Teaching Artists


We are proud to introduce our 2018 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)

Viera Boudreau is a senior at Maine College of Art, majoring in digital media. She specializes in Character Design and story-based art, and has been working on a sci-fi comic for the last 7 years. She's loved all sorts of arts since she was little - she began performing at age 4 and drawing at age 10. She's been in things like Marching Band, Theater, and All State Choir all throughout middle and high school. Her strongest skills are in character art and illustration, but she also has knowledge of color theory and painting. (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 onto study long form improvisational theatre in Chicago, IL. Chicago was her performance home for ten years. Today Cardano teaches drama, show choir and improv at the local schools and community programs. (theater)

Reed Davis is a 3rd year Theatre Major at the University of Maine. He discovered his passion for theatre while in high school, and also enjoyed taking many classes in the visual arts. When he's not acting on stage, he also enjoys stage management and theatre carpentry. He is very excited to join the SFOA team and share his love of the arts! (theater, sprites)

Mary DeSimone loved every visual arts class she took as a student at SFOA. Now, as a rising college student, she brings that same enthusiasm to teaching her own art classes. This upcoming summer will be her 10th year with SFOA, and she looks forward to returning for many more. (visual art, crafts)

Tim DeSimone is a saxophonist, writer, and sports enthusiast currently studying music at James Madison University! As a former camper and apprentice, he can't wait to rejoin the jam at SFOA! He's also the brother of the fabulous Mary (Arts and Crafts!), and the terrific camper, William! (music)

Carl Ferm is a local artist from Mount Desert, and studied music education at the University of Southern Maine. Carl works as a musician/actor with the Barn Arts Collective in Tremont, and as a soccer coach at Trenton Elementary School. He is committed to spreading joy and creativity through the exploration of art with people of all ages. Carl is an SFOA alum! (music)

Caresse Hanson loves to create! She spends a lot of her free time knitting, being crafty, and hiking the trails of Acadia with her dog Ella. Caresse grew up here on MDI and work at Conners Emerson School. She also serves on the SFOA Board of Directors. (visual art)

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. (visual art)

Hayden Kline is a longtime SFOAer! Starting as a wee Junior many years ago, he has worked his way up through the ranks, mastering the arts of music and performance at the camp... and now he is as a teaching artist! After taking a year off to sing a cappella around the world, he has graduated from college and will be entering grad school for music scoring in the fall. He is very excited to be involved this year, and can’t wait to see all the students in July! (music, theater)

Paige LeDuc is an SFOA alum and life long artist. Drawing, painting, sculpture, you name it, if it's visual arts, she's tried it and loved it! Currently attending college, Paige is pursuing a career in teaching inspired in part by experiences at SFOA. (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)

Noah Lovejoy is a native Mainer who has been performing for as long as he can remember. This past spring he completed his third year as a Theatre major at the University of Maine where he enjoys being involved on stage, behind the scenes, and in the classroom. This is Noah's first summer working with SFOA, and looks forward to being surrounded by creative minds all expressing a true passion for the arts. He cannot wait to meet everyone and let the summer fun begin! (theatre, Sprites)

Laura McArdle is originally from Co. Galway, Ireland, and in January she moved to the US hoping to have new experiences and travel new places! She has a keen interest in art, theatre, and literature cultivated during her time studying English Lit at Trinity College, Dublin. This is her first summer at SFOA and she can’t wait to get started! (crafts)

Meghan McDunnah is a rising Senior at the Maine College of Art in Portland. She has been with SFOA for nearly a decade; first as a camper, and in the more recent years, as an assistant and teacher. She is majoring in Illustration, and loves to draw and to tell stories with her art. She also loves to sing, play the ukulele, and perform on stage. She can't wait for another great season at SFOA! (visual art)

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. (dance, Sprite mixed-media art)

Natalie Rogers is a sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia studying Education. An SFOA alum, this will be her fifth year teaching full time, specializing in creative writing and theater. She loves all forms of art, especially theater, and participated in the MDI High School Show Choir and the MDI Drama Program. She is also a passionate writer and poet, and plans to bring that passion to her classes! (writing, theater)

Camille Ross is an SFOA alum, former Apprentice, and former Assistant. This will be Camille’s seventh year at SFOA. She is currently at Colby College studying environmental science and computer science. She loves music and teaching Sprite art class and is very excited to be returning to SFOA this summer! (music, writing, Sprite art)

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)

Christina Spurling is a pianist, collaborator, and music educator. Originally from Islesford, she is also an alum of SFOA and Arthur Russell Strings, where she is on the music faculty. She is the music director at the Somesville Union Meeting House, accompanist for the Bagaduce Chorale, a piano teacher at Ellsworth Community Music Institute and the PK-8 music teacher for the Cranberry Isles Schools.

Anna Walker has been teaching at SFOA for about 15 years. Her day job is Ed Tech at Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor, and she has an MFA in Graphic Design from BU. She has drawn, crafted, sewn and built things for her whole life, and has recently taken up oil painting. How exciting to be learning something new! (visual art)

Assistants: (subject to change)

Riley Billings

Rawl Blackett

Mary DeSimone

Laura McArdle

Annika Ross

Maddy Sargent

Dezirae Zamen