Cobscook Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members in response to expanding programs. Cobscook Institute’s four-year public high school program, delivered in partnership with Calais High School, now has 17 students and is anticipating growth as they accept new student applications for the 2022-23 school year.

Maria McMorrow will join Cobscook teaching staff Kara McCrimmon and Damon Weston as a new full-time teacher. Maria’s extensive background working with Chewonki and Cobscook makes her a perfect fit to join Cobscook’s staff. She designed and leads the popular River Camp, now in its 10th year, and has demonstrated her group skills and teaching prowess as a third educator during Cobscook’s school year expeditions.

“I have so much respect for the students and teachers in the program and am looking forward to the rest of the school year; going on trips, finding new music together and propagating baby plants in the lab windows.” says McMorrow about her new position.

The greater Cobscook Bay region will see a growing number of intergenerational classes and events with the hire of Anne Shields Hopkins as programs coordinator. Anne or Annie Hopkins is an artist and queer activist who has been renting incubator office space from Cobscook for the past year.

Cobscook Institute’s Co-Director Daphne Loring says “We couldn’t be more excited about having Anne join our staff. A long-time friend of Cobscook, and more recently program developer and facilitator, Anne brings deep knowledge of our mission and vision and is ready to jump in and manifest community-informed programming.”

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