Lincoln Academy’s Kieve-Wavus Educators in Residence are spending the winter term working with LA students. The are Matt Moss-Hawkins (left) and Aubrie Howard (left) with LA Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Jake Abbott.

For the third year in a row Lincoln Academy is benefitting from the presence of two Educators in Residence through a program sponsored by Kieve-Wavus Education Inc. in Nobleboro. Matt Moss-Hawkins and Aubrie Howard are youth educators who are employed and trained by Kieve-Wavus and placed at Lincoln Academy for the winter of 2019.

The Kieve-Wavus Educator in Residence program started in 2012, with seven educators at six participating schools. Now serving more than 15 schools around Maine including all AOS 93 schools, the Educators in Residence program strives to “spread the Kieve-Wavus message of kindness and respect,” according to the Kieve-Wavus website.

Lincoln Academy’s Educators in Residence are particularly focused on helping ninth graders transition to high school by working in freshman advisor groups, which meet every day.They are also helping out in the Alternative Education and Special Education programs, and other classrooms as needed by individual faculty members. In all of their work the educators collaborate with classroom teachers, facilitate group work with classes, advisor groups, and individual students, and cultivate an inclusive school culture through social-emotional group work and restorative practices.

This is Matt Moss-Hawkin’s second year as an Educator in Residence at LA. He has been working at Kieve-Wavus since he graduated from Bates in 2017. Matt has extensive experience in the outdoors, and has led backpacking and kayaking trips for teens in California and Alaska as well as Maine. “I feel very grateful to be working at Lincoln Academy as an EIR for my second year,” said Moss-Hawkins. “The community has been very welcoming and I’ve enjoyed meeting people here from all over the world and with so much to offer. It’s truly a unique and exciting community.”

Aubrie Howard graduated from the University of Maine in 2015. Since then she has worked as a trip leader, ski patroller, wilderness therapy guide, backcountry huts caretaker, and Americorps volunteer. She joined the staff at Kieve Leadership School in August of 2018. “I am excited for this opportunity to work with the students and staff at Lincoln Academy,” she said. “So far, it has been a rewarding experience, and I am learning a lot about myself as an educator. It has been fun to incorporate experiential education into the classroom setting and witness students excitement when they get to do something they would not normally do in a traditional classroom. I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of my time here.”

“We are fortunate to have Matt and Aubrie here this year,” said Jake Abbott, Lincoln Academy Dean of Students and Director of Resident Life, who designs the LA advisor group curriculum. “They bring value to every classroom they go into, and are particularly helpful for the ninth graders as they find their way in high school.”