2023 Departing Staff Members

Mrs. MacLennan

This year Mrs. MacLennan ends her lengthy career at KHS and we wish her a relaxing and enjoyable retirement! Mrs. MacLennan is our school psychologist, and first started working at KHS in 1988! She will miss the students she was able to help and the relationships she formed with staff members. Mrs. MacLennan’s favorite memory of KHS was as student council advisor, and all the interactions she got to have with students around the school. She will most miss the fun of Spirit Week. In the future, Mrs. MacLennan plans to work on expanding her two gardens, and cleaning out her garage. 

Thank you Ms. MacLennan and good luck!

Mr. Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell has taught at Kennebunk High School for 41 years. He has been both vice principal for 10 years and a math teacher, mainly teaching Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2. When asked what he would miss the most about KHS, he said, “the students for sure.” Mr. Mitchell’s favorite memory working here took place back when he was vice principal, when he read both his daughters’ names at graduation and hugged them. Mr. Mitchell doesn’t have any specific plans for his future after KHS.  He thinks that in terms of work, there’d be “maybe more teaching, maybe construction, but definitely taking it easy.”

Thank you Mr. Mitchell and good luck!


Mr. Putnam

Mr. Putnam has been our Assistant Principal for the past 5 years, building countless relationships with students as well as advising KHS Student Senate. After this school year, he will be working in the Central Office as Assistant Director of Special Services. He is looking forward to having more influence “in helping our schools be creative in imagining the education of the future”. He is excited that the nature of his work will allow him to expand on and grow from his recent research for his dissertation. He will most miss his interactions with students and staff, and his favorite memory was playing Bunky in last year’s senior video. Thank you Mr. Putnam and good luck!


Mr. Follansbee

Mr. Follansbee has been a history teacher at Kennebunk High School for 11 years. He has consistently taught US History, IB History, Freshman World History, and Financial Literacy. Along with this, Mr. Follansbee ran the KHS Youth in Government program and served as Social Studies Department Chair for 5 years. Following this school year, Mr. Follansbee will work for Atlantic Staffing, a company that works with payroll processing and recruiting of many of the states’ contract workers. Follansbee looks forward to the change of pace that this new career will bring, and having the ability to work from home. He’ll miss his colleagues at KHS and the welcoming environment they’ve created. Additionally, he will miss “hearing Ms. Leblanc shouting at her students from 7:45 until 2:11 every single day”. Follansbee’s favorite memory at KHS was watching the 2016 Winter Festival tug of war competition where the freshman beat the seniors.  Thank you Mr. Follansbee and good luck!


Ms. Lutje

Ms. Lutje has taught science at KHS for 20 years, and notably created the UNE Gulf of Maine Field Studies class with Dr. Pam Morgan of UNE and Leia Lowery of the KCT. She belongs to many groups focusing on teaching and the climate, and is sorry she will miss seeing the courtyard project and recycling project come to fruition. She will also miss all of her KHS friends and colleagues, her classroom, and her field studies class and environmental programs, and teaching KHS students in general. Ms. Lutje won York County Teacher of the Year last year, and won the Spencer Trask Award in 2017. Next year, she will be teaching at Freeport High School cutting her commute from 50 to 7 minutes. It was a very difficult decision for her to leave KHS. This summer, Ms. Lutje looks forward to spending time at her camp in Harpswell and “hoping to avoid great white sharks while swimming”.