Student Services

Student Services2022-08-23T11:07:32-04:00

The Student Services Department consists of special education and Section 504 services. Lincoln Academy offers a wide range of opportunities for students with disabilities.

Students identified through Section 504 may receive accommodations for their disability that enable them to access their education in regular classes.

Students identified through special education may receive individualized specialized instruction and related services to meet the unique needs of the child. For many students with disabilities, the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications made to the instruction and other classroom activities. Lincoln Academy’s Special Education department offers various programming options, including supported academic classes, a life skills program, and IDEAL, a special education program for the non-traditional learner.

Click to read more about Referring Students for Special Services. This document covers referrals to either special education or 504.

For further information, please contact the Student Services Office.

Alternative and Special Education information below.

Click here for a printable version of the Alternative and Special Education brochure.

Contact Information

Laurie Zimmerli : Director of Special Education
Laurie Zimmerli

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. History, Towson University
M.S. Special Education, McDaniel College
M.S. Educational Administration, McDaniel College
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of Maryland, Western Shore

Matt Kellett : Ed Tech, IDEAL Program
Matt Kellett

Matt will be joining Lincoln Academy this year as an Ed Tech with the IDEAL program after working for Kieve-Wavus Education, where he served as the Educator in Residence for Lincoln in the 2022/2023 school year. Matt's background is heavily based in outdoor experiential education, and he looks forward to bringing this approach into the classroom to engage students. In his free time, Matt enjoys getting outdoors for hiking, camping, skiing, canoeing, and many other activities.

Hobart College, Bachelors of Arts in Media and Society with a Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies

Pat Hannigan : IDEAL Program Ed Tech
Pat Hannigan
Pat arrived at LA in the Fall of '22, after spending 20 years and then retiring  from Cony HS in Augusta as a Math teacher and department chair. Previous to that, Pat was a potter/clay artist for over 20 years, as well a German instructor at USM right out of grad school.
She lives in Newcastle with her husband Paul, and corgi Eddy. Their son lives in Seattle.
Pat is happy to be working with students at LA, and being involved in her local community.

Amy Winkle : Special Education Ed Tech
Amy Winkle

Amy Winkle lives in Newcastle with her husband Tor Glendinning (LA class of '90!) and her two children, Maari and Eero. She has a B.S. from Cornell University, and after working as a lobster and cod tagger and an environmental chemist, found the educational field calling. She has worked as an editor of life skills textbooks, as well as in the classroom. After a stint two years ago as a long-term sub for the Science Department, she is returning to LA as an Ed Tech in the Life Skills program. In her spare time, she likes to do "crazy Maine things" (as her sister from NJ calls them), like keep bees, garden, play the fiddle, spin wool, and make soap.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Natural Resource Management, Cornell University

Paul Mehlhorn : Special Education Ed Tech
Paul Mehlhorn

Paul Mehlhorn received his BS in Zoology and has a Masters in Business Administration and Education from the University of Maine.  Paul was a Math and Science Teacher for 13 years at the Rectory School, Watkinson School, and Berwick Academy.  He also coached soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse.  Before joining LA in the fall of 2019, Paul worked for 23 years as an administrator at Marshwood High School in South Berwick.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Zoology, University of Maine

M.S. Business Administration and Education, University of Maine


Andrea Keushguerian : Special Education Faculty—Advisor, Model United Nations
Andrea Keushguerian
Andrea Lalime Keushguerian has been a high school math/science teacher, restaurant owner in Berkley California, partner in a lighting design business, and foremost, a mother. She lived abroad with her husband and twins for 14 years before settling down in Damariscotta to round off her children's education with an American experience. Ms. Keushgarian currently teaches special education at Lincoln Academy.
Her community service currently includes serving as president of Heartwood Regional Theater Company, secretary of United Nations Association of Maine, and adviser to the LA Model United Nations team.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Science and Mathematics, University of Maine, Orono

Janna Civittolo : Special Education Faculty
Janna Civittolo

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Studio Art, University of Maine, Orono
MS Ed University of Southern Maine, Educational Leadership

Adria Tucker : Special Education Ed Tech
Adria Tucker

Adria is a Lincoln Academy graduate from the class of 2009. She works with Life Skills students and in Support Study. Her previous job was at North Londonderry Elementary School in New Hampshire where she was a library/media assistant and choreographer for their musicals. She graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor's Degree in English. In addition to working at LA, Adria owns a small business specializing in princess party visits. She loves hiking, working out, and playing piano. She grew up in Bristol and currently lives on Westport Island with her husband, Jared and two cats, Buddy and Hobbs.

Morgan Brewer : Special Education Faculty
Morgan Brewer

Morgan Brewer is a Lincoln Academy Alumni and received her degree in Elementary Education from St. Josephs College of Maine.  She went on to complete a Masters in Special Education from the University of Maine in Orono and worked as an Ed Tech in LA's Special Education Department before moving into the role of Special Ed Teacher in Life Skills.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Elementary Education, St. Josephs College
M.A. Special Education, University of Maine, Orono

Kathy Felch : Ed Tech III
Kathy Felch

Kathy Felch joined LA in 2017 after working for MSAD 40 in their Life Skills program. She has worked through the years with many different age groups in both private and public schools teaching children with disabilities.  Kathy lives in the town of Union with her husband David and two cats, Halo and Groucho. In her spare time she is a practicing printmaker and has shown her work in various galleries and venues around the state of Maine.

Academic Affiliations:

AA Liberal Arts, University Maine

BA Studio Art University of Maine