Ski Patrol

The Gould Academy Ski Patrol Program is the only school program in the United States recognized by the National Ski Patrol Association.

During the winter months, Gould students work hand in hand with Sunday River Ski Patrol to assess slope safety, help guests, and complete an Outdoor Emergency Care course.

After completing a series of tests given by Gould’s own members of Sunday River ski patrol, our students earn their “jackets,” certifying them as members of the National Ski Patrol.

Ski Patrol Directors

Douglas Alford

Spanish Teacher
B.A. Ithaca College
M.A. Middlebury College
Ski Patrol Program Co-Director
Spring Musical


Mr. Alford has been at Gould for more than 20 years, teaching Spanish, directing the ski patrol program, and musical theater. During the school year of 2009-10, he spent a year teaching in Zaragoza, Spain for School Year Abroad. When not teaching at Gould, Mr. Alford spends his time rafting (he’s a registered Maine whitewater guide) and playing music (he’s also an accomplished professional singer and guitarist). Most recently Mr. Alford checked another item off of his bucket list and hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain with his family. Mr. Alford lives on campus with his wife, Andee, and their children, Ben ’18 and Chaia.

Robert Manning

Dean of Community Life
History Teacher
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.A. Tufts University
Baseball Head Coach
Ski Patrol Program Co-Director


Mr. Manning has over 30 years of experience in the classroom. A gifted speaker, he is a dramatic presence in the classroom. His energetic discussions are engaging and can often be heard into the halls and nearby classrooms. Aside from being a dedicated and talented teacher, Mr. Manning is dedicated to the seven-day boarding school tradition where students come first, whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or in the dormitory. When not teaching Mr. Manning can be found on the mountain with the Ski Patrol Program, teaching students the ins and outs of mountain operations and wilderness medicine. In the Spring, he is on the baseball field coaching the Boys’ Varsity Team, meticulously maintaining the diamond between games. Mr. Manning lives on campus in the Hutchinson House with wife, Denise, and dog, Mookie. Their son, Alec ‘14 is attended and played baseball at Kenyon College.

Katie Stack

English Studies Teacher
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.S. University of New England
History Department Chair
Fall Equestrian
Ski Patrol Program
Spring Outing Club
Tenth Grade Program


Mrs. Stack teaches ninth grade Human Geography and tenth grade West and the World. She also manages the Tenth Grade Program, which focuses on supporting students as they transition into young adults, using service learning as the vehicle to encourage their understanding of the bigger world and their place in the Gould community. In all of Mrs. Stack’s classes and programs, her goal is to seamlessly incorporate technology, differentiation, the writing process, and focused discussion methods as part of the core curriculum. In addition to teaching, she is an advisor and helps with the Equestrian Team. Mrs. Stack lives off campus with her husband, Brian, their daughter, Gwen, and son, Preston. In her free time she enjoys being outside and playing with her children in the sandbox.