The science department at Lincoln Academy offers a wide selection of courses in both physical and life sciences. There are introductory, honors, and AP level courses in a variety of subjects. The science faculty are creative and dedicated teachers. They have a diversity of teaching experience and background in scientific research and careers. The courses include frequent hands-on experience in our fully equipped lab classrooms. Science field trips, both local and international, are part of our science courses. The science program also offers students the opportunity to apply their learning through clubs and activities like the Climate Action Club, Marine Explorers, and Science Olympiad. We also regularly connect students with field research experiences which abound in the area.

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Contact Information

Betsy Grannis : Science Department Head—Science Club—Professional Development Committee
Betsy Grannis

Academic Affiliations:

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

Matthew Buchwalder : Science Faculty
Matthew Buchwalder

Academic Affiliations:

BS Biology Cornell University
MAT Science Stony Brook University

Steven Cheff : Science Faculty
Steven Cheff

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

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

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

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