July 17, 2019, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Island Institute

386 Main St
RocklandMaine 04841

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Advantages and Adversity: Teaching and Learning in a One-Room Island School


Mandy Metrano
Teacher, Monhegan Island

Yvonne Thomas
Education Specialist, Island Institute

About the lecture

Mandy Metrano, teacher on Monhegan Island, and Yvonne Thomas, education specialist at the Island Institute, will speak about Maine's island schools and take a look at both the advantages and challenges of teaching in these remote environments.

About the presenters

Mandy Metrano has been Monhegan Island's school teacher since 2015 and has lived both year-round and seasonally on Monhegan since 1996. She is a Portland native who graduated from the University of Southern Maine and completed her Arts Education program from USM. Mandy did her student teaching in the Portland Public Schools and worked as an Ed Tech for nine years prior to her teaching position at the Monhegan School. 

Yvonne Thomas works closely with island and coastal schools and education organizations under the Island Institute's ‘Enhancing Education and Leadership’ strategic priority. She works collaboratively to develop projects, support teacher professional development, and strengthen networks to address the unique educational challenges and opportunities schools face. Prior to joining the Island Institute, she was the school counselor at the Vinalhaven School for 13 years and also served as the school counselor for Matinicus and North Haven for several years. Yvonne lives on Vinalhaven with her family. 

Event details

Lectures in the Summer Lecture Series are free and open to the public, and take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday from July 3-31. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 40 guests.


4th Floor Conference Room
Island Institute, 386 Main Street, Rockland


Contact Hannah Barrows at (207) 594-9209 x113 or membership@islandinstitute.org with any questions.