We are very happy to welcome Mike Bell in his new role as interim head of semester school. Mike, who came to Chewonki a year ago to teach “Literature and the Land,” our English course, and to serve as academic dean and assistant head of school, steps into the shoes of Ann Carson, who has ably led the program for the past five years. Ann and her husband, math teacher Steve Kerchner, have returned to their beloved Colorado to teach at the Dawson School.
“I am looking forward to working even more closely with this thoughtful and compassionate semester faculty,” Mike says. “They have great depth of experience and passion for the work they do, and I hope to serve as a resource and guide in the coming year.”
Before coming to Chewonki, Mike spent five years as a dean and campus life director at the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey. He has been teaching English for eleven years, including a stint in Thailand, and has worked in outdoor education in Indiana and California. For many summers, he worked at a camp for boys in New Hampshire, where most recently he was assistant director. Mike holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.Ed. from Harvard University, where he specialized in adolescent psychology and male emotional development.
Mike is a newly published author, enjoys hiking, and has studied the Japanese art of aikido for 17 years. His favorite assignment during Maine Coast Semester work programs is to take students to the local elementary school to volunteer in the second-grade classroom. In his free time, he is often playing the piano, working on a crossword puzzle, or reading for pleasure. He’ll happily accompany you on his recorder during your coffeehouse performances!