The NYA faculty & staff knows each2021-2022 Faculty & Staff
and every student by name. Now’s your
chance to learn a little about us. Below is our
2020-2021 Faculty and Staff Directory (we’ll be updating soon):
Eric P. Austin
University of New Hampshire, B.S.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S.
Head of Upper School, Upper School Mathematics
Danielle Fisher Barschdorf
Pennsylvania State University, B.A.; University of New Hampshire, M.A.
Lower and Middle Schools Science Chair, Middle School Science
University of Connecticut, B.S., M.S.; University of Southern Maine, M.S.
Nazareth College, B.S.; University of Southern Maine, B.S.
Athletic Trainer, Physical Education Teacher
David C. Echeverria
Wesleyan University, B.A.; St. Joseph’s College of Maine, M.S.
Lower School Elementary, Middle School Tennis
Bridgewater State College, B.S.; Simmons College, M.S.
Lower School, Elementary Teacher
Westfield State College, B.S.; Lesley University, M.Ed.
Lower School, Elementary Teacheer
Trinity College, B.A.; University of New Hampshire, M.S.T.
Upper School English, Assistant Dean of Students
St. Michael’s College, B.A.
Director of Summer Programs, Middle School Administrative Coordinator
Crystal A. Gordon
University of Maine, B.A.; Harvard University, ALM
Development and Events Coordinator
Colorado College, B.A.; Carnegie Mellon University, M.S.
Upper School Science
Kathleen “Kathi” Hardy
University of Southern Maine, B.A.
Lower School, Lead Toddler Teacher
Yale University, B.A.; University of Georgia
Upper School Latin
University of Maine – Orono, B.S.; University of Conneticut, M.A.
Kelly Beth Lavertu
Unity College, B.S.; University of Southern Maine, M.Ed.; AMS Montessori Certification
Lower School Kindergarten Teacher
Ross J. Markonish
Harvard University, B.A.
English Chair, Upper School English, Senior Speeches
Christopher J. Mazzurco
Wesleyan University, B.A.
Director of Information Technology, Varsity Track, Varsity Cross Country
Isabel “Izzy” Piper
Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A.; Columbia University Teachers College, M.A.
Middle School English
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, B.F.A.
Lower School Art and Classroom Assistant
Boston University, B.S.; University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, M.A.T.; University of Alabama, J.D.
Upper School Mathematics
Ashley Spicer Moody ’02
Southern Maine Community College, Associate’s in Paramedicine; University of Maine, A.D.N.; Walden University, B.S.N., M.S.N.-FNP
Health Services Coordinator
University of Utah, B.F.A.; Laguna College of Art & Design, M.F.A.
Upper School Studio Art, Gallery Coordinator
Dickinson College, B.A.; University of Southern Maine, M.S.
Lower School, Lead Primary Teacher
Bowdoin College, B.A.; University of Richmond, G.T.L.
Middle School English
Ian A. Ramsey
University of Southern Maine, B.S.; M.F.A. – Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University
Kauffmann Program Chair, Upper School Instrumental Music, Studio Band
Portland Arts & Tech, C.N.A.
Lower School, Assistant Primary Teacher, After Care
Lisa D. Robbins
University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Aquinas Junior College, A.S.; Arizona State University
IT Assistant, Web Tech and Lead Scheduler
Northeastern University, B.S.; St. Michael’s College, M.Ed.
Middle School Science & Mathematics
Cornell University, A.B.; University of Wisconsin, M.A.; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
Upper School English, Coordinator for International Students
Williams College, B.A.; University of Virginia, M.A.
History Chair, Varsity Boys Cross Country
Bucknell University, B.A.; Wilmington University, M.Ed.
Lower School and Middle School Spanish, Middle School Mathematics
Allegheny College, B.S.; Wilmington College, M.Ed.
Lower & Middle Schools Mathematics Chair, Middle School Dean of Students
Colby College, B.A.; University of Southern Maine, M.A.
Upper School Dean of Students, Upper School History
University of Glasgow, Scotland, M.A.; Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, Postgrad Degree
Lower School, Literacy and Academic Support
Transportation and Facilities
Linda M. Vaillancourt
University of Southern Maine, B.S.; University of Maine, M.M.
Visual & Performing Arts Chair, Lower School Music, Middle School Instrumental Music, String Ensemble
Christine Van Alstine
University of Maine, Farmington, B.S.; Tufts University, M.A.
Academic Support Consultant, Study Skills
University of Maine, Augusta
Lower School, Creative Movement, Assistant Primary, After Care Instructor