Virtual Event! Welcome to Kindergarten: Pandemic Edition

LearningWorks AfterSchoolLW Events

Parents, families, and teachers: please join the staff of LearningWorks and our special guest speakers to learn more about supporting our community’s PreK and Kindergarten students entering school for the first time during the COVID pandemic.  This virtual event is FREE and takes place on September 9th from 6 to 6:45 pm.




Matt Halpern: Matt Halpern is a kindergarten teacher in Freeport, Maine and the author of Look at My Happy Rainbow: My Journey as a Male Kindergarten Teacher and the forthcoming A Teacher’s Guide to Interactive Writing.  You can find Matt at

Anoff Cobblah: Annoff Cobblah is the lead teacher in the Pre-K Program at Youth and Family Outreach (YFO) in Portland.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine Farmington.  YFO offers services to Greater Portland families with children 6 weeks to five years of age.

Michelle Belanger: Michelle is the program coordinator at YFO.  She holds a Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Early Intervention from UMaine and has been in the Early Childhood field since 1998.

Shanine Arnold: Shanine Arnold is the director of LearningWorks Afterschool Biddeford, offering academic and social emotional programming that helps students in PreK-3rd grade thrive.