Save the Date: PTO Leadership Retreat

Please join the PTO for our leadership retreat on Saturday July 26 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. We’re excited to welcome nationally renowned facilitator Vicki Clark. With Vicki’s help, we’ll refresh our strategic plan, goals and objectives in fostering relationships among families, educators, and the community to promote the development and academic achievement of every learner at OAES.

Feel free to come for any or all of the day, everyone is welcome!

For more information please contact PTO President Nanette Dyer-Blake at

2014-15 Leadership Slate

Join the June PTO meeting on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm to vote on the 2014-15 slate!

NanettePresident, Nanette Dyer Blake
Nanette is currently serving as Vice President. She lives in the Back Cove neighborhood with her husband and her son. Currently employed by the Multilingual & Multicultural Center at Portland Public Schools, Nanette’s professional background is in both non-profit and government management. She holds an MA from Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont.  

AllisonVice President, Allison Ayan
Allison graduated from Plymouth State University in 2000 with a degree in Health Education and Wellness Promotion. She moved to Portland in 2001, and worked as the Events and Marketing Manager at Portland’s Downtown District. She currently serves as Secretary on the Art Play Nursery School Board of Directors, and was the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Ocean Avenue Elementary for the 2013-14 school year. She resides in the Back Cove neighborhood with her husband, Adam, and is currently a stay at home mom to their two sons.

EricaRecording Secretary, Erica Sabatino
Erica lives in the Libbytown neighborhood with her husband, JD, and two daughters. Erica is a stay-at-home parent and previously worked in the field of youth development where she managed a mentoring and college prep program for youth of color. In addition to serving as PTO secretary this year, she served on the board of Mom to Mom of Maine for 4 years.

ChipTreasurer, Chip Gavin
Chip and his spouse, Andrea, are the parents of a student in Ms. Crowley’s kindergarten class. They live in the Back Cove neighborhood within aroma distance of Mr. Bagel. Chip works for the University of Maine System and was an integral part of the PTO finance committee this year.


Katharine ONeill 2013Communications Director, Katharine O’Neill
Katharine has worked in healthcare administration for the past 20 years, with a MS in Health Policy and Management from Muskie. Since 2001 she’s been at The Cedars, a non-profit senior living community in Portland, where she’s currently the Director of Marketing and Communications. Katharine lives in Portland with her husband, Paul Guerin, and son who is in first grade class.

JustinCommunity Building Director, Justo Estevez
Justo, father of two, has taught Spanish at King Middle School, Brunswick High School, and USM. He plans to return to teaching next fall because he’s passionate about education and community. “I am originally from Spain. I moved to the United States sixteen years ago. I always wanted to be part of the PTO.  I am ready to be the next Community Director to help connect families to the school.”

Enrichment Director, Lisa Hicks
Lisa, and her husband, Matt Jones, have two daughters at Ocean Avenue. Lisa is the Founding Director of the Dance program at PATHS, a professional high school dance program, where she has taught since 1999. She runs after school dance classes and shares her talent as a volunteer in the Ocean Avenue classroom.

JohnFund Development Director, John Gordon
John is returning to the PTO board as the Fund Development Director. He works as a software designer at Portland Webworks and lives in Libbytown with his 3rd and 4th graders and his wife, Nicole.


TobinVolunteer Director, Tobin Scipione
Tobin has been co-chair of the OAE PTO “Walk and Roll” Committee for the past three years, including organizing the school’s annual Bike Rodeo event. Tobin, her husband, and two sons in the Back Cove Neighborhood. She is the past President of the Back Cove Neighborhood Association. Tobin was also very active in the Canco Woods neighborhood campaign to preserve 14 acres of urban green space, which is now part of the Portland Trails network. Tobin is Principal and Owner of Scipione Consulting, which works with nonprofits in Maine and Massachusetts to raise new resources to support their work.

JulieNominating Director, Julie Lannon
Julie is also a past PTO board member and has been serving on the nominating committee for the last three years. She lives in Libbytown with her husband Jim and her sons.

Spring Fair & Bike Rodeo

IMG_2869Please join us for music, art, food, climbing wall, bicycling and more at this year’s Spring Fair and Bike Rodeo!  Learn about bike safety, ride the bike trails and obstacle course, learn how to juggle, or just play and dance the afternoon away with Ocean Avenue parents and students.  To participate in the Bike Rodeo, please bring a bike and helmet.  Free helmets will be available if needed.

Bring the whole family!  All events are free!  Thanks to our event sponsors: Ocean Avenue PTO, Diane Newman State Farm Insurance, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and PATHS.

Volunteers needed!  Please contact Lisa Hicks at: