Global Maine Youth Ambassadors
A team of Maine Middle Schoolers from Lincoln Middle School and GNG Middle School went on a road trip exploring and sharing - How & Why Mainers are globally engaged.
L-R- Ian, Noah, Conor, Lily, Presley
MYAN Youth Leadership Conference
A team of Global Maine Youth Ambassadors from Lincoln Middle School, in Portland Maine, were invited to lead a workshop and host a networking table at the 2023 MYAN conference to share How & Why Mainers are globally engaged.
L-R, Dennis, Miguel, Alex, Bobbie, Presley, Noah, Kylie, Conor, Max & Astride.
Maine Alumni of Global Exchange Programs
Kylie Jade Thibodeau
Stevens Initiative, The Experiment Digital, '22
Kylie is a senior at Gray-New Gloucester High school and a full diploma candidate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. For the past four years, she has worked with the Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) where she has led workshops on freedom of expression, facilitated state-wide conference preparation meetings, and empowered youth in Maine. She is an alumna of The Experiment Digital, a global cultural exchange program that connects youth from around the world to create service projects in their communities. As a sophomore she was selected to participate in the University of Chicago Parrhesia Forum for Free Expression fully-funded summer program. She has served on the Gray Public Library Youth Advisory Board.
She is writing her IB Extended Essay (EE) on the economics of immigration in Maine. As an IB diploma candidate she completed a Creativity Activity & Service (CAS) project that shared the stories of immigrants through children's literature and represented immigrants in a positive light in rural Maine. By leading storytimes at local libraries in Global Maine, she aims to encourage values of unity and inclusivity in children from rural Maine.
Fulbright, Teachers for Global Classrooms,
Bobbie was born and raised in rural Maine, her father was a refugee from the Vietnam war and her mother descends from a long line of rural Mainers. She holds an EdS in Education Technology, a graduate certificate in K-12 online teaching, a MsEd in Teaching Methodology and a BA in Psychology. She also spent an additional year abroad studying Comparative Religion and Culture in Japan, India, and Israel. She has fourteen years experience in Maine public schools teaching a wide range of social studies courses and serving as an IB Coordinator. In the winter of 2022 she accepted a School Culture Coordinator position at Lincoln Middle School, and has since become Certified as a Restorative Justice Specialist.
Over her career she has led a handful of workshops at educator conferences at the state level and has made other professional contributions on topics related to teaching global perspectives in rural communities and the innovative use of technology as a medium for learning design. She has been selected to participate in Global Classroom Dialogues and to participate in a National Humanities Center (NHC) Summer Teacher Institute. In addition to being a Teachers For Global Classrooms fellow, she was named a Fund For Teachers (FFT) Fellow in 2015 (studying in Vietnam and Cambodia), and she was a FFT Innovative Circle grant recipient in 2022. She is also a proud member of the Maine Education Association, serving on the MEA BIPOC committee and as a delegate at the MEA and NEA Representative Assemblies. At the NEA she is a member of APIC, the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.