Garrold speaks Oct. 11 on birth, history of small-town schools

Oct 09, 2016

Searsport — Faith Garrold, an active volunteer in town and at Penobscot Marine Museum, will discuss the birth and history of small-town schools, with Searsport's school system as the model, at a meeting of Searsport Historical Society Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Curtis Hall at Searsport Congregational Church. All are welcome.

There will be a social hour after the meeting for conversation, desserts, and questions and answers.

Reared on a farm in Montville, Garrold graduated from high school in Liberty in a class of eight students; thus began her interest in small schools. She holds three degrees from the University of Maine and spent her career in public education. With an undergraduate degree in elementary education with minors in English and child development, she has taught every elementary grade level at one time or another in her local school district, which has changed configuration many times.

After finishing her Master in Educational Administration degree, she began a second career as an administrator in her home district as director of curriculum and instruction. She then moved on to what is now Regional School Unit 3 as assistant superintendent/curriculum coordinator/principal, where she helped supervise the building of a new school in Monroe.

Armed with a third degree, this one in educational leadership, Garrold became Waldo County Head Start director. Five years later she embarked on another career as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, preparing others to teach.

Her interest in Searsport history led Garrold to begin researching the structure of education in Searsport, which mirrors development in our state. Several years ago she decided to try her hand at writing, and began the monograph on which her talk to the Historical Society will be based. Garrold will trace the development of schools in a small town, using Searsport as a model, from the days towns were organized to present day.


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