Ellen Kunkle became involved with The School Around Us in 1990 when her oldest daughter began her education there at the age of 4. Ellen continues her support and connection with the school, having joined the Board of Directors in 2009 and is currently the Secretary. Ellen lives with her family in Kennebunk and when not reading, gardening, cooking or skiing Ellen works as a Childbirth Educator and Doula.
Sue R. Morin
Sue R. Morin is a founding parent of the School Around Us, working with the Marylyn and Stacy Wentworth and many others during early the 1970’s to open an alternative school for early learners, a school in which those learners would hardly ever be asked to sit still, a tiny school building in a vast macrocosm of places and opportunities for social, educational, and emotional growth and learning on the children’s own terms, gently guided and encouraged by like-minded teachers and in which the parents participated in myriad ways to support the building, raise the kids, and develop the holistic philosophy of education that persists to this day.
Sue is a lifelong educator, teaching at UNE (then St. Francis College), UNH, UMass/Boston, and Pine Manor College. Sue retired in 2012, and has returned to the south coast of Maine to enjoy the scenery and write poems and short stories.
Bryanna Thibault is a current parent of The School Around Us. Her son, Connor, began his education at SAU at the age of 6 followed by his little sister, Jordyn, at the age of 5. She is an avid supporter of holistic education and was drawn immediately to the philosophy of the school where curiosity and a love of learning is encouraged. Bryanna lives with her family in Biddeford and is an Assistant Branch Manager at a local community bank. In addition to supporting school events and caring for young ones, Bryanna enjoys volunteering in the community, spending her time perfecting her equestrian skills with her horse Breezy, and growing the family’s budding backyard farm. Bryanna joined The School Around US Board in the fall of 2015 as the Board Treasurer and is dedicated to supporting the school’s mission.