Matt comes to CREA from Maine Audubon, where he served as Director of Fields Pond Audubon Center, a 192-acre environmental center in Holden. Matt’s passion is for cultivating ecological literacy and civic engagement, helping people, institutions, and communities learn their way toward sustainability and resilience. A former classroom teacher with wide-ranging experience teaching students from pre-school through graduate school, Matt has served on the faculty of several innovative schools and was instrumental in the development of the nation’s first Sustainability Academy, a public magnet school with a sustainability theme for grades K-5 in Burlington, Vermont. He led the pioneering Sustainable Schools Project of Shelburne Farms in Vermont and has led programs for Maine Audubon, Mass Audubon, The Trustees of Reservations, Tanglewood 4H Camp & Learning Center, The Environmental Schools, and the Children’s Museum of Maine.
Matt serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Environmental Education Association. He is the author, along with David Sobel, of “Place-based Teacher Education” in Place-based Education in a Global Age (Smith and Gruenewald, Eds.) and “Place-based Education in Guilford, Vermont: Thinking Locally, Understanding Globally” in Childhood and Nature (Sobel, Ed.). He holds a B.A. in Government from Colby College and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Antioch University New England. Matt lives in Brunswick with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Hunter. Together, they enjoy cooking, gardening, music, reading, exploring, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquires about Cathance River Education Alliance.
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.
Development and Administrative Assistant
Andrea is the newest member of the CREA team. Trained as an ecologist and environmental educator with more than 15 years of experience with nonprofit conservation organizations, she has researched, secured, and administered grant funding to advance conservation and education initiatives. She is experienced in nonprofit database management, creating and publishing media releases, and budget administration. She was the program coordinator for the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, and holds certificates in grant writing and nonprofit management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Middlebury College, a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.