Our new Washington County Passages Office at UMaine Machias!

Posted on Tuesday February 5, 2013

Passages Teacher and Coordinator Cora Townsend and Teacher Fern Hilyard at at our new Washington County office on The UMaine Machias campus

Passages Opens Office at UM Machias


Martha Kempe, the director of the Passages program at Wayfinder Schools is very pleased to announce the opening of the new Passages office on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias.  Passages, a home-based high school diploma program for teen parents, had been operating in Washington County from the Cobscook Community Learning Center since 2008. The Washington County program has now officially come under the umbrella of Wayfinder Schools, which originated Passages in 1994 to reach students who could not be accommodated by its residential program.

Cora Townsend joined the Passages team as a teacher in 2009 and is delighted to continue working with the new administration. She received her BS in Education from the University of Maine at Machias in 1996, so the new office is a kind of homecoming for her. Cora has owned her own restaurant, been Director of Daycare at the Regional Medical Center in Lubec and worked with young adults and their children for many years. Fern Hilyard, who is new to Passages, has a passion for education and especially enjoys the challenge of helping students discover what motivates them. She’s worked with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. During the last 15 years she has pursued teaching special and gifted students, art, writing, and recently spent a summer volunteering in London working with mentally ill adults in a therapeutic horticulture facility.

Passages is open and free to all young parents, both male and female, who are between the ages of fourteen and twenty. Students design their own learning plans, meet at home once a week with their teachers, communicate online and by phone between visits, and get together with other students for group activities and community service. The students study a combination of academic, parenting and life skills. Through it all, they discover their strengths, connect with their families, practice personal responsibility, and contribute to their communities.

To apply to the program, call 236-3000 for more information.