Ms. Alford has been teaching in the mathematics department at Gould for more than 20 years. Before arriving at Gould, she spent a year in Tel Aviv, Israel, traveling, studying, and teaching vector calculus at Tel Aviv University under a program run by the University of New Haven. A passionate world traveler, Ms. Alford spent the 2009-10 school year teaching mathematics for School Year Abroad in Zaragoza, Spain. Her many passions include reading, baking, traveling, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Doug, and their two children, Ben ’18 and Chaia.
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.
Ms. Andreozzi has been teaching since 1978 and brings vast expertise in understanding various learning styles and determining the appropriate accommodations and modifications to ensure student success. Prior to Gould, she worked in a private country day school providing academic support for students with a variety of learning profiles. She consulted with admissions and was responsible for reviewing educational evaluations to determine best teaching practices. Outside the Gould community, Ms. Andreozzi is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Maine Women’s Fund and is an active volunteer for a program in Guatemala called Safe Passage. She lives in Portland, Maine and has four children (and a son-in-law and daughter-in-law): Jessica, Sarah, Rocky and Samantha. Her family has grown with the additions of her grandsons, Dusty and Jax. She loves Maine winters and is passionate about doing everything and anything outdoors.
Mrs. Aron is the Gift Accountant and Administrative Assistant for Development and Alumni Relations. Want an event date, reservation, or message relayed? Mrs. Aron can help you get prompt answers to those questions and more. She and her husband, John, live in Upton, Maine where they raised two daughters. Outside of Gould she serves on the Upton board of Selectmen and has one cat named Garfield, as well as a beagle named Sophie. Mrs. Aron enjoys spending time with family and working on the house that she and her husband designed and built.
A fourth-generation native of Bethel, Ms. Autrey guides each Gould family through the admissions process, from the initial request for information, through enrollment. Her knowledge of Gould and the Bethel community enhances her position when answering questions and dispensing local lore. She and her husband, Randy, a former Gould aeronautics teacher, are often seen cruising through town in one of their classic cars.
Mr. Ayotte is Gould’s Maker-in-Residence –– a project manager whose goal is to help students bring their prototypes to reality in the Marlon Family IDEAS Center. With his A.S. in Computer Technology, not to mention a breadth of experience which he used to pursue a career in systems administration and integration, Mr. Ayotte has designed and built a number of CNC robots ranging from 3D printers to CNC Mills. What began as a hobby has now blossomed into a career in which he loves to share his skills and expertise with like-minded students and faculty. Prior to Gould, Mr. Ayotte worked at Seeds of Peace with international campers. His passion for technology and working with kids is only rivaled by his love of the outdoors and adventures in the Maine woods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew‘s first introduction to boarding schools was when he began his high school experience at The Groton School. These transformative four years shaped Andrew‘s life and immediately after graduation from Hobart College, he started his career in independent schools as an English teacher at Cushing Academy.
Before Gould, Andrew spent nine years at Berwick Academy serving as their Director of Admission and Financial Aid. During his time at Berwick, Andrew was part of the English department, coached lacrosse and hockey, was a member of the school’s diversity initiatives, and named Co-Chair of BA’s NEASC Self-Study team, and appointed the advisor for the class of 2013.
Professionally, he has attended numerous conferences about diversity and inclusivity, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the work of John Steinbeck and asked to share his findings at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference. Andrew has also presented at NAIS’s SSS and SSATB’s national conferences. In 2009, he was accepted to the Klingenstein Summer Institute.
In 2010, Andrew completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University. At Columbia, Andrew worked with Harlem Academy’s Admission Office developing new methods of applicant assessment based on research conducted at UPenn, Stanford, and Columbia’s schools of education. In collaboration with others, Andrew crafted a new admissions policy for Harlem Academy that placed a greater value on noncognitive skills such as character, family partnership, resilience, and desire to learn over the traditional indicators of academic success.
Kyle graduated from Connecticut College in 2004, where she majored in History and earned a minor in Spanish. While at Connecticut she also played lacrosse, ice hockey, and soccer and rowed for the crew team.
She joined the Gould community with her husband, Andrew, in the fall of 2016. Prior to Gould, Kyle worked for eleven years at Berwick Academy. While there, she taught Spanish, was the Sophomore Grade Dean, and coached a variety of sports.
Kyle is excited to work as part of the Gould community and share her love of lacrosse each Spring. When not coaching lacrosse, Kyle is taking care of her and Andrew’s two young children and loves spending time trail running with her dog, Synner around Bethel.
Coach Breton was born, raised, and still resides in nearby Rumford, Maine with his son. A dedicated rider, Coach Breton works construction in the summer months, which allows him to train and snowboard full-time in the winter. A veteran rider, Coach Breton has been snowboarding for over 20 years––15 of which he has enjoyed here at our home mountain, Sunday River. A former pro rider for Sunday River and ASC, he has competed all over the country and is no stranger to the media side of the snowboarding world, having been involved with photography, filming, and directing and editing for well over a decade. If you’re looking for Coach Breton, his office is out on the slopes with our competitive team, enjoying the sport and mountain with like-minded friends.
Mr. Candura joined Gould as Director of Advancement in July of 2012 to oversee all alumni and parent relations, and fundraising, including annual fund and major gifts. Prior to Gould, he worked for six years in development at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Mr. Candura has also worked for the State of Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County in Fort Collins, Colorado.
He and his wife, Leanne, both avid runners, live with their two children, Olive and Asher, and their dog, Tippy, on-campus in the Kailey House. Mr. Candura and his family enjoy spending time together outside, taking advantage of all the Bethel area has to offer: trail running, hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, and swimming. Born and raised outside of Boston, he is a die-hard Boston sports fan.
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.
Mr. Chase is Gould Academy’s Director of Technology and Chair of the Computer Science Department. He came to Gould with over a decade’s 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 close to campus with his wife, Darcy, daughter, Isabel ’20, and son, Alexander.
Aramy teaches chemistry and physics and coaches the road and mountain biking teams. He found his way to Gould in 2016 through a circuitous path. After earning his chemistry degree from Cornell University, he promptly spent the better portion of the following decade leading wilderness expeditions, working as a climbing guide, and chasing winter while migrating seasonally between Minnesota, Colorado, California, and Vermont. Later, Aramy explored classroom teaching at a therapeutic school and a ski academy before finding a home at Gould. He loves the natural beauty of western Maine and appreciates the school’s emphasis on learning through experience. Outside of the classroom, you can find Aramy on the single-track trails around Bethel, volunteering with the Mt Washington Ski Patrol in Tuckerman Ravine, or buried in a book.
Dr. Clarke has been teaching at Gould for over 15 years. Prior to Gould he was a visiting instructor at Mount Holyoke College, a teaching assistant at Brandeis University and Harvard University, and a research assistant at Harvard. At Gould, Dr. Clarke’s many classes include AP Government and AP United States History. He loves trail running, Nordic skiing, playing baseball, his record collection, house painting, the Bethel Outing Club (he is the former president), and coaching youth sports. The rest of the time is spent catching his breath. Dr. Clarke and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Bethel and have four children: Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Livy ‘19.
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.
Coach Connell joined Gould after spending 15 years as the 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 which were Gould alumni.
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.
Mrs. Connell joined Gould as Director of Alumni and Parent Relations 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.
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.
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.
As the Associate Head of School Mrs. Donovan oversees the daily operations and well-being of Gould Academy — a role that comes naturally to her. She first came to the Gould community in 1980 as a nurse and served as the Director of Health Services for 25 years before moving into her current administrative role. A member of the Senior Administrative Team, Mrs. Donovan leads the Deans Council, the Innovative Leadership Team, and the Advising Counseling Team. She also oversees the Advisory Program, teaches psychology, and works closely with students, faculty, and staff. For Mrs. Donovan, Gould’s people, place, and programs come first and foremost.
She and her husband, Neil, live on campus where they raised their four sons, Patrick ’01, Emmett ’02, Finnian ’05, and Marty ’08. When not working (which is rare!) she loves to travel and explore and have fun with her friends and family.
Ms. Doyon came to Gould after teaching World History, Psychology and Current Events at Penquis Valley High School in Milo, Maine. A former student-athlete, Ms. Doyon spent her youth skiing at Sugarloaf, and went on to race for her high school and college teams. Still a lover of winter, she has traded her days of setting downhill records for the enjoyment of the uphill climb of backcountry skiing (which is also followed by some downhill bliss). When not teaching in the classroom or on the slopes through Maine Adaptive or on the turf field for field hockey, Ms. Doyon spends Maine’s warmer months cycling, swimming with her two daughters, or baking, fishing, and traveling. Ms. Doyon lives in Bethel with her husband, Joel, their two girls, Gabby and Maggie, and their dog, Baxter.
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.
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.
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.
Coach Fisher has been coaching and teaching skiing for nearly 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. Now at Gould Academy, Coach Fisher heads up the U19 Women’s Alpine Program, coaching both FIS and USSA student-athletes. When off the hill, she enjoys running, mountain biking, 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.
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.
Miss Gadd is a 2004 graduate of Gould Academy and received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Colby-Sawyer College in 2008. A native of West Newbury, Massachusetts, she started her career in education as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher. More recently, Miss Gadd worked in college admissions, leading committees for competitive and selective admission processes. In her spare time she enjoys long walks on the beach and cheering loudly for the New England Patriots!
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Greene grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley. He taught at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, for fifteen 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 over 25 years, Mr. Greene’s work has been showcased in major galleries and international exhibitions including the Tashkent Biennial in Uzbekistan and the Summer Olympic Games Exhibition in Xa’in, 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.
Ms. Guay brings over 18 years of experience in marketing, branding, and design. She has a passion for creating great work that solves problems, creates emotional connections and builds brands. Before coming to Gould, Ms. Guay led many marketing and branding efforts for large global brands while working at Mullen, Isobar, and THE MEME Design. When Ms. Guay is not fostering marketing and branding experiences, she can usually be found carving some turns downhill, working towards par at the nearby golf course, or fueling her competitive spirit through team sports such as hockey or soccer.
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.
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.
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. Ms. Head 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 a former member of the United States 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 chickens, and participating in outdoor activities with her husband, Robert Baribeau, and son, Alexander.
Coach Heldman grew up skiing the mountains of Maine. A graduate of Gould Academy, Coach Heldman says that his alma mater is where his ski career really began to take shape. It was during his time at Gould that he was invited into the U.S. Ski Team Development Program, and eventually went on to the U.S. Ski Team. After his stint with the national team, Coach Heldman enrolled at Bates College, where he continued to ski. After a successful student-athlete career at Bates, he decided to stay on as their assistant coach, which also gave him the opportunity to be involved with the Gould Academy Competition Program.
Ms. Hiebert’s background is in administration and customer service. She is very familiar with the boarding school experience having attended a ski racing academy in high school. In college she skied competitively at the University of New Mexico after a season on the U.S. Ski Team. She most recently was the Masters National SG Champion in 2010 and finds herself still racing as often as possible. She is a dedicated wife to her husband Luke and mother of four children: Brooke ’16, Ryan ’19, Ben, and Kira. She’s a busy lady – swimming, biking, running, and even, occasionally, entering a sprint triathlon or mountain challenge on a whim.
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.
Ms. Hood received her BA from Dartmouth College where she majored in English, minored in Education and Human Development, and completed a NH 5-12 teaching certification program. In addition to her academic endeavors, she played Division I Field Hockey, earning All-American and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors her senior season. After graduating from Dartmouth, Ms. Hood spent three years teaching at Holderness School, her high school alma mater. Her partner’s job as a KC-135 pilot for the Maine Air National Guard brought her to the Pine Tree State where she fell in love with the wild ruggedness of the backcountry. When she’s not in the classroom or on the athletic fields, Ms. Hood spends her time outdoors. She’s backpacked over 2,700 miles, including summiting all 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire, thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, and completing a 160-mile section of Vermont’s Long Trail. A dog lover by nature, her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Jack, is usually ten steps ahead of her wherever they venture. Ms. Hood is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in The Teaching of English from Teachers College of Columbia University where she is composing a thesis that includes an anthology of poems about her experiences in nature.
Coach Johansmeyer brings Gould 10 years of coaching and recruiting experience. He was a four-year letter winner at Stony Brook University graduating with a B.A in Psychology. After graduation, he joined Haverford College as an Assistant Coach. There he helped lead the team to its first ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance and Conference Championship. After Haverford, Coach Johansmeyer joined Amherst College and their Mens’ program, helping to bring Amherst to 2 NESCAC tournament appearances. Alongside his coaching duties, Coach Johansmeyer was tasked with recruiting student-athletes of the highest academic and athletic excellence to these institutions. He traveled the country searching for the student-athletes that raised the standard of the academic and athletic levels of both institutions.
After leaving the college coaching realm. Coach Johansmeyer spent the last four years in the admission office of Northfield Mount Hermon. In those four years, he came to a great appreciation for independent school life. While there he worked hard to improve the way in which the admission office leveraged the technology needed to operate in the most efficient and customer-centric manner.
Coach Johansmeyer enjoys his free time with his family being in the outdoors. Rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and fishing. He and his wife Danielle have one son Samuel.
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 experience ranging 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 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 and two daughters. When not on the hill, he is mountain biking, playing guitar, or hunting striped bass.
Coach Kimble has been Freestyle/Freeride skiing at Sunday River since the age of 6. After attending the University of Southern Maine, his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe, Calif. where he skied for the Atomic Freeride Team. Coach Kimble 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. 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.
Coach Lathrop graduated from Gould in 2009. During his time as a student-athlete, he was captain of the Men’s Alpine Team, as well as the J2 Eastern Slalom and Overall Champion, a J2 National Competitor, a two-time Gould “Skier of The Year,” a recipient of the Gould Cup, and winner of the William P. Clough Award. After graduating from Gould, he attended Bates College, where he was a member of their Division I Alpine Team and continued to work with the Gould Academy Competition Program during weekends and holidays as a U16 Alpine Coach and U12 Elite Christmas Camp Coach. Today he coaches the U14 group and helps with strength and conditioning, as well as cycling in the off season. His extensive experience in high-level racing adds a multitude of characteristics that positively influence our program.
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.
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.
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.
After growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Liff spent eight years living between China–where he met his wife, Haze–and the United States. He has taught English as a Second Language in Wuhan and Kunming, China, and worked as an English Composition and Literature instructor at George Mason University. At George Mason, Mr. Liff worked with the school’s diverse student population, helping them adapt to English-based academics. At Gould Academy, he oversees the English Studies Program and Language Center, and works with students from all over the world.
As a passionate, enthusiastic, and energetic mathematics educator for the past 18 years, Mrs. Lowe joined the Gould family in 2016. She teaches mathematics, coaches lacrosse, and is the Head of Gehring Hall.
She believes that students have four basic needs: to have fun, to feel competent, to have autonomy, and to have positive relationships. Her goal is to provide for their needs through a consistent, structured, and positive-behavior supported environment. She recognizes the importance of setting high standards, maintaining a balance between challenge and support, and developing trust and rapport with her students and players by getting to know them individually.
“I believe the potential for personal, athletic, and academic growth are endless at Gould,” says Mrs.Lowe. “And I intend to make the most of it and help my students do the same.”
During her spare time, she enjoys trail running, riding bikes, nordic skiing, and spending time with her family at their home in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Mrs. Lowe lives in Gehring Hall with her husband, Mr. Lowe, Dean of Community Life, and their two Beaucerons, Lexi and Monte, and two cats, Snack and Socks.
After serving more than 20 years in the United States Navy, Mr. Lowe has embarked on a second career helping the students of Gould reach their potential, in the classroom, on the sports field, and within their community. As a Professional Intelligence Officer Mr. Lowe will bring a unique perspective to Gould Academy helping students relate theoretical classroom time to practical real life experience. Mr. Lowe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Naval War college in Strategic Studies. In his free time, Mr. Lowe is competitive cyclist that also skis, hikes, runs and generally spends time outdoors to enjoy all life has to offer. Mr. Lowe lives in Gehring Dorm with his wife Rebecca and two dogs and two cats. Mr. Lowe is also the head Boy’s varsity soccer coach at Gould. Coach Lowe has more than 20 years of competitive playing experience. He started playing soccer at the age of 4, and culminated his soccer career playing for USNA earning 2nd Team All Patriot League Honors at the Division 1 level. Coach Lowe was one of two players selected to be assistant coaches at the Naval Academy following their senior year. Coach Lowe knows the value of teamwork, and will push his student athletes to be the best versions of themselves on and off the field.
After graduating from college, Mr. Lynch tutored math and science privately while coaching snowboarding around the world. He taught math, chemistry, and health at Mount Mansfield Ski Club, living there as a dorm parent, and worked for AASI as an examiner for 15 years, traveling to different resorts throughout the country and the world, training their snowboard and ski instructors. Mr. Lynch was also a member of the National Demonstration Team and presented at Interski Austria in 2010. At Gould Mr. Lynch teaches math, coaches prep snowboarding, and is the Head Coach for our Thirds Soccer Program. He lives just off campus with his wife, Carrie, and daughter, Addison. He dreams of one day swimming the English Channel and snowboarding on the two continents that he has yet to visit: Africa and Antarctica.
Ms. Lynch has spent her entire career working in secondary education, first as a teacher and coach, and now as a College Counselor and student advisor. When she is not outside exploring the many outdoor opportunities of this area, she values her time spent working with students and their families, and loves living in Bethel with her husband, Math Teacher, Mr. Dave Lynch, and their daughter, Addison.
Mr. MacKnight boasts over 35 years of experience as a professional photographer which he shares between Gould’s Marketing Department and the classroom. When not teaching, his responsibilities include photography, communications, website maintenance, and teaching digital photography. 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.
Mrs. Manning attended Simmons College, where she earned her 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 Mr. Rob Manning. Sometimes, when Mrs. Manning isn’t working with students, she has time to read and cook! She and her husband, and their dog, Luna, live on campus in the Hutchinson House. Their son, Alec, attends Kenyon College.
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. In the Spring, he is on the baseball field coaching the Boys’ Varsity Team, meticulously maintaining the diamond between games. Mr. Manning lives on campus in the Hutchinson House with wife, Denise, and dog, Luna. Their son, Alec ‘14 is currently attending and playing baseball at Kenyon College.
Coach McClure brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience — 11 years in the college ranks — and has coached at schools including the University of New Hampshire, St. Bonaventure University, and, most recently, Bridgton Academy. During his career he has recruited and coached many young men that have gone on to Division I college and universities such as Boston College, Boise State, Baylor, University of California, Irvine, Cal-Poly, Columbia, Drexel, Fordham, Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, Maryland, University of Massachusetts, Northeastern, Notre Dame, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Oral Roberts, Princeton, Penn, St. Louis, and Tulane. Many more former student-athletes have gone on to nationally recognized programs at Babson, Bentley, Connecticut College, Lemoyne, LIU-Post, St. Lawrence, Stonehill, Trinity, and Wesleyan.
Coach McClure spends time with family and friends, golfing, fishing, and staying active while trying to keep up with his children’s growing list of activities. He and his wife, Destiny, have three children: Max, Sylvia, and Griffin.
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.
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.
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.
As Gould Academy’s Head Nordic Coach and Director of Trails, Mr. Nellis has coached six athletes to qualify for Junior Nationals. Gould boys have won three straight NEPSAC Championships and the girls have won two. Once a student-athlete himself, Coach Nellis was a top-level competitor at Junior and Senior Nationals. His college career started at Saint Lawrence University and he finished racing for Alaska Pacific University. As a top junior racer he competed at Junior Nationals, Biathlon Nationals, and the FIS Spring Series; he also raced for the APU Nordic/Gold 2002 USSA Olympic Development Program. Coach Nellis has a passion for coaching skiing and has coached every age level from young athletes through the national-level. Coach Nellis lives in Bethel with his wife, Allie, son, Parker, and daughter, Elize.
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), Mr. Newell 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 “Men’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 and Emma.
Ms. Nickerson immigrated to the United States from Canada in 1992 with her husband, a nurse anesthetist. She has lived and worked in Mississippi, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maine, in areas that include neonatal and adult intensive care, medical surgical nursing, and camp nursing. For the past several years, she has taught in the Nursing Program at Eastern Maine Community College and University of Maine Fort Kent with a specialty in simulation (she is also particularly interested in the integration of technology in nursing care). Her outside passion is animal rescue and she actively serves on the board of PAWS Animal Welfare Society in Fort Kent. In 2015 she proudly helped PAWS build a permanent shelter through grant writing and fundraising. Besides cats, Ms. Nickerson’s other passion is her four children.
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 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.
Mr. Penley, a teacher in the History and World Languages departments, has traveled to China to study Chinese language and language pedagogy extensively. He 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 play. During the winter he runs the Rugrats Instruction, Learn to Ski & Ride, and Maine Adaptive programs. He has lived in a dormitory since age 14, making this his 17th straight year living in a dorm setting. An avid world traveler, Mr. Penley enjoys sharing his experiences with students both in the classroom and around the world.
A former professional musician from Quito, Ecuador, Mr. Quinatoa was a member the Philharmonic Orchestra in Quito. After six years of touring internationally, he began his teaching career as a music teacher and band director at Colegio Menor, a private international school.While there he earned his M.A. in Education and met his wife, Elissa (a Spanish teacher here at Gould). Mr. Quinatoa takes every chance he gets to play his flute, saxophone, and as many other instruments as he can get his hands on. When not in the classroom or band room he is outside on the soccer field, on his bike, or hiking in the woods. He and his wife live on campus.
Born in Maine, Mrs. Quinatoa grew up in Western New York and later attended Ithaca College, where she majored in Spanish and Accounting. After graduating Mrs. Quinatoa knew she wanted to teach and share her love of Spanish with young adults, and earned her M.A. of Education from the University of Buffalo. Armed with her new education and desire to explore, she set off to live and teach in Quito, Ecuador where she taught English in elementary schools, improved her Spanish, and learned about Ecuadorian culture. While working at Colegio Menor, a private International School in Quito, Mrs. Quinatoa met her husband, Mr. Edison Quinatoa (who is now a music teacher here at Gould). Mrs. Quinatoa is active! When not attempting every type of exercise, including triathlons, cycling, hiking, swimming, gymnastics, and diving, she loves to read and travel.
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.
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 is coaching 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. Mrs. Riley is mom to Carly ‘13 and Tate ‘15, who together moved to Maine to join the Gould community.
Coach Rockwell is originally from Greenville, Maine, and graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) in 2010, where she was the captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team and the J2 Finals Slalom Champion her senior year. At Bates College, Coach Rockwell was a member of the Division I Alpine Team. She competed for Bates all four years, specializing in Slalom, qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Championships, and competing in the 2014 United States Nationals. Throughout her competitive career, she has remained active with her hometown ski team as a coach. Coach Rockwell is also the Assistant Coach for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team; is a strength and conditioning coach in the fall; and works with the Gould Outing Club in the spring.
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.
Mr. Ruby was named Gould Academy’s Head of School in September 2012. Familiar with the inner workings of both public and private schools, he has held numerous positions including Associate Head of School and Director of Studies at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota, and Head of the History Department and Dean of Studies at the Breck School in Minneapolis.
Prior to teaching and school administration Mr. Ruby served as a U.S. naval officer and worked in the private sector. He is a graduate of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Carleton College (where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history), and the University of Minnesota (where he earned a master’s in industrial relations). Mr. Ruby also went on to earn a secondary certification in social studies from Shippensburg University. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children.
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.
Ms. Schreffler graduated from St. Lawrence University where she majored in Mathematics and received her teaching certificate. Before joining the Gould family in August of 2016, she taught at Cardigan Mountain School during their summer session. After college, she traded rowing oars for running shoes and fell in love with running. She can often be spotted in the early morning traversing the roads and trails around Gould. Her favorite race distance so far is the half marathon, but the Boston Marathon is a goal she hopes to achieve in the not-so-distant future. Ms. Schreffler also enjoys traveling, frequenting the Bethel Library, sharing funny math jokes, and spending time with her family’s four horses in Florida.
Ms. Sessions grew up in the nearby town of Norway, Maine. After graduating from Smith, she dabbled in jobs ranging from dairy farming to banking, but found her true vocation working with adolescents (turns out…dairy farming and banking are actually not irrelevant to working at Gould!). Ms. Sessions started her tenure in the College Counseling Center and later transitioned to teaching history. She now spends her class days in the library or in the classroom with her ninth grade students. After school, time spent on the soccer field or cross country ski trails gives Ms. Sessions great joy. She loves living in Davidson with her best canine pal Loki, singing/making music, and trying to be an active member of the Greater Bethel Community.
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.
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.
Mr. Siekman has taught for over 25 years, including more than 15 at Gould where he teaches chemistry, biology, physics, and marine science. Coach Siekman is a near lifelong coach and has coached basketball for girls and boys for over 20 years. Currently 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, an avid sailor, and an avid long distance swimmer and is busy building a second home in Islesboro, Maine.
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.
A native of Auburn, Maine and 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. Tyler works with admissions to coordinate aspiring snow sport athletes through the admissions process. 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 Newry, Maine with his Fiancé, Courtney. When he is not on the hill, he enjoys: golfing and spending time on the water in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine.
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 been 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 both the mountain and road teams, 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.
Mrs. Stack teaches ninth grade Human Geography and tenth grade West and the World. She also manages the Tenth Grade 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 helps with the Equestrian Team. Mrs. Stack lives off campus with her husband, Brian, their daughter, Gwen, and son, Preston. In her free time she enjoys being outside and playing with her children in the sandbox.
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.
Mr. Ben Stonebraker has been steeped in New England independent school tradition. He was born and raised at Hebron Academy where his father chaired the English Department and his mother was Librarian in Chief. Ben attended Holderness School before matriculating at Colby College where he majored in English and Poetry. After graduating, he pursued his passion for the out-of-doors in the vast expanse of Western Montana. His love of skiing, white water, and the mountains served him well as a ski coach and kayaking instructor. Aspen, Colorado was a logical next step for Mr. Stonebraker. During all his years in the West, he never lost sight of his roots in Maine or his desire to return to them. In the summers he migrated to the shores of Moose Pond to continue as the Counselor Training Director at Camp Winona. When a position in Gould’s English Department became available, Mr. Stonebraker rushed for the opportunity to continue the Stonebraker legacy of instilling a love of literature and wilderness and the minds of the youth.
Mrs. Whittington has more than 30 years of experience teaching mathematics in independent schools, almost 20 of them as Dean of Students. She embraces the values of the seven-day boarding school and brings those values into the classroom and dormitories and onto the playing fields. As the Director of International Student Programs, she works to strengthen and expand Gould’s global community. She works with the faculty to support the international students during their transition into the community and throughout their Gould experience. Ms. Whittington has coached field hockey and lacrosse during the course of her career at the Nichols School, Westminster School, Vermont Academy, Yale University, and Harvard University. As an experienced player, she enjoys coaching and sharing her passion for both sports. “Ms. Whit” and her husband, Mr. Tom Whittington, Dean of Academics, enjoy traveling on their own and with the 9th grade Four Point Program. Two of her favorite pastimes are bread baking and biking!
Mr. Whittington has over 30 years’ experience in boarding schools, where he has served as an administrator, science teacher, and coach. “I understand that adolescence is a time of profound developmental change and I am dedicated to helping students learn to use their minds well, as they develop an understanding of who they are and who they may become.” As Dean of Academics and a science teacher, Mr. Whittington cares greatly about the environment and is passionate about helping his students find ways to appreciate and preserve the natural habitat and the resources upon which we all depend. A varsity soccer player at Dartmouth College, he remains a dedicated fan of both the sport and those who participate.
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.
Ms. Winsor grew up in Boulder, Colorado and is a 2016 graduate of Dickinson College, where she studied Economics and American Studies. Her passion for education and student experience lead her to Gould, where she’s excited to be Assistant Director of Admissions. Before coming to Gould, Ms. Winsor was a counselor at Raquette Lake Camp in New York, as well as a sales associate in the tech industry in Denver. In her free time, you can find her hiking, skiing, and spending time with family.
Ms. Wiser has countless years of experience in hospital, camp, and school nursing, and has also worked as a newspaper reporter. The author of “Hikes in and Around Maine’s Lake Region,” Ms. Wiser first published this book in 1993 and currently celebrates its fifth edition. At her home in Bridgton, Ms. Wiser and her husband, Bob, grow large organic vegetable and flower gardens and sell cut flowers. They have two daughters, Rosemary ’10 and Marguerite ’12.
Ms. Wylder’s zeal for business with a background in marketing and event planning brought her to Gould as Advancement Associate. When she is not working on events or with alumni, her number one passion is spending time with her children. Additionally, she can often be found galloping through the Maine woods on horseback or plummeting down the ski slopes. She is an avid hiker and native of Maine.
A native of Kunming, China Ms. Zhou has a degree in English Education from Hua Zhong Normal University in Wuhan, China and received her B.A. in Education from Fort Hays State University. Most recently Ms. Zhou taught Mandarin Chinese after moving to the United States in 2009. Her past experience also includes working as a Chinese immersion teacher in a public charter school in Washington D.C. and as an English Teacher in China. Between her experiences in China and America, Ms. Zhou has worked with many amazing teachers and students from all over the world. When not in the classroom she enjoys hiking, cooking, and going on adventures with her husband, Mr. Ben Liff, Gould’s English Studies Program Director, and their son, Jacob.