Mr. Southam teaches Conceptual Physics, AP Chemistry, and started the Research Methods course in 2016. His teaching career began in 1987 with a one-year lower school science teaching internship at Princeton Day School, followed by two years at The Gunnery School, three years in graduate school at MIT, five years at Governor’s Academy, and then four years at Phillips Exeter Academy. Since coming to Gould in 2002, he has been a student favorite. His sense of humor helps him 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.
He served as a reader for the College Board AP Biology exam from 1999 until 2012. An active member of the Bethel community, he was elected to the Bethel Select Board in 2012 and currently serves as the board chair. He is also the founding president of Mahoosuc Pathways, an organization committed to the development of recreational trails in Western Maine.
Mr. Southam lives with his wife, Sarah. They have two children: Samantha ’11 and Max ’15.