Wendy Van Damme
Wendy Van Damme began her role with CREA in October 2017 after spending more than 12 years overseas directing programs with the Peace Corps. Most recently she was the Country Director in Lesotho for 4 years, and before that she served as a senior staff member in Peru, Guatemala, and Bolivia. Wendy started her work with and for volunteers when she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala 1986-89. She has a BA in philosophy and Spanish from Middlebury College and has done graduate work in adult education at USM and gender studies at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon, in Bolivia. Wendy has worked as an English teacher in Senegal, a French teacher at Mt. Ararat Middle School, and a School Board Representative for the town of Harpswell. Connecting with nature has been an important motivation throughout Wendy’s life and work, and upon her return to Maine she is delighted to promote nature-based learning on the Cathance River Preserve.
In-Classroom Elementary Outreach and Vacation Camp Programs
After graduating from Bowdoin College in 2002 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Sarah spent a year or so dabbling in renewable energy work, farming jobs, and academic research on pollination ecology, but it didn’t take long to realize that she finds all of these topics much more enjoyable when explored through the lens of teaching and mentoring kids! She enjoys the challenge of bringing to life these science curriculum topics, and making them relevant and accessible to young students. Sarah is likely to be found imitating the hunting tactics of a red fox or acting out the life cycle of a dragonfly. Sarah worked at a variety of local environmental education programs—Maine Audubon, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed most recently—before settling down to develop programs with CREA, right here in her own backyard. Sarah lives in Brunswick with her husband Trevor and their daughter Avery. She truly loves working with children, helping to encourage and cultivate their natural enthusiasm for enjoying and protecting the natural world. She is excited to continue working with CREA to offer programs that will help local children discover this spectacular nature preserve only miles from downtown Brunswick/Topsham!
Contact Sarah@creamaine.org to inquire about Vacation Camp programs or “CREA-in-the-Classroom” Outreach programs.
School Program Coordinator: Brunswick schools
Carey is a certified elementary school teacher with over 15 years of experience in education, including both classroom and community settings. She was a 4th grade teacher at Hussey Elementary in Augusta, worked at the Center for Teaching & Learning in Edgecomb, was the Education Coordinator for the Morris Farm Trust in Wiscasset, and a Program Naturalist with the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. Carey holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Botany from Connecticut College and has completed the first year of a Master’s program in Environmental Education at the University of New Hampshire.
Contact Carey@creamaine.org to inquire about CREA programs and partnerships with Brunswick schools.
Jenny Mueller joined our team at CREA in August 2018. For the previous three years she worked with the YMCA of Southern Maine as the Program Director at the Pineland Branch. Jenny moved to Maine in 2015 from the DC Area where she was the Program & Camps Director of Headfirst Companies, one of DC’s largest summer camp operations. Jenny and her husband Rob are originally from Rhode Island and desired to move back to New England after years in the city and abroad. Jenny has taught English & Art in Argentina and Peru. She is also a passionate Adaptive Ski Coach and has taught skiing to adults and children with disabilities since 2006. Jenny loves the outdoors and year round spends time with her two strong girls Neyva & Onyx and adventurous husband Rob, hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, skiing and exploring all that Maine has to offer. She is thrilled to be a part of CREA to support future programming and community partnerships.