About Us

Founded in 1986 as a non-profit language school and center for international exchange, Penobscot School is a unique community international school. Over the years, hundreds of people from the U.S. and from around the world have advanced their foreign language skills at Penobscot School and have learned more about the world in the process. You are invited to be a part of this experiment in language learning in the context of the exchange of ideas and knowledge.



Administration

President/Chairperson
Dennis Healy
healyd1@aol.com
Treasurer
Mac Deford
macdeford@gmail.com
Executive Director
Joan LeMole
joan.penobscotschool@gmail.com

Trustees

Penny Dunning
pendunning@aol.com
Julie Hoffman
jphoffman24@gmail.com
Mary Catherine Ingraham
ICM663@gmail.com.

Dana Strout
dfspcc@gmail.com

Faculty



Chinese Instructors

Jenny Tung is a native Mandarin speaker. She speaks dialect Cantonese and Taiwanese and reads/ writes using traditional and simplified Chinese characters. She holds a law degree and has taught at local schools.



French Instructors

Nathalie Gorey, grew up in Cote d'Ivoire and France. She holds advanced degrees in French Linguistics and Applied Languages and was hired to start the French program at the University of Maine at Machias. She has 20+ years of teaching experience.

Margot Stiassni-Sieracki holds degrees from Williams College and Stanford University. She has taught French for many years and has conducted trainings in teacher methodology. She returns from France this fall with fresh ideas.

Alain Ollier has recently relocated from Paris to Midcoast Maine. His interests include organic gardening and hockey. Alain has traveled extensively and is excited to share the language and culture of his homeland.



German Instructor


Annett Jones grew up in East Germany and later lived in Munich. She has studied agriculture and economics and enjoys gardening and sports. She teaches swimming and enjoys teaching her native language.


Italian Instructor


Danielle Tognato of Padova, Italy has taught Italian in the U.S. for several years. Students thoroughly enjoy her teaching. Her keen sense of humor and gentle, encouraging style create a relaxed atmosphere for learning.


Japanese Instructors


Sachiko Clough is originally from Osaka. B.A. German, Kyoto University of Foreign Language Studies. She is a certified Japanese language teacher and also has licenses in Ikebana and Japanese tea ceremony.

Toshie Tesler, a native of Kobe, Japan, lives with her artist husband in Rockland, Maine. Toshie is a graduate of both Boston University and Bentley College and is a certified public accountant. She is well schooled in Japanese art and culture with certificates in Tea Ceremony and Ikebana. Her two children are also in the area, both currently serving in the United States Coast Guard.



Russian Instructors

Eva (Taran) Campbell is a native of Tallinn, Estonia, and grew up there in a bilingual environment (Russian and Estonian). She studied Estonian language and literature and economics. She moved to Maine in 2006 and has been teaching Russian for several years.



Spanish Instructors

Billy Smith studied English Literature, music and Romance Language at the University of Notre Dame then earned a Masters in English Literature at the University of Toronto and a diploma in Español como Lengua Extranjera from the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Elizabeth Mendoza a native of Mexico City, Elizabeth Mendoza has taught Spanish to grades K-4, English to preschoolers and Spanish to high school students. Elizabeth believes in learning by doing and is pleased to bring her creative energy to the school.
Paul Garcia has taught for over twenty years in both secondary schools and universities. He has lived in Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico and Argentina and now makes his living as a translator.

Nohora Estes, Nohora Estes, who is a native Colombian, has been associated with Penobscot School for 20+ years, leading children's courses and assisting in the immersions. She established the Spanish program at The Riley School in 1998, where she teaches K-8th grades. She has twice led student trips to Costa Rica. Nohora also teaches private Spanish lessons; she enjoys reading, walking and dancing SALSA!
Tom Sigler earned his associates degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America. He has been chef de cuisine at a James Beard Society nominated bistro, chef consultant for a hotel and restaurant group in Mexico, and currently owns and operates Comida Latin Kitchen in Camden.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
Penobscot School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex or sexual orientation