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Summer Field Studies Staff

Summer Field Studies Staff

Renee Duncan, SFS Coordinator

After teaching for and coordinating Summer Field Studies for several years, Renee is thrilled about the idea of spending another summer amongst small hands covered in paint and faces full of laughter & curiosity.  She comes to us from SE Michigan (look at the palm of your right hand--she grew up where your thumb meets your palm).  There she spent her childhood tromping through water and woods.  Renee fell in love with coastal Maine in third grade and after finishing school at Michigan State University she came back to Mount Desert Island to work as the raptor intern for Acadia National Park.  She has spent the past five years working on the island as a teacher, interpreter, ranger, and farmer.   Renee enjoys exploring the island, visits to the library, swimming in Somes Pond, and art projects.  She so looks forward to a summer of sunshine, dancing, kite-flying, and stirring imaginations.

Landere Naisbitt

My name is Landere. I am in the Elementary Education program at the University of Maine. On the side I babysit, house-sit, dog-sit, cat-sit, and occasionally, hamster-sit. I also knit ALOT and walk everywhere I can (which is usually down to the beach!) I love children, chocolate, plants, and poetry. I am originally from Idaho, but have lived in Maine since I was seven. I went to The Bay School (a Waldorf school) up until seventh grade. Then I homeschooled with my two sisters, went to Liberty School (an alternative highschool) for a year, and then finished off homeschooling again! Each experience strengthened my love of learning. For the past seven years I have tutored young homeschoolers in art, poetry, and nature studies. One of my passions, as I mentioned above, is plants. I am simply obsessed with them. Botanical illustration is my all time favorite art form, and currently I am working for The Wild Seed Project, contributing illustrations to their website and magazine. I love to read pretty much everything, but presently I am engrossed with picturebooks, Virginia Woolf, and nature poetry. My favorite poet is Mary Oliver. When my friend told me about COA's Summer Field Studies Program, I got really excited and applied at once. Having the chance to work with enthusiastic youngsters and to be immersed in nature at the same time is quite wonderful. I am thrilled to be a member of the crew and look forward to summer!

Ariana Rambach    

Hi! I'm Ariana, and I am very excited to be back teaching at Summer Field Studies! I have always loved spending time outside and am passionate about sharing my enthusiastic love for the natural world with others. From holding tiny salamanders to tracking giant moose, I believe curiosity sparks within us an appreciation and love for place. I was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon where I spent summers teaching primitive liking skills at Coyote Trails School of Nature. As a student at College of the Atlantic I now teach at the Dorr Museum of Natural History showing visitors our fascinating intertidal animals and natural history collections. I love to share the knowledge I've gained through work, travel, and classes. I've spent a summer studying seabirds on a small island, a term traveling across the Southwest, time in the Grand Canyon helping to restore native fish, and a winter backpacking across New Zealand's South Island. While at COA I have also led many adventures from canoeing Maine's Allagash to hiking its tallest peak, Katahdin. My hobbies include writing songs on my ukulele, creating comic books, and making creature pancakes (my two favorite animals are javalinas and grey wolves).  I had the best summer of my life teaching at SFS and can't wait to start exploring again. I am so excited to become inspired about your thoughts, passions, and interests. Let's start exploring!

Megan Monzillo  

Hello! My name is Megan Monzillo. I am from Lexington, Massachusetts.  I am a rising junior at College of the Atlantic-- working towards my K-8 Maine State teacher’s license. I like to run in strong wind, knit big fluffy things, and stay busy.  For a long time now, I have been fascinated by what it means to have an education. I always had a suspicion that I was going end up being a teacher and now, after spending so much of my time working with children, I’ve realized how much I love to teach. The more time I spend in the classroom and outside working with children the more I feel committed to what used to be my back up plan.  I am so excited by the tremendous possibilities a teacher has to be a positive influence and to continue learning about the world.


Freddie Hassett

Hello, my name is Freddie Hassett and I attend Athens High School in Ohio. I have spent over two and a half years of my life in Maine (especially on MDI). As a young child, I attended Summer Field Studies and I enjoyed every second of it. I worked at SFS last summer so I have some experience working with kids and at Summer Field Studies. Epicurus believed that people should enjoy every moment of their life and not waste it whereas Socrates thought that people should strive for being as knowledgeable as possible. Those two philosophies play a very fundamental role to my teaching style. I believe that at SFS there should be a healthy mix of pleasure and learning. I hope to meet you in the coming weeks!


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