Luke Shorty has been in education for over a decade both in the classroom and in educational leadership. He obtained his BA and MS both in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Maine at Farmington and Montana State University respectively. Prior to joining the Lee Academy team he was the Executive Director at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, Maine for the last ten years. He lives with his wonderful dog, Bandit and curious cat, Foxy on campus. His wife, Lisa is finishing up her fourth year medical school rotations here in Maine.
HARRIS “BUTCH” ARTHERS
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Harris “Butch” Arthers brings many years of educational experience to Lee Academy. A 1972 graduate of Mattanawcook Academy in nearby Lincoln, Mr. Arthers went on to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in mathematics and a Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Maine. His first teaching position brought him home to his alma mater, M.A., where he also coached wrestling, track, basketball and football. His next stop was Marshwood High School, where he taught mathematics and coached track, basketball, softball and football. Until he joined Lee Academy in 2010, Mr. Arthers held a variety of positions at Belfast Regional High School, including Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Principal. He was the head football coach at Belfast for 16 seasons, where he successfully led the team to three State Championships in 1996, 1999, and 2003. In addition to his role as Associate Headmaster, Mr. Arthers serves as the Director of Student Services, where he oversees guidance, counseling, and testing functions, and he works with the Director of Residential Life. He and his wife Angela reside in Lincoln and are parents to three grown children (Tony, Nick, and Jake). Tony and Nick are married to Darci Hanson and Courtney Grimes respectively and are the grandparents to three boys (Landon, Maddox, and Canaan). Nick and Jake both excelled at baseball at Husson University. Tony is employed with NexxLinks in Orono, Nick is now a teacher and head football coach at Brewer High School, where Butch currently assists with the football team, and Jake has recently moved to South Carolina with his girlfriend Kayla Binnette. Butch and Angela spend their spare time golfing and boating in summer, and doing winter sports in the winter.
RANDY HARRIS ’80
ASSISTANT RESIDENCE LIFE DIRECTOR
Mr. Harris graduated from Lee Academy in 1980 and went on to Husson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management, in addition to receiving his certification to teach Physical Education from the University of Maine. While a senior at Husson, he traveled to Lee each night to coach varsity basketball, beginning here as a full-time educator in 1985. He lives in Lee with his wife Patty, daughter Brooke ’08, and son AJ ’11. Mr. Harris particularly enjoys baseball, having played at Marietta College and at Husson, as well as in Florida in the minor leagues of professional baseball. He is an avid golfer, has coached L.A. baseball for many years, and he loves the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Mr. Harris serves as the Athletic Director and continues to coach Lee Academy boys’ varsity basketball. His 2011 team won the Class C State Championship. He also coached girls’ soccer for 13 years.
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
Holly has been at Lee Academy since 2015 and is currently Assistant Head of School. She also teaches Math courses, coaches the Math Team and works as a Class Advisor. She came to LA from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln where she worked as a Math Teacher, Math Team Coach and Class Advisor for 14 years. She is a 1990 graduate of Mattanawcook Academy. Holly holds a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Maine concentrating in Mathematics, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. She currently holds certifications with the State of Maine Department of Education as a Building Administrator, Athletic Director, Math Teacher, and Gifted and Talented Teacher. In her current role at Lee Academy she oversees discipline and attendance as well as being Residential Life Coordinator. Holly strives to make strong interpersonal connections with the students, parents and faculty/staff of Lee Academy. Holly, her husband Andrew, and daughter Delaney (Lee Academy Class of 2021) live in Lincoln most of the year with a summer home on Silver Lake in Lee. Along with working as an Administrator at LA, Holly is a Registered Maine Guide and she enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outside with family and friends.
DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICES
Mr. Murchison has been the Director of Food Services at LA since 2013. Prior to that time, he worked extensively in the foods industry, beginning with many years in places along the east coast. He considers himself fortunate to have been mentored by several highly skilled chefs, particularly in the Wilmington, NC region where his own cooking and management styles evolved. He has also had the unique experience of catering for the motion picture industry, both on location and in studios, in the southern United States. After returning to the Portland, ME area several years ago, he and his wife, April, moved north to Lee, where he has roots; Mr. Murchison’s mother and father live in Lee and his mum, Janet, is a member of the LA Class of ‘63. While living in Lee, he was the chef at The Chocolate Grill, a popular Bangor-area restaurant. He then worked for several years, throughout eastern Maine, in outside sales and marketing for Sysco Foods Corporation. At Lee Academy, Mr. Murchison oversees a staff of nine, which often includes student interns. He plans, orders, and prepares/coordinates all meals for both the day and boarding school, and he is responsible for nutrition, campus catering, and overall management of the food services program.
ART TEACHER/GUIDANCE COUNSELOR/CO-DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE
Mrs. Emily Rideout, Co-Director of Guidance & Visual Arts Teacher, started at Lee Academy in the Fall of 2001. A 1992 graduate of Mattanawcook Academy in nearby Lincoln, Mrs. Rideout went on to earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with a concentration in Anthropology and a Master’s in Counselor Education from the University of Maine. She resides in Winn with her Husband Derek Rideout (class of 1989) who has owned and operated “Rideout Welding” since 2001. Her son Austin Rideout (class of 2015) currently attends Thomas College in Waterville pursuing a degree in Marketing with a concentration in Social Media. Her daughter Lynzi Rideout (class of 2018) just started college at the University of Maine as a Theatre major with a minor in Education. Mrs. Rideout is Co-Advisor of both the Civil Rights Team and Peer Counselors, and specializes in helping students to navigate the College Application Process. During her free time she enjoys painting, reading, cooking, and camping with her family and her dog Luna.
KENDRA RITCHIE ’66
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR/CO-DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE/ESL COORDINATOR
Mrs. Ritchie received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Maine. In 2008, she retired from Lee Academy after 27 years as Guidance Director. She developed the first comprehensive guidance program at LA, as she coordinated college and personal counseling, and career planning and testing. Mrs. Ritchie also founded Lee Academy’s Civil Rights team, which was one of the first such teams in Maine. She and her Civil Rights students spoke to student-faculty groups in Maine high schools, at conferences throughout Maine, and in Boston and Washington, DC. Mrs. Ritchie was also the coordinator and leader, in the 1990s, of a comprehensive Native American Studies program here at LA which was, at the time, the only such program in New England. The program included courses in Native Literature, Environmental Science, and ongoing seminars in learning the Passamaquoddy language, beading, drumming and drum-making, and other traditional native skills. Mrs. Ritchie was a 10-year member of the Admission’s Advisory Council at the University of Maine. In 2002, she was named the NEACAC Counselor of the Year for the State of Maine, for her work with young people in the college exploration and admissions processes. She is now a College Counselor for international students, as well as a teacher of English Language Learners. A passionate basketball fan, she also enjoys listening to and playing music, traveling, hiking and kayaking, and time spent with family, friends and former students. She is a member of the Springfield Congregational Church, UCC. Mrs. Ritchie is an alum of Lee Academy and lives in Lee with her husband, Kevin. Son Aaron ’92, daughter-in-law Theresa, and grandchildren Matty, Aidan, Elijah and Finnegan also live nearby. The Ritchies’ daughter, Aarika ’08, works in Boston and is married to Ben Guido ’10, who is in med school at Tufts.