At Breakwater we want for our students to explore the world confident in themselves, with a sense of purpose and compassion, belief in their own agency, and the resilience to embrace mistakes. We affirm the integrity of childhood by placing high value on play, balancing the education of the heart and the mind equally. Breakwater's ability to succeed in this is made possible by a talented, enthusiastic, and loving faculty who live these same aspirations in their everyday lives. Our teachers and staff are recruited and retained based on their professional skills, their willingness to model our mission in every respect, and their commitment to professional and personal growth.

Alicia Amy - GRADES 7/8 TEACHER
aamy@breakwaterschool.org
| ALICIA HAS HER BA FROM PENN STATE, AND SPENT EIGHT YEARS TEACHING WITH NATURE'S CLASSROOM. ADDITIONALLY, SHE HAS TAUGHT ON THE DECK OF TALL SHIPS, IN THE WOODS AND BEACHES OF NEW ENGLAND, AND IN SMALL VILLAGES IN WESTERN SAMOA. SHE CAME TO BREAKWATER WITH A PASSION FOR THE REGGIO EMILIA PHILOSOPHY, AND REMAINS COMMITTED TO OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY, ITS FOCUS ON CURIOSITY AND THE CREATIVITY IT ALLOWS. ALICIA BEGAN AT BREAKWATER LEADING OUR PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN AFTERCARE PROGRAM AND TAUGHT SPANISH, THEN TAUGHT OUR GRADES 3/4.

YAzi azel - preschool Teacher
yazel@breakwaterschool.org
| Early childhood education became a passion for Yazi while knee-deep in salt marsh mud digging for razor clams with young learners. Adventures like this showed Yazi that with children everyday experiences become deeply meaningful. Yazi holds her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a concentration in Science and Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. Combined with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Creative Arts Therapy from Endicott College, Yazi values using the arts, creativity, storytelling, and nature as central components of the child’s learning experience. 

Sarah Beckmann - Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher

Jed Bloom - Grades 7/8 Teacher and alumni coordinator
jbloom@breakwaterschool.orG
| Jed has been an educator for over fifteen years. He was the Service Learning Coordinator for the Sanford School Department, taught fifth grade in Sanford, taught at Nature’s Classroom, and has led summer camps at the Wells Reserve and Waynflete. Jed has a Master’s in Educating for Sustainability from Antioch New England University. Breakwater provides Jed with a great opportunity to fulfill his goal as an educator to help students become leaders in the community and stewards of their place. Jed thrives when helping students create amazing projects and do good work. Jed is parent to students Priya and Rohan AND MARRIED TO Arunima, Breakwater's NURSE CONSULTANT.

Hannah Bevens – Grades K-8 Art Essentialist

hbevens@breakwaterschool.org I Hannah is very excited to begin her first year at Breakwater School. She is most looking forward to growing her own artistic practice with the students; providing them with her knowledge of mixed media and processes and developing inspiration collaboratively. Hannah first realized during her own undergrad experience in the painting studios that working within a community of artists is integral to learning to be a successful artist, and that experience is what she would like to recreate for her students. Before Breakwater, Hannah lived in the Hudson Valley in New York, after receiving her BFA in Painting and a Minor in Theatre at SUNY New Paltz. While living there she was a professional pastry chef, artist and performer, and explorer of region's natural splendor. She made the decision to change careers from culinary arts to educational arts and moved to Maine, where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching at Maine College of Art. Outside of her educational practice Hannah actively develops her artist practice in painting, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, editorial and reflective writing, and ceramics. 

Denny Church - Grades 5/6 Teacher
dchurch@breakwaterschool.orG
| Denny graduated from the University of New Hampshire earning him a degree in Environmental Conservation. He combined both his passion for nature and education by becoming an outdoor educator on Cape Cod. While on Cape Cod, he was granted the opportunity to teach children the importance of collaborating with one another in order to create positive changes in their rural and urban communities. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Denny coordinates our student Stewardship Club, a greening and sustainability group.

Stephanie Hayward Davis - Preschool Teacher
sdavis@breakwaterschool.org
| STEPHANIE WAS WITH BREAKWATER FOR NINE YEARS LEADING OUR TODDLER THROUGH 8TH GRADE MUSIC PROGRAM. SHE NOW BRINGS HER RICH BACKGROUND OF CLASSROOM TEACHING, MUSIC INSTRUCTION, AND A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF BREAKWATER’S PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH TO OUR PRESCHOOL TEAM. STEPHANIE’S WARMTH, INCREDIBLE CREATIVITY, AND SKILL INSPIRES AND DELIGHTS CHILDREN AND PARENTS ALIKE. SHE IS A UNIQUE, EXPERIENCED TEACHER WHO SEES THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN DOORS OF WONDER IN SMALL MOMENTS EVERYWHERE. Her Three children are students at Breakwater.

Graham Duncan - Technology & maintenance Supervisor
Ext. 240 | gduncan@breakwaterschool.org
| Graham enjoys keeping things running smoothly from behind the scenes, but is always happy to help out in the classroom or go out on an adventure. Graham also teaches in the Enrichment program, offering classes which encourage students to explore technology. Outside Breakwater Graham is, first and foremost, a parent to two wonderful children, both Breakwater students. Graham received his B.A. in Technical Theater and Minor in Fine Art from the University of New Hampshire. He completed CompTIA A+ Certification and Linux/UNIX Administration training at Bridge Education in Westbrook.

Patrick “Fitz” Fitzgibbons - K-8 science and adventure
pfitzgibbons@breakwaterschool.orG
| “Fitz”, as the students know him, is an avid life long learner. He came to Breakwater in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the school, the teaching philosophy and the community. Fitz has filled a variety of roles before joining the seven/eight teaching team. He gets his students outside as much as possible! Before coming to Breakwater Fitz studied Biology at Providence College and then worked for a decade as a naturalist and director of an environmental education center located on Cape Cod called Nature’s Classroom.

Danielle Gismondi - Preschool Teacher
dgismondi@breakwaterschool.org
| DANIELLE STUDIED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY AT THE MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS, WHERE SHE OBTAINED HER M.ED IN LITERACY. SHE HAS TAUGHT IN BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND HAS TAUGHT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FOR 3,4 & 5 YEAR OLDS AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL. DANIELLE BRINGS WITH HER A 10 YEAR YOGA TEACHING PRACTICE AND TRAINING IN MINDFULNESS, SELF-REGULATION, AND WORK WITH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, DOWN SYNDROME AND DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS. DANIELLE BELIEVES, LIKE LORIS MALAGUZZI, THAT THERE IS "NOTHING WITHOUT JOY."

Tess Glanville - Preschool Teacher
tglanville@breakwaterschool.org

Tess, a Cape Elizabeth native, is happy to be back in Maine after spending years in Vermont teaching preschool and serving as Assistant Director at Poker Hill School.  Encouraging and supporting children as they investigate and question their surroundings inspires Tess. She looks forward to forming relationships with the children as they explore, learn, and challenge themselves. Providing a nurturing environment that promotes confidence and independence is something she strives for, all while having fun!

Renee Hall - Administrative Office Manager and Development Coordinator
rhall@breakwaterschool.org
| Renée manages both the administration and development office, and is often the first face you see when entering our campus. Previously, Renee held similar roles at other specialty schools, including a school for the blind and visually impaired. A graduate of Emmanuel College and born into a family of educators, Renée appreciates the Breakwater mission and feels a sense of belonging with the Breakwater community.

Callie Hastings - Toddler Teacher
chastings@breakwaterschool.org
| CALLIE HOLDS A BFA FROM ALFRED UNIVERSITY, A POST-BACHELORS FROM THE TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM AT MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, PRESCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION AND MASSACHUSETTS VISUAL ART EDUCATOR PREK-8 INITIAL LICENSURE CERTIFICATION. SHE JOINS BREAKWATER AFTER WORKING FOR THE ARTS-CENTRIC LEARNING COMMUNITY OF THE ARLINGTON CHILDREN’S CENTER IN ARLINGTON, MA. CALLIE HAS ALWAYS HAD A DEEP LOVE FOR ART AND MAKING, AND FINDS THE CURIOSITY AND VIBRANT CREATIVITY OF CHILDREN INSPIRING!

Alex Johnston - Spanish Essentialist & Math Support
ajohnston@breakwaterschool.orG
| Alex, or “Mr. J” to his students, has been teaching at Breakwater since 1990 and has skillfully integrated his passion for outdoor adventures and cultural exploration into the Breakwater curriculum. He teaches Spanish language to our kindergarten through middle school students. A talented photographer, he loves creating photographic slideshows of all his outdoor adventure trips to share with students. Alex has accompanied Breakwater’s eighth grade students on their adventures in Costa Rica since 2009. Alex received his B.A. in rhetoric from Bates College and his M.Ed. from Antioch University New England. He is the proud parent of two Breakwater alumni.

Maggie Lyon - Academic Director
Ext. 226 | mlyon@breakwaterschool.org
| Maggie has taught, guided and collaborated with young people in diverse settings for over two decades, including many years at an Expeditionary Learning school near the Colorado Rockies. After the adventure of team teaching in our middle school and serving as the Middle School Division Coordinator, Maggie accepted the role as our Academic Director. She believes it is by challenging young people and educators to explore new places, take risks, and embrace the unexpected opportunities inspired by mistake-making that a space for truly meaningful learning is created. Her formal education started at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in literature and continued at the University of Colorado in Denver for her teaching credentials. She firmly believes in the value of Breakwater’s teaching model and unique qualities of our community, which she shares with her child, Rowan. 

Arunima Nandi Bloom - School Nurse Consultant
anandibloom@breakwaterschool.org

Arunima has been a RN for 8 years. Before she graduated from University of Southern Maine with a BSN in nursing she worked as a medic for Nature's Classroom. After becoming a registered nurse she worked as a school nurse in Sanford, ME and then for a family practice in Saco, ME. Today she works at MMP Endocrinology and Diabetes Center and is excited to be part of the Breakwater community not only as a parent but also the RN consultant.

Jesse McDonough - grades 3/4 teacher
jmcdonough@breakwaterschool.org
 I AFTER EMBRACING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE CHESAPEAKE AND EARNING A B.A. IN HISTORY AT ST. MARY'S COLLEGE OF MARYLAND, JESSE PUT HIS THESIS ON THE HISTORY OF THE BICYCLE TO USE BUILDING A COMPANY THAT PROVIDES CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL BIKE TOURS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY.  THIS PASSION SOON SPREAD TO DESIGNING AND LEADING TRIPS IN THE NORTHEAST, AND BEYOND, VENTURING INTO EUROPE, ASIA, AND LATIN AMERICA. HE ALSO TAUGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL IN NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND ORGANIZED NUMEROUS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS HIS MASTERS IN EDUCATION, WITH A FOCUS ON LITERACY.  JESSE IS ENERGIZED BY THE BREAKWATER SPIRIT OF CURIOSITY HE SEES IN HIS STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES, AND FEELS FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO INCLUDE HIS WIFE, NORA, AND THEIR NEW SON, OWEN HAYES, IN THIS COMMUNITY.

Erica Paul - Toddler Teacher
epaul@breakwaterschool.orG
| ERICA COMES FROM A FAMILY OF EDUCATORS. SHE BEGAN HER FORMAL TRAINING AT SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, AND CONTINUED AT UMAINE AT FARMINGTON. ERICA RECEIVED A DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND HOLDS A B.S. IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION. ERICA IS A LEVEL SIX MAINE ROADS TO QUALITY MEMBER, HOLDS A 282 CERTIFICATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION AND A 081 CERTIFICATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF BIRTH AND FIVE.

Kelly Steinhagen - Director of Enrichment & Aftercare
Ext. 238 | ksteinhagen@breakwaterschool.org
| Prior to accepting this role, she was involved in the Summer at Breakwater and AfterCare programs for eight years, ranging in roles from a technical theater, to an Explorers camp counselor, to an Enrichment teacher. Kelly is thankful to be able to extend the reach of the incredible Breakwater community by including so many students from greater Portland in our Enrichment programming. Kelly is a graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington holding a B.A. in English, a B.S. in secondary education and a minor in theater.

David Sullivan - Executive Director
Ext. 231 | dsullivan@breakwaterschool.org
| David Sullivan was appointed Head of School in 2006 and Executive Director in 2016. Previously, he was a teaching Principal in Brooklin, Maine, a fourth grade teacher at Milton Academy, a faculty member at Northfield Mount Hermon School, and Associate Director of the Exploration School, an enrichment program for elementary through high school students at Wellesley College, Yale University, and Saint Marks School. David is passionate about creating a clear, definable vision and sustainable model for the school’s future. David has a Masters in Education from Harvard, and a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College. He is the proud parent of three children, two of whom attend(ed) Breakwater School. He currently chairs the Commission on Independent Schools at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Molly Trayner - Kindergarten Teacher
mtrayner@breakwaterschool.orG
| MOLLY “BELIEVE[S] PASSIONATELY THAT STUDENTS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN AUTHENTIC, EXPERIENTIAL ACTIVITIES WILL LEARN TO LOVE LEARNING”. SHE HAS A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CHILD STUDIES FROM LESLEY UNIVERSITY AND IS CURRENTLY FINISHING HER MASTER’S DEGREE AT LESLEY FOR INTEGRATION OF CREATIVE ARTS IN EDUCATION. MOLLY IS AN EXPERIENCED EDUCATOR WHO HAS HELD THE LONG TERM GOAL OF BECOMING A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. WITH SKILL AND PASSION, SHE EAGERLY AND CREATIVELY MEETS THE DEVELOPMENTAL, ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF OUR KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN. 

  Peter Wallis - Enrichment Center Summer Program Director PWallis@BREAKWATERSCHOOL.ORG  | Peter is an interdisciplinary artist and native son of the Green Mountains of Vermont. His has worked with students throughout the country teaching visual arts at independent schools and nonprofit arts organizations. Peter’s BFA study was in illustration with a double minor in art history and drawing from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Peter earned his MFA from Goddard College with a focus in printmaking, graphic novels, and peace studies. Peter sees visual arts and arts education as catalysts for meaningful change in the world.

Peter Wallis - Enrichment Center Summer Program Director
PWallis@BREAKWATERSCHOOL.ORG
| Peter is an interdisciplinary artist and native son of the Green Mountains of Vermont. His has worked with students throughout the country teaching visual arts at independent schools and nonprofit arts organizations. Peter’s BFA study was in illustration with a double minor in art history and drawing from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Peter earned his MFA from Goddard College with a focus in printmaking, graphic novels, and peace studies. Peter sees visual arts and arts education as catalysts for meaningful change in the world.

Shaun Aylward -Grades K-8 Tinkering Essentialist & Enrichment Arts
saylward@breakwaterschool.org | Shaun is an artist, human ecologist, and educator. After studying at the College of the Atlantic, Shaun taught sailing, built museum exhibits, worked as a production baker, fine furniture maker, musician, visual artist, and finally, spent three years as an upholsterer before returning to school to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at the Maine College of Art. Shaun’s mission at Breakwater is to resource the curiosity of children, believing that elaborating on and synthesizing expressions of curiosity promotes (plural and simultaneous kinds of) growth by illuminating mosaics of relatedness. Additionally, Shaun is an avid lepidopterist and active member of the Maine Entomological Society.

Carrie Bowring - EC Aftercare
cbowring@breakwaterschool.org

Carrie is a former Montessori teacher and co-owner of a school located right here in Maine. The school housed toddler through kindergarten. She has also been a nanny, substitute teacher, and Educational Technician in the public schools. Carrie has experience working with children with disabilities, ranging from behavior to life skills and autism. As a mom of three children, she decided to stay at home for several years running a home day care. Two of her children are on the autism spectrum. This is been the most challenging and educational experience of all. With the children getting older and more independent, Carrie now has decided to go back to work. Early childhood is what she loves!

Julia Beckett - Elementary LiteracY Specialist
jbeckett@breakwaterschool.orG
| Prior to her current role as elementary literacy specialist, she taught in the 1/2 classroom and in our kindergarten program for four years. Julia finds great satisfaction in helping her students grow as both learners and individuals. Julia has a B.S. in Natural Resources, a Master’s in Urban Planning, and is a graduate of ETEP (Extended Teacher Education Program) at USM. She is proud of her years at home raising three boys, during which time she found ways to continue her work in educational settings, whether teaching adult education classes or running a preschool out of her house.

Ben Boegehold - Grades 7/8 Teacher
bboegehold@breakwaterschool.orG
| Ben began his career pulling weeds and selling vegetables with middle schoolers during a summer job in college. Since then, he has worked on three different farms, built raised bed gardens, tutored in Boston Public Schools, developed a gardening program at a Montessori School in Lexington, MA, and taught 8th grade English at Bonny Eagle Middle School. Ben grew up in a small suburb of Boston, and is the oldest of three brothers. He studied English and Education at UMass Boston, and student taught at a small pilot school in the city. He is passionate about helping students connect the skills they learn in the classroom to the experiences they have of the world. 

Krys Carriere - Grades 3/4 Teacher
kcarriere@breakwaterschool.orG
| For OVER a decade Krys has been teaching and learning from children in grades 2 through 6 from Maine to the Caribbean. She has a degree from UMO in Elementary Education (k-8) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in literacy from UNE. Embracing the philosophy of wonder and the importance of community are cornerstones of her philosophy of education, along with creating rich, integrated learning experiences. Her children are students at breakwater.

Gina Mannarino – Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

gmannarino@breakwaterschool.org I Gina went to school in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts at Westfield State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in chemistry. Joining the Breakwater community in the Fall of 2016, Gina has played many roles supporting our day program and after school program. With excitement, Gina returns as the Kindergarten Assistant teacher at Breakwater grounding her integrated interest in cooking, nature, and open-play experiences. Gina is passionate about her journey as an educator and the supportive environment of Breakwater.

Sarah Desormiers - Finance Director
Ext. 224 | sdesormiers@breakwaterschool.org
| Sarah is an accountant and attorney licensed in Maine who focuses on tax, legal, and business services and solutions. Sarah received her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College, her law degree from the University of Iowa Law School and is currently a candidate for her Masters of Laws in Taxation at Boston University School of Law. Sarah’s passion is in utilizing her extensive experience and knowledge of the tax code, regulations, legal and business practices, and case law to plan, strategize, and advocate to ensure optimal outcomes. In addition to balancing our books, Sarah balances parenting her two children, both current Breakwater students.

Tom Fisher - Grades 5/6 Teacher
tfisher@breakwaterschool.orG
| Tom has taught at Breakwater since 1999. Since joining our community he has taught a number of grade combinations, currently sharing his experience and joyful teaching with our fifth and sixth graders. Tom earned a B.A. in geology from Vassar College. He believes in sustainable learning and encourages his students to be self-reliant and self-motivated. A former photography instructor at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Tom shares his passion for photography with his students, often helping them create short films and multi-media projects.

Wendy Getchell - Early Childhood Coordinator
Ext. 232 | wgetchell@breakwaterschool.org
| WENDY TAUGHT OUR TODDLERS FOR SIX YEARS BEFORE BRINGING HER EXPERIENCE TO HER CURRENT ROLE. HER SIXTEEN YEARS TEACHING AND WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN BEGAN AS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE TEACHER. WENDY SERVED AS MANAGING DIRECTOR AT TERPSICORE DANCE INC. FROM 2009-2014 AND IS FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF KIDS CREATIVE: MOVING ARTS FOR KIDS. WENDY HOLDS A B.A. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE, HAS COMPLETED COURSES FOR INFANT/TODDLER CREDENTIALS I AND II, HOLDS A CERTIFICATE IN STAFF LEADERSHIP FROM CEI, AND HAS NATURE PLAY TRAINING FROM MAINE AUDOBON. WENDY MOST RECENTLY VOLUNTEERED ON A NEASC VISITING COMMITTEE FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF SCHOOLS.

Danielle Gorman - Toddler Teacher
dgorman@breakwaterschool.orG
| THROUGH HER CAREER TEACHING MUSIC DANIELLE DISCOVERED ABIDING JOY AND GRATIFICATION IN THE TIME SHE SPENT WITH HER YOUNGEST STUDENTS. EXPERIENCED IN TODDLER EDUCATION, DANIELLE ALSO HOLDS CERTIFICATIONS IN MONTESSORI PRACTICES, MUSIKGARTEN, AND ORFF-SCHULWERK, AND IS A FULLY CERTIFIED YOGA therapist with advanced training in psychotherapeutic dialogue techniques, bodywork, trauma, and the modern day applications of yoga tradition and philosophy. DANIELLE GUIDES STUDENTS THROUGH THEIR DAILY DISCOVERIES, PROVIDES MUSIC EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR TODDLER STUDENTS, AND IS DEVELOPING A MINDFULNESS EDUCATION CURRICULUM. She has one child at breakwater and one alumni.

Marjorie Antich Haley - Grades 1/2 Teacher
mhaley@breakwaterschool.orG
| Marjorie has been teaching first and second grade for seven of her eleven years at Breakwater, as well as Literacy Support Specialist. Marjorie works to help each child stay actively engaged in the learning process, feel honored for their individuality, and thrive at school. Marjorie has a B.A. in psychology from Hendrix College and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a focus on Integrated Learning from Antioch University New England. Marjorie values her supportive and inspiring colleagues, the amazing community of parents, and the curious, inspired and fun students at breakwater; her son among them!

Cheryl Hart - Grades 5/6 Teacher, Instruction & Student Support
chart@breakwaterschool.or
G | Cheryl is one of Breakwater’s longest tenured teachers, having joined the school in 1984. Prior to Breakwater she directed and taught in a gifted and talented program in New Hampshire and taught in public schools in Maine. She first taught kindergarten when hired, and has since served as a classroom teacher for several different combinations of grades, as well as administrative positions. In addition to teaching fifth and sixth grade, she brings years of experience to her role as the coordinator for instruction and student support. Cheryl has a B.S. in Elementary Education, with minors in both early childhood and learning disabilities, from the University of Maine. She has pursued graduate studies in gifted and talented education, and is the proud parent of a Breakwater alumna.

Jeanne King - Early Childhood Enrichment Program Coordinator
jking@breakwaterschool.orG
| JEANNE HAS BEEN WITH BREAKWATER FOR TWENTY-ONE YEARS! SHE HAS TAUGHT KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL AND DELIGHTS IN NURTURING THE HEARTS, MINDS AND GROWING BODIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN. JEANNE LEADS THE EARLY CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM WITH ATTENTIVE INTEREST FOR EACH CHILD’S THOUGHTS, STORIES, UPSETS AND TRIUMPHS. JEANNE OFFERS CONTINUITY THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO THE TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS THROUGH TIME REGULAR TIME SPENT IN EACH CLASSROOM, ENSURING THAT WHEN CHILDREN ARRIVE IN AFTERCARE THEY ARE ALREADY FAMILIAR AND COMFORTABLE HER. JEANNE HOLDS A B.S. IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN LITERACY FROM ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE.

Alex Millian – Guest Teacher Coordinator

amillan@breakwaterschool.org I  Alex is beginning her fourth year at Breakwater School. She is excited to begin her new role as the Guest Teacher Coordinator! Previously, she worked in the AfterCare/Enrichment program. Alex grew up near New Haven, CT and earned a BA in Music Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both from UConn. In summer 2015, Alex moved to Maine and learned about a magical place called Breakwater. She was so taken by the Breakwater spirit that it was the only school she applied to--a gamble that has paid off every day since then! You might see Alex around campus teaching guitar lessons, filming cooking shows, writing musicals, or playing four square. To Alex, the best part of working at Breakwater is the opportunity to say "yes" to everything! Outside of school, Alex enjoys her musical life as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the local group SnugHouse. 

Claire Martin - Inquiry Integration Coach and Literacy Specialist
cmartin@breakwaterschool.orG
| Through both the facilitation of developmentally appropriate engagement with our Curiosity Lab and the provision of deep literacy exploration, Claire supports students and colleagues to strengthen our model of integrated learning. Claire is trained in Reading/Writing Project, SPIRE Reading Intervention, Reading Project, Sitton Spelling, Dimensions of Learning, and Brain Gym (just to name a few). Highlights from her rich and varied 25+ year professional career include several lead teacher positions, work as a k-5 learning strategist, a k-5 resource room teacher, a coordinator for the America Reads/Computes tutor program and for the Big Brother/Big Sister program and a position in an alternative k-6 public school program in Melbourne, Australia, an experience that significantly influenced her philosophically.

Katie O’Toole - grades 1/2 teacher
kotoole@breakwaterschool.orG
| KATIE HAS A MASTER’S IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND A MASTER’S IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP FROM BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AS WELL AS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY FROM COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS. PRIOR TO BREAKWATER, KATIE SERVED AS DIRECTOR AND TWOS TEACHER AT THE NEST AT ALPHABET ACADEMY, A YALE AFFILIATED EARLY LEARNING CENTER, AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND TWOS TEACHER AT DOWNTOWN LITTLE SCHOOL IN MANHATTAN. Her child is a current student at breakwater.

Moriah Perry - Director of Enrollment & Advancement
Ext. 243 | mperry@breakwaterschool.org
| Moriah has been helping Breakwater run smoothly since she joined the school in 2006. Moriah appreciates the opportunity to help families find Breakwater and bring them into our wonderfully welcoming environment. She is proud to tour prospective families through our school where our students and teachers demonstrate the Breakwater Way in action so clearly every day. As an alumni parent she loves supporting a school that she knows firsthand sincerely respects children for exactly who they are, and nurtures their growing process with a balance of individual attention to their social needs and academic rigor. Moriah has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and currently serves on the NEASC Visiting Committee for the accreditation of schools.

Hans Spencer - Grades 1-8 Music Essentialist
hspenCer@breakwaterschool.orG | Hans’ career stretches over twenty years of supporting stories for theater directors, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers. He was called a “master composer” by the Boston Globe and has created music for plays at Portland Stage as well as underscored hundreds of improv comedy shows at Improv Boston Theater, played saxophone with bands such as the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and his own Indigo Invention Group, and written jazz compositions for both groups. Hans was educated in classical composition at Oberlin Conservatory and earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory. Hans taught in the Cambridge Public Schools and in Lesley University’s graduate program in Creative Arts and Learning. He now splits his teaching passions between Breakwater, MECA and his private teaching studio. Hans has two children at Breakwater.

Mary Blake – Toddler Teacher

Mary earned a BA in International Studies from American University and a MA in Teaching from the Upper Valley Graduate School in New Hampshire. She worked for nonprofit aid organizations in Nepal before devoting her time and education towards teaching. A bit of her heart will always remain in Nepal and she returns every year or so to volunteer and visit dear friends. Mary is inspired by the everyday curiosity of young learners, which reminds her of her own heighten curiosity about the world around her that international travel provoked. She has taught preschool in Manhattan, outdoor education in the New York Catskills, worked with at risk teenagers in Nepal, as well as nannying for multiple families. Mary has worked at Breakwater for the past year as a guest teacher and is excited to join the Toddler team full time this year!

Ray Wakefield - Lead Custodian
Ray has been keeping our campus functional and clean for over 10 years. He is the glue that holds it all together!

Katie Way - Grades K-8 AfterCare Program Coordinator
Ext. 228 | kway@breakwaterschool.org
| Katie was first inspired to work with children while growing up and watching her mother passionately teach fourth grade. Katie received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from USM in the TEAMS program and is currently working on a M.S. Katie has taught preschoolers with developmental disabilities and as an educational technician in a primary school. It was when she spent twelve long summers working at a local campground that she felt the desire to mix a little business with a lot of education! 

Chelsea Verria - Admissions and Development associate

cverria@breakwaterschool.org I Chelsea holds a BS in Environmental Science with minors in biology and sustainability from Simmons College. Prior to coming to Breakwater, Chelsea traveled the country as the admissions coordinator for Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport. Chelsea also has roots in outdoor environmental education working as an educator with Natures's Classroom in Connecticut and a Program Manager/ Nature Specialist at gssne's Camp Hoffman. Chelsea is thrilled that she gets to balance her time working behind the scenes at Breakwater with teaching in the Enrichment Center. Outside of Breakwater Chelsea loves hiking the White Mountains and playing the trombone for the Casco Bay Wind Symphony