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06/13/2012

Familiar face among School Board approvals for administrative positions beginning July 1

Three new administrators, a familiar face among them, will begin their duties in Cape Elizabeth July 1, 2012.

Kelly Hasson, formerly a teacher in Cape Elizabeth and currently the principal at Hall Elementary School in Portland, was approved as the new principal at Pond Cove Elementary School by the School Board on June 12. Hasson will succeed Tom Eismeier, who announced his retirement after 17 years as head of Pond Cove.

The board also approved the appointment of Douglas Perley as Middle School assistant principal; and Erik Kramer as technology coordinator for the School Department.

Hasson is returning to Pond Cove after serving as principal at two Portland elementary schools for the last seven years. Hasson was a familiar face at Pond Cove for more than 20 years, as a first- and second-grade teacher from 1984-2003, and then as the school's first teacher leader from 2003 to her departure in 2005. Before then she was director and head teacher of the Children's Center high school laboratory nursery school at Cape Elizabeth High School from 1983-84. During her tenure at Pond Cove Hasson was a state finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year.

She started her career as a second-grade teacher in Rockport after receiving a bachelor's degree in child development, with a minor in special education, from the University of Maine at Orono in 1981. She has a master's degree in language and literacy education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from the University of Maine at Orono.

Douglas Perley comes to Cape Elizabeth from the Paul School, a K-8 school of 430 students and 90 staff members in Wakefield, N.H., where he has been assistant principal since 2009. He was also principal at the Easter Seals/Harbor Schools, Inc. high school for special education in Amesbury, Mass., and from 2001-2008 was assistant principal and athletic director at the Middle School of the Kennebunks. For 10 years prior to that Perley was a social worker at Wells Middle School, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bates College in 1983. He has a master's degree in education from the University of Southern Maine.

Perley will succeed John Casey as assistant principal at the Middle School. Casey, assistant principal since 2002, announced his retirement in February, but will continue at the Middle School as a math teacher. Casey started teaching in Cape Elizabeth in 1982.

Erik Kramer, currently technical support administrator in MSAD 75 in Topsham, was appointed technology coordinator for the School Department. Kramer, who has a bachelor's degree in computer science and math, with a music minor, from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., also has a master's degree in education from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. He is an Apple Certified Macintosh technician and was tech lead for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) while serving in Topsham. He was a math instructor at Casco Bay High School in Portland in 2006-07, and a math/Japanese teacher at Global Connections High School in SeaTac, Wash. from 2002-2006.

Kramer succeeds Gary Lanoie, who announced his retirement this April after a 38-year career at Cape Elizabeth schools, 15 of them as technology coordinator. Lanoie began as an industrial arts/technology teacher at the Middle School in 1974, moving to the High School in 1989 and stepping in as the department's second systemwide technology coordinator in 1998. Lanoie will continue his professional career as the first executive director of the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, a non-profit organization Lanoie led as president from 2002-2006.

In other administrative personnel matters, the School Department is interviewing for a new director of Community Services to replace outgoing director Janet Hoskin. Hoskin will remain with the School Department as administrative assistant to Director of Facilities and Transportation Greg Marles. Hoskin, director since 2008, has worked for Community Services for 24 years, for a time as assistant director.

The board may be ready to approve a new director at a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.