Learn to Instruct

For more than 30 years, the Gould Academy Rugrats Program—the school’s student instruction co-curricular—has offered a great way for Gould students to get on the slopes while giving back to the local community.

Through a partnership between Gould Academy and Sunday River, Gould students work with local elementary students, instructing them to ski and snowboard.

Each year, Gould students receive training from experienced Sunday River SnowSports School instructors, who expose them to a variety of coaching situations and techniques.  Teaching techniques focus on the mantra of Safety, Fun, and Learning.

Interested students may become registered members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America or the American Association of Snowboard Instructors.  PSIA/AASI is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people how to ski and snowboard and offers educational clinics and certifications to help bolster instructor’s knowledge and resume. Sunday River SnowSports School is a member of PSIA and hosts PSIA educational events.  

Gould students spend fun-filled days with young students, watching them learn to enjoy the trails at Sunday River as they develop a lifelong passion for winter sports.

Instructors in Training
Student Name
Class Year
Barton, Chloe2024Dorchester, MA
Bean, Madisyn (Maddy)2022Bethel, ME
Epstein, Maxim2022Framingham, MA
He, Ruixi (Tracy)2022Shenzhen, China
Johnston, Reid2023Bethel, ME
Keegan, Maria2024Center Conway, NH
Kelleher, Linnea2026Greenwood, ME
Lindquist, Madeline2022Winthrop, ME
Long, Madeleine2026Sudbury, MA
Meader, Peyton2022Bryant Pond, ME
Mull, Paige2022Oakland, NJ
Ordway, Jacqueline (Jacqui)2024Bridgton, ME
Pierce, Hannah2022Newry, ME
Summers, Silas2023Worcester, MA
Wu, Siyi (Christen)2022Hangzhou, China

Rugrats Directors

Nancy Barstow

English Studies Teacher
Middle School Coordinator

Girls’ Junior Varsity Soccer Coach
Rugrats/Maine Adaptive Director

B.A. University of New Hampshire
M.A.T. University of New Hampshire


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.