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Meet our Teachers
Leadership School Educator

Guillaume Gutkin-Nicolas
Started at the Leadership School: March 2013

Gui was born in Montreal and moved to Boston when he was six. He volunteered as a teacher's assistant at a day camp called Lexplorations for three summers. He loves playing sports such as soccer, snowboarding, running, and swimming. He has recently discovered a passion for endurance and obstacle races and participated in his second one this summer.

Will Hackett
Muhlenberg College - 2010
Started at The Leadership School: August 2011

Will is an native of Belle Meade, NJ and spent six years as a camper at Kieve. During his five years as a counselor for Kieve Boys Camp, Will worked with children ranging from 8 - 16 years and led several extended trips into the Maine Wilderness. He is a 2010 graduate of Muhlenberg College. Will loves watching and playing sports, especially football and getting out into the Maine Woods.

Hannah Lovejoy
St. Lawrence University, 2012
BA in Spanish
Started at The Leadership School: August 2012

Hannah is from northwestern Connecticut. Hannah works at Wavus during the summer, where, much like The Leadership School, she can combine her passions of working with students with the outdoors. Hannah\'s interests include traveling, running and spending time outside.

Matthew Markot
Trinity College, 2012
BA in Political Science
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Matt is a native of Middletown, CT and loves to travel, backpack, and ride his bike. A camper and counselor at Winona Camps in Bridgton, ME for eight years, he is no stranger to how special a place like Kieve-Wavus is. He is super excited to join TLS and can't wait to learn from his co-educators and students alike!

Paul McCarthy
University of New Hampshire 2007
BS Nutritional Science
Started at The Leadership School: May 2010

A graduate in 2007 from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Nutritional Science, Paul has personal trainer certification through the ISSA that he completed during his senior year of college. After graduating he moved to Montana for a year and managed a gym in Bozeman, MT. Paul enjoys playing sports, traveling, and hiking.

Cameron Miller
Snow College, Psychology
Joined The Leadership School: August 2011

Cameron came to the Leadership School from Orem, UT. He brings enthusiasm, creativity and compassion to the Leadership School team. In his free time, Cam loves sports, hanging out with friends and exploring Maine.

Mary Montgomery
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Structural Systems Engineering and Environmental Studies
Started at The Leadership School: Augtust 2013

Mary is from Atlanta GA. She worked for Moondance Adventures the past three summers in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Wyoming. Mary's interests include anything outdoors, reading, and photography.

Zoe Nahatis
Fordham University
BS in Psychology and Anthropology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

During college Zoe volunteered with Peer Health Exchange teaching ninth grade health classes, participated in service trips to Alaska and Guatemala with Global Outreach, and spent summers working with developmentally disabled adults. Zoe's interests include travel, dance, yoga, and the outdoors.

Tyler Pace
Connecticut College, 2007: History and Italian
Boston University: MA in History
Teacher with The Leadership School since 2010

After Tyler graduated from Connecticut College in 2007, he spent a year working as a Student Services Assistant at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. He then spent some time back home in Kentucky before heading to graduate school in Boston. Tyler will bring his vast experience and deeply grounded Kieve history as camper, counselor and educator to the Bridge Year faculty. In his spare time, Tyler loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, make friends with dogs, read Dante and Wendell Berry and listen to all kinds of Bluegrass music.

Erik Phelan
William Paterson University
B.A. English, 2008
Started at The Leadership School: August 2011

Erik came to the woods of Maine from New York. Disaster relief work in Haiti in 2011 ignited an interest in working with children. At the Leadership School, Erik connects with students through joy, exploration and creative expression. When not working with students, Erik likes to run(miles and miles. . .) , dance and listen to music.

Christine Roback
Hamilton College, 2012
BA in Biology and Archaeology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2012

Christine is a recent graduate from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. During her four years there she was involved in a variety of activities that sparked her interest in experiential education and leadership. Christine was involved in the college pre-orientation program, a leader for the Alternative Spring Break program, and was a founding member of the marathon canoe racing team. When that water freezes and she can't canoe, Christine enjoys both alpine and telemark skiing. A native of Utica, NY, Christine is excited to spend the next season in Maine!

Nick Sanchez
National Outdoor Leadership School
Started at The Leadership School: August 2012

Nick is from Dumbarton, NH and has spent eight summers at Kieve, including two as a counselor. Nick is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and has spent time backpacking in Colorado and the South West US. He is excited to take on the new challenge of the Leadership School and is looking forward to working with youth full time.

Ruth Solow
Grinnell College, 2013
English Major
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

At Grinnell Ruth worked for the community arts council, played at preschool, and was involved in student wellness initiatives on campus. Though she grew up in New York City, Ruth was introduced to the wilderness at Wavus, where she spent three years as a camper and one as a counselor. After four years of living in the cornfields, Ruth is excited to return to Maine.

Ben Swanson
Gettysburg College, 2013
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Ben was a camper at Kieve for 10 years and has been a counselor for four years. While at Gettysburg College he worked for the Gettysburg Recreation and Activities Board leading outing trips and Experiential Education exercises. "I can't wait to start at The Leadership School at Kieve - my second home"!

Anna Weissman
Grinnell College, 2013
BA in Anthropology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Anna is from New York City but spent the last four years studying Anthropology at Grinnell College in Iowa. She has a lot of experience working with youth in many different capacities, from juvenille homes to summer camps. Anna loves dancing and swimming and is very excited to be living in Maine!

Leah Yacknin-Dawson
Grinnell College, 2013
BA in Political Science
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Leah was born in Pittsburgh, PA. In the past she has worked as both a camp counselor and youth group advisor. Her favorite outdoor hobbies include hiking and camping. Other hobbies include music, reading, and writing. Leah is very excited to be working at The Leadership School.

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