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, paddle boarding, and spending time with family and friends. She truly enjoys and looks forward to, the “half marathon adventures” each year with her two sisters. She and her husband, Butch, LA’s Head of Schools have three sons and three grandsons with a fourth grandson due in December that they are very proud of. They now make their home, at camp on Mattanawcook Pond in Lincoln.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER/DORM PARENT
Before coming to Lee, Ms. Bryden originally comes 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.
ENGLISH LONG TERM SUB
Debra Burleigh hails from Philadelphia and came to live in Springfield, Maine in 2011. After 25+ years as a technical writer/editor and business owner in the rail/transit consulting field, Ms. Burleigh had the opportunity to teach English and Writing Lab at Lee Academy. Before moving to Maine, she worked with people from many countries and cultures in Philadelphia, Montreal, Chicago and New York and is ecstatic to work with such a diverse population of students. Ms. Burleigh loves to learn about different cultures! Especially music and food. Her teachers were a strong influence on her as she grew up, which is what pulled her to education. She hopes to pass on the benefits she received from caring, competent teachers to her students. She and her husband have a small place where they grow organically and have three goats, 10 ducks, two cats and one dog. Ms. Burleigh graduated with a BS degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia with honors in 1990. She enjoys the outdoors, the history and the hard-working spirit of Maine!
MUSIC TEACHER/DORM PARENT
Originally from Millinocket, Mr. Gregory received a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Maine in Orono. While there, he was a co-conductor of the Collegiate Chorale. In the Fall of 2016, he studied abroad in Viterbo, Italy, which was an unforgettable experience. He has previously taught middle and high school music in New Hampshire. Here at Lee Academy, he teaches Concert Band, Concert Choir, Beginner Band, Beginner Guitar, and Beginner Piano. He will also be the music director for the L.A. Musical.
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.
SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER/DORM PARENT
Mr. Hickey received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Maine in May 2016, and completed the Secondary Education Certificate of Study program through UMA in the Spring of 2018. As a graduate of Lee Academy(2011), Mr. Hickey returned to campus in January, 2018 to Student Teach under Mr. Thurlow, and has since taken a position as a full-time Social Studies Teacher. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Hickey can be found hiking, playing guitar, or taking care of his various pets.
DRAMA, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND ENGLISH WRITING LAB TEACHER/DORM PARENT
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 been teaching at Lee Academy for 28 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, Maine. She developed and implemented a French program grades Pre-K through grade 6 and tutored high school students in French. She teaches 4 levels of French and a Modern Language and Culture class. She is advisor to the French Club. She manages the school store which raises money for the yearly French Club trip to Quebec. Madame Kelly enjoys swimming, kayaking, canoeing, skiing and traveling.
TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR/ROBOTICS TEACHER
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.
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHER AND ROBOTICS CLUB
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 Technology. 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 walking his dog and rebuilding his “52” Power Wagon.
SUSAN SIECZKIEWICZ LINSCOTT
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 8 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.
MATH TEACHER/DORM PARENT
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.
TODD THURLOW ’84
SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER/COACH
Mr. Thurlow lives in East Winn with his wife Sandra ’84, as they have for the past thirty years. They also have four grown children, Melissa ’05, Kimberly ’08, Josiah ’11, and Nathanael ’15. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1984 and has taught here for 30 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 runs a small construction business that often does work at Lee Academy, as well as elsewhere in the region. He enjoys being “Hoppy” to his five grandchildren and spending time on weekends and during vacations with his children and their families.
Ms. York joined the Lee Academy team during the Fall of 2017. 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 32 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 most of her life. She also drove the bus for Lee Academy and MSAD 30 for 10 years.
PHYLIS “PETEY” COLE
Petey (Phylis) Cole has been a prep cook at Lee Academy since 2012. She has 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.
JESSICA CROCKER ’03
OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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 always had a passion for children & for fitness. She currently has been a Zumba Fitness Instructor at Northern Penobscot Tech Region III for the last 7 years. Her favorite thing to do is spend as much time as she can with her husband & son.
SPECIAL EDUCATION ED TECH
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.
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, Aiden, Elijah, and Finnegan.
ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/YEARBOOK CO-ADVISOR
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.
Magan Mishio is an Ed Tech III at Lee Academy this year. She holds a B.S in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She lives in Lagrange with her fiance, their dog and cat (soon to be two dogs). In her spare time she likes to explore the Maine wilderness, hunting and fishing. Magan plans to one day have a self sustaining green farm and dog rescue. She is also a proud supporter of the New England Patriots.
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 since 2007. Trained at the Connecticut Culinary Institute, her specialty at LA is desserts (which makes her skills quite popular!).
Ms.Lorna Smart graduated from Lee Academy in 1982. Since then, she has worked as a Swim Instructor, Fast Food Slinger, Payroll Clerk, Substitute Teacher, Play Director, B.H.P. and Educational Technician.She has some College credits and many trainings to her credit. She worked 11 years as an Ed. Tech in the Lincoln School District .Since June 2018, she has been working as a Behavioral Health Professional(B.H.P.); working with children. She also directed many plays and musical productions for Mattanawcook Junior High and Mattanawcook Academy from 2005 until 2018. She is extremely happy to be a part of the Full time staff as an Ed.Tech., here at Lee Academy, after substituting here for a couple years. She lives in Lincoln presently and has a daughter, Caroline, who lives in Brooklyn, New York after graduating from U.S.M. with a Theatre Degree. Two or her favorite things in the world, besides her daughter, are Music and Swimming.
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.