When I taught kindergarten I was once telling a story to my students in which I mentioned the garage at my house. I was interrupted by a student who said, with a great mix of astonishment and disbelief, “Wait. You have a GARAGE?”
Yes, child. We teachers do not actually live at Breakwater.
Not only do we not live on campus, we have interests, activities, hobbies, and sometimes whole other professional careers in addition or complimentary to our calling as educators. Over the years it has been our community's remarkable pleasure to celebrate the many amazing accomplishments of our faculty members both past and present. Breakwater is a special and unique learning environment in part because of our recognition that it is not only the level of academic degree or training a teacher receives, but the whole of their lives, loves, values, and experience that makes a truly great educator. The Breakwater community is home to some of the most creative, well-rounded and hard working people one can ever hope to have guide our children - and we celebrate their myriad of interests, hobbies, professional accomplishments, and personal successes.
Recently several of our faculty have appeared in the media and on stage. We’d like to give a special shout-out!
Alex Millan, a member of the Breakwater Enrichment Center’s dedicated staff, was featured on News Center Maine’s 207 with her band Snughouse. Find the 207 show here, and their self titled album available on bandcamp. Incidentally, the Irie of the song Snughouse performs on 207 is the young daughter of Breakwater middle school teacher Alicia Amy and her husband Tom. Alex wrote this song while nannying. About the 207 clip, Alicia writes: “We just watched it as a family. Two grown ups were sobbing and one very happy toddler was screaming "ALEX!" at the screen! Such a very talented songwriter writing a song about your favorite human on the planet is pretty amazing!”
Andrew Hodgkins, a past classroom teacher, current Enrichment faculty and member of our guest teacher roster, has joined the line-up of the Maine favorite Ghost of Paul Revere. The band joined the ranks of late night television entertainers last week when they appeared on Conan with host Conan O’Brien. Can you spot Andrew on the drums? Watch the video clip here, and see the band live at one of their upcoming shows.
Samuel James, world-renowned blues legend and local hero, joined our faculty in 2013 as an artist-in-residence. If you were lucky enough to catch Mr. James at Breakwater’s Songwriters in the Round Birthday Bash & Benefit Concert last May you’ll know his blues roots style and skillful musicianship firsthand. If not, watch the concert video here and see his recent performance here on News Center Maine’s 207 show. Mr. James’ website is here, and he writes regularly for The Bollard under his column “Racisms”.
Sari Lindauer was the last teacher hired by Breakwater founder El Costa thirty-four years ago. During her long tenure, Sari designed an early computer program, started Breakwater’s science program, created an urban garden and greenhouse, a wildlife park, worked with Portland trails and other conservation efforts, and, most notably, spearheaded the integration of the Jessie Bullens-Crewe Nature Preserve in Cumberland into the school curriculum. In 2005 Sari proposed and developed our 7/8 program and she runs our popular CSA Cafe. As if this was not enough of a full time job, Sari has been a volunteer coordinator at the Common Ground Country Fair for over fourteen years where she co-coordinatesd the Youth Enterprise Zone (YEZ). Sari was recently profiled in Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) magazine. Read the article here.
And, if you haven’t noticed already, Jed Bloom, Breakwater middle school teacher, is really really funny. The kind of funny that has propelled him onto the local comedy scene in a big way. Jed performs stand-up comedy regularly, participating in shows, competitions (he was a finalist in the Empire’s Comedy Summer Classic in Portland last year) and fundraising events. If you lost him in the capacity crowd at the Urban Farm Fermentory event last week, Jed has a bunch of upcoming shows listed here including the semi-finals of Maine's Tightest 5.