Bowdoin’s education department hosted a panel discussion in Kresge Auditorium on March 30, 2015, to discuss what can be done to raise the status of the teaching profession. The event was moderated by Doris A. Santoro, associate professor of education. Guest panelists included Emmanuel Caulk, superintendent of Portland schools; Paul Hambleton, deputy executive director of Maine Education Association; Maria Libby Pā€™17, assistant superintendent of MSAD 28/Five Town CSD (Camden); Jen Lunt, a teacher at Portland High School; Meredith Nadeau ā€™91, superintendent of Cape Elizabeth Schools; and Betsy Webb, superintendent of Bangor Schools.

Santoro received her doctor of education degree from Columbia University, Teachers College Program in Philosophy and Education, New York. Her philosophical inquiry is centered around the experiences of teachers and analyzed through the lens of John Dewey’s work and feminist theories. She investigates the moral, ethical, and political implications of pedagogical stances such as social justice education and student-centered teaching. Her current work examines the moral and ethical reasons experienced teachers give for leaving high-poverty schools.