Meet the New Health Services Director
Gould welcomes Joanna Brown as our new health services director. She begins officially on Monday but has already been working with the Reopening Task Force, helping the school get ready to welcome students back in August.
Brown, who lives in West Paris, Maine, grew up in the area and has known about Gould for years. Her son Mark will be a 10th grader this fall, and her twins, Ian and Will, are 13.
“From everything I’ve heard, Gould sounds like a magical place, for the students and as a place to work,” she says. “I am excited to be joining such a special community that values education, athletics, and the outdoors!”
She has been a school nurse for the Oxford Hills School District since 2018, where Beth Clarke (wife of Assistant Head of School Brad Clarke) is principal. “Everyone I know has had a good experience at Gould,” Brown says.
Before Oxford Hills, Brown was a registered nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine, and became nursing director of Medsurg and Special Care there in 2015, successfully managing a team of 75 nurses and certified nurse assistants.
She functioned as a nursing instructor for sophomore nursing students in their clinical rotation while at Stephens Memorial Hospital and was a clinical instructor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2015.
As a staff nurse, her background is in critical care nursing, having worked in intensive care units at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Yale New-Haven Hospital in Connecticut.
Brown graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in nursing and completed a nine-month extended internship in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Yale New-Haven Hospital.
The biggest challenge in providing health services during a pandemic, Brown says, “will likely be the need to develop a plan that is comprehensive but nimble enough to adapt to changing recommendations and conditions within the school community.”
The task force has done an incredible amount of work, she says. “It’s inspiring and I’m excited to be a part of it. We’re into the nitty-gritty now, but we have a great vision of where we need to be.”
The important thing to remember, she adds, is that the school’s mission hasn’t changed, but that school will look a little different when students return this year.
“It will take everyone’s commitment — that integrity to do the right thing to keep everyone healthy — that will keep school open and allow us to fulfill our mission to educate students. Wearing masks, washing hands, keeping physical distance are all simple things we can do to ensure we keep our peers, colleagues, and neighbors healthy, and to keep the Gould community strong in the upcoming school year. I am looking forward to joining the team!”
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