bernier, Director of Athletics

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WSHS Community Values:

  • Respect: We strive to demonstrate self-worth, exhibit courteous behavior, and value the beliefs and opinions of others.

  • Responsibility: We strive to fulfill our commitments, be mindful of our actions, and be accountable for our behavior.

  • Grit: We strive to make continuous progress toward our goals despite adversity, hardships or obstacles.

  • Openness: We strive to embrace diversity by honoring the ideas, experiences, and differences of others.

  • Curiosity: We strive to grow by exploring new ideas and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Kindness: We strive to actively demonstrate concern and caring for others and the environment.

  • Engagement: We strive for depth of commitment in both school activities and in the greater community.

  • Integrity: We strive to act in an honest and ethical manner and demonstrate consistency of character regardless of self-interest or outcome.

WSHS Learning Expectations:

Academic Expectations:

Each Waterville Senior High School student shall be:

  • A clear and effective communicator who

    • Adjusts communication for a variety of purposes

    • Employs varied modes of expression appropriate for authentic tasks

  • A self-directed and lifelong learner who

    • Demonstrates initiative and gains understanding through self-assessment and reflection

    • Works independently and collaboratively to meet challenges and accomplish goals

  • A creative and practical problem solver who

    • Frames questions, makes predictions, and designs data/information collection and analysis strategies

    • Uses information and appropriate technology to address real world problems

  • A responsible and involved citizen who

    • Demonstrates personal responsibility, cultural awareness and ethical behavior

    • Practices personal wellness and demonstrates awareness of health concerns and issues

  • An integrative and informed thinker who

    • Analyzes, synthesizes, and evaluates information from multiple sources

    • Applies ideas across disciplines

Civic Expectation:

  • Each Waterville Senior High School student shall be positively engaged in the community.

Social Expectation:

  • Each Waterville Senior High School student shall demonstrate respectful and responsible behavior.

Meet Our New Staff

Faculty Spotlight

After many years, Nicole Record is pleased to return to the Central Maine area to be near her family and excited to return to teaching as WSHS's new Business Education instructor. Nicole earned her B.S. from Thomas College (Business Education), an MBA from UMaine and a Juris Doctor from the Maine School of Law. Most recently she earned a Master's in Public Policy from the Muskie School and worked as a Data Innovation Project Fellow with the Portland School Department's Multilingual and Multicultural Center. She has completed various international study programs at La Sorbonne, The Irish Centre for Human Rights/NUIG, Vienna School of Law and Charles University in Prague. Nicole is a licensed attorney in Maine and practiced as in-house transactional counsel for an international biologics firm. She serves pro bono to fight human trafficking for various non-profits through state, national and worldwide organizations. In her spare times she enjoys travel, Boston's Latin dance scene, cooking, art and gardening. Nicole was "adopted by" and faithfully serves her beautiful rescue Maine Coon cat, Cleopatra.

Faculty Spotlight

DaraLyn McColl joins Waterville School District as the new Art Educator for both high and junior high schools. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University (AL) and a Masters in Leadership from University of Southern Maine. Her art experience includes working for corporations, printing companies, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations creating visual communications in print as well as digital formats. Mrs. McColl has one daughter who will graduate USM in May and empowers children through dance. Her oldest son began his first year of college at Maine College of Art and Design and the youngest son is a Junior at Gorham High School. Mrs. McColl and her family hold a deep appreciation for Art, Music, Theater and Dance! She firmly believes in students and purposefully assists students in reaching their goals and personal successes. When she is not in school you will find her empowering artists of all ages to reach their artistic goals from her in-home studio, MinorBrushes, watching Auburn football (SEC), traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with her Aussie/American husband. Mrs. McColl is a cat person and has one cat named Aubie! Mrs. McColl is excited to be a part of the Waterville School Department and looks forward to an exceptional year!

Faculty Spotlight

Nick Lavigne is joining Waterville Senior High School in the Social Studies department. Nick earned a Bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in mathematics from the University of Southern Maine in 2011 and a Master's degree in Education in 2013. Prior to coming to Waterville Senior High School Nick taught at Foxcroft Academy for nine years. Some of Nick's hobbies include fixing (and inevitably re-fixing) his camp in Greenville and running.

Faculty Spotlight

Melissa Magee is joining Waterville Senior High School after having worked with individuals with Intellectual disabilities in home, communities, and in school settings for over the past 8 years. She has three beautiful children (two girls, one boy). Together they enjoy camping, fishing, and four wheeling. She is very excited to be starting a new journey with Waterville Senior High School.

Faculty Spotlight

Noel Frith is joining Waterville Senior High School as a Science teacher. She grew up in Pittston, Maine, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Thomas College. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Education at Thomas. During college, she worked full time as a CRMA and RSA in assisted living, which is a fancy way of saying she gave medicine to and took care of the elderly (managing their daily activities, medical appointments and paperwork). Noel also worked in two COVID outbreak units. She just got engaged and together they recently moved to Waterville with their two cats. When she is not at school or in class, she enjoy spending time with family, gardening, playing volleyball, and cooking. She is thrilled to be joining the Waterville community working with colleagues and students.

Faculty Spotlight

Amy Murphy is excited to be a part of the Waterville team as the new Gifted and Talented teacher for K-12. Her career in education started twenty years ago in the New York City public school system and evolved into teaching in Montessori schools. Amy holds her Masters Degree in Education from Hunter College in New York. She is excited to bring interdisciplinary, project-based learning to meet the needs of our students. She has been a resident of Waterville for six years; her two children attended the Waterville schools. Amy will work in all of our schools and is excited to share her love of learning with many students.

Faculty Spotlight

Mrs. Andrea Tardif is very excited to be transferring from Waterville Junior High, where she has taught Science for over 20 years, to join the amazing staff at Waterville Senior High School as a Science teacher. Mrs. Tardif earned her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1999 and her Masters degree in Counselor Education from the University of Maine at Orono in 2003. Mrs. Tardif has taught at Mt. View High School in addition to Waterville Junior High School. She has been a Mainer all her life and currently resides in Waterville with her husband, three teenage sons, and a black lab. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family. Mrs. Tardif is looking forward to reconnecting with former students and getting to work with new students here at WSHS!

Faculty Spotlight

Becky Paradis is beyond excited to be one of the new English Language Arts teachers at Waterville Senior High School. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was eight years old, and she loves sharing her passion for reading, writing, mental health awareness, and drama with her students. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a minor in psychology, and she is ready and thrilled to continue learning alongside her students throughout the coming years. When she is not at school, she is spending time with her family or exploring her hobbies of cooking, reading, musical theatre, and photography.

Faculty Spotlight

Samantha Weeks will be joining Waterville Senior High School as an English teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. Sam has grown up in Maine, and in her free time enjoys snowmobiling, reading, and traveling. She loves spending time with her family and friends, along with her three cats. She is very excited to start her teaching journey at Waterville Senior High School.

Faculty Spotlight

Keith Mahoney has been in education for 13 years and counting starting off as a Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Sacopee Valley Middle School in Hiram, ME. Following that position, he worked as a Math and Science teacher at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, ME before settling into Messalonskee Middle School teaching Social Studies. His administrative career began as a Principal and Athletic Director at Carrabec Community School in North Anson, ME.

Faculty Spotlight

Meghan Buzzell is new to Waterville Senior High School as a Special Education teacher in the Life Skills Program. Meghan has spent most of her life in Maryland and the past 5 years in Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2009 and her Master's Degree in School Counseling in 2012. She is currently working on a Master’s in Special Education. She has spent most of her career working with students on the Autism spectrum. Meghan is excited to be a part of the WSHS team and to work closely with students, parents, and staff.. Her daughter Jayda is a recent high school graduate. She lives in Clinton with her young son, Conor, and enjoys doing anything outdoors.

Faculty Spotlight

Hope French is joining Waterville Senior High School as a special education teacher. She comes to WSHS with eight years of experience in BHP, teaching, and case management services. She graduated from University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelor's of Applied Science degree, but re-enrolled and to get her master's degree. She lives in Pittsfield with her husband and step-son. She has a love for powersports and for the outdoors. Hope is very excited to be teaching at Waterville (the school she graduated from) and working in the Lighthouse program.

Waterville Senior High School was named one of the top high schools in the State of Maine by US News & World Report.