Consider This: Lewiston

Lewiston High School

Community Partner:

Lewiston High School creates a dynamic, supportive learning community with diverse opportunities for all. Lewiston Public High School is taking active steps towards inclusion, dedicating attention and resources to strengthening relationships between students, parents, teachers and the community. Consider This will provide a creative way to bring the Lewiston community together to pursue a shared vision of collective growth.


James Ford:

“I am James Ford, Restorative Practice Coordinator at Lewiston High School. I am an African American male who has lived in Maine for 39 years and I have dealt with many layers of Affirmative Action, discrimination, racism, segregation and implicit bias. I have been doing work on race, or the subject of race all of my life.  I love the Lewiston High School; its diversity and its willingness to shift behaviors to work with the current student population. I see my role as helping to facilitate that shift…finding ways to bring the school closer to the community. Let’s open our doors to our parents, businesses and our neighbors.” – James 



Inspirational Artists:

Deanna Ehrhardt:

Deanna Ehrhardt is an artist and teacher living in Bath, Maine. She is originally from Brunswick but spent most of her life in the Chicago area. Her BFA was received from Indiana University through Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Twenty years later, she attended Valparaiso University and earned her masters degree in education with initial licensure. Last August, Deanna returned to Maine permanently and currently teaches Digital Media in the Art Department at Lewiston High School. Ehrhardt has exhibited in numerous shows in the past 30 years, in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, and now Maine. She has produced multiple commission art works, and donated countless art pieces to various community programs and fundraisers. Her works are heavily influenced by years living in Chicago and NW Indiana tied into her family history from Maine. Ehrhardt has been teaching private studio classes and professionally for the last 20 years, she is passionate about her students and is thrilled to be a part of the Lewiston community.


Laura Manchester:

Laura Manchester is an artist based out of Lisbon Falls, Maine. She holds a BFA degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine and currently teaches drawing and painting classes both at Lewiston High School and in her private home studio. Much of Laura’s own work is focused on portraiture and the human experience. Most recently she has been developing a series of portraits in watercolor and marker, depicting her student community at work in their studio spaces.