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Cynthia O'Shea (ME '92)

Executive Director

Casco Bay Educational Alliance
Gorham, ME

At the time of the Award, Cynthia O'Shea was:

Narragansett Elementary School
Gorham, ME

Biographical Information

Cynthia O'Shea is principal of the Narragansett School in Gorham, and recipient of the 1992 National Distinguished Principal's Award for the state of Maine. Cited for her educational vision, she has been a leader in school restructuring efforts. The climate in her school promotes the development of human potential and respect for the individual talents and strength of both teachers and students. "We want children to be comfortable enough in a learning environment to proudly share what they know, to unashamedly ask for help when they need it, to know how to solve problems, how to set goals and actively participate in the learning process." Ms. O'Shea was instrumental in the development of a partnership with the ATLAS project which involves Gorham in the development of New American Schools, part of the AMERICA 2000 initiative; and she has been successful in securing a three-year grant for her school's restructuring efforts.

Additional Information


1972 University of Maine - Portland-Gorham, B.A.

Assessment, Community Partnerships, Inclusion, Language Arts, Phonics and Whole Language, Portfolio Assessment, Professional Development, Reform, Restructuring, Self-esteem