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Carrie Branson

Executive Director

Carrie came to HCA after working at Waynflete School in Portland. A native of western Massachusetts, she worked for Expeditionary Learning Schools, and at the Eagle Hill School (Hardwick, MA) before moving to Maine. A graduate of Wesleyan College (Middletown, CT), she completed her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Antioch University New England (Keene, NH). She resides in Newcastle with her husband, three children, and cat Lando Catrissian.

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Scott Barksdale

Division 1 Principal

Scott comes to HCA most recently from a few years as Principal at Monmouth Middle School, and, prior to that, Sugg Middle School in Lisbon where he was the Assistant Principal. Scott has extensive experience in Restorative Practices, has worked as part of the Critical Explorers organization, and has many years of teaching experience at the middle and elementary levels. Scott has a BA in Leadership Studies, a MS in Elementary Ed and most recently an Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard.

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Maria Russell

Division 2 Principal

Maria Russell grew up in the midcoast Maine area.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, and taught English for several years, before returning to graduate school to earn a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine.  After graduate school, Maria gained experience working in alternative school settings, helping youth with significant barriers to education graduate high school and move onto successful career training and/or college.  Maria currently resides in Brunswick, and spends her free time running, traveling, reading, and hanging out with her dog

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Micah Depper

Director of Teaching & Learning

Micah wears rubber boots to work as often as possible.  He has been teaching science at HCA since 2013 and holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a B.A. in Biology from Lewis & Clark College.  His passion for the outdoors began in the mountains of Oregon, where he grew up hiking, biking, climbing, and fishing.  Additionally, Micah serves as the Project Foundry Coordinator and Division One music teacher at HCA.  He resides in Bath.

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Phelan Gallagher

Digital Learning Leader, Music & Instructional Technology Faculty

Phelan is returning to Maine following a 12-year stint as a ‘summer person’ since growing up in Blue Hill and graduating from George Stevens Academy in 2002.  After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2007 with a degree in Jazz Saxophone, he headed to Brazil where he studied, recorded and performed with choro guitarist Anisio Dias.  Volunteering at a community music center in Brazil inspired him to become an educator and he moved to New York City where he received an MA in teaching music from Hunter College.   Phelan comes to HCA from Southwestern Vermont where he has been teaching music and media for the past five years.  He lives on Harpswell Neck with his wife, pets, and piles of instruments.

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Deryl Holt

Special Education Director 

Deryl joined us after ten years as Assistant Superintendent/Director of Special Services with Central Lincoln County School System, AOS 93, which serves students in five midcoast towns. For eight years prior to that, Deryl was Director of Child Development Services (CDS) of Lincoln County, which provides services for children with disabilities from birth to age five. In her career, Deryl has also worked with students as a Speech-Language Pathologist and has taught regular education and special education at the elementary level. Originally from Rhode Island, Deryl earned a B.S. in Education and Special Education from Rhode Island College and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island. She received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut University. Deryl enjoys writing, watercolor and oil painting and renovating her home in Brunswick. Deryl has three adult children and two grandchildren living nearby in Brunswick and New Gloucester, Maine.

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Byron Malcom

HCA Facilities Coordinator

Prior to joining HCA, Byron spent five years teaching in the mathematics department at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. A native of the greater-Boston area, Byron graduated from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY), where he also received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and a master’s degree in Education. A certified CrossFit instructor and nutrition coach. He lives in Bowdoin with his wife and two daughters.

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Angelina Simmons

Division 1 Faculty, Health Educator & Health Aid 

Angelina comes to HCA from Woodside Elementary in Topsham. In addition to six years in special education, she was a classroom teacher for ten years. Other experience includes working in crisis intervention and catering. A native of Boothbay, Angelina graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. She lives on Great Island in Harpswell with her husband and daughter.

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Nathaniel Vlahakis

Division 2 Math Faculty

Nathaniel graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in math and computer science.  Over the past seven years he has taught middle school, high school and adult education.  In his spare time Nathaniel enjoys martial arts, hiking, ballroom dancing, and travel.  He recently relocated to the area and is looking forward to becoming an active member of the school and community.

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Abby Baker

Division 1 Faculty

Abby comes to HCA after teaching as a Jobs for Maine’s Graduates specialist at the Durham Community School. Abby grew up in Southern Maine where she developed a love for everything to do with the ocean. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.A. in Human Geography and Ski Industries. After teaching at the Leadership School at Kieve, Abby went back to school to get her masters in K-8 General and Special Education.  Abby is very excited to teach special education in division 1 at HCA. Outside of school you can find Abby riding her bike, hiking or adventuring anywhere outside. Abby resides in Brunswick with her husband and dog Winter.

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Lee Emmons

Division 2 Faculty

Originally from New York State, Lee is a graduate of Colby College.  After college, he spent several years working for youth-related nonprofit organizations.  During this time, Lee was involved in mentoring and community service programs.  Most recently, he spent three years as an Educational Technician at Bristol Consolidated School.  A certified Social Studies teacher in Maine, Lee is interested in civic engagement and local history.  In his spare time, Lee enjoys reading, running and exploring Lincoln County.  He resides in Newcastle with his wife.

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Kyle Werner

Division 1 STEM Faculty & Wellness Coordinator

Kyle grew up in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2010 to attend Bowdoin College. Since then, he has spent time hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, leading bicycle tours, and working in a bakery. While at Bowdoin College, Kyle worked in various capacities in many schools in the area. As a leader at the Bowdoin Outing Club, he gained experience in outdoor education that he’ll be bringing into his work at HCA. Outside of school, Kyle spends much of his free time hiking and cooking.

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Naomi Tuck

Division 2 Faculty

Naomi joins HCA from Miller Elementary in Waldoboro, where she spent the last three years as an Educational Technician/ School Based Behavioral Health Professional in a lifeskills program. She grew up in northern New Jersey before moving to Maine to attend the University of Maine at Augusta. While attending college, she assisted in building a passive solar home and working for a yacht building company. After earning her B.A. in English, she gained experience as a Children’s Case Manager and eventually found herself working primarily with students on the Autism Spectrum. Currently, she is working towards certification in Special Education through the University of Maine at Machias. Naomi has a passion for painting with watercolors and also enjoys reading, singing, hiking, and having her canine companion(s) by her side. She has recently relocated to the Brunswick area and is looking forward to becoming an active member of this community.

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Andrew Smaha

Business & Finance Director

Andrew joins HCA having spent over 18 years in program and event development. After receiving his B.A. in Political Science and Drama from Tufts University, he worked in Boston as a producer on a number of television series, conferences, non-profit fundraising campaigns, community events, and live entertainment productions. He then spent seven years in theme park entertainment production and operations at Paramount Park Santa Clara, Paramount Charlotte, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Sea World Orlando. All-told, he has produced over 750 events in 48 cities globally.

It was when rigging lights high above a shark-infested tank at midnight in the Orlando heat that Andrew realized how much he missed Maine, so he returned to home in 2008 to continue as a producer and executive director here locally. He was Assistant Dean of Business & Community Partnerships with SMCC, Conference Director at a local conference group, and most recently the Executive Director of a local Chamber of Commerce. Andrew is back home to support and help celebrate what makes Maine such an incredible place to live, work and play.

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Amanda Hoag

Division 1 Special Education Faculty

Amanda describes herself as a lifelong learner, collaborator, problem-solver, connecter, and someone who thrives on supporting healthy communities. She comes to HCA with a diverse background of human service and educational experiences ranging from pre-school to adult education, including day-treatment, public and private school settings, as well as roles with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Spurwink, and Pathways’ Achieve Program. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lesley University in International Studies, Journalism, and Spanish. Currently she is pursuing her certification as a Special Educator.

Amanda’s passion is finding individual strengths in others and encouraging those strengths to grow, highlighting how by fitting our different strengths together, we can create a larger supportive community of connected individuals and families. She enjoys audiobooks, tinkering, traveling, and spending time exploring the outdoors with her two elementary-aged daughters.

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Amanda Wogaman

Division 1 Guidance Counselor

Amanda Wogaman grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She came to Maine to pursue her degree in Adventure Therapy at Unity College. During this time she completed an Adventure Educator’s semester at Outward bound in the great outdoors of Maine. It was hard to leave the state after that. Amanda completed her graduate work at The University of Southern Maine concentrating on the practice of school counseling. A foundational professional experience for Amanda has been working in the administration of a non profit camp serving girls from low income and foster care families in New England. She is passionate about social justice issues in schools and beyond. Amanda’s other interests include cider making, canoeing, and spending sunny days on the beach.

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Stephanie Malcom

School Social Worker

Stephanie comes to HCA from Geiger Elementary in Lewiston where she served as a Spurwink Clinician for 7 years. In addition to working as a Clinical Social Worker, Stephanie coaches CrossFit classes at a local gym. Stephanie’s other focus is her young Portuguese Water Dog, Gigi, who is learning to serve as a therapy dog. A native of Upstate NY, Stephanie graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Psychology and the University of New England with a Master of Social Work. She lives in Bowdoin with her husband and two daughters.

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Mel Christensen Fletcher

Division 2 Science Faculty

Mel teaches science at Division 2.  She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Secondary Education Earth and Space Science and a minor in English.  Most recently, she worked in Special Education at Westbrook Middle School and advised WMS’s drama program for 5th-8th graders.  Mel has a passion for outdoor education and has been involved in summer camps and other programming at the Cathance River Education Alliance preserve in Topsham for nearly ten years. She is currently living outside of Portland and enjoys cooking, music, and board games in her free time.

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Caleb Fletcher

Division 2 Math & Theater Faculty

Caleb arrives to HCA after teaching math at Gardiner Area High School. He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics.  Caleb has a passion for mathematics, problem solving, and theater. If he isn’t busy daydreaming about numbers, he can be found nose deep in a comic book, playing board games with his friends, or trying out new stand-up material. He residues just outside of Portland.

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Kaitlyn Pulju

Division 2 Guidance Counselor & Pathways Coordinator

Kaitlyn comes to HCA following an extensive period working in outdoor and environmental education. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Union College, she moved to the west coast to teach outdoor ed in the picturesque setting of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. There, she discovered a passion for ropes courses, guiding kayaking trips, and leading large groups of people in repeat-after-me songs. After moving into a supervisory role that took her away from regular and direct interaction with students, she decided to pursue her M.Ed. in School Counseling at Keene State College out of a desire to help students identify and eliminate barriers to their success. She always dreamed of making her home in coastal Maine and feels so grateful to be here, living with her husband and two young daughters in Brunswick.

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Cristine Bachor

 Division 1 Humanities faculty

After growing up in the forests of southern New Hampshire, Cristine graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a B.A. in Social Thought & Political Economy and Economics. From there she dove into social work, working with women and homeless youth, in Anchorage, Alaska, where she lived for ten years. Passionate about cultivating a collaborative community and engaging children with the natural environment, Cristine’s most recent ventures were in volunteering while raising her three daughters. She joins HCA after a short stint as an Educational Technician for the Alternative Education Program for Mt. Ararat High School. A resident of Great Island, Harpswell, you can often find Cristine hiking with her family, sailing, or planning a new outdoor adventure.

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Doug McIntire

Division 1 Humanities Faculty

Doug comes to HCA from nine years of teaching at a private, special purpose school in Lewiston. A Brunswick native, he earned his BA in English from the University of Southern Maine and his master’s degree in classroom instruction and curriculum design from Southern New Hampshire University. Growing up in the Brunswick Navy community, Doug served as well as an air traffic controller, serving on the USS Constellation and San Clemente Island. An avid writer, Doug has also worked as a journalist for the Sun Journal, Morning Sentinel and The Times Record, where he is still a columnist. Doug currently lives in Auburn with his wife, Alicia, who is a nurse at Midcoast Hospital.

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Gahl Rinat

Division 1 STEM Faculty

Gahl recently moved to Maine. Prior to joining HCA, he taught at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California. A native of Israel, Gahl served in the Israel Defense Forces and worked in government and the tech industry prior to becoming an educator. He graduated from Dartmouth College where he volunteered as an EMT and guided outdoor trips. Gahl loves helping students develop their creativity, curiosity, and sense of responsibility.

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Sarah Crockett

Division 1 STEM Faculty

Sarah graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Biology.  Since then she has worked in outdoor education and earned a M.S. in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England.  Sarah grew up here in Maine.  She spends her free time in the outdoors hiking, biking, and skiing.  She is excited to be joining the STEM team at HCA.

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