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Summer 2017 Staff

Providing affordable waterfront access for Maine and summering youth is one of the driving forces behind the BSSC. Our goal is to get kids out on the water, to row and sail a boat, to get wet, and to learn through experience.   This type of hands-on experience builds not only knowledge, but a passion to learn and do more.  Creating opportunities for all youngsters to gain this kind of experience is at the core of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center’s mission.

Principal Instructors

Sarah Currier
Session I: Gulf of Maine Fisheries & Session IV: Exploring Maine Aquaculture

Sarah is a K-8 teacher whose experience and background in education have allowed her to work in fostering the development of young minds through creative experiences.  Sarah’s teaching experiences include math, literacy, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) for special and regular education, as well as gifted and talented students.  Mrs. Currier and her students study aquaculture through fresh and salt water aquaponics where aquatic animals and plants grow together in integrated systems. She organized an after school science club for grades 4-6, coached a grade 6 seaperch ROV team to second place in 2016, and studied, raised, and released endangered atlantic salmon with her students.   Students in Mrs. Currier’s class also learn about aviation and wind by building and flying their own glider.  Sarah coached a successful Odyssey of the Mind team as well as the YMCA swim team.  Sarah also serves as a board member and secretary of the BHYC Jr. Program Foundation, and served as Chair of the Wiscasset Garden Club Youth Activities.  Mrs. Currier is a trained teacher certified in K-8 education, and is certified in First Aid / CPR / AED.  Mrs. Currier holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Child Development Family Relations from the University of Maine.


Anneliese (Lili) Pugh
Session II: Marine Technology and Marine Debris

Lili earned her BA Degree in  biology and German from Colby College and a MS in Oceanography from the University of Maine. Her Graduate Research  included cruises to the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of Maine Lili’s college field courses took her to Anguilla and BWI. Currently Lili is the K – 12 Education Coordinator at the UMaine Darling Marine Center where she teaches marine science that includes biology, ecology, basic chemistry, basic physical properties, and marine technology. Lili was a Teacher Naturalist at Massachusetts Audubon for seven years.  “I’m excited to have the opportunity to use my skills in marine technology and issues of marine debris.” She’s a lifelong swimmer and is currently a US Master Swimmer.  Lili plays the piano, guitar, recorder and violin.


Robert Mason Branch
Session III: Art and Science of Sailing

Mason is an artist and educator who has taught at all levels, including AP studio art and art history.  He has worked in public and independent schools in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Fort Worth and Austin TX.  He has received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston and an MFA in painting from American University. He has been involved in all aspects of schools from chairing a Fine Arts department to leading students on overnight camping trips to coaching.  During graduate school he spent time living and studying in Perugia, Italy. He was born during the summer in Boothbay and grew up sailing.  He raced sailboats in High School and taught sailing for many years. He is a landscape painter and enjoys painting pictures of the Maine Coastline. He is excited to be a part of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center.


Carla Scocchi
Session V: Women Of The Sea – WOTS

Carla comes to the Women of The Sea program with a background in experiential marine education. Her work experience includes a tenure at Sea Education Association (SEA Semester) in Woods Hole, MA, where she taught oceanography, nautical science, maritime history, and leadership at the undergraduate and high school level while at sea aboard sailing school vessels. In 2014, she was the Director of the Science Program at Boothbay Sea & Science Center, where she helped pilot marine science programs for children ages 5 -17. Carla has also applied her skills as an educator and mariner to the admissions & outreach department at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where she had the wonderful opportunity to help hundreds of Maine students plan for their future. Carla holds a B.Sc. from the University of Rhode Island in marine biology, a USCG merchant mariner’s license, a physical and life science teaching certification, and is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Science Teaching (MST) degree through the University of Maine’s RiSE (Research in STEM Education) Center, where she researches how students analyze and interpret scientific data.



Huxley Conner
Huxley grew up in the area around New Haven, Connecticut, sailing and spending hours at the beach. His love for aquatic ecosystems grew when he enrolled in a magnet high school specializing in aquaculture and marine technology. This unique school gave him the skills necessary to work for four summers as a dockhand, maintenance worker, and eventually dockmaster at a local boatyard. Meanwhile, he’s been spending the rest of the year at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine studying marine science and small vessel operations, a perfect combination for his interests. “I learned about Boothbay Sea and Science Center through a member of the Castine community who encouraged me to apply. I’m looking forward to spending my summer in Boothbay sharing what I know…as well as learning a lot myself”!


Mary (Becca) Ferguson
Becca just completed her junior year at Bates College, and is excited to return to Maine for the summer. At Bates she’s an Environmental Studies major and a double Chinese and Anthropology minor. Becca’s currently abroad in Kunming, China learning about Chinese minority culture and studying traditional Jian Shui pottery technique. Two summers ago she interned at Massachusetts Audubon Society teaching marine science, and last summer  taught sailing at Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth, Maine. She grew up sailing in the Casco Bay area and at Bates where she’s the Senior Commodore of the Bates College Club Sailing Team. “When I’m not on the water you can catch me running, biking, hiking, skiing, surfing, singing and playing guitar, or making pottery!”


Nerissa Larrabee
Nerissa hails from Caribou, Maine. She will be a junior at Maine Maritime Academy this fall. Nerissa’s pursuing a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and an Associate of Science degree in Small Vessel Operations. She has tutored students in science and organization skills with the Trio-Upward Bound College Access Summer Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Nerissa credits herself as an “artistic” person who enjoys arts and crafts like drawing, calligraphy, origami, and more. “I enjoy learning new things, doing science, and sharing what I know. I enjoy arts and crafts, running, reading, and exploring the outdoors”.


Anna Sirois
A June 2017 graduate from Lincoln Academy, Anna will be attending St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada this fall.  During this academic year, Anna was honored with Scholastic Arts “Gold Key” Award for her artwork. This is Anna’s fourth summer at the BSSC.  During summers 2015 and 2016, Anna played a key role at the Center as a Junior Instructor. Today, Anna is not only excited about continuing to expand her abilities as an artist but also looking forward to sailing with the BSSC students.  Anna is the author and illustrator of the soon to be released Boothbay Sea and Science Center Coloring Book. She expects that the coloring book will be a big hit with local and visiting children and hopes that it will be one of the many ways that BSSC helps connect Maine and summering youth with the sea and marine science. “I’m looking forward to working with all the BSSC participants and sharing my passion for art and the sea.”


Nathaniel (Nathan) Graves
Nathan credits his passion and commitment for sailing to the Boothbay Sea and Science Center… crewing aboard Belle Aventure (an 84 ft. ketch built in 1929), participating in the US Naval Sea Scout program, racing on the Boothbay Region High School Sailing Team and apprenticing at Cross Point Yachts.   As one of the 19 participants at the Center during its inaugural summer in 2013, he felt a change in his attitude toward the ocean and toward kids who enjoy sailing. “I started realizing that sailing on the ocean was a huge responsibility that I liked and that the kids that I sailed with were more positive about things in life.” This will be Nathan’s second summer as a BSSC Junior Instructor. “It’s easy to see weaknesses but I want to play a part in developing and applying solutions that add to the quality of the Program experience.”

Apprentice Instructors


Adam Sirois
Adam started sailing at BSSC in 2013 – the Center’s inaugural summer. This will be Adam’s first summer as a BSSC Apprentice Instructor – a role he has been aspiring to since summer 2013. Adam will be a freshman at Lincoln Academy in the fall. Because of his commitment and focused sense of responsibility for his learning, he sees a great fit between himself and BSSC.  Under the direction of the Principal Instructors, Adam’s looking forward to providing safe and fun hands on learning experiences and sharing his intense spirit of good sportsmanship.


Colin Campbell
Colin was introduced to the Boothbay Sea and Science Center as a student in the 2016 Stay’s’l Program. When asked, he admits that his initial uncertainty about his fit with BSSC was quickly changed when he realized how much he wanted to know and how much he had to offer.  Always there to lend a helping hand, BSSC welcomes Colin this summer as an Apprentice Instructor.  In his own words …“I liked being here and want to come back (next summer). It feels good to be here. I learned a lot of new things like sailing, rowing, and about sea creatures. I went outside my comfort zone and it made me feel good about myself. I liked the whole thing.”