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.


Dennis Healy
Mary Catherine Ingraham
Executive Director
Joan LeMole


Penny Dunning


Chinese Instructor

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

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.

Margot Stiassni-Sieracki holds degrees in French from Williams College and Stanford University. Her 20+ years of teaching of French to adults and children include using music, dramatic role play and immersion techniques. Margot strives to help her students actively experience French and Francophone cultures. She brings fresh ideas back from her recent summer travels in France and Quebec.

Nadia Margolis was born in France, raised in the US and educated in the US and in France during her college (B. A. at U of NH, U of Dijon) and graduate school (Ph.D. at Stanford, U. of Paris) years. She has often traveled to France to research and give lectures and papers, specializing in medieval French literature and also on Joan of Arc through the ages in history, literature and film. She has taught all levels and centuries of French language, literature and cultural history, most recently until retiring from Mount Holyoke College, and is now living in Rockland.

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

Vincent Carducci has taught Italian at Penn State University, served as an ESL instructor at the Berlitz Language Center in Pittsburgh and served as a personal tutor for students wanting to learn Italian. He studied art history in Rome and currently makes his living as a painter and printmaker.

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 holds 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.

Julianna Gerrity, grew up in the Central Russia and Northern Caucasus where she studied English and Russian languages, European, American and Russian literature and philosophy. She moved to the U.S. in 1991 and has been teaching Russian, ESL and Russian literature classes both in schools and privately since 1999.

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.

A native of Colombia, Nohora Estes has taught for many years at Penobscot School. She is also the Spanish instructor at Riley School. Nohora's excitement for language and outgoing personality make her teaching fun and engaging.

Elizabeth Mendoza is a native of Mexico where she has taught English to grades K-4 at the Instituto La Paz. She currently lives in Rockport and tutors area students in Spanish, History and Math. Elizabeth is pleased to bring her creative energy to her work.

Pamela Godoy Maldonado A native of Mexico City, Pamela Godoy Maldonado has served as a translator and simultaneous interpreter. She holds a paralegal degree from Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida where she also studied German. Ms. Maldonado lives with her husband and two sons in Tenants Harbor.

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