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.
Maple Pollock joined the Early Childhood team at the Bay School in 2021. She has worked with all ages of children in nature connection schools and programs around the country. Maple has a B.A. in International Intercultural Studies from Pitzer College, a graduate certificate from Islandwood in Elementary Education focusing on equity, environment and community, and LifeWays Fundamentals training. Maple loves being a mama to her daughter, creating art of many mediums, and spending time in the wild world.
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.
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.
Jean Pauly joined us in 2022 as an assistant in our Early Childhood program. Jean has worked as a library assistant in both Ellsworth and Portsmouth, NH, and she has taught music (vocal and instrumental) and dance at Seacoast Charter School in NH. She is also a farmer and co-owner of Garen’s Greens at Schoodic Hollow Farm in Franklin. Jean received a Bachelor of Arts in Art at Houghton College in New York.
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.
Ghigs Razi joined us in 2022 from the West Coast, after 17 years of class teaching at The Siskiyou School in Ashland, Oregon. She took her first class from 4th to 8th grade, her second from 5th to 8th grade, and her last from 1st to 8th grade, graduating her 28 students in June, 2022. Ghigs was born in Blue Hill and grew up in Washington, DC and on Cape Rosier in Brooksville, Maine, attending both The Bay School and George Stevens Academy. Ghigs graduated from Colorado College in 2004 and received her Waldorf training through the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. She and her partner, Michael, have two girls who attend The Bay School: Juniper and Grace. Ghigs loves to sing, sail, and spend time with her family!
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
Elizabeth has been part of The Bay School community since 2001, and a member of the specialty faculty since 2012. She loves sharing her lifelong enthusiasm and curiosity for books with the children weekly as our school librarian. Her past roles at our school include parent, board member, and upper grades math teacher. She received her BA in Art, Art History and Architecture, as well as her professional degree in architecture from Rice University. When not spending time with the children, Elizabeth is a licensed architect and partner at Bruno Architecture in Blue Hill. She loves to hike, garden, bake, and sail with her family.
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 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.
Laura Bryant, Mathematics
Laura joined The Bay School community as a mathematics instructor in 2022. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maine and has been teaching in local schools with a specialty in math since 2007. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and two daughters and enjoys reading, writing, swimming, skiing, and exploring with her family – and of course playing with numbers! She is actively delving into the Waldorf model and loves helping students grow.
Paul Valentine, Woodworking
Paul loves to make things, anything and everything, but especially things out of wood. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and went on to work as an architectural and museum exhibit designer. Now, Paul is a professional fine artist, focusing primarily in woodcut printmaking, but also working in oil paint, sculpture, and fine woodworking fabrication. Spending long periods of time in nature is very important to Paul and his family and it often inspires his work. He has thru-hiked over 7,000 miles of trails including the entire Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Te Araroa Trail (in New Zealand). He lives in Surry with his wife and daughter.
Josh Wehrwein, Handworks
Josh joined The Bay School faculty in 2017. He is the handworks teacher for grades 1-6. Josh studied at the University of New Hampshire, the Maine Coast Craft School, as well as with many craft mentors. He learned to knit in a parent/child Waldorf class and has been in the role of the handworks support teacher. 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.
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.
Molly Gawler, Games and Movement/Athletic Director
Molly finds great joy in moving her body. In the past she has delved into dance (contemporary, modern and ballet) circus arts, par kour, kung fu, acrobatics, and Cyr wheel. She holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory. She has traveled the world with Pilobolus Dance Theater and came back to her home-state of Maine where she continues movement exploration and improvisation. She loves the integration of all arts, music, dance and learns so much from the greatest teachers in the world: children. She is blessed to have a beloved family at home; daddy Lao and kiddos Caspian and Mica.
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.
Amy Bramblett, Administrative Assistant
Amy joined the office staff in the fall of 2021. She received a degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology from the University of Rochester and has worked as a preschool teacher, a summer camp counselor, an AmeriCorps volunteer, a children’s museum guide, a cashier, a membership coordinator, and an office administrator. Amy is excited to be part of the Bay School family in a whole new way, after spending 11 years as a parent of two alumni and as an active volunteer during the years her sons were at the school. When she’s not working, Amy enjoys making art, walking in the woods, acting in community theater, and growing flowers.
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.
Betsy Lieser, Marketing Director
Betsy began working at The Bay School in 2012 as a member of the administrative team and as a mother to four enrolled children. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pitzer College and worked professionally in both print and online advertising and marketing in San Francisco, first as an Art Director and eventually as a Creative Director. When Betsy is not dreaming up ways to show the world how amazing The Bay School is, she is spending time with her family and enjoying her beautiful surroundings.