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.

2018-19 Rugrat Instructors
First Name
Last Name
Year of Graduation
Hometown (City, State)
Nicole Berry2019Bethel, ME
HarryConnors2022Bethel, ME
StellaKim2019Soeul S. Korea
ZoeKim2019Soeul S. Korea
MinKim2020Soeul S. Korea
Zach Li2019China
PeytonMeader2022Bethel, ME
Paige Mull2022Oakland, NJ
CarolineNewell2022Bethel, ME
LeahOhms2021Palo Alto, CA
SteffiOrdway2020Bridgton, ME
HannahPierce2022Bethel, ME
Zach Schmolka2022Chappaqua, NY
TomShan2021Hangzhou, China

Rugrats Directors

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.

Courtney Cook
Academic Dean of Winter Term
English Teacher
B.A. Kent State University
M.F.A. George Mason University

A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at George Mason University, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing, Ms. Cook teaches English and serves as the Academic Dean of Winter Term. 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.