Amy Wentworth, Younger Group Teacher, has been teaching since 1995 and has a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning. She is certified to teach children K-8th grade. She has been teaching at SAU since 1997 and during this time she has taught both the younger and middle group of students.
Rachel (Rae-a) Moughty, Middle Group Teacher, joined School Around Us in 2008. She is the primary teacher for the middle group of students (ages 8-10). Rae-a comes to us from Stewartstown, New Hampshire, where she lived and worked with teenagers in a remote, residential, wilderness setting.
Margaret Munro, Older Group Teacher, has been teaching at the School Around Us since 2001. Originally from Buffalo, NY , Margaret attended the State University of NY at Buffalo and studied Psychology and Social Work before coming to Maine on a National Student exchange in 1988. During her time at the University of Southern Maine, Margaret studied art and graduated with a B.A. degree in Art in 1992.
Sally Ritchie, Title 1 Teacher, has been supporting the teachers at The School Around Us since 2007 by working with all three groups as a supplemental reading, writing and math teacher.
Sally's daughter Linnea is in the Older Group and has been a student at SAU since The Younger Group!
Laura Laprise is our Administrative Assistant. She first came to SAU as a parent where she and and her family found a kind, supportive, creative community. Laura is trained in bookkeeping with strong office skills, all of which equip her to fulfill her varied administrative roles. Laura loves the ways her position allows her to be surrounded by children and their inspiring energy every day. She finds fulfillment in how her work supports the teachers, parents, children, and SAU mission. She also has a background in art and holds a Maine K-12 art teacher certification. Laura’s other interests include creativity of all sorts, reading, gardening, woodworking, and especially spending time with her family at their old farmhouse.
The School Around Us is fortunate enough to have wonderful members of the community who volunteer their time, talent, and knowledge to our children. In the past we have had several enrichment programs offered by members of the local community, such as, Music Enrichment, Art and Photography, Science Studies, Farming and Ecology, and Biology. Involving these teachers and community members keeps our curriculum vibrant and evolving. Please contact our Administrative Assistant Laura Laprise if you would like to contribute your time and talent and become part of our dynamic community!
Tess Johnson is a frequent community teacher at SAU offering several classes throughout the year. In the past she has taught Photography, Art, and Jewelry. She is also a parent of a child in the Younger Group and fills in as a substitute teacher when needed. She is a professional photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer and loves bringing her knowledge of the arts to young children. her favorite thing to teach is mixed media art projects where children can use their active imagination to create amazing works of expression.
Deborah's teaching style is meant to accommodate the students' needs, age, expectations, and natural abilities, with a concentration on unaccompanied singing. Encouraging the appreciation of the naked voice, the students hopefully gain confidence and comfort, in a relaxed and non- intimidating atmosphere.
As a lifelong musician, Deborah began performing as a young child in musical theatre productions and choral groups. Her early vocal training set her on a path to experience lead vocalist roles in jazz and folk ensembles, while living and attending art school in Stockholm, Sweden.
Since moving with her family to Maine in 1990, Deborah has directed multi age musical theatre programs as well as founding several vocal groups ( the Whalers of Chebeague Island, Octavia, and most recently, for 15 years, has directed and performed in Zemya- a women's world folk music ensemble).