WHO WE ARE AT CPI
ABOUT CPI MAINE
ABOUT OUR STAFF
Craig Haims, MAT, FOUNDER
CPI Operations Director / School Climate & Culture Specialist
In August of 2016 Craig became the Director of Operations of CPI. During this year Craig oversaw the expansion of CPI’s services including the establishment of an educational consulting arm and professional development programming for teachers and school leaders. Craig is a Maine State Licensed Teacher and School Administrator and has over 20 years of experience in both public and private schools. As a teacher, Craig specialized in integrating experiential and service-learning content into his classroom practice helping to make learning relevant for at-risk learners. As a school leader/consultant Craig is a passionate champion of restorative culture in schools and helping school leaders creatively establish structures that support trust, transparency, and accountability among their staff so that a healthy school culture/climate takes root throughout the school.
Page Nichols, FOUNDER
Page has been working with highly at risk kids for over ten years. As a Restorative Learning Specialist at The REAL School – a public school serving middle and high school students who have not been successful in traditional schools – Page helped to develop and implement restorative disciplinary practices and protocols using evidence-based, best practices and emerging adolescent brain development as a guide. She serves on the executive board of directors of Seeds of Independence, an organization serving at-risk children in Maine and has helped to design and implement alternatives to detention for youth in Maine facing incarceration for non-violent behavior. Page speaks at local and national conferences and provides professional development training for teachers, counselors and school leaders. Page is currently a member of the University of Southern Maine’s “Leadership for Tomorrow’s Schools Cohort” and plans to receive a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership as well as a Maine State Principal’s Certification.
Susan Burns-Chong, LCSW, FOUNDER
Susan has 20 years of extensive experience working with students and their families who are involved with multiple systems–juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health. She is currently part of the treatment team at the REAL School, providing counseling and supportive services to middle and high school students. She has served as a teacher, community organizer, adventure leader, and group facilitator, and she has recently published a teen-focused book about innovation at school and work. Susan graduated from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with her Master of Social Work.
Martin Mackey, MS Special Ed., FOUNDER
Martin has worked with at risk students for over 18 years both in public schools, and private wilderness therapy programs in the western U.S. He has been instrumental in the development and growth of multiple educational programs. Martin has provided professional development to a wide variety of educators, policy makers, and is always eager to collaborate with others to initiate positive change for Maine’s most fragile students. He is currently the President of the Maine Association of Alternative Education. In 2013, Martin organized a statewide Human Centered Design summit on alternative assessment practices in Maine.
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