Learn to Instruct

For over 25 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, Sunday River’s Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard School, and local elementary schools, Gould students work with third, fourth, and fifth graders, instructing them to ski and snowboard.

Each year, Gould students receive training from members of Perfect Turn. They then 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.

Rugrats Directors

Colin Penley

History Teacher
World Languages Teacher
Associate Dean of Students.
Holden Hall Dorm Head

B.A. Middlebury College
Fall Drama Director


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.

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


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.