Maine Coast Semester

Will Tjeltveit

Associate Dean


Will Tjeltveit

Originally from Allentown, PA, I grew up spending most of my summers outside in Montana and New Hampshire, developing a love of nature and the outdoors that led me here to Maine and Chewonki! Before coming to Chewonki I spent a year leading place-based and outdoor education youth programs in northern Maine as an AmeriCorps VISTA educator with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters’ education program, the Katahdin Learning Project. I graduated from Trinity College (CT) in 2020 with a history major and classics minor and was a leader of the outdoors club, environmental house, and part of a number of theater productions. I also led incoming students on backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut as part of a pre-orientation program. Working with the Student Conservation Association I spent my summers in college leading hikes, tours, and educational programs with the National Park Service at Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee and the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. 

Working all across the country I developed a passion for working with youth and using the places we inhabit to shape how we learn—a passion I’m excited to share as I work with Andrew Hunter to support US history classes here.

In my free time I love to run, cook, read, and hike wherever I can.

What Brought Me to Chewonki?

As someone who sees nature and a connection to our place as a catalyst for learning no matter what the subject, MCS provides an incredible opportunity to implement that philosophy by centering every part of life on campus around the land we’re on.


B.A. History, Trinity College (CT)

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