Robin currently works as Science Education Manager for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership and has been involved in the experiential science education sector in Philadelphia, PA and Maine. She is committed to ensuring that exceptional education opportunities are accessible and inclusive to all students.
Michelle is an education consultant and Montessori Coach supporting the growth and strengthening of public Montessori schools nationally. She taught for many years at the KIPP network of high-performing, college-prep urban schools in DC, San Diego, and Newark before discovering Montessori when she became a parent. She co-founded the first public Montessori charter school in Memphis, Tennessee, dedicated to serving children in the historic and high-need community of Frayser. She lives on a small off-grid homestead with her family in rural Maine, and is interested in all things food-related.
David Balicki has worked in the finance and corporate banking industry for over 27 years, holding various positions in management, curriculum development, and training. He is currently a branch manager for Bangor Savings Bank in Unity. David also serves as the board treasurer and chair of the finance committee for the Belfast Co-op, offering his skills in finance, problem solving, interpersonal team building, and facilitation.
Anne-Marie is a special educator with fifteen years of teaching experience. She holds a master’s degree in education, currently works at the Maine Department of Education as education specialist and consultant, and is on the monitoring team for the office of special services. At her homestead farm in Freedom, Anne-Marie raises animals for fiber and meat and grows vegetables. She has six children and four grandchildren.
Leon is a retired builder and elementary school teacher. He is interested in supporting the development of the alternative learning environment envisioned by the Ecology Learning Center. He thinks diverse, locally controlled public education programs are the best way to ensure the kinds of education our young people need.
Solomon Heifets is an English teacher and teacher leader at one of Maine's first charter schools, the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences. He holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives on a diversified organic farm in South China, where he operates small farm enterprises in his spare time.