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Richard Meserve (ME '09)

Director, School and Student Supports

Maine Department of Education
Augusta, ME

At the time of the Award, Richard Meserve was:

The REAL School
Falmouth, ME

Subject(s) taught: Emotionally Disturbed or Behavior Disorders
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Richard Meserve currently serves as the Assistant Principal at the REAL School. Previous to becoming assistant principal, Richard taught multiple subjects, but was the lead Social Studies teacher, at the REAL school on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, ME. The unifying link in all of his classes, regardless of the subject, is that he teaches at-risk students, those who need a very special kind of teacher to inspire and motivate them. Meserve has done just this across the board; he has improved attendance, academic performance, and credit standing for almost 100 percent of his students. His expertise in alternative education, as well as an unwavering love for his students is present in every class he teaches.

Meserve's students have responded positively to his teaching style, which consists of working in small groups, differentiated instruction, and real-world learning. Meserve takes his students out on adventure-based activities to teach them academically and socially. He recently organized and hosted a service-learning trip to Romania where he and his students collaborated with local and international Rotary clubs on collaborative projects. He has also organized a service learning trip to New Orleans where he and his students worked in a tent-city soup kitchen post Hurricane Katrina. He regularly supervises overnight wilderness trips each semester. He also started and coaches the school's first basketball team.

As the lead teacher on the Crisis Management Team at the REAL school, and a member of the District's Wellness Committee, Meserve is no stranger to leadership. He regularly develops workshops for other teachers and presents his research and practice at state and local conferences, such as the Maine Alternative Education Conference.

Richard Meserve In The News

Falmouth teacher wins $24,000 fellowship
Portland Press Herald  |  Jun 07, 2011  |  Portland, ME

Additional Information


2011 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

James Madison Fellow 2011

Carnegie Hero Award 2009


2004 University of Massachusetts, B.A.

Masters in American History with a Concentration in the U.S. Constitution- American Public University 2013