JACKMAN — Five new staff members were welcomed Forest Hills School to begin the 2016/17 school year.

Kjerstin Winn accepted the position of high school science teacher. Winn earned her doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota with her undergraduate studies at Orono and earned a B.A. in psychology at Grinnell College in Iowa. Winn has lots of real experience serving as a veterinarian at the Skowhegan Animal Medical Clinic for more than 15 years. Winn is looking forward to inspiring budding medical students as well as helping all students to enjoy science in our world. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, organic gardening, beekeeping, knitting and crocheting, to name a few, according to a news release from the high school.

Theresa Worster returns to Forest Hills having been a graduate of the school. Worster accepted the position of cook and looks forward to working with head cook, Laura Allen, and Farmer Joe to provide a tasty and healthy breakfast and lunch for all students. She comes with experience from her own family in working with meats as well as her work at both Parlin Pond Camps and North Country Associates in Jackman. Worster is the proud parent of two school-aged children in kindergarten and second grade.

Karla Talpey joins the school as an education technician. Talpey is a very familiar face due to her 25 years as a Scout leader with two graduates of Forest Hills who also obtained Eagle Scout status, sports booster club member, and treasurer of the Moose River Congregational Church to name a few. She has recently served as a substitute teacher. She attended Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute and has work experience of many years in the brokerage business.

Vanessa Dunning also joins the school as an education technician. Dunning moved from New York with her husband and two children to start the Out On A Limb Maple Farm. She earned her B.S. in agricultural business at the State University of New York, Cobleskill. She has been very active in the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program as well as a Junior Holstein Club Advisor. She recently served as substitute and Live2Learn tutor/aide.

Alicia Birmingham has also joined the school as an education technician. She also has two school-aged children with another one coming to the school next year. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children and her dog, Thor, along with spending time at their camp in Calais. Birmingham attended Husson College, Orono and Eastern Maine Community College with an emphasis in psychology. She has work experience in office settings, credit unions, banks and restaurants.

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