Teaching Artists


(for reference: 2020 teaching artists coming soon!)

We are proud to introduce our 2019 Teaching Artists! A mix of youthful energy, experience, and passion for art and teaching, our Teaching Artists are all working artists in their fields. And see if you can count how many are SFOA alumni!

SFOA is fortunate to welcome teaching artists who are professionals in their fields. Sometimes their schedules change on short notice. As such, our teaching staff is always subject to change.

Dylan Billings is a former SFOA camper with a love of all forms of storytelling. A self-described master of improvised dance moves and thought provoking jokes, Dylan’s classes are always a lot of fun and a great chance to explore your creative, energetic side. (dance, theater, media)

Molly Brown is an artist born and raised right here on MDI. She is a currently a Senior at UMaine Orono minoring in studio art and childhood development, and spent spring 2019 studying art abroad in Italy. She was once a camper here at SFOA, and is happy to come back and join the team as a teaching artist! Her specialties include drawing, painting, sculpture, and other visual arts. (visual art)

Nicole Cardano is proud to return to teach at SFOA. SFOA is a program she benefited from as a student, and a camp her daughter currently prioritizes her summer around. Cardano grew up performing and singing at Pemetic Elementary School and MDIHS. She majored in theatre from St. Michael’s College in VT and went on to study long form improvisational theatre in Chicago, IL where she studied and performed for ten years. Today Cardano is the Arts Outreach Educator with The Grand Theater in Ellsworth and the Founder and Executive Director of Theater Today, a non profit that works with the process of theater as a tool for social and emotional education. (theater)

Hailey Craig is a third year student at the University of Maine at Farmington studying Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theater and a minor in 2D arts. She has spent the last two years working as a teaching assistant to various arts classes on campus, and has experience working with students of multiple age groups in classroom settings. Her favorite things to do in the Theater are both dramatic and comedic improvisation, scene work, and teaching! (Sprite theater)

Mary DeSimone is a rising 2nd year at the University of Virginia, majoring in computer engineering. Mary loved every visual arts class she took as a student at SFOA, and now she brings that same enthusiasm to teaching her own art classes. This upcoming summer will be her 11th year with SFOA, and she looks forward to returning for many more. (visual art, crafts)

Kristin Holley is an educator, skin care specialist and make up artist who is passionate about empowerment and self expression. She holds a masters degree in social work, a minor in theatre arts and has been an aesthetician and make-up artist for 12 years. She also serves on the SFOA Board of Directors. (visual art)

Paige LeDuc is a local artist here on MDI who specializes in visual arts and crafts. A passion for the arts lead her to SFOA and SFOA led her to a love of teaching and working with children. Paige is currently getting her degree in childhood education at the University of Maine at Farmington. (visual art, Sprite art)

Christina Longstreeth grew up in western Massachusetts where she studied and taught a variety of dance styles as well as, performed with Barrington Stage Company and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She moved to Maine 5 years ago to attend College of the Atlantic. She is currently the choreographer for Acadia Community Theater's productions and has choreographed Shrek the Musical, Christmas in the Land of Oz, and Seussical the Musical with them. (dance, Sprite dance)

Monica Johnson took her first yoga class 15 years ago and has been a certified teacher for 12 years. More recently, she's fallen in love with qigong and tai chi, especially Chen style, which is a style characterized by fast and slow movements along with bursts of power. She's also a gardener/farmer, loves to hike Acadia National Park and adores her 2 cats, Tripod & Meatball. (movement)

Tennille Moore is a mathematics teacher at Mt. Desert Island High School. She has studied many forms of dance, beginning at an early age with classical ballet and then studying tap, modern, African, Jazz, highland, and Cape Breton Step. In addition to a mathematics degree, Tennille also has a music degree, playing many many instruments, including oboe and bagpipes. Her free time is spent enjoying time with her six-year-old son. (music, dance)

Susan Peterson started hamming it up in ballet class when she was three years old, continued to take dance into adulthood, became a ballroom dance instructor for Arthur Murray after graduating with a BS in Education, and continues to enjoy dance with a grain of goofy to keep it real. She is currently a Special Education Teacher at Pemetic Elementary during the school year, and a SFOA teacher come July. (Sprite mixed-media art)

Natalie Rogers is a junior Education Studies major at (the illustrious) Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She's been at SFOA as a camper and teaching artist for over 8 years, and she's best known for being Weslea's favorite student. She teaches writing, photography, and junior theatre. (writing, media, theater)

Maddy Sargent is a guitarist, pianist, and spends her free time painting. She lives in Massachusetts, but comes up to Maine for the summers for SFOA. She grew up coming up to the island during the summer with family, and spends her free time creating art and music. (music, visual art, movement)

Weslea Sidon is a poet, writer, musician, and educator who has taught at SFOA for over 25 years. She teaches private guitar lessons locally and is a published author. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Tremont with her husband and two cats. Weslea is also a long-standing member of the SFOA Board of Directors. (apprentices)

Marguerite Suozzo-Gole first came to MDI as an organizer with Indivisible, and fell in love with the island. When she is not doing political organizing, she can be found singing to herself or salsa dancing. Marguerite has always loved music in all its forms, whether it's singing in chamber choir and a'capella, acting in musical theater productions, or her most recent addiction, latin dancing. (theater, Sprite Music)

Assistants: (subject to change)

Riley Billings

Bella Brown

William DeSimone

Eleanor Dwyer

Maggie Murray

Annika Ross

Dezirae Zamen