What Kind of Teacher Will You Be?

Peter and Paula Lunder School of Education

The Peter and Paula Lunder School of Education faculty is committed to engaging you to become a leader in your field! We have been classroom teachers, and we practice both the art and science of teaching by inspiring you to creatively problem solve and by delivering content through integrated, often self-directed pathways. These include educational gaming design, student-centered inquiry learning, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

We also believe that getting you into the classroom early is important–as early as your first year–to observe and learn. Through various partnerships like the ones we have with Educare of Central Maine and the Maine Teacher of the Year Association, you will have the opportunity to interact with national and state recognized mentor teachers of excellence and conduct your pre-service teacher placements in their classrooms.

With the generous support of the Lunder Foundation in 2015, The School of Education launched its Center for Innovation in Education with the goal to re-envision teacher education, provide professional development for Maine educators, and to act as a resource in the area of innovative practices. We work with several partners including the League of Innovative Schools, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Educators Rising Chapter, and the Maine Association for Middle Level Education to support our mission. Through the work of the Center, our undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to attend and present at state, regional and national professional educator conferences.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Pamela Thompson Professor of Education and Chair of the School of Education pamela.thompson@thomas.edu 207-859-1333