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Cathy Stankard appointed interim director of instruction for 2016-17

Cathy Stankard, most recently assistant superintendent for instruction in Gorham, has been named interim director of instruction for the 2016-17 school year.

Stankard is filling the position left by Ruth Ellen Vaughn, who left Cape Elizabeth in July to become superintendent in Farmington, N.H.

"I know that you will find Cathy very inviting and eager to help us advance the important work related to curriculum alignment K-12 as well as proficiency based diplomas," said Howard Colter, interim superintendent, in an email announcing her appointment. Stankard's appointment was approved by the School Board Aug. 16.

Stankard was curriculum director in Falmouth from 2011-2014 and held several professional responsibilities there, including teacher leader, as a social studies teacher beginning in 2002. She has taught in Scarborough schools and at the Park School in Baltimore, Md., where she was also assistant director of admissions.

She has also worked as an economist at the Dewey Ballantine Law Firm in Washington, D.C.; as a legislative correspondent for the office of Sen. John D. Rockefeller in Washington; and as a staff assistant at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.

"This was going to be a year for a sabbatical for Cathy; I am happy that she elected to work for us this coming school year and put that sabbatical off for now," Colter said.

Stankard holds degrees from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and Johns Hopkins University, and education certificates from the University of New England and University of Southern Maine. She holds National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.