At the heart of The Bay School experience live our teachers. Honoring the children at every stage of their development, our experienced faculty and staff both lead and follow the child through their time at The Bay School. In relationships that span many years, and often are of vital importance decades after graduation, the warm student-teacher connections that we cultivate are the wellspring of this deeply impactful education. The teachers strive to actively model engaged and critical thinking, respect for differences, collaboration, and joy in learning. As importantly, the teacher and staff share profound gratitude to stand in witness to and nourish the unfolding of healthy childhood.
Kasha Haggarty has been an early childhood teacher at the Bay School since 2011. She relocated from Madison, Wisconsin where she worked at The Madison Waldorf School and The Orchard, a Walforf preschool program. Kasha holds a Certificate of Early Childhood Waldorf Teaching from The Great Lakes Waldorf Institute and a LifeWays Waldorf certificate for birth to age 6. In her free time, Kasha enjoys hiking, gardening, swimming, and spending time with her partner and their three children.
Margot Entwisle has been an early childhood teacher at the Bay School since 2008. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont, a Certificate of Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge Institute, and a LifeWays Waldorf Certificate. Margot loves to bake bread, garden with children, and breathe the sea air. Her greatest joy is to spend time with her family. She and her husband are the parents of three grown sons.
Merrie Eley joined the early childhood faculty at the Bay School in 1995. She earned a B.A. in Human Development with a minor in French from Colby College. She completed Foundation Studies with The Center for Anthroposophy and has had years of Waldorf Kindergarten trainings in workshops and conferences. Merrie is also a Maine Master Naturalist and Wilderness First Responder. She loves to hike, explore the natural world, go camping, and watch birds. Merrie and her husband have two grown sons.
Moira McMahon moved to the Blue Hill peninsula in 1999 in large part to enroll her two children at The Bay School. She started subbing in the Kindergarten in 2000 and began teaching in the afternoons in the Spring of 2007. She received a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and has attended numerous Waldorf Kindergarten and Lifeways’ trainings. While living in Manhattan, one of her favorite gigs was teaching at a toddler program. In her free time she enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Ian Chittenden has been a class teacher at the Bay School since 2005. He is a Class of ‘95 Bay School alum. Ian holds a Bachelors in English from the University of Maine, and a Certificate of Waldorf Teaching from Antioch University. Ian’s interests include gardening, reading, and singing with his wife Meg and their two children.
Kristy Cunnane has been a class teacher at The Bay School since 1995, with a three year gift of teaching Kindergarten. Kristy worked as a Special Educator prior to coming to The Bay School. She has a B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education (University of Maine at Farmington) and an M.Ed. in Special Education (University of Vermont) along with numerous Waldorf trainings! Kristy is a professional artist, gardener, activist, mother and grandmother.
Tobyn Oxman is the first grade teacher at the Bay School. She joined the faculty in 2019 after teaching preschool for ten years: first in the public school system and then at the Cedar Garden Nursery school, a Waldorf inspired school based out of her home. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine and a Waldorf LifeWays Certification. In addition to teaching, Tobyn loves mothering her two children, creating with fabric, and digging her hands into the Earth to grow food.
Scott Springer is a class teacher. Before joining the faculty in 1996, Scott taught high school humanities and science, worked as a carpenter, and was a member of a dance theater troupe. His education includes a B.A. in English (minors in Physics & Theater) from Colby College, a Diploma (Level 3) in Spacial Dynamics, “Jukai” in Hakuin Zen Buddhism, and Certificates in Movement Therapy/Education, Bothmer Gymnastics, fencing (sabre), archery, and numerous Waldorf workshops, meditation and study groups. He loves his wife, their two grown Bay School graduates, their large extended family, and rambles in Nature.
Bethany Woods began as a class teacher at the Bay School in 2016, having worked for seven years prior at a social justice and education non-profit (Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand) in Washington County. Bethany received a degree in International Relations from William & Mary and completed the Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate Program at Antioch University in 2016. Bethany is a native plant enthusiast, an amateur herbalist, a musician, an explorer of both woods and saltwater, and resides in Surry with her family.
Tara Nemeth, Educational Support Coordinator
Tara joined the Bay School in 2018. In this capacity, she closely collaborates with class teachers in her work with students across the grades. She relocated from Chicago in 2018 where she worked as both a special education teacher and an administrator. Tara holds a Bachelors from DePaul University in Psychology, a Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. In her free time, Tara enjoys family adventures, traveling, and cooking.
Elizabeth Wastler Bruno, Librarian, Mathematics
Elizabeth teaches grade six to eight mathematics and is also our school librarian. After the graduation of her daughter in 2012, Elizabeth joined the specialty faculty to share her enthusiasm and curiosity for math and books with the children. She received her BA in Art and Art History as well as her professional degree in architecture from Rice University. Elizabeth is a partner at Bruno Architecture in Blue Hill. She loves to hike, garden, bake, and sail with her family.
Edith Dunham, Mathematics
Edie has been teaching mathematics at the Bay School since 2016. She has a BA in French Literature from Reed College and was a market maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange before getting a Masters in Music from Longy School of Music. She is currently the music director at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Seal Harbor. Edith lives in Brooksville with her two daughters. She enjoys tennis, squash, mountain biking, and sailing.
Shona Terrill, Title 1
Shona has worked in Educational Support as the Title I teacher since 2018. She received her Master’s in Education and Waldorf Teacher Certificate from Antioch University in 2010. She has worked in Waldorf schools in Virginia, Minnesota, and Colorado before moving to Maine. She lives in Blue Hill with her husband and daughter. She enjoys gardening, cross country skiing, reading, and traveling.
Meg Chittenden, Music
Meg leads music class for students in grades 1-8. She grew up singing with her family and has been teaching at The Bay School for over a decade. In addition to her role at the school, she leads a large, all-comers community chorus known as Misty Mountain Singers. She is also an adjunct professor in Antioch University’s Waldorf Teacher Training and M.Ed. program and is the Music Director for the Center for Anthroposophy’s Renewal Courses. She received her M.Ed and Waldorf Certification from Antioch University in 2008 and her B.A. from Connecticut College in 2000. She lives with her husband, Ian (a Bay School class teacher), and their two children on unconstitutionally ceded Penobscot territory.
Heather Dawn Jones, Agricultural Arts
Heather Dawn Jones has been teaching Agricultural Arts at the Bay School since 2016. In addition to teaching, she also tends the gardens and greenhouse year-round. She received her degree in Marine Science with a minor in Environmental Science from Coastal Carolina University. Teaching outdoor education fueled her interest in working with young people in the natural world. Her passion for gardening also led her to become a Maine Master Gardener. She is grateful to be in a position where she can explore, create, and share her joy for the natural world with young people. In her time away from teaching, she enjoys being in or around the ocean, riding her bicycle, gliding on her cross-country skis, and working in the soil.
Josh Wehrwein, Woodworking / Handworks Support
Josh joined The Bay School faculty in 2017. He is the woodworking teacher for the upper grades and the handworks support teacher for grades 1-8. Josh studied at the University of New Hampshire, the Maine Coast Craft School, Fox Maple School of Traditional Building, and with many craft mentors. Josh is interested in community building, homesteading with his wife and two children, cooking, making anything out of wood, broom-making, knitting, and other handcrafts.
Ruth Fiske, Handworks
Ruth has taught as the lead handwork teacher since 2015. Prior to that she assisted in the classroom with longtime Bay School handwork teacher Kathie Burnett for 11 years. She has completed two of four years of the Applied Arts Waldorf handwork teacher training. She and her husband have been farming organically for 24 years and are currently managing 50 acres of organic wild blueberries. Her passions include furthering her knowledge and experience of the natural world along with natural dyeing, raising food, and being as self sufficient as possible. She is the parent of two Bay School alumni.
Moira McMahon, Drama
Moira volunteered to help Catherine Rossi with her 5th/6th grade production of Julius Caesar in 2003 and has been working with The Bay School’s class teachers on their plays ever since. From 2009 until the spring of 2019 she also directed the plays at George Stevens Academy. After graduating from college, she pursued an acting and directing career first in Chicago, then in NYC, supporting herself by waiting on tables. While living in EastHampton, New York, she participated in community theatre productions. She loves Shakespeare and working on plays in any capacity.
Nicole Cardano, Spanish
Nicole joined The Bay School in the fall of 2019 as the Spanish teacher. As the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Theater Today, she works with the process of theater as an experiential learning technique. Nicole has a degree in Theatre and Spanish from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and studied for a year in Puebla, Mexico at the University of the Americas. A recent trip to Europe including Spain with her middle school aged daughter further brought to life the attributes of learning Spanish through the practice of theater.
Bob Slayton, Games and Movement/Athletic Director
Bob teaches Movement and Games and is also our Athletic Director. He has been teaching at The Bay School since 2008. Bob believes in the power of play and enjoys seizing moments to be playful in community, games, sports, and in the ocean and woods around us. While his children were young (before they attended The Bay School), he helped form and teach at a cooperative waldorf inspired early childhood program in Downeast Maine. He has a BA from Bowdoin College, a level 1 certification in Spacial Dynamics, significant eurythmy training with Marjorie Spock, and Waldorf workshops in storytelling and games. In his spare moments, Bob loves to spend time with family and teach tennis to children and adults.
Marcia Diamond, Head of School
Marcia became Head of School in 2016. She previously worked as an administrator in two other private schools for 12 years and also taught middle school for nine years in both public and private school. She taught school law for eight years as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine and is co-author of two editions of Legal Issues for Maine Educators. Marcia holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine, and a Certificate in Waldorf Educational Leadership from Antioch University. Marcia’s interests include reading, spending time with family, and eating lobster.
Betsy Lieser, Administrative Assistant
For Betsy’s first May Fest as a parent to 4 children, she wore her nice spring dress and forgot her rake. Now, many years later and with three graduation roses drying upside down in her kitchen, she’d like to say she’s learning the ropes. She first joined the Admin team in 2012 and is the welcoming face in the office and the voice on the other end of the telephone. Before coming to The Bay School, Betsy worked in a San Francisco Ad Agency as an Art /Creative Director. She graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in Film/Communications. Betsy’s interests include cooking, sailing, tennis, and spending time with her husband and four children.
Bill Gray, Facilities Manager
Bill joined The Bay School in 2012 as the Facilities Manager. He has more than 20 years of experience in management. Previously, Bill was the Head of Maintenance at George Stevens Academy. Bill’s interests include hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, their children, and his two grandchildren.
Sasho Emlen, Business Manager
Sasho grew up in Blue Hill and attended The Bay School during its early years on Beech Hill Rd. He studied business administration at the GreenMBA program in San Rafael, CA, with a focus on sustainable entrepreneurship. Highlights of his work there include developing a clean energy/ waste management feasibility study for Torres-Martinez tribe in Indio, CA, and leading small business workshops for LEAP Schools in Cape Town, SA. He is dedicated to passing on a love for the natural environment and excited to be supporting The Bay School through a resilient back office.
Paul Staples, Custodian
Paul has been keeping our spaces clean since 2014. He comes in after students and faculty put in their full, busy (and often messy!) days and gets the spaces ready for a fresh start the next morning. When Paul is not working, he likes to spend time with his pup Fawn and is especially known for his beautiful wreaths.
Katharine Fodnaess, School Nurse
Katharine Fodnaess has been working as a part-time school nurse at The Bay School since 2013. She also works full-time at Parker Ridge Retirement Community and appreciates the spectrum of the ages of the individuals she works with. She has lived and worked as a nurse on three continents. She says that every time she enters the school grounds, she feels a sense of peace and thoroughly enjoys her time here. Her personal interests include enjoying the ongoing adventures of her three grown children and taking care of a small farm.