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School Directory

English

Bryan Manahan : English Department Head—Outing Club Co-Advisor—
Bryan Manahan
manahan@lincolnacademy.org

Mr. Manahan came to Lincoln Academy in 1999 from a background in experiential education particularly aboard sail training vessels on the coast of Maine.  He hoped to bring the same excitement for learning nautical science and maritime studies on the sea to the study of reading and writing in the English classroom.  When not growing with students in the classroom, his preference is still to be outside in the woods or on the water with his family and a good book.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. English and Textual studies - Syracuse University
MAT - Ursuline College
M.Ed. Educational Policy and Management - Harvard University


John Cannon : English Faculty
John Cannon
cannon@lincolnacademy.org

John Cannon joined LA in 2019 after being the 7th and 8th grade Reading teacher at Great Salt Bay School. For six years in the mid-90’s John worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, where he was a member of the Screenwriters Guild and was optioned by Walt Disney to adapt the novel Jennie into a feature film. A National Board Certified teacher, John earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently working on his Masters in Education at Orono.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. English Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago


Brenda Sawyer : English Faculty
Brenda Sawyer
sawyer@lincolnacademy.org

A lifelong Mainer, Brenda grew up in nearby Wiscasset. While earning her BS in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from the University of Maine at Farmington, she fell in love with Western Maine and decided to stay, teaching English at Mt. Blue High School. Marriage and family pulled her back to the midcoast, where she taught at her alma mater, Wiscasset High School, and discovered a passion for adolescent literacy.  She returned to school in 2013 and completed a Master’s degree in Literacy Education in 2015.  Brenda lives in Dresden with her husband, Jon, and two children, Maggie and Eben.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Secondary Education, University of Maine, Farmington
M.S. Literacy Education, University of Southern Maine


Brian Smalley : English Faculty
Brian Smalley
smalley@lincolnacademy.org

Raised by wolves in an Indian jungle, Brian Smalley grew up determined to be the best man cub of them all.  After slaying his nemesis, Shere Kahn, he traveled to London to learn English in order to pursue his true passion: education, as jungle life lost its appeal to him. He joined Lincoln Academy’s faculty in 2012. In his spare time he can be found stretched out on a tiger-skin rug in the company of Hemingway and Alexi.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. English Literature, University of Maine, Augusta


Jack DeAngelis : English Teacher
Jack DeAngelis
deangelis@lincolnacademy.org

Born and raised in southern Connecticut, Jack left New England to study nineteenth century American literature at the University of Richmond in the capital city of Virginia. After graduating, he traveled around the world while working in the outdoor education industry before settling in mid-coast and connecting with LA through the Educator in Residence program sponsored by Kieve Wavus Education. Today, Jack enjoys long distance running, using the Oxford Comma, and gazing over the sun-speckled azures of the Atlantic Ocean. He can leap, pounce, gallop, and weave with incredible accuracy. He is an expert spell caster and an amateur yahtzee champion. He teaches English and co-advises the Talon here at Lincoln Academy.


Mathematics

Susan Levesque : Mathematics Department Head—Robotics Teacher and Robotics Team Coach
Susan Levesque
levesque@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

BA in Mathematics - University of Maine at Farmington
MS in Mathematics - Boston College
MS Education - University of Southern Maine


Amanda Armstrong : Mathematics Faculty—Field Hockey Coach—National Honor Society Advisor
Amanda Armstrong
armstrong@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Mathematics, University of Maine


Mary-Martha Collins : Mathematics Teacher
Mary-Martha Collins
collins@lincolnacademy.org

Mary Martha Collins retired after teaching high school math in Hermon, Maine for many years. In 2002 Mrs. Collins and her husband returned to the Damariscotta area to care for her mother and in 2003 she began teaching mathematics at her alma mater, Lincoln Academy. After she retired again in 2011, they became snowbirds and she taught varied levels of high school math for students that stayed at a 10-week horse jumping competition in Florida. Then, after selling their winter home in Florida, they returned to Maine and she resumed teaching part-time at Lincoln in 2018.

Academic Affiliations:

BA in Mathematics Education, University of Maine in Orono

 

 

 


Ben Hauptman : Math Teacher
Ben Hauptman
hauptman@lincolnacademy.org

Ben Hauptman has taught at Lewiston Middle School, Winslow High School and others.  He shares, "My wife and I have four kids and a rowdy, anxious dog. I am an avid cinephile and enjoy movies more than most other hobbies although gaming ranks high up there as well. I like running when my family provides me with time to do so. I try to cure as many ills as possible with smiles and laughter."

Academic Affiliations:

B.A., Mathematical Sciences, Summa Cum Laude, Colby College, Waterville, ME


Ashley Nolan : Math Teacher
Ashley Nolan
nolan@lincolnacademy.org

Ashley Nolan grew up in South Bristol and graduated from Lincoln Academy in 2005. She then attended The University of Maine and graduated with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After graduating she moved to Rhode Island where she worked as a structural engineer at Electric Boat, a defense contractor specializing in submarine design and construction. She now lives in Yarmouth with her two-year-old son, husband two dogs, and cat. This will be her first year teaching. In her free time, she enjoys true crime podcasts, crocheting, baking, and CrossFit.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine


Elizabeth Mooney : Mathematics/Science Teacher—Mathematics Team Coach
Elizabeth Mooney
mooney@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University


Shelly Richardson : Mathematics Faculty
Shelly Richardson
richardson@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Secondary Education-Mathematics, University of Maine, Presque Isle
M.S. School Counseling, Husson University

National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)


Science

Betsy Grannis : Science Department Head—Science Club—Professional Development Committee
Betsy Grannis
grannis@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Biology - Grand Valley State University
M.S. Oceanography - University of Maine


Matthew Buchwalder : Science Faculty
Matthew Buchwalder
buchwalder@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

BS Biology Cornell University
MAT Science Stony Brook University


Steven Cheff : Science Faculty
Steven Cheff
cheff@lincolnacademy.org

Steven Cheff was born and raised in Northern California.  After graduating from UC Davis with highest honors in nutrition and biochemistry, and obtaining his teaching credential at Chico State University, he found his way to Maine where he fell in love with the state's people, beauty and nature.  Steven spent the next 23 years teaching high school science in the Bangor area, most recently at John Bapst, before joining us at Lincoln Academy last year.  During this time, Steven has been busy raising four children and two pugs, coaching hockey, and being a music connoisseur.  He now enjoys hiking and kayaking on the Mid-Coast and catching live shows whenever possible.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Nutrition Science, University of California, Davis
Secondary Education Coursework, Chico State University


Prema Long : Science Faculty
Prema Long
long@lincolnacademy.org

Growing up in Fort Kent, Maine with four brothers meant that Prema spent a lot of time outdoors collecting, befriending, and taming any living thing that she could find. She attended the University of Maine at Farmington where Ecology became her passion. After a short stint working in the Forest Service's Entomology Lab, Prema moved to Wiscasset to work at The Chewonki Foundation where she spent five years teaching, guiding wilderness trips, and doing environmental monitoring. Prema decided to transition into teaching full time and attended the University of Southern Maine's ETEP program to earn her Master's degree in Education. Prior to working at Lincoln Academy, Prema taught Science at Wiscasset High School. She lives in Topsham with her partner Matt, two moderately well-behaved dogs, and a flock of unruly chickens. In her free time she enjoys reading, canoeing, fishing, cooking, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Academic Affiliations:
University of Maine at Farmington - B.A. Biology and minor in Chemistry
University of Southern Maine - M.S.Ed Teaching and Learning

Seth Platukis : Science Teacher
Seth Platukis
platukis@lincolnacademy.org

Growing up in the northeastern region of Pennsylvania, Seth Platukis found many opportunities to be immersed in the natural wilderness by searching for fossils, minerals, life-forms, and stars in his backyard. He found himself heavily drawn to the beauty of life and preserving the natural world, while sharing this information with others. He decided to dig into his consistent calling of being a teacher after graduating from the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences and attending Wilkes University. From there, Seth moved to the midcoast region, where he still resides, living in Bath. For the first two years of his career, he taught a variety of 6-12 STEM and CTE courses at Wiscasset Middle High School. In addition, Seth loves to spend his free time swimming, taking photos, cooking, and hiking the great Maine outdoors. 

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Biology and Secondary Education, Wilkes University


Joe Walter : Science Faculty
Joe Walter
walter@lincolnacademy.org

Joe Walter has a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Southern Maine and is completing thesis work on the use of representations in chemistry for his M.S. in Teaching at UMaine Orono. Previously Joe has worked at both universities as a residential assistant, teaching assistant, and research assistant. Joe lives in Brunswick with his wife and 5 month old puppy.  He has a strong interest in video games as a hobby and enjoys being a resource for faculty and students who want to learn more about gaming.

Academic Affiliations: 

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Southern Maine

M.S. Teaching, University of Maine, Orono


Social Studies

World Languages

Alison Welch : World Languages Department Head—International Club Advisor - Outing Club Advisor
Alison Welch
welch@lincolnacademy.org

Alison Welch was born in Connecticut but grew up in Waterloo, Belgium where she attended a French-speaking Belgian school for 5 years. Alison taught at schools in Louisiana, Connecticut and at the Carrabassett Valley Academy at Sugarloaf Mountain prior to arriving at Lincoln Academy in the fall of 1993. She lives in Hope with many four-legged friends. Alison spends a lot of time with her two sons, Jake, currently an engineering major at UMaine at Orono, and Will, a student at Maine Maine Maritime Academy. She enjoys riding and  training horses, and competes them in three-phase events. Other interests include traveling, hiking, kayaking, downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and spending summers on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. She serves as an AP Reader for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Exam. In addition, she serves as co-chair of the LA Governance Committee.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Government and French, Bowdoin College


Lyn Bass : World Languages Faculty—Advisor, Civil Rights Team
Lyn Bass
bass@lincolnacademy.org
Mrs. Lyn Bass was born and raised in Midcoast Maine. A daughter of a language teacher, she studied at the University of Seville as an undergraduate and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelors degree in Spanish. After teaching in several schools in the Midcoast, she moved to Barcelona, Spain to teach for several years before returning to Maine. Mrs. Bass lives in Waldoboro with her husband Paul and daughter Tallulah.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Spanish, University of Maine


Alison Hanley : World Languages Faculty
Alison Hanley
hanley@lincolnacademy.org

Mrs. Hanley has always loved studying languages and literature. After growing up in TN, she studied at the University of Tennessee and also spent semesters at universities in Granada, Spain and Urbino, Italy. Upon graduation, she spent two years as a student tour guide across Europe for traveling American high schools. She landed in Maine in 2003 and began teaching Spanish. She resides in Newcastle with her husband, three sons and many pets. As a long term resident of Newcastle, she is extremely excited to begin her journey here at LA!

Academic Affiliations:

BA Spanish Language and Literature University of TN 2000 concentration in Italian language
Current Student: MATL-Spanish University of Southern Mississippi


Amy Rodearmel : World Languages Teacher
Amy Rodearmel
rodearmel@lincolnacademy.org

Amy Rodearmel was born and raised in Colorado. After studying Spanish throughout middle and high school, she decided to continue her studies in college and developed a passion for linguistic and cultural diversity. During this time, she worked as a tutor to support students learning English, and she spent a summer studying abroad in Spain. After college, Amy taught high school Spanish for three years in Manitou Springs, Colorado before moving to Maine in 2021. She currently resides in Moscow with her boyfriend and pets. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and playing violin.

Academic Affiliations

B.A. Spanish with ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural endorsements, University of Northern Colorado 2018
M.A. Foreign Languages with Spanish Teaching emphasis, University of Northern Colorado 2022


Performing Arts

Elizabeth Matta : Visual and Performing Arts Department Head, Dorm Parent—Director of Bands, Jazz Bands, and Orchestra
Elizabeth Matta
matta@lincolnacademy.org

Liz Matta is a native of Foxborough, Massachusetts. She credits her many great musical experiences in Foxborough, including performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and being challenged to think like a band director from an early age by Steve Massey and Ted Hagarty, as the reasons she has such a passion to work with kids, teach music and continue to perform.

Ms. Matta has been the Lincoln Academy Band Director since 2006. Under her direction, the Lincoln Academy Band Program doubled in student participation and in the number of instrumental performing ensembles offered in just her first four years. Lincoln Academy bands regularly receive gold ratings at state and national competitions, and her student musicians place at regional and state competitions every year. Ms. Matta directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, the Four and Five O’clock jazz combos and teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory.

Ms. Matta is the Program Director of “Maine Music Outreach”; a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower Maine high school musicians to make a difference in the lives of others. With MMO, Liz has trained and lead groups of high school student volunteers to work and play at the Holy Trinity Music School’s Summer Music Camp in Cange and the CEMUCHCA Summer Music Camp in Cap-Haïtien since 2012.

Ms. Matta has worked with bands and jazz bands throughout New England as a clinician and guest conductor. In addition to teaching, Ms. Matta can be heard playing as a freelance saxophonist. She enjoys reading, hiking and enjoying time with her family.

Academic Affiliations:

B.M. Music Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.M. Saxophone Performance, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M.A. Band Conducting, American Band College/Sam Houston State University


Emily Anderson : Performing Arts Faculty, Choir Director
Emily Anderson
andersone@lincolnacademy.org

Emily Anderson is a native of Barrington, Illinois. She studied Vocal Music Education at University of Maine, and student-taught at Bangor High School. After moving back to the Chicago area to teach middle school general music for three years, she and her husband moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where she taught K-8 music at the Tisbury School and was Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Emily returned “home” to Maine with her family and joined the incredible Lincoln Academy community in 2019.  At LA, Emily directs both the Concert Choir and Lincolnaires as well as teaches trimester music courses in piano, guitar, ukulele and the history of rock and roll.  When she’s not leading rehearsals, singing or playing the piano, she can be found hiking, kayaking, gardening and playing with her two kids, Ellis and Everett.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Music Education with a Vocal Concentration, University of Maine in Orono
M.A. Education in Curriculum and Teaching, Fitchburg State University

Griff Braley : Theater and Film Faculty—Theater Director
Griff Braley
braley@lincolnacademy.org

Descended from Northern Maine potato farmers, and after a mostly idyllic young life, Mr. Braley moved to mid coast Maine in the seventies, discovered music, theater and writing, and took up the theater arts. After 32 years in education, and 14 years as Artistic Director at Heartwood Regional Theater Co., he has directed more than 170 plays, including many originals. At Lincoln, Mr. Braley directs two annual high school plays and teaches digital media, film, play production and acting. His blessings in life include the amazing Mrs. Braley, five incredible children, and six grandchildren. Other interests include matters of Faith, poetry and music, as well as human behavior.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Theater - Bates College
Certified Drama K – 12
Certified English 9 - 12


Visual Arts

Jonathan Mess : Visual Arts Faculty
Jonathan Mess
mess@lincolnacademy.org

Jonathan Mess teaches three-dimensional art and ceramics at Lincoln Academy. As an artist, he creates experimental works using reclaimed ceramic materials. Art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Mess’ slabs usually act like the unruly child versions of paintings. Their lines are wild, and their surfaces are varied and thickly textured with glazes, slips, fissures and irascibly independent materials that refused to be melted into line… In terms of ceramics, Mess’ casual boldness is remarkable.” An Ohio native, he has been teaching visual arts with a focus on ceramics for over a decade. Mess has received several grants and awards, including the Maine Arts Commission's 2015 Contemporary Craft Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, a Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, and selection as a finalist for the Society of Contemporary Craft’s Raphael Founder’s Prize in 2013. His work is in private collections and is exhibited nationally and internationally.

Academic Affiliations:

B.F.A., University of Montana, Missoula
M.F.A. Ceramics, State University of New York, New Paltz


Kate Mess : Visual Arts and DET Faculty, Graphic Designer
Kate Mess
kmess@lincolnacademy.org

Kate Mess joined LA's Visual Art Department in 2019 and previously worked as a design consultant on many LA publications. A studio jeweler and graphic designer, Kate has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught at SUNY New Paltz and SMCC, run workshops for the Maine Craft Association and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In addition to teaching Small Scale Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Graphic Design, Yearbook, Art Fundamentals and Intro to DET, Kate continues her design work on LA publications.

Academic Affiliations:

B.F.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.F.A. Metal, State University of New York, New Paltz


Nina Sylvia : Visual Arts Faculty—Gay/Straight Alliance Advisor—National Art Honor Society Sponsor
Nina Sylvia
sylvia@lincolnacademy.org

As a graduate of Lincoln Academy ('84), Nina Sylvia brings tradition and a deep connection to the Hall House visual arts room. Having taught for many years in two larger Maine high schools, it is her great pleasure to work with the creative students from the historical artists colonies of mid-coast Maine as well as the inspiring students from around the world. She is a practicing artist, working out of her home studio on the pond, finding subject matter by abstracting her extensive gardens, and always eager to learn new and cutting edge techniques. She built her own home and has been restoring a 60 year old wooden sailboat. During the "quieter" months, she travels and competes with an adult synchronized skating team.

Academic Affiliations:

BFA Printmaking, Maine College of Art
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Maine
Member of the MAEA, NAEA, and River Arts.


Design, Engineering & Technology

Ken Stevenson : DET Department Head
Ken Stevenson (207) 563-3596 ext. 1409
stevenson@lincolnacademy.org
Ken Stevenson has ties to midcoast Maine dating to when his grandfather purchased a farm in Waldoboro in the late 1930's. He summered in Maine until he, and his wife Ali,  were able to move to Maine right after graduating from Brown University. Ken has pursued several different career paths, including stints as a stock broker and as an executive in several high-tech software start ups.  In 2002, Ken became Director of Resident Life at the Hun School in Princeton (NJ), his alma mater, and worked there for 10 years. Given the chance to be part of launching a full residential program at Lincoln, Ken and his family moved back to Maine five years ago.  Ken's wife, Ali, is the director for Communications at Midcoast Conservancy located in Wiscasset.  They have five children, Andrea, Campbell, Connor, Tucker and Riley, three dogs and a cat. Ken loves coaching soccer, reading and sailing.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Religious Studies - Brown University


David Brooks : Database/IT Administrator and Computer Science Faculty
David Brooks (207) 563-3596 ext. 1420
brooks@lincolnacademy.org

David Brooks joined the ATEC team at LA on July 1, 2019 from The Hyde School, where he taught computer science and robotics.  He was responsible for classroom technology campus-wide and part of their IT team, and directed their STEAM program. David developed and managed their foundation grant  that allowed Hyde to start its STEAM program and has pursued and received several other grants for that program. Before teaching  at Hyde, David was a software engineer at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and owner of the independent software consultancy Installer Factory. Before that was a Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Symantec Software.  David's office is in ATEC, where he be teaches AP Computer Science A, works as LA's PowerSchool Administrator and IT Coordinator.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Computer Science, California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo


Griff Braley : Theater and Film Faculty—Theater Director
Griff Braley
braley@lincolnacademy.org

Descended from Northern Maine potato farmers, and after a mostly idyllic young life, Mr. Braley moved to mid coast Maine in the seventies, discovered music, theater and writing, and took up the theater arts. After 32 years in education, and 14 years as Artistic Director at Heartwood Regional Theater Co., he has directed more than 170 plays, including many originals. At Lincoln, Mr. Braley directs two annual high school plays and teaches digital media, film, play production and acting. His blessings in life include the amazing Mrs. Braley, five incredible children, and six grandchildren. Other interests include matters of Faith, poetry and music, as well as human behavior.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Theater - Bates College
Certified Drama K – 12
Certified English 9 - 12


Kate Mess : Visual Arts and DET Faculty, Graphic Designer
Kate Mess
kmess@lincolnacademy.org

Kate Mess joined LA's Visual Art Department in 2019 and previously worked as a design consultant on many LA publications. A studio jeweler and graphic designer, Kate has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught at SUNY New Paltz and SMCC, run workshops for the Maine Craft Association and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In addition to teaching Small Scale Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Graphic Design, Yearbook, Art Fundamentals and Intro to DET, Kate continues her design work on LA publications.

Academic Affiliations:

B.F.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.F.A. Metal, State University of New York, New Paltz


Nina Sylvia : Visual Arts Faculty—Gay/Straight Alliance Advisor—National Art Honor Society Sponsor
Nina Sylvia
sylvia@lincolnacademy.org

As a graduate of Lincoln Academy ('84), Nina Sylvia brings tradition and a deep connection to the Hall House visual arts room. Having taught for many years in two larger Maine high schools, it is her great pleasure to work with the creative students from the historical artists colonies of mid-coast Maine as well as the inspiring students from around the world. She is a practicing artist, working out of her home studio on the pond, finding subject matter by abstracting her extensive gardens, and always eager to learn new and cutting edge techniques. She built her own home and has been restoring a 60 year old wooden sailboat. During the "quieter" months, she travels and competes with an adult synchronized skating team.

Academic Affiliations:

BFA Printmaking, Maine College of Art
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Maine
Member of the MAEA, NAEA, and River Arts.


Susan Levesque : Mathematics Department Head—Robotics Teacher and Robotics Team Coach
Susan Levesque
levesque@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

BA in Mathematics - University of Maine at Farmington
MS in Mathematics - Boston College
MS Education - University of Southern Maine


Wellness

Radek Janik : Wellness Department Head, Dorm Parent
Radek Janik
janik@lincolnacademy.org

Mr. Janik was born and raised in the Czech Republic (formerly) Czechoslovakia. About two years before the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Mr. Janik’s parents escaped the Communist regime along with him and his younger brother. Leaving everything and his older brother behind, Mr. Janik’s family started a new life in Connecticut. After attending and graduating from high school, Mr. Janik earned his degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. His first three years of teaching Health were at MSAD #40 (A.D. Gray and D.R. Gaul Middle Schools) in Waldoboro and Union. Trying to expand his horizons and expertise in teaching the secondary grade levels, he then decided to move on and ended up the following three years teaching Wellness at Lincoln/Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Loving the Midcoast area, Mr. Janik returned to Maine and added two more years of teaching back at MSAD#40.  Mr. Janik has been part of Lincoln Academy since 2006. Currently, as the Wellness Department Head, Wellness Instructor and dorm parent, Mr. Janik continues to support students’ lives by encouraging them to make healthy and responsible choices, so they may lead better lives and become productive members of our community. Mr. Janik spends his free time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, fishing, and playing games. Mr. Janik’s desire is to travel the beautiful USA and visit other parts of the world to further explore other cultures.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Community Health Education, Concentration in School Health Education - University Of Maine at Farmington


Kelly (KJ) Anastasio : Athletic Director, Wellness Faculty, Dorm Parent
Kelly (KJ) Anastasio (207) 563-3596 ext. 2117
kj@lincolnacademy.org
KJ Anastasio was born and raised in the western Maine town of Rumford (Mountain Valley '90).  He attended and graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., majoring in Sports Management and graduating with honors.  While at L.S.C., KJ was a member of the Student Senate, Athletic Intramural Council, and a member of the Men's soccer team.  After college, KJ's love for skiing led him to Summit County, Colorado where he worked at a ski shop and a golf course.  He completed as many ski days as possible, played golf often, and hiked as many 14ers as he possibly could.  KJ returned to Maine in 1998 and has worked at Lincoln Academy ever since.  While at LA, he has taught P.E. and health, has coached tennis, baseball, was the boys soccer coach for 15 years, and became the Athletic Director in 2006.  KJ has served on the M.P.A. basketball committee, many K.V.A.C. committees, and most recently committees to design the new athletic facilities on campus.  In the summer of 2016, KJ and his wife Jen moved to Kiah Bailey Hall and became dorm parents.  In his free time, KJ enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle, and watching Boston sports (especially the Sox).

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Sports Management- Lyndon State College


Philip Page : Assistant Athletic Director/Wellness Faculty—Student of the Month Advisor—LA Pride Advisor—Faculty Shield Advisor--President, Alumni Association
Philip Page (207) 563-3596 ext. 2103
page@lincolnacademy.org
Mr. Page taught for eight years at Medomak Valley High School coaching track, cross country and basketball. He returned to his Alma Mater to teach social studies and coach varsity boys basketball in 1985. Entering his 40th year in education, Mr. Page enjoys contributing to student life at Lincoln Academy and the interaction with alumni in his role in alumni and development. He has been active in the Booster's Club and the LA Pride Program for 21 years supporting students and athletes. He especially enjoys promoting school and community spirit during Homecoming Week each September. Mr. Page and his wife Gail have three children and eight grandchildren.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Political Science, Univerisity of Southern Maine


Megan Day : Wellness Faculty, Athletic Trainer & Wellness Instructor
Megan Day
day@lincolnacademy.org
Upon college graduation Megan became Lincoln Academy’s first athletic trainer. As athletic trainer, Megan works with the athletes to prevent, assess, treat, and rehabilitate athletic injuries. In her second year at LA, Megan joined the Wellness Department to teach fitness and weight training. Megan enjoys spending time outdoors and is always in search of her next adventure to supersede hiking Mt. Katahdin here in Maine, witnessing glaciers falling in Alaska, and snorkeling with sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Athletic Training, University of New England


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Library

Laura Phelps : Director of Library Services
Laura Phelps (207) 563-3596 ext.1109
phelps@lincolnacademy.org

Laura Phelps joins LA after 15 years as an elementary librarian in RSU1.  Prior to that she was a public librarian in Vermont and a high school teacher in Romania.  Laura is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2019 Walter J. Taranko Maine School Librarian of the Year.  She practices yoga daily, loves the Red Sox and travels near and far as frequently as possible.  Laura lives in Wiscasset with her husband Iain and their two cats, Benny and Beatrix.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. History, Haverford College

M.S. Library and Information Science, Simmons University

 


Special Education

Laurie Zimmerli : Director of Special Education
Laurie Zimmerli
zimmerli@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. History, Towson University
M.S. Special Education, McDaniel College
M.S. Educational Administration, McDaniel College
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of Maryland, Western Shore


Abigail Boudin : Special Education Ed Tech IDEAL Program
Abigail Boudin
boudin@lincolnacademy.org

Abigail Boudin lives in Edgecomb with her husband and son, and knows many of LA faculty/staff and students through her years as an employee at Miles Memorial Hospital League Thrift Shop.  As a member of the LA staff, she can now confirm the notorious rumors about town that the best local pickles can be found in the LA Dining Hall.  Her grandfather graduated from LA in 1937.


Amy Winkle : Special Education Ed Tech
Amy Winkle
winkle@lincolnacademy.org

Amy Winkle lives in Newcastle with her husband Tor Glendinning (LA class of '90!) and her two children, Maari and Eero. She has a B.S. from Cornell University, and after working as a lobster and cod tagger and an environmental chemist, found the educational field calling. She has worked as an editor of life skills textbooks, as well as in the classroom. After a stint two years ago as a long-term sub for the Science Department, she is returning to LA as an Ed Tech in the Life Skills program. In her spare time, she likes to do "crazy Maine things" (as her sister from NJ calls them), like keep bees, garden, play the fiddle, spin wool, and make soap.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Natural Resource Management, Cornell University


Paul Mehlhorn : Special Education Ed Tech
Paul Mehlhorn
mehlhorn@lincolnacademy.org

Paul Mehlhorn received his BS in Zoology and has a Masters in Business Administration and Education from the University of Maine.  Paul was a Math and Science Teacher for 13 years at the Rectory School, Watkinson School, and Berwick Academy.  He also coached soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse.  Before joining LA in the fall of 2019, Paul worked for 23 years as an administrator at Marshwood High School in South Berwick.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Zoology, University of Maine

M.S. Business Administration and Education, University of Maine

 


Andrea Keushguerian : Special Education Faculty—Advisor, Model United Nations
Andrea Keushguerian
keushguerian@lincolnacademy.org
Andrea Lalime Keushguerian has been a high school math/science teacher, restaurant owner in Berkley California, partner in a lighting design business, and foremost, a mother. She lived abroad with her husband and twins for 14 years before settling down in Damariscotta to round off her children's education with an American experience. Ms. Keushgarian currently teaches special education at Lincoln Academy.
Her community service currently includes serving as president of Heartwood Regional Theater Company, secretary of United Nations Association of Maine, and adviser to the LA Model United Nations team.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Science and Mathematics, University of Maine, Orono


Janna Civittolo : Special Education Faculty
Janna Civittolo
civittolo@lincolnacademy.org

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Studio Art, University of Maine, Orono
MS Ed University of Southern Maine, Educational Leadership


Morgan Brewer : Special Education Faculty
Morgan Brewer
brewer@lincolnacademy.org

Morgan Brewer is a Lincoln Academy Alumni and received her degree in Elementary Education from St. Josephs College of Maine.  She went on to complete a Masters in Special Education from the University of Maine in Orono and worked as an Ed Tech in LA's Special Education Department before moving into the role of Special Ed Teacher in Life Skills.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Elementary Education, St. Josephs College
M.A. Special Education, University of Maine, Orono


Kathy Felch : Ed Tech III
Kathy Felch
felch@lincolnacademy.org

Kathy Felch joined LA in 2017 after working for MSAD 40 in their Life Skills program. She has worked through the years with many different age groups in both private and public schools teaching children with disabilities.  Kathy lives in the town of Union with her husband David and two cats, Halo and Groucho. In her spare time she is a practicing printmaker and has shown her work in various galleries and venues around the state of Maine.

Academic Affiliations:

AA Liberal Arts, University Maine

BA Studio Art University of Maine


School Leadership

Jeff Burroughs : Head of School
Jeff Burroughs
burroughs@lincolnacademy.org

Jeff Burroughs started his work at Lincoln Academy in July 2019 as our 44th Head of School.  Jeff was the Assistant Headmaster for Academics at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, a ninth-grade through postgraduate town academy of 970 students which shares the town academy structural and funding model with Lincoln Academy.  An engineer by training, Mr. Burroughs worked for seven years as an IBM program manager before beginning his tenure at St. Johnsbury Academy. Preceding IBM, he spent a number of years at the Hyde School in Bath, where Mr. Burroughs had a number of roles, including math teacher, Director of Admission, and Assistant Headmaster. Jeff lives in Newcastle with his wife, Melissa, also an educator. The couple has three children: Jeb, 22, is a senior at Chapman University in California; Andrew, 19, is a junior at University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Eliza, 18, also attends the University of King’s College.


Kelley Duffy : Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies Faculty
Kelley Duffy (207) 563-3596 ext. 2106
duffy@lincolnacademy.org

Kelley Borg Duffy became a social studies teacher in part because it was the only discipline where she felt she could integrate all her academic loves: science, literature, data and history. A native Vermonter and daughter of educators, Kelley went to boarding school in Massachusetts and college in Pennsylvania. After college, she went on to teach in Philadelphia PA, Albuquerque NM, Switzerland, and Venezuela. She met her husband while taking a Wilderness EMT class in Maine, and found herself drawn back to New England. Before joining Lincoln Academy's social studies department, Kelley taught at Wiscasset High School. She and her husband are raising two daughters, two dogs, and a cat, and she spends most of her free time hiking, paddling, camping, and gardening - while always looking for opportunities to travel.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Political Science, Swarthmore College
M.A. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)


Donald MacMillan : Director of Student Affairs and External Programs
Donald MacMillan (207) 563-3596 ext.2108
macmillan@lincolnacademy.org

Don has been an educator for most of his professional career and has been fortunate enough to wear many hats along the way. Most recently Don was working on establishing international campuses for Shattuck-St. Mary's School for the past four years, but he is very pleased to be part of the ebb and flow of school life at LA. Don lives in Bath with his wife Georgia. They have three adult children and two grandsons and are always looking forward to the next opportunity for a family reunion.

Academic Affiliations:

Bowdoin College, BA in Psychology

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M.

Antioch New England Graduate School, MA in Counseling Psychology


Deanna Pierpan : Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Deanna Pierpan 12075633596
pierpan@lincolnacademy.org

Deanna Pierpan grew up in Massachusetts and spent a lot of time visiting her husband's parents and her grandparents and cousins all over Maine.  It was a natural progression and long time goal of moving to Midcoast Maine with her husband and children that was realized in 2018.  Deanna spent much of her professional career managing software development projects for various consulting firms and asset management companies in New England and Europe, but more recently has been an office manager in real estate and healthcare. Combining these experiences with a desire to  engage with her community, led her to being a part of the Lincoln Academy community as Mr. Burrough's assistant.  Her son, Harrison is in the class of 2023 and her sons, Hamilton and Anderson are in the class of 2026.

Her favorite past-time is spending time with and traveling with her family - she believes community and civic engagement, as well as a broad knowledge of the world is really important.  When she isn't on the go, Deanna likes to "dabble" in pretty much anything from needlepoint and DIY home renovations to outdoor activities like hiking and downhill skiing, and she enjoys being a maker of an organic skincare and wellness product line.  She received two degrees from Stonehill College, a BS in Business Administration and then later a BA in English Literature.

Office of the Dean of Students

Jacob Abbott : Dean of Students—Dorm Parent
Jacob Abbott (207) 563-3596 ext. 2222
jabbott@lincolnacademy.org

Jake Abbott has been a part of the LA community since 2006. Jake has worked in a variety of roles at the school. Jake supports the operations of the school, shares in the management of student discipline, and supports many student programs, extra-curricular activities and initiatives to get students involved in learning and exploring new opportunities. Jake is also responsible for the school's residential population, working closely with the Director of Residential Life and the various departments that support it. Jake is also very involved in the local community serving as a member of the Newcastle Fire Department, where is also on the Board of Trustees.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Liberal Studies, University of Maine, Augusta
M.S. Education Leadership, University of Southern Maine

Contact:
Wechat: eekabbott
Cell/Whatsapp: +1 207-831-6879


Carole Brinkler : Student Life Executive Assistant
Carole Brinkler (207) 563-3596 ext. 2103
brinkler@lincolnacademy.org
Buckeye born and bred, Mrs. Brinkler has been coming to Maine since she was a baby.  She began her career in Maine immediately after her college graduation, and has been involved in education for well over twenty five years beginning on the collegiate administrative level in Portland. Carole moved to the midcoast region to raise her beautiful family (Alexis '09 and Liam '16)  with her husband Michael (class of '84).  She served on the Great Salt Bay Community school board for just under twenty years and is very involved with various boards within her community. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family (adores grandchildren, Devin and Owen) and friends, traveling, outdoor activities, reading and music.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Personnel Management, Urbana University


Stephanie Cheney : Focused Learning Coordinator and Special Projects
Stephanie Cheney
cheney@lincolnacademy.org

Websites:

Ms. Cheney joined LA in 2017 after spending 10 years in higher education supporting faculty's use of technology and designing curriculum and assessment materials for online, project-based degree programs. She is excited to come back to the high school level and to be teaching AP Computer Science Principles. Ms. Cheney is also the co-advisor of the student tech team, Lincoln Academy Innovation Technology (LA IT) and will be supporting teachers and staff as they use different kinds of technology as part of the learning process. In her free time, Ms. Cheney enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family. She is also doing yoga teacher training and enjoys sharing her yoga practice with others.

Academic Affiliations:

BS in Elementary Education from University of Maine at Farmington
MS in Instructional Technology from Thomas College


Admissions

Lu-Shien Tan : Director of Admissions
Lu-Shien Tan (207) 563-3596 ext. 2217
tan@lincolnacademy.org

Lu-Shien is a self-professed foodie and adores exploring cultures by sampling street food, and engaging local traditions.

He grew up in Singapore where he had an education combining rote memory learning from Singapore schools and 3 years of self-directed study at Hong Kong International School. This unique educational experience likely enabled him to enroll at Baylor University when he was 16 years old and graduate 4 years later with a Statistics and Marketing degree. 

Shortly after graduation, Lu-Shien returned to Singapore to complete national service duties then began working at his father's management consulting company as a corporate trainer and business development manager.  

A few years later, Lu-Shien fired himself from that job to find his own way as a yacht delivery and charter captain, fishing guide and sailing/powerboat instructor. 

In 2000, Lu-Shien married Monica and moved to live in Central Texas, working various roles with CompUSA, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and was even a realtor and boutique caterer for a while.

This broad spectrum of cross cultural and customer service experience came together when he moved his family to Penang, Malaysia to serve an American International School as their Admissions Counselor, departing 4 years later as a Director of Admissions. 

In the Summer of 2018, he moved his family from San Francisco to Newcastle to serve Lincoln Academy. His wife Monica is a dorm mother at Hall House. In the Summer of 2018, he moved his family from San Francisco to Newcastle to serve Lincoln Academy. His wife Monica is a dorm mother at Hall House. His son Ian graduated from Lincoln Academy in 2019 and currently attends University of Arizona, pursuing a double degree in Neuroscience and Bassoon studies. His daughter Aria is a senior at Lincoln Academy and is an Ambassador, a passionate thespian, and planning to do Marine Studies at Nova Southeastern. Lu-Shien hopes that his passion to share authentic stories about our school will soon draw a wide breadth of future Lincoln Academy students to our community.


Hilary Petersen : Associate Director of Admissions
Hilary Petersen (207) 563-3596 ext. 1107
petersen@lincolnacademy.org

Mrs. Petersen has worked at Lincoln Academy since 2015 and sincerely enjoys the one-on-one interactions she has with students from all over the world. Before LA, she taught high school boys at The Deck House School in Edgecomb, Maine.  Mrs. Petersen is active in the local community and volunteers with the AOS93 Adult Education Board and the  North Nobleboro Community Association. She loves reading and gardening in her spare time, but most of all, spending time with her husband and two children in midcoast Maine.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Biology, Providence College
B.A. Chemistry, Providence College


Business Office

Lori Wright : Business Manager
Lori Wright (207) 563-3596 ext. 2105
wright@lincolnacademy.org

Mrs. Wright has lived on the coast of Maine all her life - growing up in Friendship and now living in South Bristol, with her husband, chocolate lab and two cats. Her husband, Norman, and son, Nicholas, both graduated from Lincoln Academy. Mrs. Wright has worked in the business office for fifteen years and prior to coming to LA, worked at the MSAD #40 central office. When not working here, she works as Secretary and Treasurer of Union Church in South Bristol and enjoys camping, reading, knitting and crocheting and crafting of all sorts. She likes to bake and has shared a dessert or two with her colleagues over the years.


Jennifer Milliken : Accounting Clerk
Jennifer Milliken (207) 563-3596 ext. 2282
milliken@lincolnacademy.org

Jennifer Milliken was born and raised in Maine and is a graduate of Lincoln Academy. Her career has taken her from working in seafood, both on the dock and in the office to local lumber mills and transportation before settling at LA. "Keeping the books" was the constant thread. She has the "Why buy it if you can build it" attitude, which keeps life busy with assorted projects.


Communications

Deanna Pierpan : Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Deanna Pierpan 12075633596
pierpan@lincolnacademy.org

Deanna Pierpan grew up in Massachusetts and spent a lot of time visiting her husband's parents and her grandparents and cousins all over Maine.  It was a natural progression and long time goal of moving to Midcoast Maine with her husband and children that was realized in 2018.  Deanna spent much of her professional career managing software development projects for various consulting firms and asset management companies in New England and Europe, but more recently has been an office manager in real estate and healthcare. Combining these experiences with a desire to  engage with her community, led her to being a part of the Lincoln Academy community as Mr. Burrough's assistant.  Her son, Harrison is in the class of 2023 and her sons, Hamilton and Anderson are in the class of 2026.

Her favorite past-time is spending time with and traveling with her family - she believes community and civic engagement, as well as a broad knowledge of the world is really important.  When she isn't on the go, Deanna likes to "dabble" in pretty much anything from needlepoint and DIY home renovations to outdoor activities like hiking and downhill skiing, and she enjoys being a maker of an organic skincare and wellness product line.  She received two degrees from Stonehill College, a BS in Business Administration and then later a BA in English Literature.

Heather D’Ippolito : Director of Community Engagement and Development
Heather D’Ippolito (207) 563-3596 x2218
dippolito@lincolnacademy.org

Heather joined the Community Engagement and Development Office at Lincoln Academy in January 2020 and became Director of the office in June of 2022. She has spent her career in education, and is particularly passionate about connecting young people to real world learning experiences. A born and raised Mainer, Heather feels very fortunate to call the midcoast home. She lives in Bremen with her husband and her daughter.

Academic Affiliations: 

Saint Michael's College, BA in English

Lehman College (CUNY), MS in Secondary English Education


Jenny Mayher : Director of Communications
Jenny Mayher (207) 563-3596 ext. 2112
mayher@lincolnacademy.org

Jenny Mayher grew up on the campus of an independent school in Tarrytown, New York, where her parents were teachers, so taking a job at Lincoln Academy in 2014 seemed a natural fit. In her role of Communications Director Jenny is responsible for Lincoln Academy's social media, website, weekly newsletter, press, photography, and publications, including the school's annual alumni magazine, Aerie. She co-advises the Lincoln Academy Eagle's Talon student newspaper and co-teaches the Yearbook and Communications class. She is the parent of two recent LA graduates, Essie Martin '17 (Bates College '22) and Jojo Martin '20 (Tufts University '25).

Academic Affiliations:

A.B. Social Anthropology, Harvard College
M.A. Education, Teachers College, Columbia University


Carole Brinkler : Student Life Executive Assistant
Carole Brinkler (207) 563-3596 ext. 2103
brinkler@lincolnacademy.org
Buckeye born and bred, Mrs. Brinkler has been coming to Maine since she was a baby.  She began her career in Maine immediately after her college graduation, and has been involved in education for well over twenty five years beginning on the collegiate administrative level in Portland. Carole moved to the midcoast region to raise her beautiful family (Alexis '09 and Liam '16)  with her husband Michael (class of '84).  She served on the Great Salt Bay Community school board for just under twenty years and is very involved with various boards within her community. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family (adores grandchildren, Devin and Owen) and friends, traveling, outdoor activities, reading and music.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Personnel Management, Urbana University


Hilary Petersen : Associate Director of Admissions
Hilary Petersen (207) 563-3596 ext. 1107
petersen@lincolnacademy.org

Mrs. Petersen has worked at Lincoln Academy since 2015 and sincerely enjoys the one-on-one interactions she has with students from all over the world. Before LA, she taught high school boys at The Deck House School in Edgecomb, Maine.  Mrs. Petersen is active in the local community and volunteers with the AOS93 Adult Education Board and the  North Nobleboro Community Association. She loves reading and gardening in her spare time, but most of all, spending time with her husband and two children in midcoast Maine.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Biology, Providence College
B.A. Chemistry, Providence College


Development

Heather D’Ippolito : Director of Community Engagement and Development
Heather D’Ippolito (207) 563-3596 x2218
dippolito@lincolnacademy.org

Heather joined the Community Engagement and Development Office at Lincoln Academy in January 2020 and became Director of the office in June of 2022. She has spent her career in education, and is particularly passionate about connecting young people to real world learning experiences. A born and raised Mainer, Heather feels very fortunate to call the midcoast home. She lives in Bremen with her husband and her daughter.

Academic Affiliations: 

Saint Michael's College, BA in English

Lehman College (CUNY), MS in Secondary English Education


Facilities & Custodial

William Teele : Facilities Director
William Teele (207) 563-3596 ext. 2007
teele@lincolnacademy.org

Athletics

Kelly (KJ) Anastasio : Athletic Director, Wellness Faculty, Dorm Parent
Kelly (KJ) Anastasio (207) 563-3596 ext. 2117
kj@lincolnacademy.org
KJ Anastasio was born and raised in the western Maine town of Rumford (Mountain Valley '90).  He attended and graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., majoring in Sports Management and graduating with honors.  While at L.S.C., KJ was a member of the Student Senate, Athletic Intramural Council, and a member of the Men's soccer team.  After college, KJ's love for skiing led him to Summit County, Colorado where he worked at a ski shop and a golf course.  He completed as many ski days as possible, played golf often, and hiked as many 14ers as he possibly could.  KJ returned to Maine in 1998 and has worked at Lincoln Academy ever since.  While at LA, he has taught P.E. and health, has coached tennis, baseball, was the boys soccer coach for 15 years, and became the Athletic Director in 2006.  KJ has served on the M.P.A. basketball committee, many K.V.A.C. committees, and most recently committees to design the new athletic facilities on campus.  In the summer of 2016, KJ and his wife Jen moved to Kiah Bailey Hall and became dorm parents.  In his free time, KJ enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle, and watching Boston sports (especially the Sox).

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Sports Management- Lyndon State College


Philip Page : Assistant Athletic Director/Wellness Faculty—Student of the Month Advisor—LA Pride Advisor—Faculty Shield Advisor--President, Alumni Association
Philip Page (207) 563-3596 ext. 2103
page@lincolnacademy.org
Mr. Page taught for eight years at Medomak Valley High School coaching track, cross country and basketball. He returned to his Alma Mater to teach social studies and coach varsity boys basketball in 1985. Entering his 40th year in education, Mr. Page enjoys contributing to student life at Lincoln Academy and the interaction with alumni in his role in alumni and development. He has been active in the Booster's Club and the LA Pride Program for 21 years supporting students and athletes. He especially enjoys promoting school and community spirit during Homecoming Week each September. Mr. Page and his wife Gail have three children and eight grandchildren.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Political Science, Univerisity of Southern Maine


Culinary Services

Russell Brackett : Culinary Director
Russell Brackett (207) 563-3596 ext. 2110
brackett@lincolnacademy.org

Career and Academic Counseling

Eliza Mathews Gleason : Director of Career and Academic Counseling
Eliza Mathews Gleason (207) 563-3596 ext. 2127
gleason@lincolnacademy.org

Eliza Mathews Gleason joined the Department of Career and Academic Counseling at LA in 2019.  A 2007 graduate of St. Lawrence University with an M.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Eliza and her husband have recently moved back to Maine. Prior to her move back to Maine, Eliza served as Associate Director of College Counseling at The Rivers School in Weston, MA and before that held the same position at Suffield Academy in CT.  She has worked in college admissions at Trinity College in Connecticut, Syracuse University, and New York University. Eliza and her husband reside in Durham with their son, Benny, and adorable goldendoodle, Lola.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. St. Lawrence University

M.A. School Counseling, George Washington University


Jose Cordero : School Counselor
Jose Cordero 207 563-3596 ext. 2129
cordero@lincolnacademy.org
Mr. Cordero grew up among the lobstermen and women of Owls Head Maine.   He spent his youth playing music, participating in theater and dreaming of one day working for NASA.  Eventually finding passion within education he turned his focus toward college by attaining his Masters Degree in Higher Education Student Development and then spending 15 years working in college admission, academic advising, new student orientation and multicultural student affairs.  He's recently returned to his roots here in Maine after working for the University of California-Berkeley.  Mr. Cordero serves Lincoln Academy students as a School Counselor and mentor.  In his time off he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young and adorable sons, sailing, working on old cars, and taking long road trips.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Music - University of Maine
M.Ed. Higher Education - University of Maine


Alicia Lemar : School Counselor
Alicia Lemar (207) 563-3596 ext. 2126
lemar@lincolnacademy.org

Ms. Lemar is joining the Lincoln Academy Guidance Department with both the passion and experience to help students with their academic, career, and life goals. A 2015 graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelors degree in both history and psychology, she then completed her graduate program in 2018 from the University of New England with a MA in Social Work. Ms. Lemar has served as a Guidance Counselor at both Vinalhaven School and Spruce Mountain High School. At Lincoln, she serves as an advisor, mentor, and career and academic counselor.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dogs, Willow and Grayson, and can often be found on adventures doing her favorite thing, being a "dog mom." Ms. Lemar also loves living in this beautiful state and exploring outside in the changing seasons as well as traveling abroad, and running.

Academic Affiliations

The University of Maine- BA in Psychology and BA in History.

University of New England- Masters in Social Work


Alexa Abbott : Administrative Assistant
Alexa Abbott (207) 563-3596 ext. 2128
abbotta@lincolnacademy.org

Alexa (Colby Dodge) Abbott was born in Damariscotta and grew up in Edgecomb. Alexa lives on Westport Island with her husband Jason and daughter, Mara. While at Lincoln Academy Alexa has worked as an Educational Technician, a Jobs For Maine Graduates Job Specialist and most recently as an Administrative Assistant in the Guidance Office.  Both sides of Alexa's family have deep roots in the Damariscotta area.  Her mother and father graduated from Lincoln Academy in the 1960's.  Alexa enjoys her home on an island where she feels fortunate to be able to see a deer, osprey and harbor seal all in the same day!


Residential Life

Jacob Abbott : Dean of Students—Dorm Parent
Jacob Abbott (207) 563-3596 ext. 2222
jabbott@lincolnacademy.org

Jake Abbott has been a part of the LA community since 2006. Jake has worked in a variety of roles at the school. Jake supports the operations of the school, shares in the management of student discipline, and supports many student programs, extra-curricular activities and initiatives to get students involved in learning and exploring new opportunities. Jake is also responsible for the school's residential population, working closely with the Director of Residential Life and the various departments that support it. Jake is also very involved in the local community serving as a member of the Newcastle Fire Department, where is also on the Board of Trustees.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Liberal Studies, University of Maine, Augusta
M.S. Education Leadership, University of Southern Maine

Contact:
Wechat: eekabbott
Cell/Whatsapp: +1 207-831-6879


Monica Tan : Residential Life Director, TOFEL Site Coordinator - Dorm Parent
Monica Tan 207-563-3596 ext. 2224
mtan@lincolnacademy.org

Mrs. Tan has worked at Lincoln Academy since 2019 when she and her family moved in as a dorm family. Mrs. Tan moved into the role of Director of Resident Life in 2022. She loves working with teenagers and learning about their culture and countries. Before LA, she was a dorm director and college counselor in San Francisco, a biology teacher in Malaysia and at different times an elementary and middle school Math and Science teacher in Texas. In her spare time she loves traveling, reading, crafting and pottery, growing things, and watching Korean dramas.

Academic Affiliations:

BA International Relations, Baylor University

BA Religions, Baylor University

Texas Teacher Certification Program

MS Education, Technology, Lamar University


Jose Cordero : School Counselor
Jose Cordero 207 563-3596 ext. 2129
cordero@lincolnacademy.org
Mr. Cordero grew up among the lobstermen and women of Owls Head Maine.   He spent his youth playing music, participating in theater and dreaming of one day working for NASA.  Eventually finding passion within education he turned his focus toward college by attaining his Masters Degree in Higher Education Student Development and then spending 15 years working in college admission, academic advising, new student orientation and multicultural student affairs.  He's recently returned to his roots here in Maine after working for the University of California-Berkeley.  Mr. Cordero serves Lincoln Academy students as a School Counselor and mentor.  In his time off he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young and adorable sons, sailing, working on old cars, and taking long road trips.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Music - University of Maine
M.Ed. Higher Education - University of Maine


Elizabeth Matta : Visual and Performing Arts Department Head, Dorm Parent—Director of Bands, Jazz Bands, and Orchestra
Elizabeth Matta
matta@lincolnacademy.org

Liz Matta is a native of Foxborough, Massachusetts. She credits her many great musical experiences in Foxborough, including performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and being challenged to think like a band director from an early age by Steve Massey and Ted Hagarty, as the reasons she has such a passion to work with kids, teach music and continue to perform.

Ms. Matta has been the Lincoln Academy Band Director since 2006. Under her direction, the Lincoln Academy Band Program doubled in student participation and in the number of instrumental performing ensembles offered in just her first four years. Lincoln Academy bands regularly receive gold ratings at state and national competitions, and her student musicians place at regional and state competitions every year. Ms. Matta directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, the Four and Five O’clock jazz combos and teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory.

Ms. Matta is the Program Director of “Maine Music Outreach”; a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower Maine high school musicians to make a difference in the lives of others. With MMO, Liz has trained and lead groups of high school student volunteers to work and play at the Holy Trinity Music School’s Summer Music Camp in Cange and the CEMUCHCA Summer Music Camp in Cap-Haïtien since 2012.

Ms. Matta has worked with bands and jazz bands throughout New England as a clinician and guest conductor. In addition to teaching, Ms. Matta can be heard playing as a freelance saxophonist. She enjoys reading, hiking and enjoying time with her family.

Academic Affiliations:

B.M. Music Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.M. Saxophone Performance, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M.A. Band Conducting, American Band College/Sam Houston State University


Radek Janik : Wellness Department Head, Dorm Parent
Radek Janik
janik@lincolnacademy.org

Mr. Janik was born and raised in the Czech Republic (formerly) Czechoslovakia. About two years before the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Mr. Janik’s parents escaped the Communist regime along with him and his younger brother. Leaving everything and his older brother behind, Mr. Janik’s family started a new life in Connecticut. After attending and graduating from high school, Mr. Janik earned his degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. His first three years of teaching Health were at MSAD #40 (A.D. Gray and D.R. Gaul Middle Schools) in Waldoboro and Union. Trying to expand his horizons and expertise in teaching the secondary grade levels, he then decided to move on and ended up the following three years teaching Wellness at Lincoln/Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Loving the Midcoast area, Mr. Janik returned to Maine and added two more years of teaching back at MSAD#40.  Mr. Janik has been part of Lincoln Academy since 2006. Currently, as the Wellness Department Head, Wellness Instructor and dorm parent, Mr. Janik continues to support students’ lives by encouraging them to make healthy and responsible choices, so they may lead better lives and become productive members of our community. Mr. Janik spends his free time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, fishing, and playing games. Mr. Janik’s desire is to travel the beautiful USA and visit other parts of the world to further explore other cultures.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Community Health Education, Concentration in School Health Education - University Of Maine at Farmington


Kelly (KJ) Anastasio : Athletic Director, Wellness Faculty, Dorm Parent
Kelly (KJ) Anastasio (207) 563-3596 ext. 2117
kj@lincolnacademy.org
KJ Anastasio was born and raised in the western Maine town of Rumford (Mountain Valley '90).  He attended and graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., majoring in Sports Management and graduating with honors.  While at L.S.C., KJ was a member of the Student Senate, Athletic Intramural Council, and a member of the Men's soccer team.  After college, KJ's love for skiing led him to Summit County, Colorado where he worked at a ski shop and a golf course.  He completed as many ski days as possible, played golf often, and hiked as many 14ers as he possibly could.  KJ returned to Maine in 1998 and has worked at Lincoln Academy ever since.  While at LA, he has taught P.E. and health, has coached tennis, baseball, was the boys soccer coach for 15 years, and became the Athletic Director in 2006.  KJ has served on the M.P.A. basketball committee, many K.V.A.C. committees, and most recently committees to design the new athletic facilities on campus.  In the summer of 2016, KJ and his wife Jen moved to Kiah Bailey Hall and became dorm parents.  In his free time, KJ enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle, and watching Boston sports (especially the Sox).

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Sports Management- Lyndon State College


Sarah Kennedy : Outreach and Administrative Assistant
Sarah Kennedy
kennedy@lincolnacademy.org

Sarah Kennedy '00 grew up in Pemaquid and studied Spanish and International Relations at the University of Maine and University of Costa Rica.  She coordinated volunteer education programs and fundraising for a small non-profit organization in Nicaragua and then went on to join Sustainable Harvest International as the Director of Development and later transitioned to directing the organization's outreach and service learning programs in Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, and Panama.  In 2012, Sarah took a position with Santa Clara University's Center of Sustainability to develop school garden and community nutrition programs in San Jose City Schools.

In 2013, Sarah’s family had the opportunity to return to Maine and was excited to become a part of Lincoln Academy’s new Residential Program. Sarah developed LA’s homestay program and loves welcoming students from around the globe to our community here in the Midcoast. Sarah works part-time in the Residential Life Office and is also a member of LA’s Website Team. 

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. International Relations - University of Maine, Orono
B.A. Spanish - University of Maine, Orono


School Based Health Center

Kerri Ferrante, RN BSN : Health Center Director
Kerri Ferrante, RN BSN 207-563-3596 ext. 1119
ferrante@lincolnacademy.org

Kerri Ferrante, RN, BSN joined the LA Health Center in the fall of 2021 after 18 years as a nurse at Lincoln Health. She grew up in Massachusetts and earned her Bachelor's degree in Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She moved to Maine in 2003 and worked at Lincoln Health in various roles including the Medical/Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and Inpatient Clinical Nurse Supervisor. She served a three year stint as school nurse at Great Salt Bay School from 2017-2020, a position that is also under the umbrella of Lincoln Health. After GSB she returned to the Miles campus of Lincoln Health and spent a year working in the Day Surgery unit before accepting the position at Lincoln Academy in September.

Academic Affiliations:

BSN, Northeastern Unversity


Lisa Katz : Clinical Social Worker
Lisa Katz (207) 563-3596 ext. 1310
katz@lincolnacademy.org

Lisa has had the privilege to work with many children, families and individuals over the past 30 years of her professional life.  She is committed to contributing what she can to make the world a little brighter and better for others.  When not working, Lisa likes to get outside with her family and dog for hikes, bike rides, and boating.  Other interests include spending time with friends, cooking and eating really good food, reading, scrabble, travel, and going to the gym.

Academic Affiliations

BA, Psychology and English Lit., University of Rochester
MSW, Clinical Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work

Megan Day : Wellness Faculty, Athletic Trainer & Wellness Instructor
Megan Day
day@lincolnacademy.org
Upon college graduation Megan became Lincoln Academy’s first athletic trainer. As athletic trainer, Megan works with the athletes to prevent, assess, treat, and rehabilitate athletic injuries. In her second year at LA, Megan joined the Wellness Department to teach fitness and weight training. Megan enjoys spending time outdoors and is always in search of her next adventure to supersede hiking Mt. Katahdin here in Maine, witnessing glaciers falling in Alaska, and snorkeling with sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Athletic Training, University of New England


Heather Norris : Lincoln Health Clinical Social Worker
Heather Norris
hnorris@lchcare.org
Heather is a Maine native who now works as an integrated behavioral health specialist for Maine Behavioral Health Care. She sees students in the Boothbay High School and Lincoln Academy health centers, and also works in the Lincoln Medical Partners primary care office in Damariscotta. Heather spends her free time with family and friends, and enjoys hiking, boating, reading, and watching movies with her children.
BSW:  Wheelock College
MSW: Salem State

Janet Yost : Lincoln Health Nurse Practitioner
Janet Yost (207) 563-3596
yost@lincolnacademy.org
Janet Yost is a Lincoln Academy alum who has spent past 30 years working in pediatrics; 15 years as Registered Nurse, and 15 years as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She recently returned to Lincoln County, got married, and began working with Lincoln Medical Patners Pediatrics and the Lincoln Academy School-Based Health Center. In her spare time: Jan enjoys gardening and recreational lobstering with husband Brad, but her favorite activity by far is being "Nannie" to her grandson Owen.
BSN - University of New England
CPNP - Simmons College

Amanda Carew CCMA : LincolnHealth Medical Assistant
Amanda Carew CCMA 2075633596 ext 1119


Technology

Michael Johnson : Technology Support Specialist
Michael Johnson 207-563-3596 x.2121
johnsonm@lincolnacademy.org

Michael Johnson joined LA in 2021. Bringing over 25 years of experience supporting technology, he will be developing the new position of Technology Support Specialist with the team at Lincoln Academy. Being the first level of support for all faculty and student technology related issues, he will triage any problems and escalate issues as needed.


David Brooks : Database/IT Administrator and Computer Science Faculty
David Brooks (207) 563-3596 ext. 1420
brooks@lincolnacademy.org

David Brooks joined the ATEC team at LA on July 1, 2019 from The Hyde School, where he taught computer science and robotics.  He was responsible for classroom technology campus-wide and part of their IT team, and directed their STEAM program. David developed and managed their foundation grant  that allowed Hyde to start its STEAM program and has pursued and received several other grants for that program. Before teaching  at Hyde, David was a software engineer at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and owner of the independent software consultancy Installer Factory. Before that was a Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Symantec Software.  David's office is in ATEC, where he be teaches AP Computer Science A, works as LA's PowerSchool Administrator and IT Coordinator.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Computer Science, California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo


Nancy Starmer : Chair
Nancy Starmer
starmer@lincolnacademy.org

Nancy Starmer joined the LA community in 2017 as a consultant to the board, then served as Interim Head of School during the 2018-19 school year. At Milton Academy in Boston, where she spent the first 27 years of her career, she wore many hats as a history teacher, dorm head, mid-level administrator, and ultimately Upper School Principal. In 2000 she was named Head of School at George School, a Friends boarding and day school in PA, retiring in 2016 (just in time to become involved in—and fall in love with--Lincoln Academy). She currently lives in Sandwich NH where she also serves on the local district school board.


Jennifer Ribeiro : Vice Chair
Jennifer Ribeiro
ribeiro@lincolnacademy.org

Jennifer Ribeiro holds an AB from Bowdoin College, a MA from the University of Southern Maine in Education and a CAS in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine at Orono.  She has worked in public education for over 27 years and is currently employed as the principal of the Bristol Consolidated School. Jennifer and her husband Jay live in Nobleboro where they raised two children who are graduates of Lincoln Academy, Julia ‘15 and David ‘17.


Faustine Reny : Secretary
Faustine Reny
faustinereny@lincolnacademy.org

Faustine Reny ‘01 is the current Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. She has a BS in Accounting from Lasell University in Newton, MA, and a MS in Accounting from Suffolk University. She is the Operations Manager at R.H. Reny, Inc and a co-owner of the family business. She lives in Bristol with her partner Nicholas Plumer and their children Cordelia and Wesley - who will be 5th Generation LA grads in the ‘30’s!


Judi Hilton : Finance Chair / Board Member
Judi Hilton
judihilton@lincolnacademy.org

Judi Hilton ‘91 grew up in Jefferson, ME. After graduating from LA she went to college in Boston and has lived there ever since, with the exceptions of a few years in Silicon Valley and London for work. She owns a home in Jefferson, and splits her time between there and Boston. She was most recently the COO for a global corporate real estate consulting firm.


Paul Anderson : Board Member
Paul Anderson
paulanderson@lincolnacademy.org

Paul Anderson was born and raised in Washington state, and landed in Pemaquid more than 20 years ago. He and his wife Kathy became year-round residents of Maine in 2006 when he retired from his role as Chairman of Duke Energy. Prior to that the Andersons lived many places in the US and overseas, including four years in Australia. Paul holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Stanford. In addition to Lincoln Academy, he serves as  a trustee for the Maine Maritime Museum.


Elizabeth Allen : Board Member
Elizabeth Allen
elizabethallen@lincolnacademy.org

Elizabeth (Betty) Allen holds an AB from Mount Holyoke and an MS and Ph.D. in geology from the U. of Delaware. She lives in Newcastle, and is honorary grandmother to a handful of past, present and future LA students. A founding board member of Frances Perkins Center, Betty previously worked as a geologist in the energy industry, and founded the Methane Resources Group and the Sudanese Visual History Program. She has served as adjunct professor of Geology at UMO and Mount Holyoke, a fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and a trustee at Mount Holyoke.


John D Eraklis : Board Member
John D Eraklis
eraklis@lincolnacademy.org

John D. Eraklis is a career filmmaker and has been CEO of a Los Angeles based production company for the past 20 years, specializing in animated features and documentaries. A graduate of Suffield Academy (CT) and the University of Rhode Island, John grew up in Connecticut and spent summers in Maine. After the birth of their first child John and his wife Laura made the decision to relocate to Maine (they currently live in Bristol) to raise their children. Their daughter is a member of the Class of '24, and two younger children attend South Bristol School.


Steven Hufnagel : Board Member
Steven Hufnagel
hufnagel@lincolnacademy.org

Serving on the Lincoln Academy board is a chance for Steven to combine his personal and professional commitment to local education. Steven is Executive Director of Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust (formerly DRA and PWA), where he has worked for 18 years to connect community with nature through trails and educational programs, often partnering with Lincoln Academy. He and his wife, Liza Fleming-Ives, are residents of Damariscotta with one current and one future LA student: Audrey '24 and Nathaniel '26. They're avid hikers and big fans of water in all its forms: fresh and salt, liquid and frozen. 

Steven earned his BA from Williams College and MS from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.


Juliet Kelsey-Holmes : Board Member
Juliet Kelsey-Holmes
holmesj@lincolnacademy.org

Juliet is a proud member of Lincoln Academy's Alumni class of 1992 and Wheaton College's Alumni class of 1996. She started her recruiting career in Boston with Martin Grant Associates, Inc. in 1998 after initially turning the position down a year earlier to wait on tables in Boothbay Harbor for one last glorious Maine summer (she has no regrets). Since then, Juliet has successfully built the national Employee Benefits, Healthcare and Financial Services recruiting division for MGA.  Juliet and her husband Justin Holmes also started another business here in Maine called Maine Business Advisors, LLC, a business advisory and brokerage firm.  Juliet has been volunteering (with Dennis Prior '91's encouragement) to support the development office at Lincoln Academy for many years, most notably leading her amazing 1992 Class in dominating the Alumni Community Challenge each year! Juliet lives in Hallowell with her family (Justin, Helaena, Graeff & Elias) but her heart will always be with Walpole and the greater LA Community.


Bob Manning : Board Member
Bob Manning
manning@lincolnacademy.org

During the decade following graduation from the University of Maine, Bob was a teacher and later principal of a middle school near Bangor. In 1980, Bob & Rachel made a decision to make their life in the mid-coast and raise their sons in Bristol. This led to a career in shipbuilding with a 2002 transition to marine transportation in tug and barge operations. Before retirement in 2016, Bob managed global sea lifts, primarily in the energy sector.


Sara Mitchell : Board Member
Sara Mitchell
mitchells@lincolnacademy.org

Sara Mitchell was first introduced to life in Maine when she attended the Chewonki Semester Program as a junior in high school, returning in 2000 to make Maine her home. Since then, she has served on the boards of Chewonki, Central Lincoln County Ambulance, Sheepscot Valley Children’s House, and AOS93, serving as the AOS liaison to the LA Board in 2018-19. Sara, her husband John, and their two sons live in South Bristol where she is currently finishing her term as Chair of the South Bristol School Board. Their oldest son Michael is a member of Lincoln Academy's Class of '26 and youngest, Colin, in 7th grade at South Bristol.


Chris Olson : Board Member
Chris Olson
chrisolson@lincolnacademy.org

Chris Olson ‘83 is an investment manager in Chicago. He has a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College, an MBA at the Wharton School and an MA in East Asian Studies. He has lived abroad in Sweden, Taiwan and Japan, and currently works as a principal and portfolio manager for High Pointe Capital Management. He serves as chairman of the board for the Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, where he lives with his wife Charlene. They have two children who attended the Latin School of Chicago and are currently attending Princeton University.


John E. Ormiston : Board Member
John E. Ormiston
johnormiston@lincolnacademy.org

John E. Ormiston has been involved with university and secondary schools for most of his adult life. He worked at Yale University for almost 20 years, as Director of Principal Gifts for the Office of Development as well as Assistant to the President and Assistant to the VP for Development. In the secondary school world, he was the Director of Development and External Relations at both Taft and Berkshire Schools. A native of Marblehead, MA, John graduated from Yale in 1971. His father was a Maine native, and his family frequently vacationed in Pemaquid. John is now a permanent resident of New Harbor where he lives on land his father purchased in 1957. John serves on multiple boards, including the Yale Hockey Association, the CLC YMCA, the Coastal Humane Society, the USPA Foundation, the Phelps Association, the Pemaquid Trail Association, and the Community Energy Fund.


 

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