Sunday, June 10, 2018

2018 Retirees

2018 Massabesic Retirees
Author(s): Allison Gerry, Ryan Topham
Editor: Camryn Champlin & Rachael Bonia
(School Life)

Madam Littlefield-Baas


Madam Littlefield-Baas is a french teacher. She has been teaching french for 28 years. 10 of those were at Islesboro Central School, and 18 at Massabesic. She has touched the lives of many students and could never be replaced.

Q: Why did you decide to teach? 

A: “I love kids. I love French. I have never had any of my own children but I do say that I HAVE MANY!!! I want to make the world a better place. Students keep me young!! I wanted more time for me with summers off but that was not the case in teaching as it is all-consuming. I was always thinking of ways to better my teaching or seeing something that I could use in my classroom - YEAR ROUND!!!”

Q: What are your favorite thing(s) about teaching? 

A: “Students. Sharing my love for French and the culture around the world. Helping make a difference one student at a time. I hope that I teach more than French and that I set an example every single day on how to be a good person.”

Q: What are some hobbies of yours outside of teaching? 

A: “Reading. My husband and I are in two book groups. Church - is really not a hobby but we do many activities with fellow Christians. Organizing, cleaning, gardening and enjoying our home on the Suncook River in NH. Listening to bluegrass music and going to festivals.”

Q: What are your plans after you retire? 

A: “NOT driving 2 + hours to work and back every day!!!! Travel to France with my husband (as he has never been there). Seeing the US by car. Volunteering and helping others, the gym, walking and keeping myself cancer free.”

Q: What do you think you will be remembered as? 

A: “Madame L-B, that crazy French teacher that was always telling students what to do. Someone that cared for everyone, someone that worked really hard and was fair even when she was frustrated, not knowing enough about technology and always saying, ‘Put your phone away!’" 

Q: What would you like to be remembered as? 

A: “A fun and caring person that was doing the best she could with her God-given talents. I hope that students will think of me when they are ‘walking down the street in Paris or Qu├ębec’ and as someone who lived by this motto ‘SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, MEAN WHAT YOU SAY and DON'T BE MEAN WHEN YOU SAY IT.’"

Mrs. Marianne Tozier


Marianne Tozier is a guidance counselor for high school underclassmen. She has been a guidance counselor for 30 years. 26 were at Line, Shapleigh, and Lyman elementary schools, and 4 at Massabesic. As a guidance counselor, she has helped so many students and she will definitely be missed. 

Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?

A: “I've always loved helping people and hoped I could make a difference.”

Q: What's your favorite thing(s) about what you do?

A: “When I've been able to support students when they need it the most. I'm going to miss all the students I've worked with. Over the years I've been lucky enough to see some of them graduate that I've known since they were in kindergarten. They were on my caseload in elementary school and again in high school. That's been very special!”

Q: What are some hobbies of yours outside of teaching?

A: “I love spending time at the beach and visiting with my sons and good friends. I also belong to a book club.”

Q: What are your plans after you retire?

A: “I hope to do a lot of traveling. I have a special trip to Tuscany planned with my youngest son for September. I probably will also continue to volunteer in some capacity. I've done some work for the women's shelter in Portland and will probably continue to help out there or the Preble Street Resource Center.”

Q: What do you think you will be remembered as? 

A: “This is a difficult one. I only hope that the students I have worked with over the past thirty years have always felt supported and cared for. I've always tried to be a strong advocate for students to be able to be safe and accomplish all they can be.”

Q: What would you like to be remembered as? 

A: “I hope my legacy will be the students that go on to be happy and productive individuals.”



Mr. Jeffrey Lyons

Mr. Lyons has been a great English teacher for all of MHS, and the students here are going to remember him, for both what he taught them in life, and the person he was in their lives. In all of our opinions, all of the teachers and educational staff have a place in our heart, appearing as superheros, and that is no understatement for Mr. Lyons, who has been teaching for 32 years, all within the English department.

Q: How did you start to teach/Start your path on an educational career? What was your interest that made you want to go into teaching or an educational career?

A: “I come from a family of educators and book lovers. I majored in English because I love to read. I became an English teacher because I wanted to nurture enthusiasm for reading.”

Q: What would be some of your favorite things about your job?

A: “I enjoy seeing kids grow and gain understanding.”

Q: How long have you been teaching/administrator? What have you been working with during your time at MHS?

A: “I taught for 32 years, all of them at Massabesic High School, and all in the ELA department.”

Q: What do you enjoy outside of teaching? Do you have any plans after retiring?

A: “I enjoy reading, music playing and singing and listening, art, history, walking and hiking and bike riding, basketball playing and watching and coaching, and writing. I plan to do more of all of them.”

Q: What would you say you will be remembered as? What would you like to be remembered as?

A: “I hope to be remembered as a good teacher, a good colleague, and a good person.”

Q: Do you have any advice for any incoming people? 

A: “My advice to anyone would be from Miguel Ruiz, by way of our former colleague Marcia Pitcher: 

‘The Four Agreements

1. Be impeccable with your word.

2. Don’t take anything personally.

3. Don’t make assumptions.

4. Always do your best. ‘“

A big thank you goes to Mr. Lyons from all of his students, colleagues and peers from MHS. 


Mr. John Morin

Mr. Morin has been a great leader, coach, teacher, and principal over the last years he has been with us. When we think about teachers in general, the thing that comes to mind may not be the truth, and this is especially the truth with Mr. Morin, as he is so much more than just a teacher. 

Q: How did you start to teach/Start your path on an educational career? What was your interest that made you want to go into teaching or an educational career?

A: “I began as an Ed tech II in a 4-6 grade behavioral classroom, from there I became a Physical Education/Health/Wellness teacher, and then an Assistant Principal. My teachers and coaches were tremendous role models and mentors for me, and I felt the need to provide the same opportunity for others.”

Q: What would be some of your favorite things about your job?

A: “The interactions with colleagues and students, watching students evolve and mature from their freshman to senior year. Having former students and players tell you they get the lessons you were trying to instill in them and are using those those skills in their adult life.”

Q: How long have you been teaching/administrator? What have you been working with during your time at MHS(e.x., English, Math, Assistant Principal, Guidance, etc.)

A: “I was an ed tech for 1 year, a teacher for 19 years, and an assistant principal for 18 years. I have been at Massabesic for a total of 21 years, 3 part time and 18 full time. I also coached for 35 years, football, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, 16 of those were as the head football coach here at Massabesic.”

Q: What do you enjoy outside of teaching? Do you have any plans after retiring?

A: “I enjoy anything with the outdoors and all 4 seasons; fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, and growing vegetables in our garden. I'm also still a sports enthusiast. My wife and I have recently purchased a camper and plan to be hitting the road visiting places from here in Maine to Alaska. I have recently become active in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire Chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am also in the process of developing a consulting program to build leadership and character in today's youth. Though I'm retiring, I do not feel that my time of working with kids is over yet.”

Q: What do you think you will be remembered as? What would you like to be remembered as?

A: “My hope is to be remembered as consistent and fair, although fair isn't always consistent and consistent isn't always fair. But if you take the time to know who you're dealing with and treat them the way you want to be treated, you can't go wrong. Getting a thank you from a former student or player means more than any other type of recognition.”

Q: Do you have any advice for any incoming people?

A: “Be yourself, be a server, if you see something that needs to be done - do it - don't wait to be be asked, and at the end of the day be able to look at yourself in the mirror and be happy and content with the person looking back knowing you had a positive effect on someone or something."

2 comments:

  1. Great article! Thank you for the profile on the retiring teachers, this was a great idea! We should do this every year.

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  2. Great article! Very well written.

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