Brunswick Buzz

A podcast discussing education in the Brunswick, ME community and beyond.

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Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Join us on this powerful episode of the Brunswick Buzz as we dive into the heart-wrenching issue of student homelessness. Phil sits down with Andrew Lardie, the Executive Director of Tedford Housing, and Shawn Lambert, Brunswick's Assistant Superintendent and Student Homeless Liaison. Brace yourself for an eye-opening discussion that sheds light on the harsh realities faced by our most vulnerable students and the tireless efforts of those working to provide them with a safe haven. Don't miss this gripping conversation that will leave you inspired and motivated to make a difference.

Episode 17: Arts are Elementary

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

On this episode of the Brunswick Buzz, Phil speaks with Meg Whithed, Executive Director for Arts are Elementary. Arts are Elementary works in partnership with the Brunswick School Department (BSD) to provide every public pre-K-5 classroom in the BSD with professional artist residencies and has been doing so since 1980. They also provide opportunities for the broader community to engage with art. Arts Are Elementary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded by donations. Editors Note: This was recorded on March 12th 2024

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

This time on the Brunswick Buzz, Phil interviews Paul Gravelle. Paula is the Maine State Department of Education's Director of School Finance. We discuss the Maine's Essential Programs and Services (EPS)  funding formula. The EPS determines both the state and local share of funding needed for each School Administrative Unit (SAU) to have Essential Programs and Services for public education. The funding formula is designed to respond to student needs based on years of research and information.

Thursday Dec 21, 2023

On this episode of the Brunswick Buzz, Phil speaks with Maddie Chaput, Jonas McGrath, and Garrett Countway, seniors at Brunswick High School.  Each is exploring career exploration and extended learning opportunities with Ms. Myers and Mr. Wilson.  Listen and learn how a student engages with engineers from Wright-Pierce, Sitelines, Reed, and Reed, exploring various engineering careers.  Learn how students work with Science Department Head Andrew McCullough to see if there is a relationship between the substrate (bottom of the ocean material), the number of green crabs, and the size/sex/coloration of green crabs. 

Thursday Nov 23, 2023

On this installment of the Brunswick Buzz, we talk to students and staff from the Brunswick Junior High School's Community Outreach class.  Join us as we engage in insightful conversations with diverse students, exploring their personal journeys.  Listen to get an understanding of how these students step out of their comfort zones to enhance their community.  Learn how this innovative program provides hands-on experiences, and tune in and discover how our Community Outreach class is making Brunswick Schools and Community a better place! 
If you are interested in partnering with our BJHS Community Outreach Class, please contact Bonnie Robbins at We are grateful to all of our community partners!

Thursday Oct 19, 2023

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Brunswick Buzz! In this installment, we're thrilled to have Sarah Rodgers from the Cathance River Education Alliance as our special guest. Join us as we dive into the vital role the alliance plays in supporting the science curriculum in Brunswick schools. Sarah shares insights into the innovative programs, hands-on experiences, and educational resources provided by the alliance, enhancing the science education of local students. If you're curious about the fascinating intersection of nature, education, and community engagement, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in and discover how the Cathance River Education Alliance is making a difference in Brunswick schools and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. 

Wednesday Sep 13, 2023

🎙️ This time on the Brunswick Buzz, Phil speaks to Brunswick Community Education Foundation members. The Brunswick Community Education Foundation is an independent non-profit organization committed to supporting students in Brunswick’s public schools. So if you are passionate about shaping the future of education in the Brunswick School Department? Look no further and learn how the Brunswick School Department benefits from its partnership with the Brunswick Community Education Foundation. 📚🌟

Episode 11: Teens to Trails

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

This time on the Brunswick Buzz, Phil speaks to Teens to Trails staff - Alicia Heyburn, Executive Director, and Samantha Andrews, Outdoor Program Manager. 🎙️Teens to Trails is an organization Brunswick High School partners with by providing extra-curricular opportunities for students to explore the great outdoors through the eyes of passionate young adventurers! Join Phil as he learns more about Teen to Trails, so whether you're an experienced hiker or new to the trail, there's something here for everyone. 🌲🏞️

Thursday Jun 08, 2023

On the Brunswick Buzz, we speak with Heather Blanchard, Principal, and Tracy Kinney, Teacher from Harriet Beecher Stowe School, about the Reinventing, Remote, Education, Venture (RREV) grant they received from the Maine Department of Education.

Thursday May 18, 2023

This time on the Brunswick Buzz, Phil talks with Ben Martens, Executive Director of the Maine Coast Fisherman Association. Maine Coast Fisherman Association partners with schools to provide fresh, locally sourced fish for school lunches. 


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