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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)


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)


Carolyn Sass, Director of Student Life

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)


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)


Kerry Whittaker, PhD, Faculty Chairwhittaker_antarctica

“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 Experience

  • 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)


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!