Anne Applin, Computer Science
My students are my legacy. I have so many former students doing wonderful things, such as working at Pixar and the NSA. They stay in touch, and that’s nice.
I came to SMCC in 2011 and helped create the Computer Science program. Before moving to Maine, I taught at Pearl River Community College, Ithaca College and Millsaps College.
I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
My favorite part of teaching are the aha moments. You can’t get enough of those aha moments when things click for students and they see how things work.
Jeff Badger, Liberal Studies art focus
Hundreds of students take art classes each semester to learn about drawing, illustration, art history and our many other offerings.
Besides teaching and serving as co-chair of the Fine Arts Department, I’m an artist and an independent curator with many connections in Maine’s art world. I began teaching at SMCC in 2006.
Students who take our classes include Liberal Studies majors with an art focus, as well as those from other departments who are looking to fulfill their requirements.
Some of our students transfer after graduation to BFA programs at other schools, such as Maine College of Art or the University of Southern Maine. Many go on to work as artists or in galleries, museums or at colleges.
John Bolduc, Precision Machining & Manufacturing
I’m chairman of the Precision & Machining program, and I’m passionate about teaching and making a difference in students’ lives.
Machining technology has changed dramatically over the years, which makes me particularly proud of our state-of-the-art precision machine tools. Our students are in high demand because they are trained on the same types of machines used by the manufacturers who hire our graduates.
Meg Broderick, Culinary Arts
I found my passion for baking as a teenager when I cooked bread, pies, cookies and other baked goods on a Casco Bay island and sold them door-to-door from a wheelbarrow for a couple of summers.
That experience eventually led me, during and after college, to working at restaurants and bakeries at various places from Alaska to Maine. I even worked for a season in Antarctica as a cook and baker at McMurdo Station, a U.S. Antarctic research station.
I also worked at Alice’s Restaurant, a restaurant in Massachusetts made famous by the folk song and movie of the same name. While working for Cranberry Island Kitchen in Portland (and teaching at SMCC), I coached the owners prior to their appearance on the Food Network’s Bobby Flay “Throwdown” show, and I brought SMCC students to watch the filming of the show.
I’ve been teaching baking and pastry at SMCC since 2004, and I’m an American Culinary Federation Certified Working Pastry Chef.
I like the diversity of students I teach, from those fresh out of high school to others who are working in restaurants and bakeries and looking to enhance their skills — and those who have culinary school on their bucket list. I love doing a cooking demo in class, making eye contact and seeing those ‘aha’ moments that students experience. I love those ‘aha’ moments, and you hope that every student has those and is excited about what they’re doing.
Deborah Brooks, Nutrition and Dietetics
Students in my program have passions for nutritional food and for caring for people.
As chair of the Dietetics & Nutrition program, I tell students that we’re teaching them to become nutrition detectives and that when it comes to nutrition and wellness, we should practice what we preach.
I have a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition and a master’s in clinical exercise physiology. I’m also a registered dietician and a licensed dietician.
Our students are interested in the connection between nutrition and wellness. All of them spend 450 hours of field service at hospitals, long-term care facilities, community nutrition programs and other places for hands-on experience.
Bob Coffman, Business Professor
Before coming to SMCC to teach accounting, I worked for manufacturers in southern Maine for 25 years. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.
I take the approach that the courses I teach are about concepts — they’re not just math classes. I don’t want my students to memorize, I want them to understand things.
My favorite part of teaching is when the light bulbs go on for students and you can see them thinking, ‘Oh, I get that.’
Meridith Comeau, Architectural & Engineering Design
I teach students how to become creative problem-solvers using both technical and creative skills.
Learning how to create a well-designed space is truly a piece of art.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Maine and later earned an associate degree in Technical Graphics — the previous name for this program — here at SMCC. I’ve been teaching at SMCC since 1999.
We provide students the skills they need to go to work for architects, engineers, contractors, civil designers and others in the architectural and engineering design fields. Many graduates continue their education and earn bachelor’s degrees in architecture or engineering technology.
The AEDD program has a diverse range of students. Some enroll straight out of high school, while others come here to learn the skills for a second or even a third career. My favorite part of teaching is connecting with the students and seeing their success.
Jocelyn Conley, Co-Chair Math Department
I am the co-chair of the Mathematics Department. Our goals in the Department are to refine and enhance student Math skills, develop critical thinking, and ultimately prepare students to either enter the workforce or to transfer to a baccalaureate program after graduation from SMCC.
My favorite part of teaching is helping students get to that “Aha!” moment, when things start clicking for them. Mathematics can be an intimidating subject, and it is very rewarding to see students master the subject matter.
Before coming to SMCC, I previously taught high school math in Old Orchard Beach and in New Hampshire. At the high school level, I taught many dual-enrollment classes where students earned college credit while still in high school.
I have a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in White Plains, N.Y., and a master’s degree in Education from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H.
Genevieve Cox, Sociology
I like to utilize pop media and current events to teach students how to analyze social phenomena.
I have a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.
Many sociology students go on to baccalaureate schools, and they can go into many different careers from social research or marketing to social work.
Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, Biotechnology
My favorite part of teaching is working with students and watching them succeed. My students are excited about learning and they take advantage of the opportunities we offer.
Before coming to SMCC in 2001, I worked at Idexx Laboratories in Maine and at Nestle, the world’s largest food company, in Switzerland. I have a bachelor’s degree from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Michigan, and I did post-doctoral work at the University of Geneva Medical School in Switzerland.
Biotech students work in hands-on laboratory settings. We also provide them the opportunity to conduct scientific research at places like the Mount Desert Biological Laboratory, Bates College and the University of New England.
Aaron Ford, Plumbing
I come from a family of plumbers. My father and my uncles on my mother’s side were plumbers, and all four of my brothers are plumbers. Here at SMCC, I am now training the next generation of plumbers.
Before coming to SMCC in 2011, I worked as a plumber, pipefitter and welder on commercial, industrial and institutional jobs. I’ve been a registered plumber since 1985, and I earned my journeyman’s license at the age of 19. At age 20, I became a master plumber.
I believe in teaching students by demonstrating something for them and then having them do it on their own. I have a quote from Benjamin Franklin on my classroom bulletin board that says, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Heather Higgins, Respiratory Therapy
The most gratifying thing about teaching is seeing the evolution and growth of our students. To see where students start and where they come out five semesters later is extremely rewarding for me.
Before coming to SMCC in 2012, I worked as a respiratory therapist in many environments, from small community hospitals to large tertiary care teaching hospitals. I have a bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary sciences from Northeastern University, and a Master’s in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England.
The Respiratory Therapy program draws a wide diversity of students. We have students straight out of high school, and others who are on their second or third careers.
Nina Huntington, Medical Assisting
As chair of the Medical Assisting program, I’m proud that nearly every student in my department gets a job in their field after graduation.
I have three academic degrees in nursing, and I was a nurse for many years before turning to teaching. After they graduate, my students go on to become medical assistants, working in a variety of medical settings in support of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
My teaching philosophy is to be flexible and student-centric and to adapt to the many different challenges that students face. I try not to be stuck in one place. I try to change things up.
Glenn Hussey, Information Technology
I love teaching students the ins and outs of Information Technology.
After serving in the Air Force for 20 years, I became an IT consultant and worked as an instructor at a college in New Hampshire. I have a bachelor’s degree in IT from the University of Maryland and I’m now working toward my master’s.
I’ve always loved training people, and when the time came I jumped at the chance to work here full-time. Information Technology is for people who enjoy problem-solving and continuous learning.
This field is very broad with many different disciplines, whether you want to become a system, database or network administrator, a network engineer or an IT architect. It’s very rewarding watching future IT people develop.
Tom Joyce, Criminal Justice
Before becoming a full-time professor at SMCC, I spent 25 years with the Portland Police Department.
I graduated from SMCC in 1977 before being hired by the Portland Police Department, where I worked as a crime scene technician, a patrol sergeant and a detective sergeant. Now I’m chairman of the Criminal Justice Department.
My favorite part of teaching is to convey my knowledge to students so they can go on to successful careers in law enforcement, corrections, private security and other fields in the criminal justice system. We aren’t just training people to be police officers; we’re giving you the skills and knowledge to springboard wherever you want to go.
Kevin Kimball, Science
Students know me for my trebuchet, a type of catapult used during the Middle Ages that I utilize to teach students about the laws of motion, ballistics, calculating trajectories and making scientific predictions.
I teach Physics and Astronomy, and as a Navy veteran I like to engage students “Navy style” and make sure they thoroughly understand what I’m teaching.
I’m going to make sure students know the arithmetic and that they know the language. Once we establish that, we can do anything.
Maureen LaSalle, Hospitality Management
I want students to see the world as their oyster and how many great opportunities there are in the hospitality field. I’m here to teach students what service really means in this industry and prepare them with the valuable skills employers are looking for.
The hospitality and food industry is huge in Maine, providing our students with numerous prospects for bright careers. I love the energy that students have and how they’re at a stage in their lives where they’re trying to figure out what they want to do.
Before coming to SMCC as chair of the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts programs, I worked at St. Joseph’s College, where I was director of the Alfond Center, events and wellness, as well as an adjunct professor. I’ve also taught at Johnson & Wales University and York County Community College, and I once was the innkeeper at Kennebunkport’s award-winning White Barn Inn.