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Maine Coast Semester

Thomas Foley

Social Work Intern


Thomas Foley

Tom’s love for the natural world, education, and intentional community has roots in his experience in MCS 43. In many ways his learnings from that semester have influenced his direction in life. Tom chose to further pursue ecological living and learning at Sterling College in Vermont, where he built out his skills as a naturalist while also finding opportunities to teach the material he was learning to share his passion with children. Notable among his experiences since graduation, Tom worked as an Environmental Educator and later Outreach Specialist at The Ecology School and led the birding program and held leadership positions at Camp Chewonki for Boys. Now pursuing a Master of Social Work from the University of New England, Tom applies ecological thinking and a community mindset to holistic wellness. He is excited to bring these lenses back with him to Maine Coast Semester.

Some fun facts about Tom:

  • He won Sterling College’s annual ping pong tournament two years in a row.

  • He has been playing guitar since he was ten years old. Many people are surprised to learn that his preferred genre is heavy metal.

  • He has observed 323 different species of birds in the state of Maine. He’s always on the lookout for more!

What Brought Me to Chewonki?

Chewonki Neck has become Tom’s home away from home. Knowing firsthand the powerful impact Chewonki can have on a young person, he is delighted to be here to support the experiences of MCS students.


B.A., Ecology, Sterling College
M.S.W., University of New England (in progress)

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