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Alumni Focus - Barbara Gunn

Barbara GunnSince 1997, Barbara has been the Director of the Old Town Regional Program, a K -12 public regional day treatment program in Old Town, Maine, serving students with emotional disabilities from fourteen school districts. In 2003, Barbara was selected Maine Special Education Administrator of the Year by the Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities.

Barbara graduated from our UMaine program with a B.A. in 1979 and an M.A. in 1981 and began her career as a speech pathologist with the Bangor Regional Speech and Hearing Center.

• Barbara’s career has included working in public schools, opening a speech-language pathology private practice, being a director of special education, coordinating five regional programs for students with disabilities, and serving on numerous committees and boards at the state level.

• Barbara’s commitment to students with disabilities has taken her into being a Surrogate Parent for the Maine Department of Education, volunteering in ways that assure that children without parental representation receive appropriate programs and services, and maintaining an out-spoken advocacy for children with emotional disabilities.

• Barbara lives in Orono, Maine, with her sons, Duncan and Cameron.

• Check out the links Barbara has provided. Barbara is one of our many alums who have spent their careers responding to the needs of Maine’s children. The department congratulates this Alum on her 2003 Maine Speech Education Administrator of the Year Award.


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