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Officers, District, President
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Other educational activities:

  • PHS Mock Trial Team Coach, 1999-2008
  • International travel with students, 2005-2011
  • Shinagawa Japan Teacher Exchange, 2005
  • Portland Mentoring Alliance, 1997-2005
  • PHS Student Council Advisor
  • PHS Freshmen Class Advisor
  • Longfellow PTO President
  • Girl Scout Leader

You can contact Sue via:

1. Email:
2. Interoffice mail to Central Office
3. Snail mail to

c/o Maine Education Association
29 Christopher Toppi Drive
South Portland, ME 04106


Suzette Olafsen

Sue Olafsen was elected President of the Portland Education Association in 2014 after serving as the PEA's Chief Negotiator for four years and as a building representative for nine years. Sue has been employed by Portland Public Schools since 1997, first as a district-wide substitute teacher, then as a social studies teacher at Portland High School for 12 years. From 2010-2014, she was assigned to Central Office to coordinate professional development relating to the district's alternative compensation system for educators (the PLBSS). Sue has participated on various committees over the years including the PHS school improvement team (SIT) and the district teacher evaluation system design committee (TEVAL), and has passed the evaluator's test for the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

Sue has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College (major: government and legal studies, minors: history, education).

Officers, Vice President,
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Vice President

Kevin Brewster

Reiche School

Email Kevin

As PEA Vice-President my primary duty is to support the Association President. In addition, I coordinate the Screenings and Endorsement Committee, which interviews prospective School Board and City Council members seeking a PEA endorsement. I also administer the Culture and Climate Survey. If the President is unable to attend Board Meetings or meet with administrators due to travel or health, it is my duty to represent our membership.

I have been a Kindergarten teacher at Reiche since 2004. The last 4.5 years I have been a Lead Teacher. Prior to working in Portland, I taught kindergarten in San Francisco for ten years. I have a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a post-grad credential program at San Francisco State University. I live in Portland and have two sons in the PPSD. In addition to teaching, I run FarmCamp, a summer day camp focused on ecological awareness, organic farming and animal care.
Officers, Negotiator
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PEA Negotiator

Beth Arsenault


Email Beth

I graduated with a BS in Secondary English Education from the University of Maine at Orono in 1992. I hold certifications in English and Social Studies and teach both while directing the Alternative Education Program at Portland High School. Along with Sophie Payson, I teach the district course, Understanding the Impact of Poverty on a Child’s Education and have done various presentations on poverty throughout the state. I have been the Varsity Field Hockey Coach at Portland High since 2000 and act as Cluster Coordinator at PHS as well.
Officers, Treasurer
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Zach Brown

Lincoln Middle School

Officers, Secretary
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Carrie Foster



Officers, Sunshine/Social
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Carol Ridlon


Carol Ridlon is the Sunshine/Social Executive Board member. She has taught in the Portland School System since 1985, first as a Special Education Ed Tech, and since 1990 as a classroom teacher. Currently, she is a 5th grade teacher at Presumpscot School but soon she will be moving to her new position as the district's Consulting Teacher. Over the years she has mentored many pre-service interns and teachers new to the district. She currently is a member of the BSC, Math Task Force, and Presumpscot School's Leadership Team.
Officers, Uniserv
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Uniserv Director

Stephanie von Glinsky

Stephanie currently represents University and Community College faculty as well as MPBN employees in addition to Portland teachers and ed techs. She joined MEA in August of 2014. Before coming to MEA, she spent 15 years with the Maine State Employees Association working as both an organizer and field representative where she represented a variety of employees ranging from teachers to socials workers to education specialists to adjuncts to paralegals to accountants.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Hartford in 1992 with a bachelors in Politics of Government and a minor in Legal Studies. She then went on to get a masters from the University of Connecticut in Public Affairs in 1994.