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.
Residential Life Supervisor/Media Center Supervisor/Women’s Basketball Head Coach/Geometry Teacher
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 Geometry, as well as serving as the Residential Life Supervisor and Librarian. 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 12 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.
Special education TEACHER/dorm parent
Ms. Bryden is coming to Lee this year from Oneonta, New York. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in the fall of 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology. Before coming to Lee Academy, Ms. Bryden worked at the Tom Golisano Center for Autism at Springbrook, a residential school for children diagnosed with autism and other intellectual disabilities. She spent 2 years as a Direct Service Provider and then worked as a Licensed Teaching Assistant for about 3 years. She is looking forward to working with students at Lee Academy.
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.
music teacher/band director/DORM PARENT
Miss Goodrich began teaching music at Lee Academy in the fall of 2017. In May of 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine. Throughout college, Miss Goodrich participated in many musical ensembles such as Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band. In June of 2013, she graduated from Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT. Throughout high school, she was an active member of the music department and cheerleading squad.
SCIENCE TEACHER/DORM PARENT
In May of 2017, Miss Hamilton graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and in the fall of 2017, she began teaching biology at Lee Academy. Miss Hamilton is a 2012 graduate of Lee Academy, where she was an active member of National Honor Society, Student Council, French Club (president), and she served as Class President. She was a tri-sport athlete and was captain of the soccer, basketball, and softball teams. Miss Hamilton is glad to be back in her hometown and working with Lee Academy students in the classroom as well as in extracurricular activities.
Ms. Johnson joins the Lee Academy community this year as a dorm parent and an ESL instructor. She holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Ms. Johnson’s approach to language learning emphasizes authentic materials and tasks, extensive reading, and curiosity. In her roles at Lee Academy, Ms. Johnson is looking forward to being a caring adult in the lives of her students, and to them being role models for her two children, Ronan and Maggie, and her husband, Mr. Russell.
Margo Bernier Kelly
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, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND DIGITAL ART Teacher/Dorm Parent
Mr. Larrivee has been a math teacher at LA since 2011. In 2017 he added Photography and Digital Art to his teaching repertoire. 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.
Mrs. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in human development and family relations from the University of Maine. She previously taught science and math and assisted the guidance department with the MELMAC grant at Lee Academy and re-joined the LA faculty team in Spring of 2017. She has worked in the field of education in various capacities for over 7 years. Mrs. Martin was also an honors graduate from Lee Academy Class of 1994. She attained her Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification from the American Yoga Academy in West Orange, New Jersey in 2003. She is considerably involved in local community organizations including the Lee Historical Society as Treasurer, MSAD 30 PTA Vice-President, Co-Leader of the Multi-level Girl Scout Troop #2126 and is an interim MSAD 30 board of director. She continues to pursue certification through the University of Maine graduate course work. She and her husband have two school age daughters and reside in Lee.
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.
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. 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.
Mr. Russell joined the faculty of Lee Academy as the 11th and 12th grade English teacher in the fall of 2017. Though originally from Maine, Mr. Russell has relocated here with his wife (Kaede “Ed” Johnson, dorm parent and TOEFL Prep Teacher) and their two children (Ronan and Magnolia) from Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he and Mrs. Johnson worked together as houseparents at the Milton Hershey School. Prior to that, Mr. Russell taught English at both the middle school and high school level in Indiana, California, and Ohio, as well as abroad in Mongolia where he and Mrs. Johnson met while serving together in the Peace Corps. Mr. Russell earned his Master’s in Teaching at Marian University in Indianapolis, and he received his Bachelor’s from Oberlin College with a double major in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing and a minor in French. In his spare time, Mr. Russell enjoys cooking, running, hiking, reading, playing and listening to music, and, of course, spending time with his family.
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.
Mr. Wrobleski feels fortunate to be well into a second career as a social studies teacher at Lee Academy. After earning a law degree from the University of Arizona, a law clerkship, and a successful law career here in Maine, Mr. Wrobleski earned a Master’s in Education from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and has been teaching social studies since 2012, and at Lee since 2017. In addition to his responsibilities as a teacher and dorm parent, Mr. Wrobleski advises the Civil Rights Team. And as an endurance runner who has completed numerous marathons and ultra-marathons, he can oftentimes be seen running the roads and trails around the school.
Ms. York joined the Lee Academy team during the Fall of 2017. She is a dorm parent in addition to teaching English, Psychology, and Sociology. She lives in Lagrange with her fiancé, their cat, and their dog. Ms. York encourages humor and creativity as a vital part of education and everyday life. She has been known to initiate prank wars, volunteer in the community, and brake for turtles.
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.
Petey (Phyllis) Cole has been a prep cook at Lee Academy since 2012. She is married with four children and now has three grandchildren with whom she loves to spend time. Fishing, flower gardening, and scrapbooking are her favorite hobbies in addition to spending time with family.
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.
Deborah Delano joined the staff at Lee Academy in 2003 as a part of the Special Education Department. In the past she has worked for SAD 30,Gentiva Health Services as a behavioral specialist, and owned her own preschool for 19 years. She has also been on the National Ski Patrol and coached skiing at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. When not working at Lee Academy Deborah is working on her teacher certification for meditation,and teaching art at Region 3 adult education classes. Deborah also owns 2 businesses that she runs: Traveling Paintbrushes ( art classes for adults around the state) and Body and Mind Reiki ( Holistic healing at master level.) In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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 graduated 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.
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.
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 and currently works part time, maintaining the Lee website, editing publications, and coordinating distance education. She is 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 is a full-time English teacher at Lisbon High School in Lisbon, ME.
Emily started with Lee Academy in 2011 as a dorm parent and Administrative Assistant. She has since worked her way to be the Headmaster’s Assistant. In the last couple of years, Emily has also been able to take on the role of Co-Advisor for the Yearbook. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2012 with an Associates degree in Office Systems. While her job and roles have taken her many places since college, her heart was pulled back to Lee where her family roots are embedded. She loves spending time with her son and family, and enjoys their “Adventure Days” exploring the state of Maine.
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 14th 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 22 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, in her spare time, working as a consultant for Pampered Chef. Carol loves being a grandmother and she greatly enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.