Helen Telfer, CFO

Helen Telfer began her tenure as LA’s Chief Financial Officer in July of 2016.

by Nathan McIvor ’17

Growing up on a farm in Southington, Connecticut made an impact on Helen Telfer, Lincoln Academy’s new Chief Financial Officer. The work ethic shown by her parents had always impressed her, a sentiment encapsulated by her personal philosophy: “if you can feel good about accepting your paycheck, you’re doing your job.”

Previously Finance Director at Brighton Academy, Telfer amassed thirty years of experience as an accountant after graduating from Post University. After joining the administration in July, she “keeps the school financially stable” in the world of balance sheets, revenue, and settling accounts. She describes her position as challenging, but intriguing, as Lincoln’s Town Academy status requires the school to be at the mercy of state funding formulas, but also requiring sources of alternative revenue.

The educational environment has always appealed to Telfer, as the energy and enthusiasm of students makes her job more than simply work. She hopes to bring in more domestic residential students to “stabilize the school” as the Maine population is decreasing. Also, an influx of domestic residents would further enhance Lincoln Academy’s already impressive cultural diversity.

Telfer admires the opportunities available to students at Lincoln Academy, remarking “whether one student or ten, [is interested in an activity] no one ever says no.”  The ninth through twelfth grade age group brings a great deal of energy to the school, as “you walk through campus and feel alive.”

She lives in Newcastle with her husband Mike and her daughter, Brooke, who will be a freshman at LA next year. Her son Mack, a college sophomore, majors in Secondary Education, with a concentration in History at the University of Maine, Farmington. In her spare time she gardens, goes cross country skiing, and is an avid reader.  

Nathan McIvor is a senior at Lincoln Academy and an intern in the LA Communications Office.