The director of an alternative school on Mackworth Island in Falmouth will be the town of Brunswick’s new assistant superintendent of schools.

In a letter sent out to staff, students, parents and community members, the Brunswick School District said it has hired Pender Makin.

She has been director of the Real School since 2003.

“She comes to us with a stellar reputation for creative programming, teaching and learning, grant writing and problem solving,” Superintendent Paul K. Perzanoski said. “I have high hopes for her future contributions and success.”

According to the Real School’s website, Makin has been an educator since 1995.

Makin was the lead teacher in Westbrook at Wescott Junior School’s Alternative Learning Center from 1997 to 2003.

“Pender believes that alternative learners are the best hope for the future of our world, because they were born to think outside of the box,” her profile on the Real School website states.

Since 2008, she has been on the faculty of the graduate school of the University of Maine and has acted as a consultant speaking on the issues of adolescent behavior and alternative education.

The Real School serves students in grades 7 to 12 who have failed to thrive in other school settings.

It offers an adventure-based alternative school program and an adventure-based special education school program.


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