Peter Gagnon

Peter Gagnon in his classroom at Gorham High School where he teaches social studies. He will change professional hats to be the town's next town manager in June. (LISA D. CONNELL PHOTO)

GORHAM — It’s a Thursday morning social studies lesson inside a Gorham High School classroom. Block 1, which begins at 8:15 a.m. is underway.

All eyes are on high school teacher Peter Gagnon as he takes his class through key historical moments of the early 1960s — JFK’s election, the Peace Corps’ formation, the Bay of Pigs, strain between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. As he writes with an orange dry erase marker on a white board, the marker squeaks as its color fades. He grabs another marker, still speaking to the students, asking them about popular music of the time.

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