Meet Our Staff
Herring Gut Learning Center admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin.
David is a teacher, administrator, naturalist, and environmental scientist with a career dedicated to leveraging education to contribute to personal, community, and environmental health. He graduated from College of the Atlantic in 1991 with a teaching certificate and a degree in Human Ecology. In 2004 he received an MS from Lesley University with a focus on ecological teaching and learning. David has taught at every level, from early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, and with college and adult learners. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, David can most often be found close to water, either salty or fresh. He enjoys all things aquatic and has had the good fortune to have had his office locales both lakeside and seaside. His past projects have included environmental restoration for diadromous fish passage, water quality monitoring work, and longitudinal research on Mount Desert Island's common loon population. David has incorporated citizen science into each of these areas and enjoys creating opportunities for people young and old to connect with their local environment. He has served in both volunteer and staff leadership roles for a number of Maine non-profit organizations and has studied non-profit management at the post-graduate level through USM's Muskie School of Public Service. David also has a background in performance art and arts administration, and when he's not outdoors you can often find him in a theater or gleefully gliding across a dance floor somewhere.
Director of Community Affairs
Growing up in Connecticut, Erin has been a New Englander all her life. She attended the University of Maine where she received her degree in Art and Art History and also gained considerable affinity for the beauty of Maine. Post-graduation, Erin and her soon-to-be husband moved to Oregon. After six wonderful years in the Pacific Northwest, the lure of Maine proved too strong. Erin had the privilege of beginning her career in Maine working for the historic Down East Magazine in Rockport. More recently, her interests brought her back to the academic and artistic side of the world as an archivist with The Kenneth Noland Studio & Archives in Port Clyde. Erin currently resides in Camden where she and her husband, Seth, get great joy watching their beautiful son, Will, grow.
Aquaculture and Marine Science Teacher
Born in Newburyport, MA, Ann learned a great deal about the world around her by exploring the mudflats and harbors of Plum Island, she went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts and then did graduate studies at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her professional career began in communications before segueing into science education.
Having taught children, adolescents, and adults in science and environmental education in formal academic settings, as well as through Mass. Audubon Society, Ann has developed a love for hands-on experiential learning - making her a great fit here at Herring Gut.
Ann held the positions of science and master teacher at the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, in Worcester, before moving to St. George in 2007, where she has worked in the Camden-Rockport Middle and Elementary schools. Ann volunteers as a steward of the Fort Point Trail in St. George and loves exploring the coastline of our peninsula by kayak.
Alexandria (Alex) Brasili
Marine Science and Aquaculture Educator and Communications Manager
Alexandria Brasili joined the Herring Gut staff in September of 2010 for a two year appointment as an Island Fellow, an Americorps position in cooperation with the Island Institute.
At the conclusion of her fellowship she was hired on as a Marine Science and Aquaculture Educator and Communications Manager and is excited to be continuing her work. During her time at Herring Gut, she has developed a business plan for the aquaponics greenhouse and worked with R.S.U. #13's middle level alternative education group to create the "School of Roots," a student-run business. She has also led Herring Gut's outreach programs and developed and instructs the First Work Experience program for teens. Alex grew up in Leominster, MA and received her B.A. in Biology, with a focus in Marine Biology, and a minor in Italian from Bowdoin College in May 2010.
"Herring Gut taught me almost everything I needed to know for my current job ... They also have helped me through some of the roughest patches in my life by just being there and encouraging me to be better."
"Herring Gut was absolutely amazing. The teachers there were also great. I learned a lot by going there."