Camden, Maine • 207-236-7482 • Christiansted, VI • 340-626-7877 • email@example.com
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.
Eden joined the World Ocean School as the Education Coordinator in September 2009 and quickly made her way to the top. With a Chemistry degree from the University of Puget Sound, and raised in the farm country of Silverton, Oregon, Eden has had a lot of on-the-job training. Before joining World Ocean School she had a varied career combining education and the sciences. In 2005, Eden worked as a bioanalytical chemist; for more than 3 years she worked on numerous high school, college and university campuses in Portland, Oregon, as an active Chemistry and Math tutor, focused on individualized contextual approaches to learning. Eden also worked as a researcher in a materials science laboratory at Portland State University, and became adjunct faculty in the mathematics department at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon in 2009. Her first few weeks with World Ocean School, she sailed from Boston to St. Croix and learned quickly what living at sea was all about. With a love for the outdoors and teaching in experiential settings, Eden took on the education programs in St. Croix with a lot of energy and focus. She now directs the World Ocean School’s education programs in St. Croix and in New England. When not on board, Eden calls Oregon home.
Karen works in the school’s Business Office in Camden where she enjoys interacting with transit customers for Roseway’s spring and winter voyages, as well as keeping on top of the application process for the Summer Ambassador Program. Also, she offers support in the important areas of development, marketing, and fundraising and attending to the additional myriad of responsibilities that help keep World Ocean School’s office sailing smoothly. Karen comes to us with administrative and sales experience in the worlds of fine art and publishing, and now thoroughly enjoys contributing to World Ocean School’s mission in experiential education. She graduated with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Connecticut and has called Maine home since 1996, where she lives with her husband, son and daughter.
Tom grew up sailing the waters of New England with his father and mother, and then started racing turnabouts, eventually moving up to 420′s, and then on to the cruising class. It wasn’t long before he fell in love with schooners and purchased his own 50 ft schooner in 2004 named St Brendan, and in 2005 sailed his schooner south. Tom lived aboard and chartered the vessel for a winter season in the Virgin Islands and then returned to New England to operate private charters aboard St. Brendan in Boston. In 2006 he was hired by the World Ocean School to serve as a part time chief mate aboard Roseway–a job which quickly turned in to full time captain. He has sailed Roseway ever since and now serves as her primary relief captain. He holds a USCG 500-ton oceans license with a number of endorsements. Tom and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.