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Summer 2020 Staff

Principal Instructors

Genevieve Black
Mondays: A world Below the Waves (July 27 – August 7) Genevieve is a high school science teacher. She teaches biology, and ocean science. Genevieve has worked at Mount View High School for four years, and before that worked at Mid Coast School of Technology. She graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 2014 with a degree in Marine Biology and from Unity College in 2018 with a masters degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management. Her passion for fisheries science comes from growing up on a lobster boat in Belfast, Maine where her father still fishes. Since graduating college she spent a season working for the Maine Department of Marine Resources sampling lobsters around the state. Aside from lobsters and teaching Genevieve loves cooking and traveling whenever possible.

Dr. Rebecca Edwards
Tuesdays: Sea Fever; What’s Hot in the Gulf of Maine (July 13 – July 24)
Dr. Becca Edwards has been teaching environmental studies and climate science courses at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for ten years. She has done research on how climate affects everything from air quality to the frequency of extreme precipitation events in Central Texas and is passionate about teaching climate science to all audiences. Becca grew up sailing on Linekin Bay and now returns each summer with her husband and four children. This fall she will begin pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Amy Palmer
Wednesdays: Tracking Trash; The Secret Lives of Trash (June 29 – July 10)
BSSC welcomes Amy back for her third summer of teaching. Amy started her career as a naturalist at environmental education centers from Ohio to California to Alaska.  She studied sea turtles in Hawaii and experienced first-hand the “great Pacific garbage patch.”  Amy studied marine science at Moss Landing Marine Lab in California, focusing on lingcod migration using remote sensing technology.  She then became a middle school science teacher on an island in Maine!  “My most recent adventures include leading a middle school Lego Robotics team, teaching 2nd graders how to code, and creating a mini village powered by renewable energy with 4th graders using a 3D printer and lots of ingenuity”. Amy is currently the K-8 STEAM teacher at the Saint George School in Tenants Harbor.

Heather Sinclair
Thursdays: Tall Ships and Taller Tales (August 10 – August 21)
Returning to BSSC for her third summer, Heather Sinclair, a middle school science teacher at Wiscasset Middle High School, lives in Edgecomb. She has lived in Maine for more than 10 years and “never further than a mile from salt water”. At Wiscasset Middle High School, Heather teaches life science and physical science. She believes in a modeling approach to science education – where students learn about natural phenomena before utilizing vocabulary and formulas to describe their new knowledge. She has taught every science class imaginable to all grades from 6th to 12th, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, Genetics, and Science Fiction. She has a BS in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She believes that hands on learning, science education, and advocacy is critical for students today. Heather agrees that Isak Dinesen said it best when she wrote “the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea”.

Gray Ferris
Fridays: Ship to Shore
A founding staff member of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center, Virginia native Gray Ferris has been spending summers in Boothbay Harbor for as long as he can remember. He began his sailing experience with his father on their Catalina 22 before participating in the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club’s junior sailing program. After turning 16, he began to work as an apprentice instructor, and in the following years, as an instructor and director of the program. In 2013 Gray began working with the BSSC and has been thrilled that his schedule has allowed him to return nearly every summer since. In addition to teaching sailing, Gray was a member of the University of New Hampshire’s sailing team and active crew for GMORA sailing events. When not out on the water, Gray plays the french horn with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and works as an Educational Technician at the Boothbay Region Elementary School.

Sailing & Science Instructors

Anna Sirois
This will be Anna’s 5th summer as a Sailing Instructor and she is looking forward to another summer at BSSC!  Anna is currently completing an Honors in Human Rights with a minor in Sociology at St. Thomas University (STU) in New Brunswick, Canada. She intends to pursue a career in law following her undergraduate degree. Anna is highly involved in the Moot Court program at St. Thomas University, the STU Chapter of Global Brigades, and participates in various other programs and societies on campus. She will be completing her honors thesis this summer and in the upcoming school year through a human rights framework and legal lens. “Apart from work and school, I enjoy exercising, spending time outside, being with friends and family, and engaging with art and life”. She is excited to return to BSSC for the summer, and she is looking forward to seeing returning students, meeting new ones, and sailing on the river!

Adam Sirois
In the fall, Adam will be entering his senior year at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. He started as a “camper” in BSSC’s inaugural program in 2013. Adam loves spending his spare time sailing, playing baseball, and camping. He has begun looking at colleges as he begins to think about life after high school. “Going into this summer season, I hope that the program will continue to grow, and we’ll be able to give the students the best experience on and off the water”. Adam looks forward to seeing all returning students and staff and meeting new members of the BSSC community.

Alesha Gregoire
Alesha is a rising senior at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) studying Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations. While at MMA, she has earned her Open Water SCUBA Diving Certification. Alesha’s experiences include diving on reefs in Florida, being a helmsman on Arctic Schooner Bowdoin, and conducting Marine field and Lab experiments. “I’m from Lewiston, Maine and I love spending time outdoors, whether it’s skiing in the winter or being around the ocean during the summer. Before entering Maine Maritime Academy, I played softball, skied competitively, and played the violin.” This will be Alesha’s second summer as an Instructor at BSSC.

Holden Dudley
Holden will be graduating from Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) this May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology. While at MMA, Holden has been a member of the football team. During the course of his studies, he conducted an ecological research project on the beaches surrounding Castine, Maine. Holden’s teaching experience while at MMA includes researching specific topics and sharing the information gathered with his fellow classmates. “I helped coach youth football in my town for the past two years, so I’m very experienced in coaching young children in beneficial ways. I’m looking forward to this summer”!

Olivia Harriman
Olivia will be a sophomore at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the fall. “I am double majoring in Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations and I’m on the women’s lacrosse team. I grew up playing sports, so teamwork and working well with others is very important to me”! Olivia’s experiences include some summertime on Hurricane Island researching green crabs, babysitting, coaching a high school travel basketball team, and being an umpire for youth softball games. “Working with kids makes me so happy and I could not be more excited to work with them this summer”!

Phoebe Churney
Phoebe is a rising sophomore at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) where she’s double majoring in Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations. Phoebe has been scuba certified since she was 14 and is currently a Rescue Diver. Phoebe is working towards earning her Dive Masters certification. “I found my passion for teaching after spending two summers volunteering at the Maine State Aquarium. I have 2 little brothers and 12 younger cousins, so you could say I have a lot of experience with kids”. During the holidays you can find Phoebe making smoothies and arranging fruit at Edible Arrangements. “I’m looking forward to diving into ocean adventures this summer with all BSSC students”!

Emily Stone
Emily is a rising sophomore at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) where she’s majoring in Marine Biology and Small Vessels Operations. Emily has her Advanced Scuba Certification and is working towards getting her Rescue Dive Certification. “Previously, I have worked at a YMCA as a swim instructor for kids of all ages. I also worked as a caretaker in the day care center. I have a lot of experience working with kids in and around water. I am super excited to jump into the summer with the BSSC children”!