Employee Directory

Douglas Alford

Spanish Teacher
B.A. Ithaca College
M.A. Middlebury College
Ski Patrol Program Co-Director
Spring Musical

Bio

Mr. Alford has been at Gould for more than 20 years, teaching Spanish, directing the ski patrol program, and musical theater. During the school year of 2009-10, he spent a year teaching in Zaragoza, Spain for School Year Abroad. When not teaching at Gould, Mr. Alford spends his time rafting (he’s a registered Maine whitewater guide) and playing music (he’s also an accomplished professional singer and guitarist). Most recently Mr. Alford checked another item off of his bucket list and hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain with his family. Mr. Alford lives on campus with his wife, Andee, and their children, Ben ’18 and Chaia.

Bob Baribeau

Union College
Bowdoin College
Boys’ Tennis Head Coach

Bio

Coach Baribeau is a passionate and enthusiastic coach who has been involved with Gould Academy’s Tennis Program for 20 years. He has participated in nationally recognized tennis programs and has a keen interest in applying new and exciting approaches to this fantastic sport. A member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, the United States Tennis Association, and an active player, Coach Baribeau emphasizes proper stroke technique and urges his players to improve their match tactics along with maintaining good sportsmanship.

Coach Baribeau attended Union College and Bowdoin College studying philosophy and Russian History. When he’s not coaching tennis, he is an avid outdoorsman with particular interests in mountaineering, ice climbing, and Search and Rescue. He resides in Bethel with his wife, Visual Arts Teacher, Lauren Head, and their son, Alexander. He is the father of Gould Alumni Elizabeth Baribeau ’01, Yves Baribeau ’05, Hilary Baribeau ’07, and R.Scot Baribeau ’09.

Nancy Barstow

English Studies Teacher
B.A. University of New Hampshire
M.A.T. University of New Hampshire
Girls’ Junior Varsity Soccer Coach
Rugrats/Maine Adaptive Director

Bio

A New Hampshire native and Nordic skier, Ms. Barstow previously taught history at Portsmouth High School and was a Special Education teacher in Durham, New Hampshire. She loves reading and spending time with her husband, Chris, a timber framer, their son, Lucas, and their daughter, Rosie. The Barstows live in Bethel, just off-campus.

Dave Bean

English Teacher
B.S. University of Vermont
M.F.A. University of Utah
Writing Center
Skateboard Program Director
Prep Snowboarding Coach

Bio

Mr. Bean has taught full-time since 1991 in public and private schools in Utah, Massachusetts, and Maine. His fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and poetry are widely published, and his commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio. He and his wife, Ms. Brooke Libby, Director of College Counseling, live near campus with their daughters Zoe ‘17 and Lilo ‘19; and son, Utah. Mr. Bean enjoys protecting and wandering wild places.

Jen Bean

Accounts Payable Manager
University of Maine

Bio

Mrs. Bean joined Gould Academy in 2014 as the Business Office’s Accounts Payable Manager where she also helps out in the School Store from time to time. Prior to Gould she worked at the Bethel Key Bank as their lead teller. Mrs. Bean lives nearby in Woodstock with her two children, Madisyn and Matthew. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, swimming, hiking, and occasionally dancing.  

Nathaniel Blauss

Math Teacher
B.A., Colgate University

Bio

Mr. Blauss studied Mathematics and Physics at Colgate University and the University of Rochester, and has since taught both at a succession of schools. An avid outdoorsman, he has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, built a wooden sea kayak, spent a year as an outdoor educator at the Chewonki Foundation, 10+ seasons in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Alpine Huts and Construction Crew, and spent many years working as a carpenter. He is willing to argue about almost anything. Having recently moved to Bethel with his wife, Elke (who teaches Biology at Telstar), he is consistently thrilled at the chance to learn something new about the world, and aspires to become his hero, Merlyn, from The Once and Future King.

Devon Brown

Gould Academy Competition Program
Women’s FIS Coach
Golf Coach
B.A. Bates College

Bio

Coach Brown is originally from Newry, Maine, and grew up skiing at Sunday River.  He attended Gould Academy, graduating in 2010. At Gould, he was a member of both the Alpine Competition Program and the lacrosse team, and graduated top 10 academically in his class. He went on to Bates College, where he was a 4-year member of the Alpine team and competed in two NCAA Eastern Regional Championships. Graduating from Bates with a degree in mathematics, he stayed with the Bates Alpine Team for two more years, as Coach Connell’s assistant. He coached the FIS Women’s team at Sugar Bowl Academy in Truckee, California, before returning to Gould.

Katie Casey

B.A. Saint Joseph’s College
Mountain Biking Head Coach
Road Cycling Coach

Bio

In the sport of mountain biking, Ms. Casey has over 25 years of experience racing and coaching.  A highlight of her personal racing career was at the 2013 USA Mountain Bike Nationals where she won gold in Cat-2 Cross-Country.  Currently, she holds a Cat-3 professional coaching license with USA Cycling.  Ms. Casey came to Gould Academy with 15 years of experience in the business world, both as the co-owner of a retail company for 10 years and manager of the sea kayak programs at the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School. With a B.A. in Natural Science and Secondary Education, she is a 10-year Registered Maine Guide (Sea Kayaking and Recreation) and a licensed Wilderness First Responder with Wilderness Medical Associates. At Gould, Ms. Casey inspires student-athletes to meet and exceed their individual goals through the development of physical stamina and mental poise.

Jason Chase

Computer Science Teacher
Director of Technology

Bio

Mr. Chase is Gould Academy’s director of technology. He came to Gould with more than a decade of experience in software engineering, systems integration, and project management. His enthusiasm for technology extends into the classroom, where he teaches computer science classes. Mr. Chase lives on campus with his wife, Darcy, and daughters Isabel ’20 and Allison.

Aramy Cho

B.S. Cornell University
Science Teacher
Mountain Biking Head Coach
Road Cycling Coach

Bio
Mr. Cho teaches chemistry and physics, coaches the road cycling and mountain biking teams, and advises the Civil Rights Team. After earning his chemistry degree from Cornell University, he spent the better portion of the following decade leading wilderness expeditions, instructing rock climbing, and skiing. Before teaching at Gould, he taught at a therapeutic school and a ski academy. Outside of the classroom, you can find Mr. Cho mountain biking the miles of single track around Gould, reading, or exploring the mountains of western Maine.
Dr. Brad Clarke

Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D. Brandeis University
Cross Country Running Coach
Nordic Team Coach

Bio

Dr. Clarke has been teaching and coaching at Gould for over twenty years.  Over the years he has taught many courses including AP Comparative Government, AP US History, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and Dylan and American Culture. In his time at Gould, he has coached a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, softball, cross country, mountain biking, road cycling, and Nordic skiing.

In Dr. Clarke’s spare time he enjoys climbing mountains with his corgis, listening to music, collecting vinyl, and doing crossword puzzles. He likes long walks on the beach and has a soft side for the Carpenters, especially “Rainy Days and Mondays.” He lives in Bethel with his wife Beth, the principal of Agnes Gray Elementary School in West Paris. They have four children, Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Liv ’19, who continue to amaze and inspire them.

Stephanie Coffin

Accounts Manager
A.A.S. Mid State College
A.A.B. Mid State College

Bio

Gould Academy’s Accounts Manager, Ms. Coffin, has been a staple in the Business Office for over a decade. Her prior experience includes working as a teller and loan servicing clerk for Norway Savings Bank; working within the accounting department at Sunday River Resort; and as a stay at home mom. Outside of Gould’s Business Office, Ms. Coffin stays just as busy volunteering as treasurer of Ring McKeen Auxiliary #151 of West Paris Maine and as a member of the Woodstock Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. She also enjoys cooking, snowshoeing and camping in the winter, and being outside with her family and dogs in the summer. Ms. Coffin is married to Mr. Shawn Coffin from Gould’s Maintenance Department. Together they live with their children, Taylor, Matthew, Sawyer, and Emalee in nearby Woodstock.

Rogan Connell

Gould Academy Competition Program
Alpine Director/Head Women’s FIS Coach
B.A. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Connell joined Gould after spending 15 years as head coach of the Division I Alpine Team at Bates College. He was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2013 and helped bring the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships to Bates’ home mountain, Sunday River. While at Bates, Coach Connell had 17 of his athletes qualify for NCAAs a total of 34 times, some of whom were Gould alumni. He serves on the Eastern Alpine Development Committee and is chair of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Alpine Rules Working Group.

Prior to his time at Bates, Coach Connell held positions as the Director of Skiing and Head Alpine Coach at Saint Michael’s College; the Assistant Head Coach of Alpine Skiing at Ford Sayre Academy; and various leadership roles within the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association and USSA. Connell graduated from the University of New Hampshire where he was a two-time letter winner for the Division I Alpine Team and secured top-10 team finishes for the Wildcats at the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championships.

Amy Connell

Director of Alumni and Family Relations
B.A. Saint Michael’s College

Bio

Mrs. Connell joined Gould in July of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held positions in Alumni Relations at both Hebron Academy and Bates College. Prior to her jobs at both schools, Mrs. Connell worked in fine wine sales in New York and Maine. Additionally, her passion for the arts led her to Boston for a position at the Museum of Fine Arts as well as an assistant directorship at a community art center in Newton, MA.

A native of Western New York’s “Snowbelt,” Mrs. Connell loves Maine’s long winters. Whether it’s riding Sunday River’s Magic Carpet with her daughter or chasing her husband down the slopes, she can be found outside enjoying the white stuff. And when the seasons change, she enjoys hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Mrs. Connell resides in beautiful Bethel with her husband, Rogan Connell, Head Alpine Coach, and their young daughter, Elinor.
Courtney Cook
English Teacher
B.A. Kent State University
MFA George Mason University
Bio

Courtney Cook is a new addition to the English Department at Gould. She is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at George Mason University, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing. Before moving to Gould, Courtney was the senior and sophomore English instructor for two years at Wasatch Academy. Prior to teaching high school, she was a teaching assistant at George Mason University and the Outreach Coordinator for the Sally Merten Writers in the Schools program. Courtney enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, yoga, reading and writing poetry, and cooking.   

Deb Costello

Gould Academy Competition Program
On-Snow Program Manager
Winter Term Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Maine, Farmington

Bio

As the On Snow Program Manager, Ms. Costello provides the oversight that keeps the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) running smoothly throughout the winter. With her bird’s eye view of the program, she manages the daily operation for the full-time and weekend GACP. Also Gould’s Winter Term Program Coordinator, she is the liaison between Winter Term student’s sending school and Gould Faculty. Ms. Costello is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and brings to Gould Academy 25 years of experience in managing various programs and departments for both Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts. She lives in Bethel in the Winter Term Dorm and has two children: Meghan ‘11 and Wyatt ’12.

Joy Doughty

Administrative Assistant to Deans Council/Registrar
A.A.S. Mid State College

Bio
Kristen Drew

Science Teacher
B.S. St. Lawrence University
M.S. SUNY College, Cortland
Prep Alpine Coach
Equestrian Program Director

Bio

Ms. Drew and her family moved to Bethel from upstate New York in 2002. After undergraduate work in biology, she earned a M.S. in Teaching Secondary Science. Ms. Drew teaches Biology and Conceptual Physics to 9th and 11th grade students. She brings to campus a love of skiing, hiking, canoeing and camping with her family: her husband, Ian, and their three children: John ’13, Kim ’17 and Lily.

Nancy Eaton

Science Teacher
B.S. University of Massachusetts
M.S. Wesleyan University

Bio

Ms. Eaton attended the University of Massachusetts where she received a B.S. in Astronomy. After graduation she worked as a telescope operator for the Computer Sciences Corporation at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and spent a year as a research assistant at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. She went on to continue her education at Wesleyan University earning a M.A. in Astronomy and Physics. Before coming to Gould, Ms. Eaton taught Physics at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine. At Gould Ms. Eaton teaches all upper level and AP physics and astronomy courses. An avid outdoors person, Ms. Eaton has hiked the Long Trail in Vermont and completed the John Muir Trail in California (twice). She has also participated in the Trek Across Maine. She and her partner, Kevin, live locally in Bethel.

Sean Ennis

Head Moguls Coach

Bio

Coach Ennis was raised in the small New Hampshire town of Tuftonboro and started skiing with his father at the age of 7 at Sunday River. One short year later, Coach Ennis was enrolled in the Gould Academy Competition Program as a multi-discipline athlete competing in moguls, aerials, rail jams, and slopestyle. Over time, Coach Ennis’s skiing career led him to many championship and open slopestyle events. Now, as a coach for the Gould Academy Competition Program, Coach Ennis resides in Greenwood, Maine with his wife and three children.

Laurel Fiddler

English Teacher
B.A., Bates College

Bio

Ms. Fiddler comes to us from Mammoth Lakes, California. At Bates College, she majored in English with a creative writing concentration and minored in history and religion. She was also a member of their Nordic Team and is now part of Gould’s Nordic coaching staff and coaches cross country running. Prior to Bates, she attended Community School in Sun Valley, ID, and competed for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Along with her skills in writing and skiing, she is a certified Yoga instructor and is involved in the local yoga community in Bethel. She is pursuing a master of arts degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. During her free time, she enjoys skiing, running, and hiking and loves the accessibility to the outdoors in Bethel. She lives in Gehring Hall with her cat, Winnie.

Cathy Fisher

B.A. University of New Hampshire
U19 Alpine Ski Coach
Assistant Road Cycling Coach

Bio

Coach Fisher has been coaching and teaching skiing for more than 25 years. After graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, she began her career at King Pine in New Hampshire, where she worked her way to PSIA Level 2 certification. From there she changed course to begin coaching J3 athletes at Attitash Mountain, where she stayed for 14 years and continued to use her teaching background to foster strong skills development in her young racers. At Gould, Coach Fisher works with U19 Alpine men and women. In the spring, she coaches the road cycling team. When off the hill, she enjoys running, mountain biking, road cycling, and sailing the coast of Maine on her vintage fiberglass sailboat. Coach Fisher lives just off campus in Bethel with her husband, Kurt, and daughter Madsie ’18.

Rory Flynn

Gould Academy Competition Program
Head Freeskiing Coach
B.S. University of Maine Farmington

Bio

Coach Flynn, a native “Mainer,” started Freeskiing in high school when he developed the first terrain park at his local ski area. He later attended college at the University of Maine in Farmington, where he acquired his bachelors in economics and completed a ski industries certificate program. While attending college he coached with the Gould Academy Weekend Program, produced ski movies, and organized ski events. After exploring events such as the X Games and the SIA Trade Show, he moved to Salt Lake City, where he started coaching full-time and freeriding his way around New England, Colorado, Utah, California, and Montana.  He is now happy to be home in Maine where he can train the next generation of competitive freeskiers.

KC Gandee

Gould Academy Competition Program
Snowboard Program Director
B.A. Eastern Mennonite University
Boys’ Junior Varsity Soccer Coach

Bio

Coach Gandee brings over 15 years of experience to the Gould Academy Competition Program’s Snowboard Team. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, he earned a degree in management and organizational development, and later spent 10 years working at resorts including Stratton, Okemo, Killington, Northstar, and Sierra at Tahoe. Most recently, he was the Snowboard Program Director at Killington Mountain School in Vermont. Coach Gandee’s list of credentials is extensive. In addition to being on the AASI National Team from 2004 until 2008, he is Level III certified, an examiner for the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), and a USSA Level 300 SBX Coach and Level 200 Aerials coach. In his spare time, he also serves as the coach representative on the USASA Board of Directors. When not coaching (or preparing to coach), Coach Gandee spends time on the Hudson River Gorge in the Adirondacks as a whitewater rafting guide. He is an avid rock climber and loves exploring rivers and lakes with his wife, Courtney, and their two golden retrievers.

Greg Gilman

Marketing and Branding
University of Maine

Bio

Before coming to Gould, Mr. Gilman created documentaries and broadcast television edits featured on Maine PBS and NESN, and worked as a freelance graphic artist. At Gould his main focus is telling the story of the school visually, in support of Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Advancement. Off-campus, Mr. Gilman lives in Bethel with his wife, Jaime, his daughter, Parker, and son, Marshall. He enjoys trips to the coast, playing the piano, and cooking for his friends and family.

Christopher A. Gorycki

Head of School
B.S., Long Island University; M.A., Columbia University

Bio

Chris served as the Interim Head of School at Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for two years, and was Headmaster at Kent School in Chestertown, Maryland, from 2011-2016. From 2002-2011, he served as Middle School Head and Assistant Head of School at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

Chris began his teaching career at The Fenn School in 1987 and held several positions there over 15 years, including classroom teacher, advisor, ice hockey and lacrosse coach, and Director of Admission and Financial Aid.

He is originally from New York City and attended Salisbury School in Connecticut as a boarding student. He is a graduate of Long Island University, where he earned a B.S. in health and physical education, and Columbia University, where he earned an M.A. in educational leadership.

He and his wife, Cri-Cri, have been married for 27 years and have two children – Taylor, a daughter who recently graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and a son Christopher,  a student at High Point University in North Carolina.

“As soon as I stepped onto campus, it was clear to me that Gould is a special place,” says Gorycki. “I was moved by the polite and respectful demeanor of the students and impressed by their thoughtful questions and insightful comments. I appreciated their focus on inclusivity and social justice, two areas that I have learned a great deal about during my time at Cambridge Friends School. Great schools are great not solely because of their impressive facilities or challenging curriculum, but because of the committed members within the community. My wife Cri-Cri and I are very excited to be joining what we believe to be a great school.”

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Parker Gray ’97

Gap Year Head Alpine Coach
US Ski Team Coach 2015 to 2018

Bio

Head Coach and Gould alumnus Parker Gray ’97 leads the postgraduate GAP Year Alpine Program. Gray is a native of Newry, Maine, and spent three years with the U.S. Men’s Olympic and World Cup teams, serving as an Assistant and Strength Coach.

While Head Coach at KMS, Gray was named Vermont Coach of the Year. As an athlete, Gray was a two-time Junior Olympic Downhill Champion, SG Champion, and overall winner. He is also a member of the Gould Athletic Hall of Fame (2018).

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching the Men’s World Cup team. The experience of working with highly driven athletes and staff opened my eyes to the reality of what a highly motivated group can achieve. I hope to build on that experience at Gould and help our athletes achieve success.”  -Parker Gray ’97

 

Jin Greene

Administrative Assistant to Health Services
PGCE, University of Sunderland, U.K.
Gehring Dorm Parent

Bio

Ms. Greene came to Gould in 2014 after many years abroad. Born in Korea, she went onto study in England before working in Qatar, Korea and now Maine. Ms. Greene has held positions including an elementary classroom teacher and elementary program coordinator, and is now the Administrative Assistant of Gould Academy Health Services. A world traveller, she has been to nearly 50 countries and met her husband Mr. Kipp Greene, Gould’s Visual Arts Department Chair while working in Qatar. Their daughter, Clare, was born there in 2008, and their son, Xavier, was born in New York in 2011. The most recent addition to the Greene family is Podo, the family dog who came to live with them in 2014. The Greenes love being Gehring Dorm Parents, and being able to live with and work with all of the students on campus.

Kipp Greene

B.A. SUNY Purchase
M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
Arts Department Chair
Gehring Dorm Head
Baseball Coach

Bio

Mr. Greene grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley. He taught at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, for 15 years, five years on the home campus and 10 years on VCU’s campus in Qatar. Mr. Greene and his family then moved to South Korea, where he taught art and design at the Cheongna Dalton School. A practicing artist for more than 25 years, his work has been showcased in major galleries and international exhibitions including the Tashkent Biennial in Uzbekistan and the Summer Olympic Games Exhibition in Xi’an, China. He has been on the board of directors of major galleries and was the founding director of the BongDuk Foundation Gallery in Korea. He has traveled to over 35 different countries and experienced art and design in each of them. He has attended Documenta, Meunster Sculpture, and the Venice, Gwangju, and Singapore Biennials (to name a few). When not teaching, Mr. Greene enjoys re-discovering lost art, fishing, and baseball (though he doesn’t actually enjoy baseball…he’s a Mets fan). Mr. Greene and his wife, Jin, daughter, Clare, and son, Xavier, live on campus in the Gehring dorm.

Chris Hayward

Director of Experiential Learning
B.S. Saint Joseph’s College
Winter Outing Club
Holden Dorm Parent

Bio

Mr. Hayward comes to Gould Academy after working nearly 15 years with adolescents. His focus is wilderness therapy. Also a Registered Maine Guide, Ski Patroller, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and a local search and rescue team leader, he is passionate about programs that offer both adventure and the development of skills to Gould students.

Heather Hayward

Gould School Store Manager
B.S. St. Joseph’s College
Holden Dorm Resident

Bio

Originally from upstate New York, Ms. Hayward has been at Gould for three years. Before becoming the Gould School Store Manager, she was an elementary school teacher. In addition to her love for students, Ms. Hayward loves reading and learning about natural and alternative health and healing. She’s an animal lover, and enjoys tennis, yoga, traveling, and anything to do with being outside. Ms. Hayward is married to Mr. Chris Hayward, Gould’s Director of Experiential Learning, and together they have two sons, Tucker ‘16 and Luke ‘19.

 

Lauren Head

B.A. William Smith College
Visual Arts Teacher
Prep Alpine Ski Head Coach
Girls’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach

Bio

Ms. Head has a B.A. in studio art, more than 30 years of experience in art education, and is the founder and director of the Gould blacksmithing program. She has attended numerous workshops at institutions including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Center for Creative Imaging, The Carving Studio, and Sculpture Center and Peters Valley Craft Center. She has been responsible for coordinating workshops with visiting artists to support the art curriculum and the Sophomore Four Point Program. Her work has been commissioned for non-profit and private collections.

Ms. Head is an avid skier and former member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Team and a National Champion in Telemark Giant Slalom and Moguls. She is the Head Coach of Gould’s Prep Alpine Team and is a Level 3 nationally certified coach, and in the springtime is the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach. When not teaching or working in the studio, Mrs. Head is climbing mountains, skiing, tending to her rabbits and garden, and participating in outdoor activities with her husband, Robert Baribeau (boys’ head tennis coach), and son, Alexander ’21.

Dustin Holzweiss

Gould Academy Competition Program
Assistant Snowboard Coach

Bio

Coach Holzweiss graduated from Gould Academy in 2002 and has been giving back to the Gould community as a Weekend Coach for the past eight years. In 2014 Coach Holzweiss began coaching full-time student-athletes as the Development Coach, helping younger and developing riders have the most fun with the strongest foundation for skills improvement. Coach Holzweiss is USASA Level 200 certified with a slopestyle endorsement.

Bruce Johnston

Gould Academy Competition Program
Alpine Coach
Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach
B.A. University of Maine Farmington

Bio

A graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Ski Industries Program, Coach Johnston has a minor in alpine coaching and more than 20 years of full-time coaching. His experience ranges from grassroots club programs to prep schools to ski academies, including Stratton Mountain School, Killington Mountain School, and Bromley Outing Club. His vast experience working with a multitude of programs and age groups allows him to create a strong team atmosphere among athletes, coaches, and teachers. Coach Johnston’s high-energy approach and fun personality are always present on and off of the hill, and his coaching knowledge and philosophy keep athletes motivated to strive for excellence. He lives off campus with his wife, Kimmie, and daughters Reid and Maisy. When not on the hill, he is mountain biking, playing guitar, or fishing for striped bass.

Kimmie Johnston

Online School Store Manager

Bio
John Kimble

B.A. University of Southern Maine
Gould Academy Competition Program
Freestyle/Freeski Program Director
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

Coach Kimble has been Freestyle/Freeride skiing at Sunday River since the age of 6. After attending the University of Southern Maine, where he earned his athletic coaching certification, his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe, CA, where he skied for the Atomic Freeride Team. He moved back to Maine in 2003 to be closer to his family, friends, and home mountain, and has been coaching at Gould ever since. He has earned his ASEP, EMT, USASA Level II, USSA Level II Mogul, USSA Level III Aerials, and ISSA Strength and Conditioning and Youth Fitness certifications. He has chaired the USSA Eastern Freeskiing Division since 2010. When winter is over, you can still find Coach Kimble working with freestyle/freeride athletes in Gould’s fitness and trampoline training facilities, at the Lake Placid or Quebec training complexes, or on the Mount Hood glacier, coaching summer freestyle ski training camps. Mr. Kimble resides in Newry with his wife, Carrie, their son, Caleb, and daughter, Ellyn.

Naomi Kramer

Math Teacher
B.A., Plymouth State University

Bio

Ms. Kramer graduated from Plymouth State University this spring and majored in Mathematics with a concentration in secondary education. She was a four-year member of Plymouth State’s Women’s Soccer team and joins Gould’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer coaching staff. She is from Bow, New Hampshire.

Adam Leff

World Languages Department Chair
French Teacher
B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University/abD
Cross Country Running Head Coach
Nordic Coach
Cycling Coach

Bio

Mr. Leff is the Chair of the World Languages Department and teaches French language and culture, senior history electives, and is the Assistant Coach of the cross country and cycling teams. He graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College, earned his M.A. in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D./abD in French Civilization at Pennsylvania State University. Formerly a nationally ranked triathlete and semi-professional cyclist, Mr. Leff enjoys running, cycling, and outdoor activities in the mountains of Western Maine. He met his wife, fellow Gould French teacher, Lolo, while teaching and racing in France. They currently reside in Davidson Dormitory and have two children; Alexandra ‘15, Schuyler ‘17; and two dogs, Giuseppe and Wexy.

 

Lawrence Leff

French Teacher
Davidson Dorm Head

Bio

Born and raised in Montereau, France, Madame Leff is a teacher in the World Languages Department. She has been at Gould for 11 years sharing her passion and love for French language and culture in teaching beginner and intermediate levels of French. For the past 10 years, she has been Head of Davidson Dormitory where she lives with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Wexy. Outside of the classroom, most of Madame’s time is spent in the dormitory where she acts as a great resource for support and encouragement for the students living in her dorm. Madame Leff has two children, Alexandra ’15 and Schuyler ’17 who share in her family’s passion for all things French.

Brooke Libby

Director of College Counseling
B.A. Yale University
M.A. /abD Tufts University

Bio

Since graduating from Yale University in 1991 and Tufts University in 1996, Ms. Libby has taught in colleges and high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Utah. She brings a genuine love of language, students, and confidence in the promise of higher education to her role as a counselor. Married to English teacher and Director of the Skateboard Program, Mr. Dave Bean, Ms. Libby loves to cook bagels and latkes. From scratch! The Libby Beans live off campus with their three children: daughters, Zoe ’17, Lilo ’19, and son, Utah.

Dirk MacKnight

Visual Arts Teacher

Bio

Mr. MacKnight boasts over 35 years of experience as a professional photographer. Mr. MacKnight retired after 11 years of working in Marketing and Communications at Gould but wanted to continue to work with students in the classroom. He enjoys outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, camping, snowshoeing and flying his powered parachute in the mountains of western Maine. Mr. MacKnight has one son, Michael ‘10, and lives in nearby Andover, Maine.

Denise Manning

Dean of Students
English Department Chair
B.A. Simmons University

Bio

Mrs. Manning attended Simmons, where she earned a B.A. in English and education. She worked briefly in public schools before embracing the boarding school life. She has taught ninth, tenth, and twelfth graders, headed Davidson Hall, coached girls’ soccer, and led the RugRats Program. She enthusiastically supports Gould’s Four Point Program and the Advising Program, and serves as an advisor with her husband, history teacher Rob Manning. Sometimes, when she isn’t working with students, she has time to read and cook! They live on campus in the Hutchinson House with their dog, Mookie, who is a certified therapy dog. 

Robert Manning

B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.A. Tufts University
Dean of Community Life
History Teacher
Ski Patrol Program Co-Director

Bio

Mr. Manning has over 30 years of experience in the classroom. A gifted speaker, he is a dramatic presence in the classroom. His energetic discussions are engaging and can often be heard into the halls and nearby classrooms. Aside from being a dedicated and talented teacher, Mr. Manning is dedicated to the seven-day boarding school tradition where students come first, whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or in the dormitory. When not teaching Mr. Manning can be found on the mountain with the Ski Patrol Program, teaching students the ins and outs of mountain operations and wilderness medicine. He lives on campus in the Hutchinson House with his wife, Denise, and their campus therapy dog, Mookie. Their son, Alec ’14 played baseball at Kenyon College.

James McLaughlin

Performing Arts Program Chair
B.S. Music Education
Plymouth State College
Director of the Distance Learning Program
Fall Play/Spring Musical

Bio

Born  and raised in Cincinnati, Mr. McLaughlin moved to New Hampshire in the eighth grade. Graduating  from Plymouth State College in 1988, he won the Granite State Piano Competition that same year. He has been involved in music education for over 25 years as a private piano/theory teacher and clinician, and has spent many years performing as a freelance jazz/rock pianist and vocalist throughout the United States, including New England and New York City. At Gould, Mr. McLaughlin has directed both the band and choral programs, worked as the technical director in Gould’s fall theater productions, and directed the pit band in the spring musicals. He is an advisor and teaches music in the classroom, including classes in Jazz History and Music Technology.  Through a partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, he oversees the distance learning program. Still active as a performer, Mr.McLaughlin  brings his passion for live music to his students. He lives in West Bethel with his two children, Tarin ’16 and Finnian ’20.

Beth McWilliams

Chief Financial Officer
M.B.A Robert Morris University
B.A. Gannon University
Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

Bio

Ms. McWilliams began her career in public accounting, entered the school world as the Controller for Sewickley Academy, and was the Chief Financial Officer for Tesseract School and Hillside School. She had one diversion from private school life when she served as the CFO for a land development company.

At Gould Coach McWilliams serves as the Assistant Girls Basketball Coach in addition to managing the finances and budget and human resources compliance. She also oversees all of our staff departments including business, facilities, dining, school store, business development and technology.  Chairmanship or membership of committees includes finance, audit, financial aid, buildings and grounds, and investment.

“My career has been shaped by a deep-rooted appreciation for independent education coupled with a proclivity for business operations and finance. During my many years in education, it has been distinctly rewarding to extend myself beyond the business offices I have occupied to take on teaching and coaching opportunities, to live on campus, and to enjoy the unique benefits being a part of a school community allows.”

Her interests beyond the office include basketball, gardening, kayaking, hiking, biking and farming. Beth lives on campus with her wife, Elizabeth, and their twins.

Deb Menezes

Benefits and Payroll Manager
A.A.S. Chamberlayne College
B.S. Husson College

Bio

Prior to joining Gould Academy’s Business Office as the Benefits and Payroll Manager, Ms. Menezes worked for W.H. Shurtleff, L.L.Bean (while juggling responsibilities as stay at home mom!), Bushmaster Firearms, and most recently St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Today, when not in the office, Ms. Menezes lives in nearby Harrison with her husband and their son, George ’18, and cat, Bossa Nova. The Menezes’ also have two working sons – one who is a graduate of Champlain College in Burlington and another from Maine Maritime Academy. When not keeping up with her boys, Ms. Menezes enjoys being outside, especially if it involves skiing, boating, hiking, or running.

Heidi Modr

Music Teacher
B.Mus., Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Artist Diploma, The Juilliard School
Masters in Music Ed., Royal Conservatory of the Hague

Bio

Heidi Modr has enjoyed a lifetime of involvement in music performance both playing and teaching. She was educated in violin performance with a minor in pedagogy at the Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School where she studied under Dorothy Delay. Heidi has enjoyed an extensive performing career in New York City garnering two favourable New York Times reviews. In addition to solo and chamber music performances, she has played for many years in The Orchestra of St Luke’s, The American Composer’s Orchestra and has repeatedly toured the Far East with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Teaching has always played a major role in her musical life. Heidi earned her teaching diploma at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. She taught at the Concordia Conservatory in New York and has most recently taught at the International School of the Hague where she conducted both the choir and orchestra. Heidi believes in the important role music has in society and has enjoyed seeing the pride of accomplishment that playing an instrument gives in her students. She has seen time and again the benefits music performance can bring to students overall happiness, confidence and discipline. Heidi is an avid tennis player and outdoor sports enthusiast.

Peter “Pete” Moses

Director of the English Studies Program
B.A., Denison University

Bio

Mr. Moses joins the Gould faculty and community after spending eight years at Brewster Academy as an English Language Teacher and International Student Coordinator. With a B.A. in English Literature from Denison University, he spent several years teaching English in Japan at Miyazaki Municipal University and Minami Kyushu Junior College. He and his wife, Megumi “Meg”, and their two sons are living in Garden House. Their older son, Tim (16), will continue at Brewster, and younger son, Andy (10), will be a fifth grader at CPS. Their family includes their beloved Beagle dog-daughter, Missy (7). With a passion for improv and theater, Pete will be a welcomed addition to the Performing Arts Co-Curricular program at Gould.

Matt Murphy

Computer Science
Information Technologies

Bio
Caroline Murphy

English Teacher
B.A., St Lawrence University

Bio

Ms. Murphy did a one year teaching internship at the Community School in Ketchum, Idaho. She has been teaching English and coaching soccer and basketball for the past two years at the Rectory School in Connecticut. A native of Massachusetts and an alum of Tabor Academy, she is well versed in boarding school and New England living. Passionate about the outdoors, she enjoys and has led trips in kayaking, backcountry hiking and camping. Caroline will be living in Gehring Hall.

Alec Newell ’88

History Teacher
B.A. Hobart William and Smith
Golf Head Coach
Boys’ Varsity Baseball Coach
Day Student Advisor

Bio

Mr. Newell grew up on campus as the son of Mr. Charlie Newell, the legendary Gould teacher, coach, and dorm head. Now as a faculty member (and 1988 Gould grad), he has a knack for finding the story in any historic moment and making that story come alive for his students. Before Gould, he taught at Telstar High School, the regional high school here in Bethel, where he was named “Teacher of the Year” by their student council in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Mr. Newell served as the Athletic Director and English/History teacher at Kents Hill School for eight years, where he was honored with Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year” in 2000 by the Central Maine Newspapers. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, sports collectibles, and playing the harmonica. Mr. Newell lives off campus with his wife, Lynn, a local primary school educator, and their two daughters, Caroline ’20 and Emma.

Craig Niiler

Gould Academy Competition Program
Weekend Program Coordinator
U14 Alpine Coach

Bio

Coach Niiler began teaching and coaching in the Franconia Ski School at Cannon Mountain in 1982. From there he moved to King Pine ski area, where he stayed for 28 years as their Ski School Director, Terrain Parks Supervisor, and Race Team Head Coach. During this time the King Pine Race Team became known as “small but mighty,” producing numerous athletes who made post-season appearances at Eastern and Can-Am Championships, and even a National Championship event. Coach Niiler is PSIA Level 3 certified, USSA certified, and is a former member of the PSIA Eastern Development Team and Education Staff.

Laurin Parker ’94

Academic Skills Teacher
B.A. Elmira College
Assistant Boys’ JV Lacrosse Coach
Farm and Forest

Bio

Laurin Parker teaches in the Academic Skills Program. He has coached JV lacrosse and currently works with the Farm and Forest Program. Laurin spent five years in public education in Northern and Western Maine as a high school english teacher and in work within alternative education.  Laurin grew up in Patten, ME. He plays saxophone, hikes, and is a passionate advocate of the outdoors. He rows a drift boat, guiding fly fishing clients on the Androscoggin River each summer. Laurin and his wife Erin, live on campus in Vogt House with their two daughters Elsa and Emily.

Colin Penley

B.A. Middlebury College
Associate Dean of Students
History Teacher/World Languages Teacher
Holden Hall Dorm Head

Fall Drama Director

Bio
Mr. Penley, a Bethel almost-native, loves living in this beautiful corner of the world. A teacher in the History and World Languages departments, who also works in the Dean of Students Office, he is excited to work with students in a wide variety of settings. He loves to travel and tries to use every chance he gets to see new places, experience new cultures, and learn a little more about the world in which we live. He has traveled to China many times, both for personal study of language and teaching pedagogy and as a leader with students. Mr. Penley also runs Holden Hall, one of the two boys’ dormitories on campus. In addition to his work as a teacher, dorm parent, and advisor, he helps direct the fall theater production. He has lived in a dormitory continuously for more than half of his life, having first lived in a dorm at age 14.
Victoria “Tori” Reagan

Athletic Trainer
B.S., Ithaca College

Bio

Ms. Reagan worked at Hebron Academy last year and treated many Gould student-athletes there at games as well as here for a short stint in the winter, when she helped cover during Tim Andrew’s absence. Her interest for athletic training developed when she attended Medway High School, playing soccer and tennis. She ski raced at Mount Snow in Vermont, where her family has skied for years. She will live in Gehring with her goldendoodle, Oakley.  

Julie Reiff

Director of Marketing & Communications
B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

Bio

Ms. Reiff served as the Director of Communications at the Taft School in Connecticut for 26 years. She has spent the last few years as a freelance writer and journalism teacher. She studied English Literature at Wesleyan, and European History at Mount Holyoke, with a minor in French. She will work closely with Mr. Gilman and with the Advancement and Admissions teams. 

Jay Riley

English Teacher
B.A. Bates College
M.B.A. Northwestern University
Winter Outing Club
Road Cycling Head Coach

Bio

Mr. Riley first imagined teaching after an inspiring experience in 11th grade English at The Noble & Greenough School. Graduating from Bates College, he then earned a  M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Mr. Riley studied in Avignon and Paris, France for parts of both college and graduate school. His 30-year business career included over 20 years in the medical device industry, initially as a company owner and ending as the chief executive officer of a New Hampshire subsidiary of The Roche Group of Basel, Switzerland. He enjoys helping students learn the real-world benefits of learning to read and think well so they can write clearly and persuasively. Mr. Riley is an enthusiastic skier and cyclist, has climbed a variety of peaks in the French and Swiss Alps, and has enjoyed ski mountaineering trips including the Haute Route and the Shackleton Traverse across South Georgia Island. He served on Gould’s Board of Trustees from 2003-2010, chaired Gould’s 2006 Strategic Planning Committee, and delivered Gould’s commencement address in 2011. Two of his three children graduated from Gould.

Betsy Riley

Academic Skills Teacher
B.A. University of Colorado
C.C. Connecticut Culinary School
Tennis JV Boys’ Coach

Bio

Mrs. Riley comes to Gould describing herself as an everyday adventurer and life-long learner. A graduate of the Ethel Walker School, the University of Colorado, Connecticut Culinary School and school of personal interest and pursuit, she enjoys finding herself in new places, exchanging information with others, supporting the greater good, and watching people learn about themselves as learners. Mrs. Riley entered her first teaching classroom on the ski slope at the age of 14 and continues to coach the Learn to Ski program at Gould. Stepping into her second classroom, she mixed concept, procedure, and good taste with eager culinary students over a hot griddle. Finding a true classroom with walls and spirit lured Mrs. Riley and for the last many, many years, that’s where she’s been. She currently works in the Academic Skills Department, supporting learning strategies and self-guiding concepts with young adults.  Additionally, she coaches JV Boys’ Tennis. Mrs. Riley avidly rides her bike, skis uphill and down, cooks with passion, and enjoys traveling with Mr. Riley, who also works at Gould. She is mom to Carly ‘13 and Tate ‘15.

Alec Rosenberg

Freestyle Coach

Bio

Coach Rosenberg grew up skiing at Sunday River and with the Gould Academy Competition Program, starting off in the alpine race program and later switching to freestyle at the age of 12. A graduate of Gould Academy, he competed in mogul skiing before studying at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he continued to pursue his love for freestyle/freeride skiing. The same internal drive the pushed Coach Rosenberg as a student-athlete now helps him to be a great coach.

Stacey Sandvoss

Advancement Coordinator
B.A. Eastern Connecticut State University

Bio

As the Advancement Coordinator, Ms. Sandvoss’s primary focus is providing strong administrative support to the advancement team through project, event, and database management. When not working on an event, an appeal, capital project, or campaign, she actively volunteers in the community. Ms. Sandvoss lives near campus with her husband, Robert, and two children, Avery ’13 and Ana ’18. Together, the family enjoys many of the areas outdoor recreational activities.

Brett Shifrin

Mathematics Department Co-Chair
B.S. Miami University
B.A. Miami University
Certified Financial Education
Prep Snowboarding Coach
Road Cycling Coach
Director of Ninth Grade Program
Advising Team Leader

Bio

Mr. Shifrin teaches mathematics at Gould and lives on campus with his wife, Ms. Sara Shifrin, Director of the IDEAS Center, their daughter, Mia ’19, and son, Eli. As the Director of the Ninth Grade Program, he has created and implemented a program that enables each ninth-grade student to transition to Gould life and become a valued member of the community. Each student is recognized by students and faculty for who he or she is and who they want to become. As an experienced mathematics educator, Mr. Shifrin developed his own algebra utilizing an online content presenter, Heymath, to create a course of study that allows each student to learn at a pace and level that best suits their ability and need. He has also developed a course on financial literacy for seniors called Mathematics of Finance that integrates the principles of personal finance and mathematics to help students evaluate and make informed financial decisions. Mr. Shifrin has a great interest in the outdoors and utilizing experiential educational opportunities to help students understand how an individual can grow and impact a group. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Shifrin is passionate about soccer, holding a National B License from the United States Soccer Federation, which he used to coach at an elite level within the Olympic Development Program in Maine and New England.

Sara Shifrin ’88

Director of the Marlon Family IDEAS Center
B.A. St. Michael’s College
M.A. Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College
Apple Distinguished Educator
Maine State Librarian Hall of Excellence – STEAM Leader

Bio

Ms. Shifrin is an innovator and epitomizes what it means to be a lifelong learner. As a 1988 Gould graduate, she learned first-hand the benefits of living in a community that focuses on opportunity and growth. Early on in her career she led the English Studies Program and then developed a passion for teaching English. In her tenure as department chair, she opened the first high school Writing Center in the state of Maine. Her dedication to cultivating student curiosity has led her to two new positions at Gould: managing the newly renovated library and directing the IDEAS Center. Although her focus has shifted away from the English classroom, she continues to teach students a process of mindfulness, and fosters their creativity in the IDEAS Center and while researching in the library. Ms. Shifrin lives on campus with her husband, Mr. Brett Shifrin, math teacher, coach, and director of the Ninth Grade Program, their daughter, Mia ’19, who has a passion for the rights of girls in the world, and son, Eli, who has a flock of hens and encourages the family to learn Swahili.

Todd Siekman

B.A. Bowdoin College
M.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Science Teacher
Fall Outing Club
Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach

Bio

Mr. Siekman began his teaching career in at Cushing Academy and came to Gould in 1998. He has taught for more than 30 years, including chemistry, biology, physics, and marine science at Gould. He is a nearly lifelong coach and has coached basketball for girls and boys for over 20 years. He leads the Fall Outing Club and is the head girls’ basketball coach. Mr. Siekman and his wife, Kara, live on campus and have three children, Gould classes of ’07, ’09, ’22. In his spare time, he is a licensed boat captain, SCUBA diver, avid sailor, and long-distance swimmer, who keeps busy building a second home in Islesboro, Maine.

Kurt Simard

Gould Academy Competition Program
Director of On-Snow Programs
B.S. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Simard brings a versatile coaching perspective to Gould, having worked with gifted athletes of all ages, from the junior development level to Division I collegiate level to placement on the U.S. Ski Team. During his eight-year tenure as Head Coach for the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Women’s Alpine Team, he coached the Wildcat Women to an NCAA National Giant Slalom Championship in 2006 and the entire Alpine Team to a second-place overall finish that same year. His athletes also attained an impressive 19 All-American Award honors as well as placements to the U.S. Ski Team.

Originally hailing from Auburn, Maine Coach Simard grew up ski racing. He participating in the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Program, graduated from Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, and captained the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Men’s Alpine Team. After college he began his coaching career at Sunday River with Gould Academy.  A testament to the relationships that he is known for establishing with his athletes, Coach Simard has had the unique experience of coaching several athletes at Gould and then as collegiate athletes at University of New Hampshire. Several of his former athletes have since come to Gould and coached under his leadership. Noted for his enthusiastic love of athletics and ability to lead, his accomplishments have been recognized by his peers as he has been twice named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Coach of the Year (2005 and 2006). In 2007, Coach Simard’s return to Gould was both a homecoming and milestone. He met his wife, Lauren, at Sunday River, and together they have three daughters: Madeline ’16, Cameron, and Sophie.

Tyler Snowe

On-Snow Admissions Coordinator
U-14 Coach
B.S. University of Southern Maine

Bio

A native of Auburn, Maine, and a former athlete in the Gould Academy weekend program, Coach Snowe has had a lifelong passion for ski racing. He began sharing his love for the sport as a coach in the GACP Weekend Program and has been an asset to our coaching staff for over a decade. He also helps guide aspiring snow sport athletes through the admissions process as part of the Admissions team. Coach Snowe graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies, and his coaching approach is anchored by principles of team development, which resonates well with our athletes. Coach Snowe lives in Bethel with his wife, Courtney.  When he is not on the hill, he enjoys golfing and spending time on the water in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine.

Courtney Snowe

Associate Director of Advancement
University of Maine, Farmington

Bio

Mrs. Snowe joined Gould as the Associate Director of Advancement in July 2018. Courtney brings with her a diverse skill set developed from her years of experience in multiple professional positions. Most recently she worked as the Director of Competition and Events at Mt. Abram where she was in charge of development and operations of the Competitive Alpine Racing and Kids All Mountain Programs. Prior to and during her tenure at Mt. Abram, Mrs. Snowe worked in the field of Early Childhood Education as both a teacher and program development manager. While working with young children Mrs. Snowe focused on integrating curriculums with a focus on the whole person, creative thought, and active lifestyles. Mrs. Snowe is excited to join the Advancement Team and looks forward to bringing her passion for development, event planning, and relationship building to Gould.

Growing up in Maine has provided the foundation for Mrs. Snowe’s love of the outdoors and natural world. She is passionate about maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and loves everything Maine has to offer from the snow covered mountains to the sea. When not working, Mrs. Snowe can often be found skiing, running, training in the gym, or enjoying the coastal waters.

Mrs. Snowe lives in Bethel with her husband, Tyler Snowe, On-Snow Admissions Coordinator and U14 Alpine Coach and their daughter, Teagan.

 

Peter Southam

Science Department Chair
Science Teacher
B.A. Dartmouth College
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

Mr. Southam teaches General Biology, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. His teaching career began in 1988 at The Gunnery School; he later taught at Phillips Exeter Academy. Since coming to Gould in 2002, he has been a student favorite. His mad scientist personality paired with his witty sense of humor create engaging labs and lectures. In 2013 he was chosen the Outstanding Biology Teacher in the state of Maine by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Mr. Southam has served as a reader for the College Board AP exam in Biology since 1999, is an active member of the Bethel community who began building a house in Bethel in 1990, was elected to the Bethel Board of Selectmen in 2012, is a member of the Mahoosuc Pathways board, an organization committed to the development of recreational trails in the Bethel area, and is treasurer of the Bethel Outing Club.

The Head Cycling Coach for the mountain bike team, he has a Category 2 license from USA cycling and personally placed third at USA Nationals for category 3 mountain biking in 2013. Mr. Southam lives off campus in the home he built with his wife, Sarah Southam, a Chemistry and Physics teacher at Telstar High School. They have two children: a daughter, Sam ’12, and son, Max ’16.

Christopher Sparks

B.A., University of Southern Maine
Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement

Bio
Chris has spent a 19-year career working with families and students at the university and independent school levels. Prior to his re-arrival at Gould, he spent time as the Director of Advancement at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, and also at his alma mater, Wilbraham and Monson Academy, as Director of Admissions and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach. As a collegiate men’s basketball coach, he spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University, Brown University, and the University of New England. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, he served for three years as a middle school special education teacher in the Portland, Maine, public school system. Chris attended the University of Southern Maine, and holds a certificate from the Lily School of Philanthropy in Non-Profit Fundraising.
He and his wife, Leah, and children Keenan, Cuyler, Ruby, and Christopher Jr. are so thankful to be a part of the Gould community.
Katie Stack

B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.S. University of New England
Humanities Department Chair
Ski Patrol Program Coach
Director of the Tenth Grade Program/Seminar
Advising Team Leader

Bio

Mrs. Stack teaches 10th grade West and the World and 11th grade U.S. History. She also manages the Tenth Grade Seminar Program, which focuses on supporting students as they transition into young adults, using service learning as the vehicle to encourage their understanding of the bigger world and their place in the Gould community. In all of Mrs. Stack’s classes and programs, her goal is to seamlessly incorporate technology, differentiation, the writing process, and focused discussion methods as part of the core curriculum. In addition to teaching, she is an advisor and facilitates the Ski Patrol Program. Mrs. Stack lives off campus with her husband, Brian, their daughter, Gwen, and son, Preston. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, knitting, and escaping to the coast in the summer.

Kristina Stevens

Director of Academic Skills Program
B.A. Montana State University
M.S. University of Southern Maine
Girls’ Softball Head Coach

Bio

Ms. Stevens grew up in southern Maine in the town of Wells, and after graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, returned to Maine to pursue a teaching career. While teaching special education at Gorham High School, she earned her M.S. in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine. Most recently, Ms. Stevens was the special services coordinator at Fryeburg Academy along with their dorm head, junior varsity girls soccer coach, and softball coach. At Gould, Ms. Stevens is the Director of the Academic Skills Program. Beyond the classroom Ms. Stevens’ lives an active lifestyle training and participating in sprint triathlons and alpine skiing. A champion relaxer as well, she knits, reads, and follows all sports.. Ms. Stevens lives on campus with her husband, Laddie Stevens. Her father, Stephen L. Smith, is a Gould alum from the class of ’58.

Tara Whiton

Dean of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
PhD East Tennessee State University
M.S. Montana State University, Bozeman
B.S. University of Southern Maine
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Sport Nutritionist
Certified Exercise Physiologist

Bio

Dr. Tara Whiton holds her PhD in Sport Performance and Physiology from the Center of Excellence for Sports Science and Coach Education at East Tennessee State University where she has done extensive research on the intricacies of athlete development and performance. She has worked with the best track and field, cross country, and Nordic skiing athletes around the country in both the NCAA and NAIA at schools such as King University, Milligan College, Montana State University, and Bowdoin College and has been successful at helping these athletes develop their talent through strength and nutrition training interventions. Tara is a passionate coach—both for athletes and fellow coaches—who loves helping everyone, regardless of talent, reach their full potential. She also holds a Master’s degree in exercise science and nutrition from Montana State University and completed her bachelors at the University of Southern Maine. Tara and her husband Tim Whiton ’05, a Nordic skiing coach, live in Bethel. When she is not in the weight room or roving the mountains of western Maine, Tara enjoys cooking, picking wildflowers, and reading non-fiction.

Tim Whiton ’05

Gould Academy Competition Program
Nordic Program Director
B.A. Bates College; M.A., Montana State University

Bio
Tim Whiton brings to Gould Academy’s Nordic team a wealth of experience working with athletes at all levels of the sport. Tim has coached NCAA Division I programs at Montana State University, Bowdoin College, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle as well as privately worked with professional athletes skiing independently or with clubs such as Bridger Ski Foundation and Auburn Ski Club. Tim has been fortunate to work with six NCAA All-Americans, one NCAA individual champion, dozens of NCAA and Junior Nationals competitors, several US Nationals and Super Tour podium finishers, and two athletes who skied at the 2018 Olympics. Tim also formerly coached Gould’s Nordic team from 2011-2012 and is looking forward to bringing his knowledge back to Gould to help skiers of all abilities reach their goals, have fun, and experience the unique cultures and places of Nordic skiing.

 

Tim is a 2005 Gould graduate and raced at Bates College and semi-professionally post-college. He is a passionate believer in helping young people understand and trust the process of development and wants to see his former athletes being successful and enjoying their athletic lives far beyond their time at Gould. Success at this comes from blending life, academics, and athletics together and bringing a young person’s other interests onto the ski trails and skiing into other parts of their lives. Tim tries to epitomize this in his own life: he holds a Master’s degree in history and philosophy from Montana State University and is doing Ph.D. studies through the University of Maine on the history of defunct ski mountains in New England and eastern Canada. While he lives and breathes skinny-ski skiing, Tim also loves most other endurance sports, especially ones involving time in the mountains with his wife Tara.
Tracey Wilkerson

Spanish Teacher
B.A. Middlebury College
Director of Farm and Forest Program
Spring Outing Club

Bio

Ms. Wilkerson has taught at Gould since 2002. Prior to Gould, she led wilderness expeditions for adolescents and adults with Outward Bound in Maine, Canada, and Minnesota. She also traveled extensively throughout the Spanish speaking world, teaching Spanish to high school and middle school students. In addition to teaching Spanish at Gould, Ms. Wilkerson can often be found at school barn where she directs Gould’s Farm and Forest Program and directs the school’s Veterinary Science Summer Camp. A lifelong animal lover and a committed equestrian, she has a passion for teaching traditional skills and including the use of draft horses and forestry management. Ms. Wilkerson serves as Gould’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and mentors the student club, Gould Goes Green. Ms. Wilkerson and her husband, Mr. Pete Hedden, Dean of Community Life, and their two children live in the home they built just off campus.

Rebecca Winsor

Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admissions
B.A. Dickinson College

Bio

Ms. Winsor grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of Dickinson College, where she studied Economics and American Studies. Her passion for education and student experience led her to Gould, where she’s excited to be Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admissions. Ms. Winsor lives in Gehring Dorm, with her pup Remi. In her free time, you can find her hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Kaz Yamada

U-14 Winter Term Alpine Coach
U-16 Weekend Program Head Coach
B.A. New England College
M.A. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Yamada began teaching and coaching in the Pat’s Peak Ski School in 1979. From there, he moved to several NH Ski Areas and moved to Sunday River in late ’90s. He started to coach with the Gould Competition Program’s weekend program in 2000 and coached all age groups. Coach Yamada is a former PSIA Level 3 certified and Eastern Dev Team member, USSA certified. He also coaches high school, college, and premier-level soccer and lacrosse while he is off snow.

Meghan Young

Science and Math Teacher
Farm & Forest Coordinator
Outing Club
B.S., University of New Hampshire

Bio
Ms. Young is a New England native who grew up exploring the lakes and woods of New Hampshire. Prior to Gould, she taught environmental science, health, and math at Stratton Mountain School, worked as a small, diversified farm owner and farm hand in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and served with AmeriCorps in Vermont focusing on food justice, farm-to-school programming, and farming with youth. Ms. Young loves being outside and enjoys running, hiking, skiing (cross country and alpine!), backpacking, and mountain biking. She lives on campus with her pup, Summit.

 

Ajay Zutshi

B.A., Harvard University; J.D., Washington University School of Law
Math Teacher

Bio

Mr. Zutshi teaches upper-level mathematics at Gould, including AP Calculus and AP Statistics. He is a dorm parent in Davidson Hall and is the advisor for both Model United Nations and Yearbook. He also coaches the Math Club Team in various regional and national math contests.

Prior to Gould, he ran his own tutoring business in Boston, specializing in test prep and mathematics, including college-level calculus and statistics. Before that, he had a career in law and in financial services, having worked as a corporate attorney and, prior to law school,  an actuary.

Mr. Zutshi is a graduate of Belmont Hill near Boston. In college, he taught math for Belmont Hill’s summer school program, and later at a Mary Institute and St Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in Missouri, where he also coached wrestling and football.

He studied Applied Mathematics at Harvard and received his law degree from Washington University in St Louis. He joined the faculty at Gould in 2018.