There’s nothing better than working with your friends towards a common goal, and Gould’s Softball Team provides just that type of experience!
In 2015, the Gould Academy Softball Team brought home the MAISAD Championship trophy after an undefeated season. The team, under the guidance of Coach Kristina Stevens, plays against teams including North Yarmouth Academy, Kents Hill School, and Hebron Academy.
“We work really hard,” Coach Stevens says. “As soon as we can practice, we do, utilizing the Farnsworth Field House for indoor drills when there is still snow on the ground. By the time we’re out on the field playing games, you can really start to see how this team comes together and supports one another through each and every game.”
Baez, Karizma ’20
Bailey, Ellie ’18
Gray, Caraline ’19
Humphreys, Ashley ’18
McMillan, Amelia ’20
McMillan, Eva ’18
Myles, Brenna ’18
Schierwagen, Grace ’18
Young, Aerin ’19
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.
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.