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Louise Benham

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Location(s) Thornton Academy Middle School
Title(s) Teacher
Department(s) Middle School, Special Education
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Teaching: Special Education

Louise Benham earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and her master’s from the University of Durham in England. Upon moving to Maine in 1981, she did further coursework at the University of Southern Maine, earning her teaching certification. She has been a special education teacher in Maine for 30 years, and previously worked at Sweetser Children’s Home and C.K. Burns School in Saco, Maine. She joined the Thornton Academy Middle School when it opened in 2006.

Mrs. Benham lives in Saco with her husband, Peter, who is the boys’ junior varsity soccer coach. They have two children, Colin and Tegan, both of whom are Thornton Academy graduates. Outside of school, Mrs. Benham enjoys sewing, cooking, reading, and working on her family tree. Her dogs Abby and Trudy frequently take her for walks.
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