Judy comes from a non-traditional background, having graduated high school early, lived and worked on Monhegan Island, and went to Antioch College, a work-study school. Judy has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Literacy Education. Judy has 30 plus years of teaching experience. She lives in Gray, Maine and has three grown children. She loves yoga, running, cooking, walking on the beach, children, kindness, camping, laughing, singing, and children’s literature.
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English and went on to receive Teaching Certification from Southern Connecticut State University. Throughout many years of teaching at the early childhood and elementary levels in public, private and nonprofit educational settings, she has adhered to an interdisciplinary methodology and nature-based curriculum with focus on the natural cycles within the seasons; the reciprocal relationships between humans and the animal and plant kingdoms; as well as the commonality of the human experience around the world in terms of how we depend upon, appreciate, and celebrate the elements and ecosystems that sustain us.
Being with children grounds her in simple wonders—and she is inspired by the everyday joyfulness, spontaneity and creativity of children. With her husband, three children, numerous adopted dogs and cats, she has for 25 years been nestled in the woods of Freeport, where she and her family joyfully ski, snowshoe, and run the trails out back; skate on, paddle, and swim in the neighborhood pond; and cultivate gardens and gratitude for the natural beauty out the door.
Distance swimming is her meditation, as is time with the ocean while boating and exploring the islands and beaches of Casco Bay.
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Ashley Dietrich has an MEd. in early childhood education. With a decade of experience working with young children from a hands-on interdisciplinary approach and creating and designing farm related programs for all types of learners, she is truly at home working with young children.
Ashley continues to learn about early childhood development and is honing in on her skills working with neuro-divergent and typical learners.
Ashley is a mother of three, Milly, Piper, and Beau. Being a mother and an educator brings fulfillment and a good night’s rest!
First Grade Teacher
Kym is a recent college graduate from the University of Southern Maine in which she earned her B.S degree in English with a K-8 teaching certification. While earning her degree, Kym was a substitute teacher at Fiddlehead School for the past 3 years and worked as a before and aftercare teacher at Fiddlehead Center. Kym has always had a love and passion for working with children and is thrilled to start her career off working with us here in 2nd grade. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Born and raised on Mount Desert Island, Kelly comes from a line of Maine teachers. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bates College and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Her interests include the magic and excitement of children, the natural environment, life-long learning, collaboration, design, and curious, open minds.
She was drawn to the Reggio Emilia approach with its place-based, experiential learning and emergent curriculum. Outside of school, Kelly enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling and spending time with family, friends and the ocean.
Liz earned a B.S degree in Early Childhood Education from Colby Sawyer College and a Master of Arts from Antioch New England. Liz enjoys bringing art alive in the classroom and providing students with opportunities to use art to learn about themselves and the world around them. Outside of the classroom, Liz is a potter and mixed media artist and operates her business (Craic Arts) from her home in Gray. She lives in one of the few remaining original farmhouses in Gray Village with her husband, Ralph, two big cats, Lincoln and Leah and their dog Gracie.