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Board of Directors

Carol McGovern
Carol McGovern

I am a retired educator. I worked for RSU3 for almost 30 years. During that time I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for 12 years. The remainder of my career was spent as Principal at Walker Elementary and Mount View Elementary Schools. Currently I live on beautiful Lake St George in Liberty. I am a member of the Liberty Planning board.

Jamie Francomano
Jamie Francomano

In pandemic times, Jamie is a full-time, stay-at-home father of three and sometimes carpenter, interested in and learning more about the field of education. With a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture, he has worked for a dozen years in Maine as a town planner, code enforcement officer, and community and economic development director.

Mark Ostroff
Mark Ostroff

Mark Ostroff is a math and computer science teacher for grades 9-12 for RSU 73 and has been in the classroom for over 15 years. He is an avid proponent for STEM education in public schools, having most recently worked with the Maine Department of Education on legislation that would bring computer science education to Maine schools. Throughout his career, Mark also has been a mentor for student-teachers, as well as trained new educators in classroom management, trauma-informed teaching, and math pedagogy.

Najean Shedyak
Najean Shedyak

Robin Huntley
Robin Huntley

Robin is a nature- and place-based educator with a special interest in the connection between school and community in rural areas. She helped to co-author The Ecology Learning Center's charter application in 2019, and has years of experience in both public and private schools in Maine and beyond. Robin holds a BA in rural community-based education from Hampshire College and an MEd in place-based education from Antioch University New England. She lives along the Sheepscot River in Coopers Mills, in the same century-old farm where she spent her childhood.

Leon Garnett
Leon Garnett

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.