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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!