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Mechanic Falls - Minot - Poland • PO Box 129, (129 Elm Street) • Mechanic Falls, ME 04256 • 207-345-3217 • Fax: 207-346-6223

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Outstanding Teacher 2017, Sue Lasselle!

On June 22, 2017, our teacher Sue Lasselle was awarded an Outstanding Teacher 2017 Award at our Maine Adult Education Conference.  Read her nomination below!

Sue Lasselle

Nomination for Susan Lasselle, MAEA Teacher of the Year Award

A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding. Dwight Eisenhower may have said it, but Sue gives it life.

Sue has taught for our program since 2002.  She has been a teacher in both regular and special education since 1984, however, and she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and patience to the youth and adults she works with in our program. Since the beginning of her teaching career on a Native American Reservation, her philosophy has always been that every student can learn if they feel safe and accepted in the classroom. This belief has been key to her teaching success over the years and has resulted in many changed lives in our community.

Her knowledge of learning and development has been a perfect match for our program’s mission to provide adults of all ages and abilities with continued learning opportunities in a safe, flexible and nurturing environment… Sue has a knack for meeting students where they are at, both academically and socially, and she treats all students as individuals, with a respect that some have not often had the privilege of experiencing.

Instruction is also individualized in our small program, always based on a learner’s personal needs and goals.  Sue’s extensive Special Education background assists her in creating materials and applying different strategies to meet student needs and learning styles. Beginning with the Individual Learning Plan meeting, when presenting personal academic information or feedback which can be tough for some people to hear, she calmly explains factors that can prevent school success and discusses strategies to work through barriers that have gone unrecognized or seemed insurmountable in the past. During these meetings, Sue is sensitive and compassionate as she shares visually as well as verbally, where they are and where they need to be to achieve growth and make academic progress. Students leave feeling positive about the incremental steps they have outlined in the ILP together.  Many come believing messages that they are incapable of success, but Sue instills seeds of hope and confidence, and students quickly learn to respect the guide and advocate they have in her.

Over the last 5 years, Sue has taken a dozen College Math and English classes in order to become certified in all areas of Adult Education, beyond Social Studies.  She has also participated in the Competency Based Teaching and Learning Academy, as well as the CCRS Teacher Trainer Academy.  Through it all, she always learns through the lens of how students can benefit, constantly looking for ways to improve her own practices in order to better serve her students.  When asked to take on yet another initiative, she does so without hestitation – especially where student learning can be positively impacted.  Sue is also mindful of budgeting and fiscal responsibility and uses resources wisely and creatively.  She is more than an asset to our program, she is the glue!

Thank you Sue!  And Congratulations!




Posted by Jenny Rose  on June 22, 2017 | Read more in: News

RSU 16 Adult Education named 'Top Performer'!

The State Adult Education office recently published a list of ‘FY16 Top Performers’ based on three specific criteria for approximately 75 Maine Adult Education Programs. RSU 16 was recognized in all three categories as:

  • 1 of 20 programs to exceed State benchmarks in both Completions AND Post-Test percentages. Not only are we successful in capturing post-test assessments, we are also successful in moving students from one educational functioning level to the next or higher.
  • 1 of 13 programs in the State to meet the above benchmarks as well as meeting or exceeding State averages for academic intensity of instruction, which refers to student attendance hours.

Posted by Jenny Rose  on January 16, 2017 | Read more in: News

Class of 2016 Graduation

Twenty-seven RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 3rd, for meeting High School completion goals.  Nearly 150 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium, as graduates marched single file to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by pianist, Sherilyn Foster.

Graduate Janelle Kogut delivered the inspirational message, sharing her personal journey through shyness and messages of self-doubt to pride and confidence in what she has accomplished. She shared her thoughts on finding success through alternatives and ended with the quote by an unknown author, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

Several graduates were recognized with specific awards:  Tutor, Terryl Jensen together with Patricia Demers awarded the RSU 16 Adult & Community Education Association scholarship to Emily Wardwell.  The Central Maine Community College Courage to Grow scholarship was awarded to Melinda Straight by College Transitions Instructor Amy Hatch and CMCC Academic Advisor Bobbi Burke; Teacher Susan Lasselle and Career Advisor Katie Paiton also presented awards to Beverly Morin for Perseverance, and Meghan Green for Overcoming Obstacles.

            Before receiving their diplomas from Superintendent Tina Meserve, graduates personally thanked family, friends, and educators who supported them in their educational journey by presenting them with a red rose.  In closing, Director Jenny Rose encouraged graduates to spend time thinking about what comes next in terms of goals, action steps and making progress toward them.

The 2016 graduates are: Christopher J. Foster, Zeb S. French, Joshua K. Gammon, Meghan R. Green, Edward R. Heath III, Joshua A. Knight, Janelle K. Kogut, Tyler R. Labonte, Taylor D. Landry, Kevin W. McBean, Dylan J. Messer, Alana L. Michaud, Brandon C. Mitchell, Keith A. Mitchell, Jayla Monaghan, Beverly J. Morin, Melanie M. Oviedo, Joseph B. Pelletier, Cody A. Russell, Allen R. Smith, Melinda A. Straight, Kendall R. Timberlake-Golding, Emily L. Wardwell, John P. Wardwell, Jacob D. Woodward, Anonymous (2)


Posted by Jenny Rose  on January 16, 2017

Resources for Veterans

Are you a veteran, family member, or currently serving and transitioning from the military? 

The Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services has a great website to help you find answers to your questions about the state and federal benefits, services and programs available to you and your family.

Thank you for your service!


Posted by Jenny Rose  on May 24, 2016 | Read more in: News

Bev Morin, Optimist Club Student of the Month!

The Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland Tri-Town Optimist Club is proud to announce its RSU 16 Student of the Month recipient for May, Beverly Morin.  Beverly, a student at RSU 16 Adult Education, embodies the Optimist Creed every day with her smiling, can-do attitude and her ongoing generosity and encouragement to others.  Her faithful attendance and willingness to try anything, all while juggling work and life's hurdles, make her an excellent role model for students and staff alike.  Congratulations Beverly!  

(Pictured L to R, Teacher Sue Lasselle, student Beverly Morin, and Club President Jeff Gagnon.)


Posted by Jenny Rose  on May 17, 2016 | Read more in: News

RSU 16 and WMCA train students for careers in Manufacturing

Photo Caption:  Roger Dargie, Owner of Safe Approach, Inc., a manufacturing facility in Poland, recently invited RSU 16 Adult Education students enrolled in Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) Ready2Work Manufacturing Program to tour the plant.  The tour offered an on-site exploration of local manufacturing following their classroom instructions.  Pictured (left to right):  Ethan Sanborn, Terry Verrill, Roger Dargie, Roland Young, Jamie Dubois, Career Advisor Katie Paiton and James Francis.  Photo courtesy of Dave Barnes.

Mechanic Falls – Five students enrolled at RSU 16 Adult Education in Mechanic Falls, recently participated in a Ready2Work Manufacturing Program. Students Jamie Dubois, James Francis, Ethan Sanborn, Terry Verrill and Roland Young successfully completed five weeks of intensive classes.  The five-week, 100 hour course was funded by Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), a partner in the CareerCenter system.  The training included an OSHA 10 Certification, computer literacy, and 60 hours of Work Readiness classes.  Students gained the work readiness skills manufacturing employers are seeking. Mock interviews, tours and industry specific presentations were included as part of the curriculum.  “Through this grant WMCA provides services to people in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset Counties,” shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA Program Site Coordinator in Lewiston. “Many of our services are designed for low to moderate income people and dislocated workers.  Some services are available regardless of income.”  FMI visit the Lewiston CareerCenter, 9 Mollison Way, Lewiston or call 753.9000, or toll-free 1.800.741.2991.  Additional information available



Posted by Jenny Rose  on March 11, 2016 | Read more in: Events

RSU 16 Adult Education student speaks at Hall of Flags

Araminta Mayberry delivering her speech


Maine’s adult education students were honored at the State House on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  Those in attendance were from among a pool of over 50,000 adults enrolled in academic, workforce and personal enrichment courses throughout the State.  The celebration highlighted student successes and provided an opportunity for adult learners to share their experiences.

Araminta Mayberry shared her personal journey through RSU 16 Adult Education as one of three Maine Adult Education students to speak at the event.  Having left school as a youth in the 8th grade, she later graduated with her GED from Mechanic Falls Adult Education in 2002 at age 28.  Returning once more in 2014 after years in the baking industry and the desire for a better career, she took advantage of free Maine College Transitions programming in order to prepare for college.  Now in her second semester as a student at Central Maine Community College, she maintains a 3.81 GPA as she works toward her goal to become a Human Resources Professional.

Acting Education Commissioner William H. Beardsley along with State Director of Adult Education Gail Senese also spoke, applauding the adult learners and recognizing their determination and perseverance.


Maine Adult Education Students at the Hall of Flags on March 3rd.







Posted by Jenny Rose  on March 11, 2016 | Read more in: News and Events

2015 Graduation Photo & Program

Congratulations to our Class of 2015 Graduates! 

Pictured above are:  (Front L-R)  Keegan Leighton, Tim Myers (Middle row L-R) Gavin Chrostek, Ricky Strout, Donald (DJ) Banker, James Francis, George Ross, (Back row L-R) Richard Barnard, Breahna Auger Vance, Paul Parker III, Keri Duhamel, Kachina Harps, Sarah Holbrook, Scott Brady, Brook Sanborn, Felicia Thibault. (Not pictured: Ali Aden and Derek Muncey)

More than 120 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium to honor this year's twenty graduates at our cap and gown ceremony on Friday, May 29, 2015.

See a copy of our program here:



Posted by Jenny Rose  on June 8, 2015 | Read more in: News

Class of 2014 Graduation Program and Photos!

More than 150 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium to honor this year's nineteen graduates at our cap and gown ceremony on Friday, May 30.

Congratulations to our 2014 graduates!  See a copy of our program here:


Check out our Facebook page to see photos!


Posted by Jenny Rose  on May 31, 2014 | Read more in: Events

What happened to the GED test?

The short answer is that the GED test will no longer be offered in the State of Maine.  Read on for more info and to get started on the new HiSET exam!

For years, the State of Maine has used the General Educational Development test to administer and issue the state equivalency diploma, which we widely recognize as the "GED".  Last year, when the GED Testing Service announced that the test would be changing in 2014 to solely computer based testing with projected increases in cost, the state opened up a competitive bidding process for a new test.  Through this process, the state selected ETS (Educational Testing Service) to offer its High School Equivalency Test, or HiSET exam, beginning in January 2014. 

While it was originally thought that students' GED progress would be lost, it has been decided that ETS will provide a limited window of opportunity to transition current GED tests to the new 2014 HiSET.  As of 2015, however, it is likely that GED scores will no longer be considered toward HiSET exam completion.  For those with fewer than 5 official GED tests, there's still time to have them count toward the HiSET exam!  For all others, start working on the HiSET exam now!  Call 345-3217 for an appointment.


Posted by Jenny Rose  on January 4, 2014 | Read more in: News


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