Brunswick man died after falling from his surfboard

Martin Mackey, 48, of Brunswick has dedicated his life to helping students at risk or with special needs. Mackey began his career teaching in the school department at Westbrook. schools and students. Most recently, Mackey served as director of the Rethinking Responsive Education Venture (RREV) program through the Department of Education. He died Wednesday while surfing on LeCount Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass. saying “a surfer tied to a board was face down in the water” unconscious. Mackey was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where he died. “He changed and saved – in fact – many lives in his role,” Makin said. For 13 years he worked at the REAL School in Brunswick and served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal of the school. Colleagues say Mackey has made a huge difference in the lives of students at the REAL School, which serves as a alternative and service-based school for students struggling in traditional school settings. Makin first met him during his years as a special education teacher at Westbrook Junior High School. The two have been colleagues for more than 20 years. “He kept the kids at the center. He believed in the best in each of us and he elevated friendship to the level of an extreme sport,” Makin said. Martin was friends with just about everyone he worked with, who he worked with. It was impossible to work with Martin and not become his friend.

Martin Mackey, 48, of Brunswick has dedicated his life to helping students at risk or with special needs. Mackey began his career teaching at the Westbrook School Department.

“He had a healthy disregard for the impossible and he lived it,” said Pender Makin, commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, managing a federal grant program to increase innovation and opportunity for schools. and students from Maine.

Most recently, Mackey served as director of the Rethinking Responsive Education Venture (RREV) program through the Department of Education.

He died Wednesday while surfing at LeCount Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Mackey was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where he died.

“He changed and saved – in fact – many lives in his role,” Makin said.

For 13 years he worked at the REAL School in Brunswick and served as a teacher, vice principal and school principal.

Colleagues say Mackey has made a huge difference in the lives of students at REAL School, which serves as an alternative, service-based school for students who struggle in traditional school settings.

Makin first met him during his years as a special education teacher at Westbrook Junior High School. The two have been colleagues for more than 20 years.

“He kept the kids at the center. He believed in the best in each of us and he elevated friendship to the level of an extreme sport,” Makin said. Martin was friends with just about everyone he worked with, who he worked with. It was impossible to work with martin and not become his friend.”

Mackey leaves behind a wife and two school-aged children. They live in Brunswick. Cape Cod police are investigating the incident and say the investigation reveals no foul play.

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