Special Education

Alyssa Flye - Special Education Lighthouse Program- aflye@watervillek12.org - I am a Winslow High School graduate and went on to get my Bachelor of Arts degree from Dean College in 2011. That fall, I became an educational technician here at the Mitchell School. From there, I expanded my experiences and had the opportunity to assist a broad range of students with disabilities by working as an educational technician for Woodfords Preschool and the Autism Program at Lincoln Elementary School. After receiving my Maine State Special Education K-8 Certification, I have taught the behavior program at Gilbert Elementary School, three years of resource room teaching at the Albert S. Hall School, then the positive learning supports program at Benton Elementary School. Now I am happy to be back here running the Lighthouse Program at George J. Mitchell School where my educational journey began and plan to soon pursue a Masters degree in education. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my fiancé, Kenny, spending time with my nephews, friends, and family, teaching and taking dance, as well as crafting, cooking, and kayaking.

Leaha Hellen - Resource Room - lhellen@watervillek12.org - I graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I started Substitute Teaching at GJMS and found my love for teaching. I earned my Special Education Certification and will be teaching math and literacy to our first graders. I live in Oakland with my husband and two children, Ben and Sarah. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and hiking.

Erica Morrison - Resource Room - emorrison@watervillek12.org - In 2004, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Maine. I went on to pursue my professional teaching certificate and received my Masters in Education from the University of Maine in 2010. Before coming to the Mitchell school, I worked for the Bangor School Department from 2004-2011. I was an educational technician III for two years before becoming a special education teacher. In 2011, we moved to Waterville and I started teaching for the Messalonskee School District. In addition to my love for education, I have two wonderful children that also attend Waterville Schools.

Caryn Murphy - Resource Room - cmurphy@watervillek12.org - I began my career in special education in 1990 by earning my Bachelor’s Degree from U.M.F. I majored in Special Education and minored in Psychology. I have been teaching students with mild to severe disabilities at the Mitchell School since the fall of 1990. In 1997, I received my Master’s Degree, also in Special Education, from U.M.O. As part of my graduate program, I took the required courses to be trained as a Reading Recovery teacher. So, for a few years, I taught special education half time and reading the other half of the day to struggling readers receiving Title One support. For the majority of my career, I have been teaching special education, full time, working with a variety of abilities and disabilities. Currently, I continue to learn and grow as an educator by attending several conferences each year in the area of special education, with a heavy emphasis on researched based practices for students with Autism.

Louise Hamelin - Speech - lhamelin@watervillek12.org - I graduated from Ellsworth High School and did a year abroad as an AFS exchange student in Belgium where my experience in trying to understand and speak Flemish gave me a taste of how frustrating it can be to have communication difficulties and differences. I then earned a BA in Communication Sciences and a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Maine in Orono. I received my Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Vermont in 2000. I worked at the Warren Center for Communication and Learning in Bangor, ME for a year before coming to Waterville Public Schools in 2001. I live in Waterville with my husband and two sons. My favorite activities are reading to my children, relaxing by the ocean, and getting together with family for fun and good food. I also enjoy traveling, hiking in Acadia, and musical theater.

Linda Wilson - Physical Therapy - lwilson@watervillek12.org - Graduated from University of Vermont with degree in Physical Therapy in 1985; Certification for Assistive Technology Professional since 2009. I have been employed as the district physical therapist in both Waterville and Messalonskee Public Schools since 2001.

Misty Bachelder - Occupational Therapy - mbachelder@watervillek12.org - I graduated from Husson University with my masters in OT in 2012. While going to college for my bachelor’s degree I started to work in the school system. I worked as an OT assistant in the school system while obtaining not only my applied social behavioral degree but also my masters degree. I completed a fieldwork at the Margret Murphy Center working with Children from birth to high school age. I have a total of 10 years experience in the school system as an OT assistant and 3 years experience as an OT in the schools. I have taken classes in the Handwriting Without Tears program and have given several different classes on the program. I have also done several other training including the postural reflex and integration course, and sensory integration.

Joy Gray - Psychological Examiner - jgray@watervillek12.org