Pender Makin currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Brunswick, Maine, and is a co-founder of Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (an organization providing professional development and an annual national conference focused on school safety, school climate, trauma-informed practices). Pender provides training to teachers, school leaders, and policy makers, locally and nationally, in Restorative Justice practices, cognitive neuroscience, and affective well-being. Pender believes that public schools offer the greatest hope for the future of our society, and is committed to the promotion of positive messaging around the heroic work that is accomplished by teachers every day. An advocate for Juvenile Justice Reform, Pender serves on the executive committee of Maine's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. Pender spent the first 20 years of her career as an alternative educator and principal of an alternative high school, earning the Maine Principal of the Year award in 2013.
2008 M.Ed. Ed. Leadership
1991 University of Maine - Portland-Gorham, B.A.