Faculty and Administration

Christine Knowles

Christine Knowles Humanities

TNS Teacher since 2005

“If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.” David Carradine
Language Arts teacher Christine Knowles studied English and Women’s Studies at Keene State College and obtained her Master’s Degree in Education at University of Southern Maine. Christine loves making literature and poetry accessible to everyone, and her students read everything — from the classics to comic books. Her favorite novel is Jane Eyre. Christine has been teaching at The New School since 2005 and particularly enjoys leading Fiction Writing Workshops and teaching a class she calls “The Poetry Experience.” When not at school, Christine can often be found with a cup of tea and a good book, playing with clay, travelling with her daughter Willow, whipping up something tasty in the kitchen, or playing board games with friends.

Contact Christine at: christine.knowles@tnsk.org

Evan Dewdney

Evan Dewdney Math

TNS teacher since 2012

Math teacher Evan Dewdney studied mathematics and economics at Hamilton College and obtained his Master’s Degree in education at University of Southern Maine’s Extended Teacher Education Program. Evan’s approach is to inspire curiosity and wonder in his students. If he can make students curious about how the world works they will become life long learners. Evan strives to develop rapport with every student, assess their learning style and adjust the way he teaches to suit their needs. He and his wife are the proud parents of a young daughter named Aria and an even younger son named Theron. The couple live in Cape Elizabeth and love to garden, walk, travel and spend time outdoors.

Contact Evan at: evan.dewdney@tnsk.org

Ally Muir

Ally Muir Science and The Environment

TNS Teacher since 2017

Ally Muir grew up in New Jersey, but spent summers and college in Maine where she has always felt most at home. After graduating from Colby with a major in Geology and minor in Russian, she taught at The Ecology School in Saco. In the summers she lead long distance bike tours (across country, down the Pacific Coast) and backpacking trips (in the Alps). While living in Colorado she taught at an alternative, residential High School in the mountains and as a Bio & Chemistry teacher in Colorado Springs. She enjoys traveling, skiing, biking, hiking, making kombucha, collecting rocks, exploring tide pools, cooking, eating whoopie pies, and crocheting
Contact Ally at: ally.muir@tnsk.org

Brad Lopes

Brad Lopes Social Studies

TNS teacher since 2017
Brad Lopes joins The New School Faculty with his Secondary Education degree in Social Studies with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington.  He is originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, located on Martha’s Vineyard.  He grew up in Skowhegan, Maine, and has the snow-shoveling experience of every “True Mainer.” His areas of interest expertise include: the Revolutionary Atlantic Period, the World Wars, and the Slave Trade. Brad is excited to have found his “dream school,” one “that is democratically based, with students making crucial, important decisions about their own education,” and is happy to call The New School “HOME.”
Contact Brad at: Brad.Lopes@tnsk.org
Marylyn Wentworth

Marylyn Wentworth Creative Writing

Co-founder of TNS

Marylyn Wentworth co-founded The New School in 2000 and has served the school in may ways since. Marylyn has been an educator in Southern Maine since 1961. She has been a national consultant for school reform with the Coalition of Essential Schools, the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, the Annenberg Rural Challenge, the Foxfire Teacher Outreach Center, the National School Reform Faculty, and the School Reform Initiative, and has had long-term involvement with The Southern Maine Partnership. She has been a potter and graphic artist, a teacher in MSAD 71 and at Waynflete School and is presently an avid gardener, quilter and writer.  In 1970 she co-founded The School Around Us, The New School’s K-8 sister school, with eight other families. Marylyn has a Maine Certificate in secondary English, K-8 general education and K-12 Art.

Contact Marylyn at: Marylyn.Wentworth@tnsk.org


Janet Perry

Janet Perry Assistant to the School

TNS Administrator since 2005
Janet Perry is TNS’s multi-talented office administrator. She  came to us from Sea Road School where she educated 4th and 5th graders in computer technology. Janet ran her own business for 12 years in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk. She has her own line of stencils which have been sold at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as stencil shops all over the country.
Contact Janet at: thenewschool@tnsk.org
Crystal Hamlin

Crystal Hamlin Development

Admissions and Development Coordinator
Crystal believes that The New School opens the hearts and minds of its students as life-long learners through many valuable experiences and unique classes.  She manages marketing, enrollment and major funding for the school.  She holds a BA in psychology from Vassar College, and recently completed the Master’s Degree Program at Goddard College in Sustainability and Social Innovation with a focus on organizational development and community engagement. She loves the values of The New School and enjoys engaging youth in areas of sustainability and social justice, knowing that youth are our future and that positive change starts with them. Crystal is the parent of a recent graduate and a current senior at The New School and an 8th-grader at the School Around Us.  She serves on the Board of Directors and loves hiking, gardening and rural life.

Contact Crystal at: Crystal.Hamlin@tnsk.org

Community Teachers

In addition to our core faculty, The New School employs a variety of skilled community members to enhance the learning experience and options for our student

Martin Samelson

Martin Samelson American Sign Language (ASL)

Fostering cross-cultural communication

After obtaining certification in ASL/English Interpretation for the Deaf, Martin joined the Lexington School for the Deaf in NY as a job developer for the Deaf, served as American Sign Language Program Director on the community college level and adjunct professor at the Lewis School, Princeton, NJ. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Maine’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children at the Governor Baxter School, Falmouth, ME. He feels strongly that clear communication with other cultures is the key to a life of purpose.

Paul Dervis Theater Arts

Award-winning playwright and director

Paul divides his time between the Maine coast and Canada where he has served as Artistic Director at New Ottawa Repertory Theater and an Instructor at The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. He was also Artistic Director for Boston’s Alley Theatre, Montreal’s Theatre 21st Century, and spent many years as Managing Director of New York City’s Playwrights Preview (now Urban Stages). Paul has had 19 plays on various BEST OF…lists, both as a playwright and director. He has directed 5 plays Off-Broadway, and his play MAKING TRACKS won the 1986 Double Image Theatre’s New York One Act Play Festival. Paul also serves as a film critic for THE ARTS FUSE.

Marybeth Stocking

Marybeth Stocking Spanish

Extensive travels in Europe and South America

Marybeth studied Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Salem State University, specializing in Latin American literature and politics. She studied abroad in Spain and Cuba and has traveled extensively throughout South America. She is an experienced ESOL instructor, having taught immigrant communities in the US and while living abroad, most recently in Colombia. Marybeth also operates Two Toad Farm in Lebanon, ME where she and her partner, Jordan, raise chickens and grow over two hundred varieties of organic herbs and vegetables. Marybeth recently accompanied two TNS students to Argentina to work on an organic dairy farm (and perfect their Spanish) during a three week “Intensive.”

Maureen Gill Ausbrook

Maureen Gill Ausbrook The History of Medicine

Author, researcher and lecturer

Rev. Maureen Gill Ausbrook teaches a series of classes in medical humanities at The New School, including forensic science, medical ethics, and history of medicine (for which she uses her self-authored textbook, “The History of Medicine”). She is a graduate of All Paths Divinity School and Loyola University Chicago. Her research areas are the history of medicine, medical ethics, religion and public policy. While in graduate school, Maureen completed a 600-hour clinical internship with the Patient Consult Service at Loyola University Medical Center. She has taught the history of medicine at Stritch School of Medicine, as well as U.S. and European history, philosophy and medical ethics at the community college level. Maureen is an author and public speaker and ordained interfaith minister with specialized training in community ministry. Areas of expertise include suicide awareness and prevention (emphasis on teens and veterans), loss and bereavement, homelessness across demographics. She is also a pet chaplain who works with veterinarians and animal rescue workers in areas concerning animal rights, animal ethics and bereavement. 

Josie Lynn Perkins Music Education

Sharing the language of music

Josie Perkins has been studying music since the age of seven. Piano was her first instrument of study followed by saxophone and private vocal training. Josie is a graduate of Point Park University where she received a B.A. in Theater Arts with a Musical Theater concentration. She also holds her certification as a licensed Kindermusik educator. In 1995 Josie joined the musical international program Up With People and traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Scandinavia sharing the universal language of music with students and families from over 32 countries. She has seen first hand the positive effect music has on people and their lives. Josie is excited to have the opportunity to share her knowledge of the musical language with students at The New School.