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.
Lara Wright joined The Bay School in 2023 from Washington state, although she and her family had spent the last several years in Hawaii. Lara completed her Master’s Degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has been completing her Waldorf teacher training through Sound Circle Center in Seattle. She homeschooled her children before arriving in Blue Hill. Lara previously worked as a scientist for the National Science Foundation in the Arctic Circle and Antarctica and as Director of Programs for Habitat for Humanity in Wyoming.
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.
Kialey DeRock will be finishing her degree in Outdoor Education through Prescott College in December and has been working at Golden Sun Day Care. She has also worked as a summer camp counselor and rock climbing guide in California and Arizona. In her spare time she likes to craft, sail, ski, bike, climb, and adventure with her partner. Kialey lives in Orland with her partner where they are currently building their house.
Sarah Gleason joined us as an early childhood assistant in 2023. Sarah has a Bachelor’s from University of Georgia and has worked as an assistant teacher at The Children’s Garden Preschool and as an Ed Tech in RSU #24. Sarah lives in Blue Hill with her husband, Chris, and her four children. She enjoys reading and going to the movies. You can catch Sarah and her family selling popsicles across from the library and walking their three little dogs around town.
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 co-parent, Ian (a Bay School class teacher), and their two children on unconstitutionally ceded Penobscot territory.
Zeya Lorio, Agricultural Arts
Zeya joined The Bay School as the Agricultural Arts teacher in 2023. In addition to teaching, she also cares for the school’s gardens and greenhouse. She grew up on the Blue Hill Peninsula and is a Bay School alum. She has a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, where she studied education, food systems, and sustainable agriculture; she also has a Maine State teaching certification. When Zeya is not at school she can be found working at King Hill Farm. She enjoys swimming, running, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Aria Nevin, Spanish
Aria grew up attending the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Massachusetts. She went on to become a Waldorf class teacher and holds an M.Ed. with Waldorf Education Teaching Certificate from Antioch University, as well as a B.A. from Smith College, where she also pursued studies in Spanish. She has since learned several other languages through immersion, which included living in a tiny village in the Himalayas. She has been a teacher, mentor, and program director in a variety of educational settings, including instrumental music and nature-based programs. Most recently, Aria was the Program Director for White Ash Learning Cooperative in Monroe. She lives primarily with her young son in Freedom.
Mike McGlone, Games and Movement
Mike McGlone joined us in 2023 from the West Coast, after 17 years of teaching at the Siskiyou School in Ashland, Oregon. Mike has been a class teacher and has also taught woodworking, games, gardening, cooking, and math. Mike was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Temple University in 1996 and received his Waldorf teacher training certificate from the Eugene Waldorf School in Eugene, Oregon. Mike and his partner, Ghigs, live in Harborside with their daughters: Juniper and Grace. Mike loves kayaking, gardening, bicycling, adventures in the woods and playing games with his children and their dog Ruby.
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.
Aubrae Filipiak, Development Associate
Aubrae joined the staff of the Bay School in the fall of 2023, at the same time as her son, Henry, joined our student body. Prior to their move to Blue Hill, Aubrae was the director of an independent microschool in Bangor. And before becoming a mother, she spent 20 years working in the restaurant and hospitality industry, as a chef and sommelier. She student English Literature with a French minor at Michigan State University and culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. She was a 2021-22 CEE-Change Fellow for the NAAEE and chairs the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor. She spends her evenings and weekends soaking in the natural beauty of Maine, enjoying great food and good wine, and fending off requests from her son to add more pets to their household.
Katharine Fodnaess, School Nurse
Katharine has worked as a nurse on three continents, including a previous stint as the nurse at the Bay School for eight years. After a short break, she’s happy to be back at the school part time. Her interests include enjoying the ongoing adventures of her three grown children and taking care of a small farm.