Camden, Maine • 207-236-7482 • Christiansted, VI • 340-626-7877 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Ocean School is an internationally focused nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing challenging educational programs aboard the schooner Roseway.
Dwight started the World Ocean School out of a desire to use the sea as a way to teach students about responsibility and community building. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Principia College, in Alton, Illinois, Dwight has spent many years building boats, performing yacht deliveries, and expanding his knowledge of marine ecology and navigation. As a self-taught sailor, Dwight is passionate about education and learning. With his tremendous skills in carpentry and design, as well as his contacts throughout the marine world, Dwight managed the restoration of Roseway in 2002. Serving as Roseway‘s full time captain, he holds a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and continues to oversee the maintenance and operation of Roseway. When not on board, Dwight lives with his wife in Portland, Maine.
Abby Kidder started the World Ocean School while working at the Institute for Global Ethics in Camden, Maine, where she joined the staff in 1990. Holding a master’s degree in Human Ecology and Environmental Ethics from College of the Atlantic, she has authored a secondary-school curriculum titled How Big is Your Backyard? An Ethics-Based Approach to Environmental Decision Making, published by the Institute in 2001. As a certified trainer for the Institute, she organized seminars for teachers in the United States and abroad, presented widely to educators using the Institute’s curricular materials, designed new products and services, and worked directly with teachers, administrators, and students. Whether on board the ship or working from her office in Boston, her time is spent overseeing the day to day management of the school, fund-raising and building long term capacity for the organization.
Simon joined us in 2013 to support the logistics and operations of World Ocean School and Roseway in delivering outstanding and safe experiences to our students and clients. He began sailing with us as an offshore Mate and Relief Captain in 2008. Prior to this experience with the World Ocean School, Simon served as Operational Director and Captain for a variety of sail training vessels based both in the US and overseas. These appointments were highlighted by passages on all oceans and port calls from Barcelona to Bequia to Borneo. Simon has worked with students of diverse age and background and he is committed to promoting education and adventure at sea. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Prescott College, a USCG 500 ton Ocean Master License and a British MCA Yachtmaster Ocean ticket. A life long resident of Cape Ann in Massachusetts, Simon lives with his wife and two boys where they enjoy exploring their local waters together.
Betcie is an office generalist of the most diverse kind. She has worked for an assortment of non-profits with responsibilities ranging from Executive Assistant (including interface with board of directors) to Office Manager. Among other work, she has worked for a publishing house as an editor’s personal assistant; a PBS television series as Business Manager, involving event planning; and a rare-breed preservation farm with administrative, bookkeeping and desk-top publishing tasks. Most recently, Betcie owned her own public relations and administrative outsourcing business before her daughter was born. She has a BA in Communications from Principia College in Illinois and taught English as a second language in Taiwan. Working from the head World Ocean School office in Camden, Maine she is known as “Base-camp Betcie.” She lives with her husband and daughter in Lincolnville, Maine.
Samantha joined the World Ocean School in August 2013 and spent her first 3-weeks living and working aboard Roseway. She quickly learned what the organization was all about and is excited to join as the Education Director. Samantha has a bachelors degree from Lafayette College and received her Masters in Teaching from Simmons College. She has spent the past 5 years immersing herself in the education of children in the Boston area. She has taught in elementary classrooms in Newton and Boston and was the Director of a Sylvan Learning Center south of the city. Samantha enjoys running in local local road races, spending time at the beach in Maine and snowboarding in the winter.
Will comes to the World Ocean School from a career in digital marketing. He spent the last five eyears helping nonprofits raise money and get their message out online. Will grew up sailing off Martha’ Vineyard and has raced everything from Optimists to 12 Metres. He also learned the island cruising ropes from his grandfather on the ketch he wintered in the Virgin Islands. Will is excited to combine his passions for sailing and for helping nonprofits harness the power of the internet. He holds a B.A. from Pomona College and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He lives with his wife and daughter in Maine’s Midcoast.