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Marshwood Adult & Community Education

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260 Route 236 • South Berwick, ME 03908 • (207) 384-5703 • Fax: (207) 384-5608



   Learn what you like, like what you learn!


 Congratulations Class of 2016!

By Ralph Morang

Posted Jun. 2, 2016 at 9:48 PM

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - “I had to get it done.”

"I knew I needed to graduate.”

“I knew I needed to buckle down and stop being stupid.”

These were some of the reasons graduates gave for returning to school through the Marshwood Adult and Community Education programs. Thirteen students graduated Thursday night, earning a high school diploma or passing the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
“Not every path is on the flat and smooth,” Marshwood Adult and Community Education Director Lorraine Robida said to those students, their families and supporters in the Marshwood High School auditorium. But with their support, she said, the students succeeded in achieving their goals.
James Beal, 38, of Eliot, has had the longest history with adult education. Beal said he dropped out of high school at 18 and began working. Now married with three children, Beal, after two previous attempts, passed the HiSET. He has the goal of getting a better job and planning for retirement.
Lyndsie Kasterke, 18, lives in South Berwick. She transferred from Sanford High School and had to catch up to the Marshwood graduation requirements. She works at a day care center in Kittery and would like to open her own day care.
Hunter Rideout, 18, lives in York. He dropped out of high school his freshman year. He started attended adult education in October and now plans to be an accountant.
Director Lorraine Robida spoke with each student on stage, drawing out of them the reasons they came back to school, who supported them and what their plans were. “Everyone has a story,” she told the audience.
Shauntee Spornhauer earned her high school diploma. From Somersworth, N.H., she said about balancing work and school, “I learned to never give up.”
Benjamin Holmes plans to go into the military and then to college to be a psychologist, to work with troubled teens. Otherwise, he told Robida, he’d be playing video games. He said, “My family was pushing me to get this done.”
Marlena Daniels, 20, began her adult education journey when she was 16. “We’ve watched you grow up, have a child and get a job,” said Robida. “Your perseverance is an inspiration.”
Bradley Lokken is 17, a transfer student from Florida. He earned some college credits at the York County Community College before beginning at Marshwood Adult Education.
Director Robida seemed proud to announce the aggregate test scores of the students. The scores, in five academic areas, had high percentages of achievement and of college-readiness she said.
The diploma graduates were Lyndsie Kasterke and Shauntee Spornhauer. The HiSET recipients were Kayla Bachman, James Beal, Alexander Bickerstaff, Marlena Daniels, Benjamin Holmes, Emma Hopkins, Bradley Lokken, Taylor Manning. Michael Peele, Hunter Rideout and Tyler Woods.



Summer Office Hours - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7am-3pm, Tuesday, 8am-8pm, Friday by appointment.

How to find our office:  

The daytime entrance for Marshwood Adult Ed. can be found behind Marshwood High School.  When coming in the main driveway from Route 236, take a left after the speed bump and follow the signs around the back of the building.  We have a small parking area available for daytime classes.  The speed limit on high school grounds is 15mph.  Thank you!

The entrance used for evening classes can be found on the front right corner of the High School, on the side by the tennis courts.  Parking is open in front of the high school except for the area marked with yellow paint (fire lane).

There are several ways to register for classes - mail, phone with credit card, in person or online through this website.  Marshwood Adult Education reserves the right to make changes to the start and end dates of courses when necessary and is not responsible for typographical errors in our brochure or on our website.  Please let the Adult Education office know, at the time of registration, if there are any conditions or limitations of which we should be aware in order to accommodate your needs and ensure your safety.




© 2016 Marshwood Adult & Community Education
260 Route 236 • South Berwick, ME 03908 • (207) 384-5703 • Fax: (207) 384-5608