Who We Are
MOOSE Content Creators
MOOSE Content Creators are the heart of the work we do with MOOSE and are found through open calls for applications two or more times a year. All Maine educators are eligible to apply (e.g., including classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and representatives from Maine educational organizations such as museums, libraries, educational centers, etc.). Content Creators are tasked with creating modules that center on interdisciplinary, project-based learning experiences that are accessible and inclusive. These stipend-based positions involve an average of 8-10 hours a week over the span of roughly 5 months and include substantial professional development and community building.
MOOSE Team Leaders
MOOSE Team Leaders facilitate a team of Content Creators in the design and creation of engaging and accessible modules that focus on identified topic areas. Team Leaders are all former MOOSE Content Creators who have had particular success both in building their own modules and in leading their peers in the work. These are full-time positions and are filled both by Distinguished Educators from Maine classrooms and other contracted educators.
Meet the Core MOOSE Team
Jenn Page, PhD, MOOSE Project Manager
Jenn Page, PhD, joins the MOOSE project as a Team Leader bringing with her 5 years of Maine public school teaching and 6 years as the Director of Education at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. Jenn specializes in designing transformative, place-based student learning experiences and is adept at facilitating others to do the same. Outside of MOOSE, she works as a sustainable leadership strategist, helping educators and other leaders create sustainable systems change without sacrificing their wellness in the process. Jenn also serves on the Board of the Maine Environmental Education Association, the University of Maine Honors College, and is an adjunct instructor with Antioch University. She lives in midcoastal Maine on the unceded Territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy (Penobscot Nation) with her husband and their cat, Loki, where she is learning to connect more deeply with her own sense of place and loves keeping everything organized (and visually appealing!) with bullet journaling and paper planning.
Jaime Beal, EdD, MOOSE Team Leader
Jaime Beal, EdD, comes to the MOOSE project from Windham Primary School, where she served as a second grade teacher. She has been teaching for seventeen years, beginning her career in the Belfast area before teaching in Arizona for twelve years. While she has primarily taught second-grade, Jaime has taught first through fourth grades. Last year she participated in the MOOSE project as a content writer and coach. Her interest in professional development, math instruction, and equity work led her to pursue a doctorate through the University of Florida with their Teaching, Schools, and Society program. She serves on the board of the Maine chapter of NCTM. A true lifelong learner, Jaime loves reading, listening to podcasts, and exploring her new passion – knitting
Stephanie Connors, MEd, MOOSE Team Leader
Stephanie Connors comes from Maranacook Schools having taught at Mt. Vernon Elementary for 4 years. Prior to that, she worked in various grade levels in both Regular and Special Education for 10 years. Freshly graduated with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from University of Maine, Stephanie thought that she would give MOOSE a try Summer 2020. “This project brings out the best in what education might be-creative, engaging, and academically rich. Participating in the initiative helped me grow as a classroom teacher and look at classroom instruction through a new lens.” Stephanie has also presented her ideas at ACTEM, The Summer Tech Institute through the University of Maine, and for the DOE Social Studies Teachers as Leaders Webinar series. Always up for a challenge or to try something new, Stephanie is excited to be on this learning journey with Content Creators and fellow DOE team members. Stephanie prides herself on being someone who can look at things differently. In her free time, if her nose isn’t buried in a book, she likes to be outside hiking or kayaking or being creative cooking, sewing, or knitting. She’s married and has two amazing kids, aged 25 and 13. She often attends virtual meetings with her Assisticat, Smudge.
Jaime Halbmaier-Stuart, MEd, MOOSE Team Leader
Jaime Halbmaier-Stuart, STEAM Team Leader for MOOSE, joins the DOE by way of MSAD 60 where she has worked for the last 20 years. Jaime has a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. As part of MOOSE in Year One, Jaime designed modules in both Quarters 3 and Quarter 4. She is thrilled to join MOOSE as a Team Leader, and can’t wait share all the great things MOOSE has to offer with her colleagues all over the state of Maine. Jaime is married to a great guy whose name is also Jamie, and they live in Sanford with their Carin Terrier Gus-Gus.
Joanna Martel, EdD, MOOSE Team Leader
Joanna Martel, EdD, joins the Learn with MOOSE! project as a Team Leader after building with the project five times in the project's first year. She holds a her doctorate in education from Northeastern University in the area of career exploration programming and is certified in curriculum and administration. Joanna was honored to lead the History of Genocide and Holocaust team in their MOOSE build and co-lead the Climate Education. She brings to the Office of Innovation her 30 years of educational experience as a project manager in education with public, private, homeschool, nonprofit, and business communities. Her work with her own education consulting and grant writing company, Martel Learning Group, LLC, has given her an awareness of the delicate and challenging relational work of entrepreneurial projects. She resides in southern Maine with her husband of over 30 years, ever growing family, and can be found being a life long learner in such varied things as quilting and powerlifting.
Jenn Page, PhD
MOOSE Project Manager