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Emma Baker - Science

Emma Baker graduated from University of Maine Machias in 2005 with a degree in Outreach Environmental Education, then from University of Maine Fort Kent in 2006 with a Secondary Life Science degree. Before joining the Vinalhaven School, she taught high school math and science at Katahdin Middle High School, and was an Ed Tech III at Fort Kent Community High School for three years. A native of Fort Kent, Emma is used to isolation in the form of potato fields, rather than ocean. She enjoys spending time reading, knitting, walking her dog, and getting creative in the kitchen. Emma is looking forward to the upcoming years at Vinalhaven School and is excited to be part of the island community.

Steven Burgess - Vocational Technology

A Vinalhaven native, Steve moved off the island when he was just five years old when his family moved to northern Maine.  He continued to visit the island every summer throughout his high school years.  As an adult, Steve worked in construction for 32 years, initially starting in residential home building which later led to commercial construction.  During these years Steve also served in the Maine Army National Guard, and retired after 22 years of service.  In 2012 Steve went to work for the Loring Job Corps as a tradesman instructor.   In 2015 Steve had opportunity to move back to Vinalhaven and take over the vocational education program -- he and his family jumped at the chance to come home.  Steve and his wife, Patti have two children, Benn and Annie.  In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, hiking, camping and fishing.  Welcome home Steve.

Colette Carse - English Language Arts


Colette Carse has joined the high school team as the High School English Language Arts teacher. Currently, Ms. Carse is completing her Ph.D. in English Education at the The State University of New York, University at Buffalo. She and her companion, Black Bart the Magnificent Beast, arrived on Vinalhaven just in time to begin the school year. Ms. Carse and her pup have been working to get to know the island and the community. The Vinalhaven School is just the sort of inspiring learning environment in which she most wishes to contribute her talents.


Wanda Davis-Oakes - K-12 Guidance Counselor

Wanda Davis-Oakes graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelors of Science in Mental Health and Human Services and from Kaplan University Illinois with a Masters in Psychology. Before working for the Vinalhaven School she spent several years working on the water lobstering and continues to do so during Summer months. She has also worked for Child Developmental Services in Rockland, Maine. In her free time Wanda enjoys spending time with her three daughters, hiking, boating, swimming, and keeping track of local youth sporting events.

Bryan Feezor - High School Math


Bryan Feezor majored in Mathematics Education and University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and minored in Education. While there, he was part of an Internship program that took undergraduate math majors and placed them in local middle and high school classrooms. As part of this program he spent a semester writing and filming videos for a middle school math program one year and working with high school students the next year. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics, he enrolled in the masters program at UCSC in Mathematics Education after being chosen as a Robert Noyce Fellowship Recipient. After sailing aboard the Schooner Heritage for a season around the Penobscot Bay, Bryan heard of Vinalhaven School was in need of a High School Math teacher. Since he started teaching here he has spent many classes working on keeping the students interested by using his own personal interests. Bryan’s math classes are often discussing Scuba diving (of which he is a certified instructor), bicycling, or sailing and how through these topics we can learn about a number of mathematics ideas. Bryan also works with the Skippers class in discussing the changing fisheries and how the students can have an impact in their own front yards.


Logan Heintz - High School Educational Technician


Logan Heintz graduated from Central Maine Community College where she studied General Studies for three years. In May of 2016 Logan left Dixfield, Maine and moved to Vinalhaven where she became an Educational Technician II for the Vinalhaven school.  Logan is happy to be apart of the island community and school.




Jill Oakes - High School Special Education Coordinator

Jill OakesJill Oakes is a seasoned islander. She first graduated from Vinalhaven high school in 1973 and studied elementary education at UMO, graduating in 1977. She taught in Bingham and Camden/Rockport, and then returned to the island to teach elementary in 1981. Jill left Vinalhaven in 2005 to live in Pennsylvania, and worked for Hempfield Behavioral Health as the Center Director of 21st century after school programs for Hispanic children. She returned to VH with her husband, and took the ed. tech position in 2008, and is now employed as Special Ed. Teacher in the 2011/2012 year. Jill has 2 adult children, a coon cat and a pomeranian. She enjoys dog-walking, walks on the beach, playing cards, and reading when she has time.

Susan Philbrook - French

Susan PhilbrookSusan Philbrook is enjoying her 7th year as the K-12 French teacher at Vinalhaven School.  Originally from Davis, California, she attended the University of Maine at Orono where she played on the university soccer team and majored in French.  She has a degree in French and a Master of Arts in Teaching in French. She is the Girls Varsity soccer coach, and the French club advisor.  She also is part of the Sports Done Right Committee and the Girls Book Club and a member of the Discovery Curriculum Team. Besides teaching and soccer, Susan enjoys traveling, running, painting, and sewing.

Jordan Tuthill - Social Studies


Jordan Tuthill graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Education in Social Studies Education in 2017. Before his college career, Jordan spent ten years teaching marching bands as well as drum and bugle corps in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. For the past year, he has been teaching Social Studies at an alternative school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his dog Winston, music, hiking, woodworking, and amateur Astronomy.