Tara Cody, 40, is a single mother of three children, ages 11, 16, and 21. Tara presently is a retail manager at a major store. She has been very engaged in the life of her children, serving as a Girl Scout Leader for nine years. “I believe strongly that my role and the environment of my home contribute to my children’s intellect, values and skills. I look forward to participating on the panel and I support the mission and the values of Maine Families Network, as I understand them.”
Raychel Brewster, 28, is a single mom of three (ages 6, 3, and 18 months). She is employed at the Cornerstone TRIO office (Student Support Center) in UMA.
“I am a stay at home mom except for the three days a week that I work. I also attend UMA full time. I am working toward my Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, with minors in Psychology, Photography, and Small Business Management. I am also obtaining two teaching certificates for ages 0-5, and grades K-3, as well as an Accounting certificate so I will be able to take the state licensing exams to become both an early education public school teacher and a Certified Public Accountant. I believe strongly in educational methods such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. These methods all have a few elements in common, two of the most important being a child-led (rather than teacher-led) learning environment, and a focus on engaging the whole child (mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually) within the context of their home and family environment. I believe that the home is the first, and most important, learning environment for the child, and the parent is one of the most important teaching influences that the child will have.
I’m excited to be involved with the Maine Families Network because I firmly believe that if there is a support and education system in place for parents of children, particularly young ones, children’s lives can be dramatically changed for the positive. I also believe that many of the ills of society can be radically altered if there is significant focus on educating and supporting children and their families.”
Chris Albee is a 48 year old, married father of 12 children (infant to 22 years). Chris, a former boxer, works in auto sales and also teaches boxing.
“God has called parents to be the primary teacher of their children and children to be respectful learners. Parents are central to God’s plan.” Chris brings a respectful, spiritual insight to the panel and identifies with the mission of Maine families Network.
Mark Stebbins is a 48 year old, married father of three children, ages 17, 14, and 12. He is Vice President & Commercial Banking Officer at Kennebec Savings Bank. Mark is also a current board member of Augusta Babe Ruth, as well as serving on the Hall-Dale Athletic Sports Boosters, KV Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee, and Kennebec Leadership Institute Alumni Planning Committee.
“Much of what we learn about in life relative to the values we exhibit comes from our parents, or our families – in whatever form they may be. We must each invest in our children’s education as it is the basis for their, and our, future. Schools may teach history and math, but they don’t teach values, which create the basis of humanity within us.
I’m happy to contribute in any way that I can toward the development of youth and families, which represent the foundation of our country’s future.”
Lois Siegler, age 88, is the mother of 12 adult children (ranging in age from 70 to 51), and also has16 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She as a stay at home mom when her own children were young, and active in Girl Scouts as well as a Cub Scout Den Mother. Lois is now retired from her job as a social worker.
“The theme of this conversation– parents as teachers and children as natural learners– is so true, and children learn from each other! I look forward to sharing on this theme and hearing from others. Maine Families Network’s purpose seems very important to our future, and I want to do my part.”