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Astra first visited Vinalhaven on a blustery April day, while she and her husband were sailing home to Maine. They loved the area, and have enjoyed slowly settling in. Astra is looking forward to working with the students of Vinalhaven School this year! Astra has a BA in Art & Anthropology from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts in Museums & Cultural Heritage from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she studied as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. She and her husband moved to Maine in 2009, and for the next couple of years she enjoyed working at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor as Manager of Museum Services -- working closely with artists, volunteers, members, school groups, and visitors. Astra loves being outdoors, in the woods and on the water. She grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River, where she spent many summers as a sailing instructor; she crewed aboard historic Friendship Sloops for five years in the Acadia region offering tours and charters, and has sailed aboard private vessels from Maine to the Caribbean.