Meet The Team
Our team of trainers and consultants have many years' experience in education, training and consulting in schools, youth-serving organizations and within the justice system. We work collaboratively to present professional development training, develop whole-school implementation of restorative practices, coach staff in the restorative approach, and work with youth, parents and community members to understand and apply restorative justice principles and practices. We promote restorative justice best practices through our training and consulting. We serve as circle and restorative conference facilitators when needed.
Pamela B. Anderson
B.A., M.A.T, J.D.
Coordinator and Trainer
Pam Anderson, a founding member of the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine, was the director of Maine Law & Civics Education at the University of Maine Law School for 13 years. She has taught professional development workshops and summer institutes to educators in law-related education, conflict management, bullying prevention, and restorative justice practices.
She is a trained mediator and a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She taught graduate-level School Law courses for the University of Southern Maine, School of Education and Human Development. She is completing her 5th year as a training consultant for the RAND corporation restorative practices research and implementation project in 14 Maine middle schools. Pam is passionate about using the Circle process for building community, resolving conflict and repairing harm.
Margaret Micolichek, a founding member of the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine and a licensed trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices, works with school administrators and staff to bring restorative practices into schools. She is currently completing her 5th year as a consultant and trainer for a RAND Corporation National Institutes of Health grant working with 14 Maine Middle Schools building restorative practices with staff and young people. As a Program Specialist with the Restorative Justice Project in Belfast she is supporting an initiative at Long Creek Youth Development Center, South Portland which focuses on supporting youth to have a greater understanding of the impact of the harm they have caused, supporting their transition back to community and training staff and youth to utilize restorative processes to build community and resolve conflict. Margaret is deeply committed to working with the justice and corrections systems to shift how society responds to conflict and harm.
George Conant has worked in the education field for 30 plus years, culminating with the position of Middle School Assistant Principal in the South Portland School District in 2014. He began using Restorative Practices in 2006. Upon retirement he established Restorative School Culture LLC and joined the Restorative School Practices Collaborative of Maine as a consultant. George is currently using his experience in the classroom and as an administrator to help school systems utilize restorative practice to improve school climate and culture.
B.A, C.A.S., M.Ed.
Ansley Newton has over 40 years' experience in education, as a teacher, counselor, professional development trainer and educational consultant for the Maine Department of Education. She has worked in bullying and harassment prevention, collaborative problem-solving, student assistance teams, suicide prevention, response to intervention and restorative practices. She just completed her fifth year as a trainer and consultant for the RAND research and implementation project in restorative practices in 14 Maine middle schools. She is a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Ansley is committed to helping staff and students to improve school climate and culture, and to build respectful relationships with one another in a climate of trust and respect.
Barbara Egan joined the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine in 2016. She is a life-long educator who works with adults and young people to bring restorative practices into schools and other settings. As a consultant with the Restorative Justice Project she has trained and mentored youth leaders in circle facilitation at Long Creek Youth Development Center and facilitates community resolution conferencing with youth and adults.She also practices family and community mediation. Barbara bases her restorative practice on trust in the inherent worthiness of every person and the wisdom of whole communities to effect positive change.