Our 2015 teachers are Philip Hobby. Jackie McKeon, Mary Ternus, Jill Sinagra Moore, George McGinty, Andrea Levinsky and Phoebe Walsh. 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.
Current teachers are:
Philip Hobby is returning for his 6th year at DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camps. He teaches at Falmouth High School in the winter and before joining DaVinci summers, he had many years of summer camp experience. He will be teaching the older, senior campers at the Falmouth this summer for Creatures of the Deep and Lost Civilizations weeks.
Jackie McKeon has been teaching with DaVinci Experience since 2012. She has taught at Bath Middle School since 1993. She is our Brunswick site director and she teaches the younger, junior campers at Brunswick. She will also be teaching Picasso to Pop Art at the Falmouth site. She has her Masters degree in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design.
George McGinty is returning for his 2nd year at DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camps. He teaches at Fisher Mitchell Elementary School in Bath. Before joining DaVinci summers, he had many years of summer camp experience. He will be teaching at Yarmouth’s Cousins Island Camps and the new Mabel I Wilson School site in Cumberland. He will also teach Picasso to Pop Art at Falmouth this summer.
Jill Sinagra Moore is returning for her 2nd year at DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camps and is teaching our junior campers. She teaches at Westbrook Middle School in the winter. She has a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning as well as a Special Education Certification.
Phoebe Walsh is returning for her 2nd year at DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camps. Her background is in Environmental Education. She spent last fall in Tanzania and before she came to DaVinci she had taught 8th graders aboard the schooner,the Mary Day. She taught 2nd and 3rd graders in Pa. She grew up in Yarmouth and her mother was one of our first teachers on Cousins Island.
Andrea Levinsky is new at DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camps. She is filling Suzanne Winchester’s position ( who is taking a summer vacation this year after teaching 5 summers in a row at DaVinci). Andrea is a certified k-8 teacher and graduated from Conn. College this year. She has experience with multiage classrooms and integrated curriculum as well as years of summer camp experience. She will be teaching at the Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth sites this summer.
Past teachers are:
Ann Bragdon 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.
Megan Wilkins Dubois taught for 7 years at DaVinci Experience Camps. She was 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 was employed at Cape Elizabeth’s Pond Cove School followed by Cumberland School department, and has years of experience as a science camp instructor and camp counselor. She also taught DaVinci Experience After School Programs at Pond Cove during the school year.
Brigid Franey taught at our Falmouth site and was the lead teacher at our Cousins Island site . 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.
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 taught the younger campers at the South Portland site .
Rosalee Lamm taught one 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. She taught the junior age group at the Falmouth site .
Avery McGill taught 8 years. She taught all of the senior group’s sessions once again at the Falmouth site. She was also the lead teacher for our Extended day program. Avery has her BA in physics and a minor in education. In the winter she taught physics for the Gray School Department before moving to Vermont to take a teaching position there. She had 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 taught 4 years at DaVinci Experience. 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.
Updated June 16, 2015