STAFF

AMY VALENTINE
Executive Director/Program Coordinator
gorhamarts@gmail.com

Amy's passion is to enrich and inspire children and adults through the Arts and Sciences. She has taught as a Reading Specialist in grades K-8 in the Clinton, Skowhegan and Bonny Eagle School Districts. Amy is founder of the Gorham Arts Alliance, (a 501c3 non -profit organization) that has grown and evolved into the Community Arts Center. She loves working with children, the outdoors, fishing remote streams, bird watching and is an avid hiker.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science:Special Education K-8; Psychology Minor - University of Maine at Farmington

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LORI TANGUAY
Co-Director, Lead Preschool Teacher
gorhamartspreschool@gmail.com

Lori has a strong background in early childhood education.  Her 18 years as a preschool teacher allows her to understand and support the many needs of young children as they begin their educational journey.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood and Recreational Managment -  University of Maine at Machias.


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MIA BOGYO
Preschool Teacher

Mia has vast knowledge in the Arts. She has experience working with children in Preschool through the Elementary grades and has taught in many mediums, with her favorite being ceramics.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of Southern Maine
Art Education Teaching Certification

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SHARON HAMMAN
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Sharon has worked with children in  Preschool-5th grade in both public ans private settings over the past 20 years. She is passionate about experiential hands-on natural learning and integrating the arts into each piece.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science: Psychology and Outdoor Education - University of New Hampshire
K-8 Elementary Teaching Certification - Franklin Pierce College

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MISSY WILLEY
Preschool Teacher

Missy has vast experience working with young children as lead teacher in preschool and toddler classrooms and as a nanny for over 10 years. Missy loves working with children and watching them learn and grow as individuals.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education - Keene State College
Bachelor of Arts: Communication - Keene State College

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CHRISTINA THIBAULT
Teacher-Sculpture, Fabric, Textile, LEGO, Mixed Media/After School Program Coordinator

Christina has worked with children for nearly 10 years.  She is passionate about Art and Science and providing children with opportunities to grow as creative problem solvers and independent thinkers.  She is an avid stitcher and crocheter and enjoys creating mixed media artwork with fiber and repurposed materials.

EDUCATION
Bachelors of Fine Arts: Sculpture - Maine College of Art
Bachelors of Fine Arts: Studio Arts and Arts Education - University of Southern Maine

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Noreen Torelli
Teacher -Fabric, Textile, Illustration, Digital Animation

Noreen is also an avid seamstress who does everything from alterations to costume design. SHe is also an illustrator and creates in both pen and ink and digital form. She is extremely passionate about animals of all shapes and sizes and enjoys sharing lesser known facts about them.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Illustration - Maine College of Art

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BERNIE TAJONERA
Songwriter, Guitar, Science, Mixed Media

Bernie has taught preschool to school age children art, theater, music, and science classes. He was also the co-owner of The Creative Cottage, an art-focused program for school age children. As a passionate supporter of community theater, Bernie has been the director and musical director, and he has performed in several theater productions.  Currently, he enjoys singing, teaching guitar, playing bass and guitar in a small band as well as performing stand-up comedy.

EDUCATION
University of Maine Orono
SeaCoast Career School - Medical Assistant Certification

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LYNN MACDONALD
Mixed Media, Glass/Mosaic, Painting,

Lynn has created art with children over 20 years. She helps children explore their artistic skills through mixed media, glass, batik, digital media and plaster arts . She is passionate about empowering children to develop a deeper understanding of the arts and share their artistic abilities with others.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art
Lesley University - Master’s in Art Education

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ANNE ALEXANDER
Ceramics, Sculpture

Anne was a full time art teacher in both public and independent schools for over twenty five years. Her main passion is being a sculptor, inspired by nature. She works in the mediums of clay, wood, and stone. She loves living in Maine and enjoys the outdoor.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Art: Bard College, NY
Masters in Fine Art: Sculpture - Alfred University, NY

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DEBBIE HARMON
Photographer, Artist, Teacher

Deb is currently a 6th grade teacher at Bonny Eagle Middle School. She has been teaching a variety of art classes to children and adults at the Community Arts Center for 2 years. She specializes in fiber and stained glass, but enjoys teaching all media. Deb is currently working towards her art teaching certificate.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science: Education -University of Maine Farmington
Master’s of Education -University of Southern Maine

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Peter Rimkunas
Video, Claymation, Media, Illustration

Peter is an artist from Gorham, Maine.  He has worked as a lifeguard at Pilgrim Lodge summer camp, a cameraman at WMTW Channel 8 news, and 3D designer for cruise ships. In his free time he designs and builds video games, draws comics, and obsesses over spaceships.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts: New Media - University of Maine Orono
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Illustration - Maine College of Art

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Laurel Jordan
Music, Theater, Ukulele

Laurel has been teaching music and directing theater productions at various after school programs and centers in Maine. 

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts -  Mount Holyoke College, MA