Two distinguished USM alumni were recognized for their achievements in their individual fields this past September during the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) annual recognition and awards ceremony. Held September 28th, the ceremony recognized these two alumni by awarding them plaques, as well as having commemorative plaques placed on the Wall of Achievement located in Bailey Hall on the Gorham campus.
The School of Education and Human Development created the Bailey Hall Wall of Achievement to recognize alumni whose achievements and service have been honored by various professional associations in their respective fields. Installed in room 301C, one of the school’s most utilized class and meeting rooms, the Wall serves as inspiration to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Since its inauguration in 2006, the school has inducted over 50 education and human development alumni on the wall.
This year there were two new installations to the Wall. Timothy Doak, was recognized for being chosen as Maine’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year. Doak earned his BA from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1990 before receiving his Masters in Secondary Education at the University of Maine in 1996. In 2000, Doak completed his studies with a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Education Leadership from USM. Doak is the Superintendent of RSU 39 and MSAD 20, both in Aroostook County. This honor was bestowed on him at Maine’s Superintendents’ yearly conference in Augusta.
The second installation was Jacqueline Kutvirt, who is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Knowles Teaching Fellowship which provides mentoring, networking and financial support for exceptional new teachers. Jacqueline graduated from the ETEP program at USM in 2018 and is now a chemistry teacher at Casco Bay High School in Portland.
In addition to the alumni being celebrated during the ceremony, the school awarded over $80,000 in student scholarships to more than 50 students through 35 scholarship funds.