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Who We Are

Jennifer Mathews, Interim Head of School jenautumnleaves

“Often when we work toward our dreams, our dreams don’t come true, but by giving our all to them, we come true.”  –M. Nepo

Related Experience

  • Business and Outreach Manager, Coastal Studies for Girls, Freeport, ME (2012-2016)
  • Board Member, Juniper Hill School for Place Based Education, Alna, ME (2012-2015)
  • Publicity Coordinator, Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, URI, GSO, Narragansett, RI (2011-2012)
  • Aerie program curriculum development, Wheeler School, Providence, RI (2011-2012)
  • Maine Small Business Owner, On Board Fabrics, Edgecomb, ME (1984-2011)
  • CLC/YMCA Board of Directors (2003-2005)
  • Learning Collective Founding Board Member (2004)


  • B.A. Women’s Studies, University of Southern Maine (1992)
  • Major studies in Geology and Feminist Theory, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Continuing Studies, Brown University (2010)
  • Stonecoast Summer Writing Intensive (1994)



Kerry Whittaker, PhD, Marine Science Faculty/Faculty Chairwhittaker_antarctica

Published Research

“Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.” –Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Related Activities

  • Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, NOAA Fisheries, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources  (2014)
  • Phytoplankton ecology fieldwork in the Southern Ocean (Antarctica), Gulf of Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and off the coast of Hawaii (2008-2014)
  • EPSCOR research fellow and dissertation research on global phytoplankton diversity, evolution, and climate variability (2012)
  • Undergraduate mentor in molecular ecology (2008-2014)
  • Teaching Assistant in Ecology, Colby College, ME (2007) and in Biological Oceanography, University of Rhode Island (2012)
  • Field instructor at the Lloyd Center for the Environment, Dartmouth, MA (2006) and the Narragansett Bay Classroom, RI (2008-2011)


  • Endangered Species Listing Course, National Conservation Training Center, VA (2014)
  • Communicating Science Workshop, Integration and Application Network (IAN), MD (2014)
  • Ph.D. Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island (2014)
  • C-MORE Course in Microbial Oceanography, University of Hawaii (2010)
  • B.S. Environmental Studies and English, Colby College, Waterville, ME (2008)
  • UREKA Collections-Based Science Grant, University College Dublin, Ireland (2007)
  • School for Field Studies, Baja California Sur, Mexico (2006)


Hannah Cunningham, Mathematics FacultyHannahCunningham

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us” –Dorothy Day

Related Activities

  • Math and Science Teacher, Holy Family School, San Diego, CA (2013-2015)
    Ecology Club Advisor, Track and Field Coach, Holy Family School, San Diego, CA (2013-2015)
  • Mathematics Tutor (s008-2013)
  • Augustinian Volunteer, St. Patrick’s School, Hogar Infantil la Gloria Orphanage, San Diego, CA (2012-2013)
  • Volunteer at the Lawrence Math and Science Partnership (2009-2011)
  • Merrimack College Orientation Leader and Coordinator, North Andover, MA (2009-2012)


  • B.A., Math, Secondary Education, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA (2012)
  • Secondary Mathematics Academic Educator License (2012)


Kate Kyros, LCSW, Leadership Faculty

Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed… To experience this is both fascinating and a little frightening… It is always in a process of becoming.” –Carl R. Rogers

Related Experience

  • Teaching from the Heart, Educators Retreat at Karme Choling, Barnet, VT (2015
  • Coalition Coordinator, Greenfield Public Schools/Safe Schools, Smart Schools, Greenfield, MA (2102-2013)
  • Child and Family Therapist, ServiceNet, Inc., In-home Therapy Program, Greenfield, MA (2011-2013)
  • Governing Body Member, Positive Youth Development Communities, Greenfield, MA (2012-2013)
  • Clinician, Providence Hospital’s Acute Residential Treatment Program, Holyoke, MA (2009-2010)
  • Social Worker, The Renaissance School, Springfield, MA (2010)
  • Director of Teen Leadership Training Program, Plantation Farm Camp, Cazadero, CA (Summers 2005-2007)
  • Wilderness Therapy Guide, True North Wilderness Program, Waitsfield, VT (Seasonal 2006-2007)


  • Post-Masters training in Narrative and Dialogic Clinical Practice, The Mill River Institute for Dialogic Practice, Hadenville, MA (2001-2015)
  • M.S.W. Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA (2011)
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Concentration: Psychology, Gender Studies and Farming, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2006)


Carolyn Sass, LMSW-CC, Director of Student Life/Leadership Faculty

There are things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” –Willa Cather

Related Experience

  • Clinician, Westwood Youth & Family Services, Westwood, MA (2015-2016)
  • Social Worker, Newton Public Schools & Newton One-to-One Mentor Program, Newton, MA (2104-2015)
  • Solar Energy Consultant, SolarCity Corporation,San Mateo,CA (2007-2013)
  • Counselor & Outdoor Trips Leader, Camps Newfound and Owatonna, Harrison, ME (Summers 2003-2006)
  • Co-Facilitator, InterGroup Dialogue, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA (2006-2007)
  • Intern, A Wider Circle, Bethesda, MA (2006)


  • M.S.W. Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA (2016)
  • Family Therapy Certificate Program, Boston University School of Social Work (2016)
  • Group Work Specialization, Boston University School of Social Work (2016)
  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (2007)
  • Semester Program, Peace ad Conflict Resolution, American University, Washington, DC (2006)


Aisha Simon, Language Facultyaishasimonheadshot

“Vivez, si m’en croyez, n’attendez à demain: Cueillez dès aujourd’hui les roses de la vie.”–Pierre de Ronsard, Sonnets pour Hélène, 1578

Related Activities

  • Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, Elmira College, Elmira, NY (2015-2016)
  • Apprentice Teacher: French, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH  (2014-2015)
  • Camp Counselor, Forest Acres Camp for Girls, Fryeburg, ME (2014)


  • B.A. International Studies, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH (2013)
  • M.S. General Education, Elmira College, Elmira, NY (expected June 2017)


Rebecca Turkewitz, MFA, Humanities Facultyrebecca

Published Essays

I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” –Toni Morrison

Related Activities

  • Graduate Teaching Associate (First-year Writing; Introduction to Fiction Writing; Intermediate Fiction Writing) The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH  (2012-2015)
  • Managing Editor, The Journal, Columbus, OH (2014-2015)
  • Community Writing Workshop Leader, Centennial High School, Columbus, OH (2014-2015)
  • Writers’ Guild Officer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2013-2014)
  • Associated Fiction Editor, The Journal, Columbus, OH (2013-2014)
  • Fiction Instructor, Young Writers Workshop, Columbus, OH (2013)
  • Winchester Fellowship to support graduate studies in English (2013 and 2014)
  • Research Assistant and Group Leader, The healthy Girls Project, Yale University (2013-2014)
  • Lab Manager, Developmental Psychopathology Lab, Yale University (2012-2014)


  • M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2012-2014)
  • B.A., English and Psychology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2010)


Administrative staff

Suzy Sargent, Office Manager & Graphic Artist

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”  –Buddha

Related Experience

  • Customer Service Specialist, WEX, South Portland, ME (2012-2013)
  • Tour Guide/Deckhand, Casco Bay and Coastal Maine (2010-2013)
  • Tour Director, Smithsonian Student Travel, NYC, Boston and Washington, DC (2012)
  • Contract Graphic Artist (1997-2009)
  • Interpretive Specialist, Stanislaus National Forest, Sonora, CA (1999)


  • University of Southern Maine, English (1982-1985)
  • International Tour Management Institute, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Portland History Docent Certification, Portland, ME (2010)


Chelsea Verria, Admissions Coordinator & Director of Alum Relations

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as foundations of timber and irrigating rivers, but as foundations of life.”  –John Muir

Related Experience

  • Outdoor Environmental Educator at Nature’s Classroom, Ivoryton, CT (2013-2015)
  • Farm Volunteer at Bushy Hill Nature Center, Ivoryton, CT (2014-2015)
  • Program Manager and Nature Specialist at Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England Camp Hoffman, West Kingston, RI (2011, 2013-2014)
  • Campus Visit Program: Student Co-coordinator at the The Office of Undergraduate Admission of Simmons College, Boston, MA (2011-2013)
  • Policy Intern at Environment Massachusetts, Boston, MA (2013)
  • Education Intern at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA (2012-2013)
  • Habitat Restoration Intern at Save the Bay, Providence, RI (2012)


  • B.S. Environmental Science (minors in biology and sustainability), Simmons College (2013)
  • Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) Travel Course Program: Sustainability Through Community — Lessons from Iceland (2012)


Gail Worthen, Food Services Director

“I am not afraid of the storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott

Related Experience

  • Owner, Chebeague Island Bakery and Catering, Chebeague Island, ME (1991 – present)
  • Head Baker and Food Coordinator for Events, Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Bull Moose Bakery and Café (2003-2009)
  • Co-owner/Bookkeeper, Chebeague Island Lobster Pound (1993-1998)
  • Mother of two grown daughters, Emma and Addie


  • Johnson State College Liberal Arts Studies (1973-1975)
  • Preserving Foods with Ruth Hertzburg, University of Vermont, Burlington (1974)
  • Boulangerie with Claude Cote, Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (September 2000)
  • 40 years of food exploration!


Residential Life staff

Hannah Siler, Head Resident

“I see the feminine defined as a reconnection to the self, a commitment to the wildness within—our instincts, our capacity to create and destroy; our hunger for connection as well as sovereignty, interdependence and independence, at once.” –Terry Tempest Williams

Related Activities

  • Naturalist, Naturalists at Large (Fall 2016)
  • Field Instructor, Prescott College Wilderness Orientation  (Winter & Fall 2016)
  • Field Instructor, Deer Hill Expeditions (Summer 2016)
  • Instructor, Crossroads School (Summer 2016)
  • Instructor, Northpoint Expeditionary Learning School (Summer 2015)


  • B.A. Adventure Education, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona (2016)
  • Wilderness First Responder, WMI (Fall 2016)
  • NOLS Semester on the Borders (2014)
  • Alumni of semester schools, The Outdoor Academy (2009) and Conserve School (2011)


Holly Hoffman, Resident Assistant/Teaching Assistant, Leadership

“But there is a third thing you must do… You must do something to make the world more beautiful” –Miss Rumphius

Related Activities

  • Farm to School Summer Program Coordinator at Sustainable Nantucket (June 2016-October 2016)
  • BSW Intern at Mosaic Learning Center, South Burlington VT (Fall 2015-2016)
  • W.I.L.D.( Wilderness Instructor Leadership Development) Coordinator, UVM Outing Club (Spring 2015-Spring 2016)
  • Special Education Intern at Mansfield Hall, Burlington, VT (Fall 2014-2015)
  • Head Haus Manager, UVM Outing Club, University of Vermont  (Spring 2015-Fall 2015)
  • Wilderness First Responder Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont (Spring 2016)
  • Trips Leader; Arts and Crafts Counselor, Camp Arcadia, Casco ME (Summers 2013-2015)


  • B. S.W. and Minor in Special Education, University of Vermont (May 2016)
  • Wilderness First Responder, University of Vermont (Winter 2015)


Laura Karson, Resident Assistant

“Do you know the difference beween education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” –Pete Seeger

Related Activities

  • Education Intern, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (2014)
  • Assistant Coast, Ultimate Peace (2014)
  • Deckhand, Schooner Mystic (2013)
  • Teaching Assistant, Carleton College Geology Department (2011)
  • Camp Counselor, Windsor Mountain International (2010)
  • Sailing Instructor, Camp Hawthorne (2009)


  • B.A. Geology, Carleton College (2013)
  • Sea Education Association (2012)


Claudia Mazur, Resident Assistant/Teaching Assistant, Marine Science

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” –Dorothy Parker

Related Activities

  • Geology Teacher, Swiss Semester (Fall 2016)
  • SCRiM (Sustainable Climate Risk Management) Summer Scholar, Pennsylvania State University (Summer 2016)
  • Summer Student Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Summer 2015)
  • Environmental Geology Teaching Assistant, Mount Holyoke College (Fall 2014)
  • NHRE Intern, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Summer 2014)


  • B.A. Geology, Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Certificate, Mount Holyoke  College (2016)
  • SEA Semester Oceans and Climate Program (Spring 2015)208 × 277


Summer Staff

Kim Smith, Summer Camp Coordinator

“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  –Rumi
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.”  –Albert Einstein

Related Activities
• Common Ground Consulting, Chelsea, MI (1994-2006)
• Kalamazoo College Counseling Center, Kalamazoo, MI (2004)
• Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI (2001-2002)
• Pecos River Learning Center, Santa Fe, NM (1988-1999)
• Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Maine and Florida (1983-1988)
• The Carroll School, Lincoln, MA (1985-1986)
• Swiss Challenge, Saas Fee and Sigrisville, Switzerland ( 1985)

• Masters of Social Work
• US Coast Guard Operators License
• Certificate in Conflict Resolution
• Licensed Massage therapist