Mrs. Arthers joined the LA faculty team in 2010. She earned a BA in elementary education from the University of Southern Maine with a minor in fine arts and has spent more than 25 years in the classroom. Most recently she taught physical education at RSU 20/Belfast Area High School in Belfast, Maine. Previously, she spent 14 years teaching at the elementary school level both in the classroom and as a Physical Educator. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf, running, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Butch, LA’s Associate Headmaster have three sons and three grandsons that they are very proud of. They now make their home, at camp on Mattanawcook Pond in Lincoln.
Mr. Bennett, wife Rachel, and their four children (Anna, Laura, Clara and Caleb) moved to Lee in early summer of 2014 from Keene, NH. He began his teaching at Lee Academy as a long-term substitute in Advanced Placement Psychology. Mr. Bennett currently teaches AP Psychology, Psychology, and Sociology. In addition, he serves as dorm parent and Varsity girl’s basketball coach. In his spare time, Mr. Bennett loves spending time with his family, reading, fishing, canoeing, riding his dual-sport motorcycle, and wood carving. In the last 10 years he has coached high school football, softball and girls basketball. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a graduate of the Church Leadership Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is finishing his Bachelor’s Degree at Crown College with a major in Psychology/Counseling and a minor in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. He has been serving in church leadership and working with teens and college students since 2001.
Debra Burleigh is from Philadelphia, PA and received her BS in Education from Temple University. Life took her in another direction, and she worked for over 20 years in the rail/transit consulting field. She worked on several major projects in Philadelphia and New York City and was very fortunate to have worked with professionals from 16 countries. She moved to Springfield, ME with her Mainer husband in 2011, and has a dog, two cats, four goats and 13 ducks. Among her interests and joys are her animals, hiking, snowshoeing, reading, music, learning new things and experiencing the stories, foods, music and art of other cultures. She also really loves working with the Special Olympics and has volunteered with them at UMaine. She has a son in Philadelphia who is an industrial designer and a daughter in Charlottesville, VA, who is a court reporter, and she is very proud of them.
Special Education Ed tech
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Special Education Teacher
Mr. Flynn lives in Lincoln, with wife Peg and children Gary, Jesse, Megan and Patrick. He received his undergraduate degree in English and History from Worcester State College in Massachusetts. He also earned his Master’s in Special Education at the University of Maine. Mr. Flynn is also a part-time Behavior Specialist with Children with Retardation. He teaches courses in math and English, and enjoys history, politics and golf in his spare time.
Mr. Gibbs begins his first year teaching choral and instrumental music and music theory here at LA. His recent teaching experience was at Houlton High School in Maine. Mr. Gibbs’ background and training includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mansfield University and continued course work at the University of Maine – Presque Isle. He is married to Chelsea Gibbs, who teaches music in the Houlton schools. Mr. Gibbs offers individual music instruction to students after school, is the music director for the Lee Academy fall musical, and he is a dorm parent.
Margo Bernier Kelly
French Teacher/ESL Instructor
Madame Kelly lives in Lincoln, Maine with her husband Paul. She has one son, Paul, and two daughters, Erin and Meghan. She has taught at Lee Academy for more than 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada. Early in her career she worked for a private elementary school in Portland where she developed and implemented a French language program. Here at LA, she teaches 4 levels of French, ESL and a Survey of Language and Culture class. She is advisor to the French club and she manages the school store which raises money to fund trips to Quebec. In her spare time Madame Kelly enjoys skiing, swimming and kayaking.
Mathematics Teacher/Dorm Parent
Mr. Larrivee has been a math teacher at LA since 2011. Before arriving at Lee Academy, he taught mathematics and computer science at Biddeford High School for 21 years. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rhode Island College, and a Master’s of Science in Instructional Education. He has a passion for art and holds a degree from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Photography. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Honda 750.
Mrs. Linscott lives in Lakeville, Maine with her husband, Sterling ’84, and their son Ethan and daughter Elena. She began teaching in 1998 in Rhode Island, then at schools in eastern interior Maine (Mattanawcook Academy and Old Town Middle and High Schools). Her career began at Lee Academy in 2005; she currently teaches physics, environmental science, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science. Mrs. Linscott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hydrology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Science Education from the University of Maine. She is also a graduate of the Teacher Certification Program at Providence College. She worked as an environmental scientist before pursuing a career in education. Mrs. Linscott is the advisor for LA’s Envirothon team, and advisor for the National Honor Society, Student Council, and for our Community Service Club. She serves as a facilitator for Maine Project Learning Tree, a forestry- based environmental education program, for which she has written curriculum and presented at workshops. She also volunteers with the Silver Lakers Recreation Program, which provides athletic and learning enrichment activities for local children. She enjoys gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and activities with her family. In the winter of 2015, Mrs. Linscott led the first group of local LA students to ever visit mainland China; the program was an exchange with students from Lishui, centered around environmental topics.
Ms. McGraw began teaching at Lee Academy in the fall of 2016. In May 2016, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. In June of 2012, she graduated from Massena High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. In college, she was involved in planning events for her sorority, Chi Omega, and worked in the Admissions Office. In high school, she ran on the track and field team and played violin in the school’s orchestra. Ms. McGraw grew up near the Adirondack State Park in Massena, NY.
Candace has worked at Lee Academy since 2004, after returning home to Maine with her husband and daughter, from many years in the western United States. They live in a nearly 200-year-old farmhouse, along with dogs, cats – and assorted wild animals; deer, moose, fox, beaver and turkey are frequent visitors to the property. Candace received her Bachelor’s in English/Speech and Communication, with a minor in Theater Arts, from Boise State University in Idaho. She has worked with various regional and community theater companies in both Idaho and Maine, serving as director, set designer, producer and actor. She is currently the fulltime theater arts teacher at LA, where she also directs the yearly fall musical. Past musicals have included: Grease, Footloose, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, and The Wizard of Oz. Her theater arts students also participate in the Maine Drama Festival and the yearly OneAct Play competition hosted by the Maine Principal’s Association; her students have twice won this regional competition.
Mr. Reed lives in Lincoln, Maine. Since coming to Lee Academy, several years ago, he has taught English Test Prep and regular English courses, with an emphasis on College English. He has three children: Zac, a former Lee Academy employee and graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington; Hannah, a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina; and Phebe, who is married and a nursing student. Mr. Reed is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in English and History Education. He taught English for 33 years at Mattanawcook Academy where he was also department chairperson and longtime baseball coach. Additionally, he taught College Composition & Oral Communication at Eastern Maine Community College for 25 years. In his spare time, Mr. Reed enjoys hunting and fishing and, after a long career coaching and playing baseball; he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
English Teacher/Entropy Advisor
Mr. Rich has spent twelve years teaching at Lee Academy. He has one son, Caleb, who is sixteen years old. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in English, concentration in creative writing, and a masters, with honors, in the art of teaching. He enjoys playing guitar, writing, canoeing, and working with technology; he has done internet diagnostic work and is a self-described technophile. He enjoys movies, music, and all types of media. Mr. Rich teaches AP English—both Literature and Composition, and 10th and 12th grade English. He is also senior co-advisor and editor of Entropy, LA’s literary, arts, and entertainment magazine. He lives in Enfield, where he is renovating a house, and hosts on-campus activities, such as cooking and board games, in the afternoon.
Mrs. Rideout has taught at Lee Academy for 15 years. She lives in Winn with her husband Derek ’89, and children Austin (Class of 2015, who is a sophomore at Thomas College) and Lynzi (who is a junior at LA). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education in 2000, and her M.Ed. in Counselor Education in 2013, both degrees from University of Maine. Emily works as a State of Maine certified Guidance Counselor in the Student Services Center and is the Civil Rights Team Co-Advisor. She the MELMAC Foundation “Connect Aspirations to a Plan” Grant Lead, which provides college-readiness services to students. She teaches courses in Art II and AP Studio Art (which includes Drawing & Studio Art as well as 2-D Design). She enjoys walking, camping, painting, reading, writing and crafting. She also organizes the Annual Lee Academy Craft Fair held each fall and is instrumental in orchestrating the highly successful Spring Arts Gala.
Kendra Ritchie ’66
ESL Teacher/College Advisor
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, lives in Boston.
SPECIAL EDUCATION teacher
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Todd Thurlow ’84
Social Studies Teacher/Coach
Mr. Thurlow lives in East Winn with his wife Sandra ’84, and their son Nathanael. They also have three grown children, Melissa ’05, Kimberly ’08 and Josiah ’11. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1984 and has taught here for 22 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Secondary Social Studies and a minor in English, from the University of Maine. In addition to teaching World Cultures, United States History and AP United States History, he coaches boys and girls cross country, the latter winning a State Championship in 2004, as well as Regional Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2010. He coaches the Junior varsity boys basketball team and assisted on the 2011 State Champion varsity team. During the summer months, he partners with fellow teacher Steve Kennedy in a small construction business that often does work at Lee Academy, as well as elsewhere in the region. He is an Elder for the Lincoln Christian Fellowship, and enjoys being the children’s ministry teacher. In his spare time, he travels to Arizona and Florida to visit his family.
Ms. Ugaz began teaching at Lee Academy in the fall of 2014. Prior to coming here, she taught Spanish in a variety of settings: Lincoln Academy, the Watershed Community School, the Penobscot School, and Portland and South Portland High Schools. At Lee Academy, she teaches all Spanish courses. Ms. Ugaz also spent a considerable amount of time working as a translator and financial literacy educator for non-profit organizations. Ms. Ugaz received her English teaching certification from Universidad Catolica del Peru, and her BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Southern Maine. When not teaching and dorm parenting, she enjoys hiking, roller skating, traveling, creative and journal writing, freelance translating, and gathering with family and friends.
Mr. Wing joined the LA faculty in the fall of 2016. In May 2016, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree after just three years at the University of Maine. In June of 2013, he graduated as the Valedictorian of his senior class at Oak Hill High School in Wales, Maine. In high school, he achieved AP Scholar status and participated in numerous activities including golf team, student government, yearbook, Academic Decathlon, and National Honor Society. Originally from Russia, Mr. Wing grew up in Litchfield, Maine.
Mrs. Aldrich has been employed at Lee Academy for 23 years. She is a cook in the dining hall and works with the maintenance staff in the summers. She graduated from Lee Academy in 1980 and is married to Duane Aldrich and has lived in Lee all of her life.
Paula J. (Dicker/Braley) DeKeyser ’80
Paula DeKeyser ’80 or “Miss Paula” as students often call her, lives in Lee with husband, Jerry. She has worked for LA for 20 years, the last 15 as receptionist. Her son, TJ ’06, has a degree in Computer Informational Systems and is employed at Eastern Maine Healthcare. He is married to Noelle, an RN at EMMC, and they live in Levant with their son, Elliot Thomas (who is the apple of his Nannie’s eye!) Paula’s daughter, Kayla ’09, lives in Lincoln and works as a CNA at Treats Falls House in Orono. Paula has two stepdaughters, Haley ’15 and Hannah. Haley lives in Hampden and works as a CNA at the Elizabeth Levinson Center in Bangor. Hannah, a Senior, resides in Wisconsin, and visits her Maine family at Christmas and during summers. Paula enjoys keeping the score book at LA home basketball games, as well as traveling, photography, and fishing and enjoying time at the family camp on Eskutassis Lake.
Ms. Fang has recently joined our staff and is serving as the medical attendant for Lee Academy’s student population. She works closely with the students to address their health needs and is instrumental in helping them acclimate to life away from home. She also collaborates with the dining lodge staff to prepare authentic Chinese meals, which have been well received by the entire student body. Lili, as she is known around campus, is a 1981 graduate of the Ben Xi Medical School, and received her Master’s in 1983 when she graduated from East North Medical Science Center in Shen Yang. She was a practicing Ear, Nose and Throat doctor at hospitals in Ben Xi and Qin Huang Dao for more than twenty years. She has been living in the United States for nine years, and calls Dallas, Texas her home. She has traveled extensively, including seeing the United States in her forty foot motor home, and has a 29 year old son named Tai Ma. She loves her five dogs and enjoys travel, music, golf, cooking and gardening.
Patricia Gibson Houghton ’82
Mrs. Houghton has worked at Lee Academy for more than 20 years. In that time, she has served in several capacities, including managing the school’s finances as the current Business Manager. She graduated from Husson University in 1985 with an Associate’s Degree in Office Science and Administration. She has two grown children, Everett ’06, who is a 2012 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, and Dana ’08, who will graduate from the University of Maine Machias in 2013. She is an avid Zumba and boot camp enthusiast, and also enjoys walking and jogging. She is known as a fierce Panda fan whose children were members of State and Eastern Maine Championship teams in baseball, basketball and softball.
Emma Irish ’77
Educational Technician/College Advisor
Mrs. Irish is in her 12th year as a member of the Lee Academy staff. She and her husband, Rick, make their home in Topsfield where she enjoys fly fishing, hiking, hunting, cooking, knitting and horseback riding. She has attended Husson University and the Maine Forest Ranger Academy, and received her ESL Certification from the University of Maine. As a College Counselor she helps student navigate the college application process and specializes in helping families with their FAFSA.
Mr. Kennedy lives in Springfield with his wife Beth. They have three children: Katie ‘10, Emily ‘12 and Zachary ‘12. He has taught woodworking at Lee Academy for 26 years and has also taught Architectural Drawing and Digital Media. He now serves as the school’s technology coordinator. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from California University of Pennsylvania. When he is not in school he volunteers with the local boy scout troop as their scoutmaster.
Aaron Knowles ’92
Registered Nurse/Director of Student Health Services
Mr. Knowles is a 1992 graduate of Lee Academy. He is a registered nurse and oversees Lee Academy’s medical department. He is also a licenses paramedic and holds degrees in nursing, fire science and paramedicine. He has been an assistant coach for both baseball and girls soccer. He is the chief of the local volunteer fire and rescue department for the Town of Lee. He and his wife Theresa, make their home in Lee and are the busy parents of four boys: Matthew 11, Aiden, 9, Elijah, 7 and Finnegan, 5.
Christina began work for Lee Academy in 2014. She maintains the Lee Academy website, edits LA Now with Kevin Ritchie and Bethany Beverly, and is a technical advisor to the current yearbook staff. She is also Lee Academy’s Site Coordinator for the Virtual High School, where L.A. students can take online courses (including honors, Advanced Placement, and elective courses), and she teaches an online Criminology course through VHS. An Auburn, Maine native, Christina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Communication from Saint Anselm College in 2007, followed by a Master’s in Mass Communication in 2010 from the University of Maine, where she was a Teaching Assistant for two years. In addition to her Lee Academy duties, Christina also teaches Interpersonal Communication and Technical Writing at Central Maine Community College and works as a tutor in the college’s Writing Center. Her hobbies include concerts, travel, and all things pop culture!
Emily is in her second year at Lee Academy and is working as a dorm parent and administrative assistant for the Finance Department. She attended Calvary Christian Academy and Pensacola Christian College, and was a supervisor at a distribution center at Cinram before returning to Maine. She loves spending time with her son Josiah, and enjoys being outdoors.
Jessica graduated from Lee Academy in 2003 as the Salutatorian of her class. She attended Eastern Maine Community College, where she studied Early Childhood Education. She has previously worked as a Patient Registration Representative for Penobscot Valley Hospital, and is currently a Zumba Instructor in Lincoln. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.
Hazen “Bub” Sawtelle, Jr ’89
Director of Maintenance
Mr. Sawtelle is the Director of Maintenance at Lee Academy. Under his guidance and expertise, the campus has undergone considerable improvements, and he oversees the upkeep of more than fourteen campus buildings, along with serving as the liaison for MSAD #30 and their maintenance needs. Bub is married to Lorraine ‘92, and they have two children, Dustin ’12 (a member of the 2011 State Championship basketball team) and Kaylee ’16. Bub himself was an accomplished athlete while at Lee Academy, graduating in 1989 and was a McDonald’s All-Star basketball player his senior year, as well as being selected as an All-State baseball player. Prior to working at LA, he received a degree in Electrical Power from Northern Maine Technical College, and he worked locally for several years with Larry Ham Construction and then did industrial work with the Lincoln Pulp & Paper Company.
Krystal Schultz has worked with the Lee Academy dining services, as chef-manager and cook, since 2007. Trained at the Connecticut Culinary Institute, her specialty at LA is desserts (which makes her skills quite popular!). Ms. Schultz previously worked at her father’s store in Springfield, the town in which she currently resides.
Carol Worster begins her 8th year at Lee Academy as a special education technician supporting student learning. She attended Lee Academy and has worked in the local school system for 17 years. She resides in Lee with her husband Gerry; they have four grown children, all of whom graduated from Lee Academy. She enjoys fishing, riding motorcycles and is excited to be a new grandmother. In her spare time, she is a consultant for Pampered Chef.
Shelley Wyman is the Administrative Assistant for the Guidance and Special Services Department. She is married to Christopher, and they have two children: Elizabeth, age 11 and Owen, age 8. Prior to coming to Lee Academy, she worked as a commercial lines insurance agent, and was a dental assistant and receptionist. A graduate of Schenck High School, she maintains her State of Maine Insurance License, and is a member of the Lincoln Recreation Committee. Her hobbies and interests include basketball, softball, soccer, walking and running, camping and photography.