Meet Our Team
Our 135 year legacy of delivering life-changing education programs at Incarnation is a testament to our dedicated, knowledgeable and innovative staff. At Steward, our faculty and staff are passionate about teaching, challenging young adults to take part in their own learning process and offering transformative and fun outdoor adventure experiences. Our staff members are hold CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid and American Red Cross lifeguards certifications.
Dana joined the Incarnation staff in 2014. She has a passion for outdoor experiential education, retreat ministry and summer camp. She holds an BA from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Div from Yale. She was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2018. In addition to serving as a school leader, Dana teaches Steward’s Ethics course.
Hadley has worked in education for 20 years. She has a deep love of the outdoors and adventure and a desire to share that love with others. Holding multiple teaching certifications, she has taught in traditional public, charter, and private boarding schools from the elementary level through the graduate level. She holds a BA in Art and Anthropology from Pitzer College and a MA in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College.
Hi, I’m Penny, I’m 25 and from Cheshire, England. I have been with Incarnation Center since 2015. My experiences at the Center have grown my love of the outdoors to a new extreme, and I cannot wait to get involved and learn new things myself right alongside our wonderful students. In my spare time I absolutely love to read, and anyone I have ever met can attest to how much I love Harry Potter (I will talk anyone’s ear off about it).
Hi, I’m Kate! I am excited to return to teach Literature and Composition at Steward Outdoor School for Fall Semester 2020. I earned my B.A. in psychology from Penn State University and my teaching certification from Texas A&M University. I adore my family, sunshine, fresh air, my Golden Retriever, horses, any activity on the beautiful CT River, hiking, biking, skiing, and Maine summers. I have taught in public, charter, and private schools across the country and recognize how special it is to return to the incomparable natural landscape and seasons of my native state. Ralph Waldo Emerson accurately stated “‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book.” Let’s dive into a wonderful learning adventure together to become excellent readers and masters of the written word!
Kelsey grew up in Connecticut and attended Unity College in Maine where she majored in Adventure Education Leadership and Studio Arts. While at Unity she completed the Outward Bound Service and Leadership Semester, spending 65 days backpacking, canoeing, sailing, climbing and trekking around the state of Maine. Kelsey has led canoe, bike and hike adventures around New England has and taught outdoor education and adventure leadership at Incarnation for over five years. Kelsey also serves as the Associate Director of Incarnation Camp. She lives on the property with her dogs, Oakley and Trooper. Her favorite outdoor adventure experience was whitewater canoeing on the Penobscot River in Maine during the fall.
Hi there! I’m Leah, and it is my second semester with Steward Outdoor School. I grew up in Michigan and went to Michigan State University, where I earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and am currently earning my Master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems. I am excited to work with students to meal plan, cook, and teach them about the food they eat and where it comes from. I have traveled to Africa and Europe to explore food systems and natural areas. My favorite adventure was enjoying a safari and seeing all of the Big Five (Lion, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Rhino, and African Leopard). If I’m not in the garden, you can find me reading a book, painting, or hiking around outside.
Hello! My name is Sydney. I graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a degree in Marine Biology. I’ve always been very passionate about our oceans and environments and joining the Steward Outdoor School STEM faculty last year was a dream come true. Being able to share my passion with younger generations has truly been an amazing opportunity for me over the last couple of years. I have educated students from Texas to Connecticut, and all the way to Bermuda. I love working with animals. It is my goal to one day be an animal trainer, so I can further educate the public, and I can learn more about the animals that we live among. I’m a Navy Submarine wife and as such, have learned to be very flexible and understanding. After meeting the Fall 2019 Stewards at Mystic, where I served as their educator during their Outdoor Adventure Expedition, I became even more enthusiastic about teaching at Steward.
Hi I’m Owen! I’m 25 years old and from Manchester, England. I have been with at Incarnation Center since 2016. From a young age, I have always loved the outdoors and being able to get hands on experience with learning. This is an exciting program for staff and students to be able to share adventures and learning opportunities together! I am a huge fan of music and movies, so you’ll often find me playing guitar, ukulele, drumming on things or singing my heart out!
Georgia is a graduate from Unity College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. She volunteered at the Bushy Hill Farm while she was still in high school and began officially working with Bushy Hill as the Seedling head counselor in the summer of 2017. She loves animals and has raised three dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and has spent years working with Common and Roseate Terns on the Great Gull Island Research Station. She uses the farm to connect children back to nature and teach them life skills.