This site is the home of the East Belfast (PK-2) & Kermit Nickerson (3-5) Elementary

Schools Serving the Towns of Belfast and Swanville

East Belfast Elementary

14 Swan Lake Ave., Belfast, ME 04915 (207) 338-4420

Kermit Nickerson Elementary

18 Town House Rd., Swanville, ME 04915 (207) 338-1858

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From the Principal

Mrs. Wakem

Hi Everyone! My name is Liz Wakem and I am SO thrilled to be working with the staffs at East and Nickerson! I know we are going to have an amazing year filled with learning, and growing by setting clear expectations, fostering good work habits, and positive behavior. WE GOT THIS!

So a little about me and my educational background…

I am a native of Belfast and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else other than right here in midcoast Maine. I started my educational career as a teacher 18 years ago and was in RSU 3 for 11 years teaching grades 1-5 and I was also a district Literacy Coach. The opportunity came to be where I was honored to be the 3rd-grade teacher at Drinkwater School in Northport for one year, just before RSU 71 came to be. Knowing that my heart was in the Belfast area, I transferred to Troy Howard Middle School as a district Technology Integrator. I embraced that job for 2 ½ years and went to work for the Maine Department of Education as a Literacy Coach as part of a pilot program called MoMEntum. In 2018 I returned to my role as a Technology Integrator in RSU 71.

My personal life…

I have a wonderful husband Andy, and my daughter Morgan is pretty great too! She attends college in Connecticut and is on her college swim team. GO OWLS! I also have two amazing puppies named Ruby and Peri.

ALICE Family & Community Awareness Program

Active Shooter Training & Preparedness Solutions

Regional School Unit 71 uses ALICE training to help prepare students and staff in an emergency situation. To learn more about what is being taught in our schools and how to talk about it with your student please use our online learning module here.

For more general information about ALICE you can also visit their website..