Our teachers are Philip Hobby. Jackie McKeon, Bethany Dunfee Pierce, Mary Ternus and Suzanne Winchester. The majority of teachers are returning DaVinci staff and they bring a wealth of experience to our camps. They were chosen for their special interest and abilities in science and art, but most importantly all have a wonderful way with children and believe in a child centered curriculum.
Past teachers are:
Ann Bragdon will be returning again summer. She was a teacher in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina she and her family to moved back to Maine. She has also been teaching at Schoolhouse Arts the past couple of summers as well as at the Falmouth DaVinci site. This summer she will be teaching the junior camper group Amazing Africa session.
Megan Wilkins Dubois is returning for her 7th year at DaVinci Experience Camps. She has been the lead teacher and program director of our York site. She has also taught at Freeport, South Portland and Falmouth. She is a certified teacher with a BS in Environmental Science and is pursuing a masters degree in Education. She is employed at Cape Elizabeth’s Pond Cove School and has years of experience as a science camp instructor and camp counselor. She also teaches DaVinci Experience After School Programs at Pond Cove during the school year.
This summer Megan will be teaching Fantastic Flight and Knights & Princesses at our Freeport site. She will be the lead teacher for Eyeballs & Goo-What’s Inside of You and Emergency Vet in Cape Elizabeth and Lost Civilizations and Crime Lab in South Portland. She has taught most of these topics before. Megan has been promoted to Assistant Director of DaVinci Experience this year and will be supervising the Cape Elizabeth, Freeport and South Portland sites.
Brigid Franey is returning to DaVinci Experience this summer. She taught at our Falmouth site last year and will be the lead teacher at our Cousins Island site this summer. Before being hired as the chemistry teacher at McAuley High School, she was a substitute teacher in the Falmouth and Saco public schools. She has also been a Teaching Fellow at Smith College Campus School in MA. She has her B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from St. Olaf College and her Masters in Elementary Education from Smith College. Brigid is the former program coordinator and teacher naturalist at Ferry Beach Ecology School and will be bringing her naturalist experience to our island programs. She will be also be teaching Island Explorer, Island Habitat, Creatures of the Deep and Ocean Commotion at our Yarmouth site.
Jaime Jamieson is the licensed preschool owner of Waiting to Grow Preschool in South Portland where she has taught the past seven years. Prior to that she was a substitute teacher in the Scarborough schools for three years. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at UNE. She will be teaching the younger campers at the South Portland site this summer.
Rosalee Lamm is new to DaVinci Experience this summer. She received her B.S. in Geology-Physics-Math from Brown Universtiy and her Masters in Earth and Planetary Sciences from M.I.T. She has been employed at Waynflete School in Portland this past winter. She has also been a tutor at Berwick Academy. She has organized and coordinated science workshops for children with the Museum of Science and M.I.T. We are glad to welcome her as our teacher for the junior age group at the Falmouth site for the summer.
Avery McGill is also returning for her 4th year. She will be teaching all of the senior group’s sessions once again at the Falmouth site. She is also the lead teacher for our Extended day program. Avery has her BA in physics and a minor in education. In the winter she teaches physics for the Gray School Department. She has also coached soccer at Waynflete and ice hockey and lacrosse at USM. Before spending her summers with us, she spent several summers as a teacher and counselor at Vermont science camps.
Donna Mead is also returning for her 4th summer this year. During the school year she teaches at Pine Grove Montessori School in Falmouth where she has been employed since 2003. She has also worked at Breakwater School in Portland . Before coming to us summers , was the art teacher at the Portland YMCA Creative Expressions Camp. She has taught at our Falmouth site and South Portland site.