Head of School
John comes to HCA with extensive experience in start-up public schools. He was part of the founding faculty of Poland Regional High School, led the start-up of Casco Bay High School in Portland on behalf of Expeditionary Learning Schools and has worked as a consultant to public charter schools in OH, NY, MA and RI. John also brings 12 years of work in professional development and school leadership to HCA working with schools affiliated with the Great Maine Schools Project, the National School Reform Faculty, and Expeditionary Learning Schools, with a particular interest in designing, developing, and maintaining strong professional learning communities. In addition to his school-based work, John’s been an independent facilitator and strategic planning consultant. He’s a member of the Kappa class of the Institute for Civic Leadership, a trained mediator, and served on the Steering Committee of Slow Money Maine.
John received an Associates degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Schenectady County Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Literature from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, (Binghamton, NY) and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Union College.
Associate Head of School
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 on Great Island in Harpswell with her husband, three children, and drooly Saint Bernard.]
Division 1 Principal
Matt comes to HCA from Bath Middle School, an expeditionary learning school, where he served as school counselor for 12 years. Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Counseling, both from the University of Southern Maine. He is currently completing a Masters in School Leadership from Saint Joseph’s College. Matt currently resides in Brunswick with his wife and three children.
Dean of Students & Division 2 School Counselor
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
Curriculum Leader & Division 1 Science Faculty
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.
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.
Division 2 Math Faculty & Restorative Justice Coordinator
Trevor has played a teaching and leadership role in the alternative and therapeutic education at the REAL School (RSU 14), The Community School at Opportunity Farm in New Gloucester, Mt. Ararat High School, and King Middle School in Portland. After growing up in Massachusetts and graduating from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), Trevor worked in outdoor education for several years. He then moved to Portland and got his Masters in Education from USM. Trevor now leads the design and adaptation of HCA’s project and place-based curriculum for Div 2 math students. He also helps train staff and support restorative justice practices at HCA. He lives in Brunswick with his wife and two children.
HCA Facilities Coordinator, Sailing Director & Division 2 Math Faculty
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.
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.
Division 1 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.
Div 1 Science Faculty & Special Education Faculty
Julie joins HCA from The Alliance School in Buxton where she was a special education teacher and taught science. She earned her B.S. in education from Farmington and her M.S. in technology education from Thomas College. She has been an advocate for at risk teens for 15 years. Julie has developed an alternative education program for Skowhegan Middle School, taught classes on How to Teach the Unmotivated Learner, and also developed summer leadership programs and after school programs. She recently spent six months volunteering in the Costa Rican jungle. She is excited to be leading the the Curtis Cove team at Div 1. She loves gardening, animals and being outside.
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.
Division 1 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.
Division 1 Math 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.
Division 2 Humanities Faculty
Following her oldest daughter who married a Mainer, Courtenay Snellings recently moved to Maine from Connecticut, where she had taught high school English for the past thirteen years after holding a number of jobs in the world of education. Courtenay attended Hollins University, where she earned a B.A. in English, followed by an M.A. in Modern Poetry at Eastern Michigan University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. Probably due to having grown up in Thailand and Nigeria, she enjoys traveling, taking languages, and learning about other cultures. She has been a part of various singing groups over the past ten years, so you are likely to hear her singing or humming in the halls! Courtenay is excited to work with students at HCA on reading and writing skills. She lives on Orr’s Island with her husband, and cat.
Division 2 Special Education Faculty
Amanda joins HCA from Richmond Middle/High School. Amanda graduated from The University of Maine with a degree in Journalism. Over the past 10 years Amanda has worked with adults and students with disabilities within school, community and residential environments. Amanda lives in Richmond with her husband, daughter and pets. She enjoys hiking, live music and the beach.
Division 1 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.
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.
Food Systems Coordinator
Henry graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems. Before joining HCA, Henry worked on a diverse array of farms where he gained experience in raising vegetables and small fruit as well as small and large livestock. In his free time, Henry enjoys surfing, sailing, snowboarding and wandering aimlessly in the woods. He currently resides in Cundy’s Harbor.
Division 2 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.
Division 2 Humanities Faculty
Bradley joins HCA after a brief, but rewarding experience at the University of New England where he learned just how exciting and invigorating bureaucracy can truly be. Prior to this, he acquired his graduate degree at the University of New Hampshire in political science and spent some time wandering through the doldrums of partisan politics. Bradley is excited to help in the development of HCA’s project-based curriculum, and eager to provide thrilling new opportunities for the students. Unrelated, yet equally as important, He aspires for a world where the question “which beach should we go to today?” is the only real problem needing to be solved.
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.
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.
Division 1 Humanities Faculty
Rebekah graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, MA with a B.A. in English and from DePaul University in Chicago with a Masters of Education. She spent six years teaching middle school ELA in Brooklyn, NY before moving back to Maine with her family. She most recently spent two years working at the Durham Community School in the K-2 literacy program. She is excited to be a part of the HCA culture of inquiry based learning and believes that Humanities is one of the best avenues for helping students to generate great questions about the world around them.
Mel Christensen Fletcher
Division 2 Science Faculty
Mel will be teaching science at Division 2 this year. 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.
Director of Academy Advancement & Community Partnerships
Joel Russ will lead the team in the role of Director of Academy Advancement and Community Partnerships. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Joel graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Maine School of Law, served as an officer in the US Army, and was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1974 before embarking on a long career in community-based non-profits in Maine, including Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, Maine Science & Technology Foundation, Four Square Foundation and LearningWorks. Joel has served on numerous non-profit boards, including being a founding member of the Institute for Civic Leadership, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Theater, Coastal Kids Pre-School and the Damariscotta River Association. He coaches his grandson’s cross country team at the Great Salt Bay Community School near to Walpole where he resides with his wife.
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.
Ann Marie Bartoo
Ann Marie Bartoo is our Development Associate, specializing in grant writing and telling HCA’s ever-changing story. Ann’s 25 years of experience in non-profit advancement has produced a cumulative total of over $20 million dollars for organizations such as Seeds of Independence, LearningWorks, Patten Free Library, RSU 1, Maine Community Foundation, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maine. Ann is a graduate of Antioch College and the University of Southern Maine. As an Adjunct Professor in USM’s Leadership and Organizational Studies Program, Ann takes a creative approach to grant writing through story telling, and builds relationships to craft successful proposals. Ann is also a Master Gardener, and is currently on the board of the Sagadahoc and Androscoggin County Cooperative Extension. She lives with her husband in Phippsburg.
Division 2 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.
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.
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 in June will earn 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.