George Stevens Academy is firmly rooted in this beautiful Blue Hill Peninsula, its forests, fields, and dramatic coastline. Over the seasons, over the years, as trees branch, flowers bloom, and the tides wax and wane, the peninsula continues to inspire, even as it gradually, almost imperceptibly changes.
GSA is much like this place from which we draw strength. The welcoming character of our school, a vibrant learning community brimming with diverse opportunities, endures, even as repairs are made to buildings, new shrubs are planted, one group of students makes the transition to alumni, and the Class of 2023 and other new students join our community.
On Aug. 23, new faculty members gathered for orientation. We welcome them and new staff members to our community. Be sure to say "hi" when you see them.
Emma Baker joins the faculty as a science teacher. She most recently taught at Vinalhaven School, where she taught a wide range of science courses. She will teach biology and chemistry. She is a Maine native from The County (Aroostook) and has moved to the Blue Hill area with her son. View profile.
Matt Billings joins the staff as a cook. He is a recent graduate of GSA and the Hancock County Technical Center Culinary Arts program.
Sarah Carter joins the staff as an ed tech. After growing up in Deer Isle, Sarah earned a degree in elementary education at The University of Maine. She then worked in New Hampshire before returning to the peninsula to raise two daughters. She currently lives in Sedgwick.
Peter Goss joins the faculty as director of college and career counseling. He and his wife purchased a home in Penobscot. He worked in college counseling at several schools in his career, most recently at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also has worked as an English teacher and soccer, cross-country, and track coach. View profile.
Kate Kennedy '99 joins the faculty as a social studies teacher. Kate is a GSA graduate and has taught a the Penobscot Community School, Blue Hill Consolidated School, and most recently at the James F. Doughty School in Bangor. While at Doughty, she was named Maine Social Studies Teacher of the Year and also was very involved with National History Day. She will teach U.S. History, AP Human Geography, Holocaust, Economics, and Current Affairs. View profile.
Jim Monaghan joins the staff as a custodian. He graduated from Calais High School and worked in maintenance at Washington County Community College for a couple decades. He now lives in Ellsworth.
Olivia "Maple" Pollock joins the faculty as a Hanley dorm parent. Maple is trained as an environmental educator and has worked extensively as a mentor for children of all ages, primarily in nature-connection and rites-of-passage work. Maple has a B.A. in International Intercultural Studies from Pitzer College, has lived many years abroad, and studied abroad in both high school and college. Maple is excited about helping our boarding students have a healthy, fun, and connective year at GSA.
Jaime Torre joins the faculty as a math teacher. He is a native of Spain who moved to our peninsula last year with his family after living in Vermont and teaching math at Burr and Burton Academy. He will teach AP Calculus, Algebra II, Lab Geometry, and Personal Finance. He will live in the Hanley dorm with his family, including his wife, Maple, a Hanley dorm parent.
Steve Whitney joins the faculty as a science teacher. He moved to Maine with his family after his wife took a job in the area. He has taught at Claremont Academy in Massachusetts and most recently at the Touchstone Community School, also in Massachusetts. He has a special interest in outdoor education. He will teach Exploring Earth Systems. View profile.