James became a member of the faculty at Maine Coast Semester in 2013, after nearly a decade as a math and science teacher in Colorado. His interest in stream ecology has been enhanced by Chewonki’s proximity to the Gulf of Maine and the many opportunities to explore local estuaries. Recognizing the impact that students can have as citizen scientists, he is committed to connecting students with local conservation work during their time in midcoast Maine.
Before coming to Chewonki, James taught in a variety of settings, including a boarding school in Venezuela and a canyon community in Colorado. He has a B.S. in biology from Wheaton College, in Illinois, and a M.Ed. in secondary science education from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania.
In the Community
James lives on campus with his wife, Esther, and two children, Aiden and Cecilia. Depending on the season, James can be found turning apples into cider, milk into cheese, or maple sap into syrup.