Annie is a certified Waldorf Teacher who taught middle school for five years at both the Maine Coast Waldorf School and Ashwood Waldorf School. She has experience teaching all middle school academic subjects, and integrating them authentically through rigorous project-based learning both in and out of the classroom. While at Ashwood, Annie successfully guided a class of 12 students from 4th through 8th grade, and transitioned them seamlessly into high school.
Annie has a BS in Recreation Park Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Adventure Programming, and a minor in Art, from Penn State University. She currently holds a 100 ton USCG captain’s license and has been teaching sailing to adults at Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine, for 11 years. Annie also has a long connection with the Chewonki Foundation. In addition to being the Assistant Director and a teacher for the Outdoor Classroom program from 1997-2001, she was the Sailing Trip Leader Trainer from 1999 – 2001, and 2014-2016. Annie led numerous wilderness expeditions with middle and high school students, including sailing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Over the past four winters, Annie has taught cross-country skiing at Hidden Valley Nature Center.
Annie plays several instruments including violin, guitar, and recorder, and she also sings. Inspired by her love of local Maine ecosystems and acoustic music, Annie wrote and produced a CD of children’s music in April 2014. In 2013-15 she created and taught a place-based elementary music program at the Juniper Hill School. When Annie isn’t sailing, making music, or teaching, you will find her adventuring with her husband, Carob (Facilities Manager at Chewonki), and two children, Ben (incoming 4th grade student) and Meghan. They love to garden, listen to birds, and observe wildlife in the backyard of their home in Alna.
Annie is excited to dive in and begin working with Kat and Emily to prepare for the school year ahead. She is eager to collaborate in designing curriculum that allows for individual growth and inquiry- based, deep learning, and to share her love of music, art, and the outdoors with students.