Each year we are honored to welcome exciting guest artists who offer unique and special experiences to our students. Learn more below!
aurora vaulters -
deb and cynthia andrews
* Visiting SFOA July 1 - 12 *
Deb Andrews followed her daughter, Cynthia Andrews, into the world of competitive vaulting when Cynthia started vaulting in 2006 on MDI. They began coaching together 2013; Deb coaches and lunges the horse; Cynthia coaches and works more directly with the vaulters.Cynthia and Deb coach together – the only mother daughter led team in the US! They also lead clinics and give demos to promote the sport in Maine.
Cynthia is a Certified FEI Vaulting Coach, Certified EMT, and a Bronze level vaulter. She has competed and trained regionally and nationally for 13 years. In March 2019 Cynthia will also be a Certified Fitness Trainer. She says: “Being one with the horse and having the wind in my hair, makes me proud to be strong, and I love to share that passion with our vaulters.”
Debra is CHA Certified Vaulting Coach, Certified FEI Vaulting Coach, & Red Cross Certified in FA/CPR. She holds a BA in Child Development and is a former jazz, ethnic & ballet dancer. She says: “I love helping youth find confidence and joy from vaulting. Giving them the opportunity to explore vaulting is awesome!”
lego master builder-
* Visiting SFOA July 8 - 12 *
Willis was born and raised on Mount Desert Island. His experiences with SFOA are well-rounded, having been a camper in '07, an apprentice in '08, and a teacher's assistant in '09! As an artist, Willis has sung in choirs almost non-stop since the fifth grade, including during his time at Westminster Choir College. He's also been building with LEGO for even longer than that! Willis recently put that LEGO experience to good use, first as a LEGO Robotics Instructor in Princeton, NJ, and now as a Master Model Builder for LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester County, NY.