Our students learn alongside passionate and dedicated educators from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are all educators: whether we have dedicated years of higher education to our disciplines, have lived on Eleuthera our entire life, or are conducting scientific research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. Below is a list of the professionals working most closely with Island School semester students.
Director of The Island School
Ashley graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Sociocultural Anthropology and Professional Writing and specializations in Peace and Justice Studies and Health and Wellness Promotion. In 2008, Ashley accepted a position as a Teach For America corps member and taught for three years in California, simultaneously pursuing a Master's degree in Education at Alliant International University. Looking to foster experiential learning methods, Ashley then spent one year working in outdoor education. In 2012, Ashley returned to TFA to work with the same community she initially taught, this time coaching teachers in pedagogy and practice. Ashley has attended workshops in leadership, experiential education, positive psychology, and critical thinking. Ashley joined The Island School community in 2014 as a Histories and Literature teacher after finding the curriculum and program matched her education philosophy focused on holistic development, and in Fall of 2016, assumed the role of Director. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys running, backpacking, reading and adventuring outside.
Dean of Students
Liz arrived at The Cape Eleuthera Island School family in spring of 2013. She joined us as the Director of the Gap Year Program, which she led for three years. Liz also directed our Summer Term for two years and assumed the role as Dean of Students in fall 2016. Her transition to The Bahamas came after years of fostering a deep understanding of experiential education, she is still as passionate as the first time she assisted a student to see the best version of themselves nine years ago. Liz received her BSc in Physical Geography in the UK. She combined her love of the ocean and her passion for education by spending over two years teaching marine science at an experiential education facility in the Florida Keys. She transitioned to the ‘land-down-unda’ in 2012 – taking outdoor education to a new level in the Australian bush leading trips and working with students from all over Australia. Since being back where she belongs, where the ocean and land meet in a place she thoroughly believes in, she has been able to foster relationships with students, develop programming, and is working hard every day to deepen her understanding of what it means to live well in a place. This year, Liz will also be teaching our capstone leadership course, Seminar. In her spare time Liz finds herself hiking, being outdoors, hammocking, exploring the underwater world, traveling and spending time eating good food with friends that are family and family that are friends.
Seminar and Applied Scientific Research Teacher, Fellows Program Coordinator
Leigh joined the faculty at The Island School in 2013 after 15 years teaching at independent schools in New England and California. He holds undergraduate degrees from Union College in History and French and from the University of Massachusetts in Plant and Soil Sciences. This fall, Leigh will earn a master’s degree from Green Mountain College in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology. At The Island School, Leigh co-teaches both a Research class and a capstone course called Seminar. Much of his teaching directly supports the Center for Sustainable Development in conducting food security research, implementing greening and sustainability initiatives, and incorporating permaculture design schemes on campus. Not one to sit idle, he also serves as the Teaching Fellows Program coordinator, leads kayak trips, coaches swimming and running, and is passionate and deeply committed to the school’s farm program. Leigh is a former professional and nationally ranked ultra-marathon runner, and still humbly participates in any and all water sports and attempts to keep up with his active family and children (ages 13 ad 9). His wife, Lisa, integrates Art across the greater Cape Eleuthera Foundation and does secondary school admissions placement for the Deep Creek Middle School. Leigh’s son recently graduated from DCMS and his daughter attends the Early Learning Center. This year, Leigh is completing a children’s book on the ecology of The Bahamas. He also plans to run the 110-mile length of Eleuthera as part of a community outreach event.
CSD Research Teacher
Alex hails from Lancaster, Ohio but has lived in California, Chilé, Michigan, and Colorado. Alex graduated from the University of Dayton in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Geology. He returned to the university to earn a teaching credential in Earth Science in 2010. Alex has been professionally involved with outdoor and experiential education for the last eleven years. He has taught classes on backpacking and kayaking, planned student-centered backpacking and climbing trips, instructed students at a residential outdoor educational facility in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and led National Parks camping trips. Alex's relationship with The Island School dates back to the Fall of 2014 when he volunteered for the Cape Eleuthera family. Today, in addition to his research teaching responsibilities with the Center for Sustainable Development, Alex is a coach for the Fellows Program and an expedition leader for sailing and kayaking trips. In his free time, Alex loves instructing free-diving, distance running, and fishing.
Literature and Writing Teacher
Rikka grew up on the Maine coast, and graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Religion. She then spent four years working in both publishing and the nonprofit sector before returning to graduate school. In 2015 she earned a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she taught undergraduate composition and creative writing and was named the Tim O'Leary and Michelle Cardinal Prose Scholar. Rikka spent the following fall in Zermatt, Switzerland, teaching English literature at Swiss Semester. She joins us from Big Sky, Montana, where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and the mountain life.
Lizzy graduated from Middlebury College magna cum laude in 2015. She majored in Sociology and Anthropology and minored in Education Studies and Global Health. Lizzy was a co-captain of the Varsity Volleyball team and rowed in the women's first varsity 8 boat on the crew team. After graduation, Lizzy was an editorial intern with Sports Illustrated and served as a volunteer coordinator for a local United Way. Lizzy was a teaching fellow at The Island School last year and is excited to continue at The Island School as a Histories teacher this year. She enjoys hanging out with The Island School cat, Fritter, reading, cooking, playing sports, and exploring Eleuthera.
Caleb graduated from Kenyon College in 2014 where he studied economics and environmental studies and was an All-Conference and captain of the men’s varsity lacrosse team. Following graduation, Caleb took a position teaching mathematics and economics at Vermont Academy. In addition to his teaching duties, Caleb was the boys’ varsity lacrosse coach, residential dorm parent, and 9th and 10th grade academic advisor. During the summers, Caleb works at Camp Dudley, an all-boys camp in Westport, New York, as an athletic department and leadership development team staff member.
Looking to blend his teaching, coaching, outdoors, and leadership experiences, Caleb joins the Island School to teach mathematics, coach running and swimming, and assist the outdoor programs. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys fly fishing, skiing, baking and eating bread, and free-diving.
Marine Ecology Teacher
Maxwell graduated from Dickinson college in 2016 where he studied Biology and was a member of the swim and squash teams. Maxwell has broad experience in leading eco-tourism around the world. He has worked as a dive master in Thailand, as a safari guide in South Africa and in animal conservation in Australia. He has conducted reef research in Mozambique and the Seychelles. In the past, Maxwell has worked as a hiking guide, naturalist, and sailing instructor at summer camps. Maxwell is also a WEMT (Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician) and he volunteers for the Jackson Ambulance Service in his hometown of Jackson, New Hampshire. As an Alumnus of the Island School, Maxwell first returned in 2015 and then again in 2016 as a Marine Ecology teacher for the Island School’s Summer Term Program. In his free time Maxwell enjoys free-diving, playing the ukulele, and photography.
Marine Ecology Teacher
Jason grew up in southern New Hampshire, then moved to southern Ohio for high school and college. Graduating with a degree in computer network systems, Jason started working for Ohio schools, teaching teachers how to use school networks. After gaining his Dive Instructor qualification, Jason moved to Andros Island in The Bahamas to teach week-long programs to visiting high school and college marine biology students. Teaching primarily coral reef ecology and water sports, Jason stayed in the islands for six years. Jason then traveled around the world for three years with a job in the hospitality industry, only to come back to the Bahamas to take up teaching again. As a Marine Ecology teacher, Dive Instructor, swim coach, and a kayak / sail expedition leader, Jason uses his past experience in The Bahamas to educate students about the amazing underwater world. By trade, Jason is also a USCG Boat Captain, SCUBA instructor, kayak guide, and enjoys all water sports, especially sailing.
Art Department Head, Environmental Art Teacher
Hanna was born and raised in Dedham, MA. She did a gap year after graduating from high school and worked for City Year as a teacher and mentor in the Boston Public Schools. She then went on to Colgate University and double majored in English and Studio Art and was a member of Konosioni Senior Honor Society. She also played lacrosse and squash at Colgate. In 2014, Hanna accepted a position as a Teach For America corps member outside of Denver, CO teaching middle school math, special education, and first grade over the course of three years while simultaneously pursuing a Master’s degree in Education at University of Colorado Denver. Hanna comes to The Island School excited to be part of education from a new perspective and believes that experiential learning, relationship building, and leadership development all encapsulate meaningful learning experiences. Hanna enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, running, and exploring new places.
Research Department Head
Kate graduated from Bangor University, UK with a degree in Zoology and Marine Zoology in 2004. Following this, Kate spent a year traveling the world before returning to study a Masters in Marine Conservation. Kate worked for a UK non-profit organization on Andros, The Bahamas for 3 years teaching marine conservation. It was here she met her husband, fellow Island School teacher Jason Kincaid. Kate and Jason then travelled the world working on sailing yachts. Kate is currently finishing her PhD thesis in fisheries and marine conservation from Memorial University, Canada. Kate has been part of the IS community since 2012 and has worked as a research advisor in past semesters before taking on her current role. Kate is mummy to Rose (2 years) who has grown up on Eleuthera. Outside of work, Kate enjoys family time, sailing, swimming, traveling and exploring the world through the eyes of a toddler.
Applied Math Fellow
Ella grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Scripps College. She majored in Environmental Analysis and received honors on her thesis titled Temporal Patterns of Risso’s and Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Echolocation in the Southern California Bight. Throughout her time as an undergraduate she researched coral paleoceanography, melanoma pathology, intertidal barnacles, and marine mammal bioacoustics. Ella also founded and captained the women’s club soccer team at the Claremont Colleges. She has worked as an Applied Biostatistics tutor, a teaching assistant for Marine Ecology and Environmental Science labs, and worked in the education department of Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Following graduation, Ella worked at the Billion Oyster Project, an initiative to restore native oyster populations to New York Harbor. In her spare time Ella enjoys running, adventuring, eating spicy foods, and exploring the ocean.
Applied Math Fellow
Oliver grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a focus in Probability. After graduating, he spent some time tutoring students at Beacon Academy in Boston in math and helping graduates of Beacon prepare for the SATs. Oliver has spent most of his time off school in Telluride, Colorado enjoying hiking in the summers and skiing in the winters. With his free time, Oliver enjoys freediving, watching old movies, and reading even older books.
Literature and Writing Fellow
Lydia grew up in western Ohio, playing in creeks and learning about sustainability from her small farming community. She graduated from Kenyon College, where she majored in American Studies and English. While focusing her studies on the history of science and creative non-fiction, she realized her passion for environmentalism and for interdisciplinary and experiential education. She has worked as a copyeditor for a non-profit, a BB gun range director at a Cub Scout camp, a UX design intern for Bodega Magazine, and an education intern at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
Literature and Writing Fellow
Olivia grew up outside of Boston and on Cape Cod, where she developed her passion for the outdoors and the ocean. She graduated from Brown University where she studied Psychology, competed on the sailing team for four years, and spent an incredible semester abroad at Auckland University in New Zealand. Olivia completed a National Outdoor Leadership School course in 2015, backpacking and whitewater canoeing for 57 days in the Yukon Territory. In the past, she worked for 5 years as sailing instructor and race coach in Quissett Harbor, MA. Olivia has also worked in product management and marketing roles at three small technology startups in board sports technology, solar energy, and visual intelligence. Her interest in outdoor and experiential education, strong community, and fostering environmental leaders drew her to The Island School.
In her free time, Olivia enjoys being out on the water in any way she can, as well as hiking, conversing, daydreaming, cloud-spotting, and practicing her budding photography skills.
Paul graduated from Davidson College where he studied history and film. While in school, Paul served for two years as the head editor of The Yowl, the satire and humor section of the Davidson College newspaper, and wrote his senior history thesis on nationalist film in 1960s Egypt. He also got the chance to study abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand as a junior, where he enjoyed hiking and road tripping with his friends. Paul has spent time in video production and worked for a summer at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. An Island School alumni from the Spring of 2012, Paul is delighted to be returning to Eleuthera once again, where he looks to continue his passion for history, creativity and adventure.
Lila calls the Rocky Mountains of Colorado home. She graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine where she double majored in Earth and Oceanographic Science and Government and Legal Studies, was a member of the Varsity Squash team and spent a semester studying in the Galapagos Islands. Throughout her time in undergrad, she conducted bird research on remote islands off the coast of Maine and carbon emissions research in the Andes Mountains. Following graduation, Lila moved to Dubai to teach at an American curriculum school. She enjoyed learning about Middle Eastern culture and traveling the region. Outside of work, Lila enjoys backcountry skiing, learning languages and dancing.