Welcome to Adams School. For over 150 years the children of Castine have entered this historic building to embark on a lifetime of learning. The teachers and staff of Adams School promote a healthy lifestyle and civic mindfulness at all grade levels as they endeavor to create rigorous academic opportunities. At Adams students are supported in their pursuit of art and music in addition to individual research projects.
Principal & 5th - 8th Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
Meet Our Staff
Pre-K & Kindergarten Teacher
Tracy Lameyer teaches pre-k/kindergarten, and holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy Development from the University of Maine, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study from Antioch New England, in Waldorf Education. Seeing the individuality of each student before her, Tracy pursues creating a classroom environment that is nurturing and engaging, focusing on the whole child and brings breadth to practical activities, (such as gardening, and handworks,) as well as the arts, (painting, music, drawing,) which are integrated into the academic curriculum. Tracy is currently pursuing an outdoor education certificate, which will showcase the many aspects of Castine’s beautiful and natural environment as an extended classroom.
Tracy is the mother of 3, and relishes time spent with each of her children, where they reside at Dyce Head Lighthouse. Her days are a mixture of hiking, tennis, gardening, traveling, and all things Buffalo, NY, (her hometown.)
3rd & 4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Trainor graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters in elementary education. She met her husband in New Hampshire and then they moved to Alabama where she taught third grade for a year. In 2009 she moved to Maine, and she began teaching at the Adams School. She taught 1st grade and 2nd grade for many years, before moving up to 3rd and 4th grade. Mrs. Trainor and her husband have a daughter and two dogs. In her free-time Mrs. Trainor enjoys taking pictures and spending time on the water.
5th - 8th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher
Ms. Irvine is a naturalist. She enjoys the beauty of Maine and Eastern Canada, spending most of her time out of school hiking, birding, and gardening. When forced inside she can most assuredly be found researching a favorite topic, knitting a sweater or cooking a delicious meal.
Physical Education Teacher
Katrina Dagan has been teaching health and physical education at the Adams School for 9 years. She also teaches at the Penobscot Community School. She graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Health Education. She lives in Castine and when she is not in school she likes spending time outside with her family.
Bill Schubeck has taught in the Blue Hill area for the past 30 years as a classroom teacher in Surry and Orland before becoming a music teacher in Blue Hill and Castine. He plays in several area music groups, performing on various instruments in many different styles of music ranging from jazz to contra dance to baroque music. He is happily married and father of three who loves teaching, music, building, gardening and spending time with family.
Elaine has been at Adams School since 2005. She began as an Ed Tech helping with the Math program in multiple grades, and then became the school secretary in 2010. She lives in Castine with her husband Paul on property that has been in her family for five generations. She has two children who also live in Castine. Elaine is a graduate of the University of Maine. She likes gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.
Benjamin Thelwell is a graduate of University of Maryland and University of Maine. He’s earned a B.A. in Philosophy, a B.S. in Business and Management, a M.Ed. in Counselor Education (completing dual academic tracks of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling), and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counselor Education. He is a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor. He is also conditionally licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maine.
While in graduate school at the University of Maine, Ben was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Full-Tuition Merit Scholarship, and after graduating with highest honors from both his Master’s and his Certificate of Advanced Study programs, he received at both year-end graduations the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, along with the university’s academic medal of honor.
Before working as a School Counselor, Ben enjoyed an extensive career in experiential education, which included working as an Outward Bound instructor, directing several outdoor adventure programs, and co-founding The Maine State Sea Kayak Guide Service. He was also a lecturer in psychology and sociology for The American University of Vietnam. His additional responsibility for that university was to design and implement it’s student and faculty counseling center.
Ben lists art appreciation and the study of classical mythology as his primary interests. He still enjoys off-shore sea kayaking and maintains his license as a Master Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Having led literally thousands of trips, he remains one of coastal Maine’s most experienced guides.
Albert Varnum has been the custodian at the Adams school for 9 years. His goal is to keep the Adams school as clean as possible to give the students a safe, inviting place to learn and grow. Albert lives in Brooksville with his wife, one cat, two dogs, and nine chickens. He graduated from Husson College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting working as an accountant after graduation doing taxes, audits, and general accounting. Albert’s love of working with his hands and being outside gradually shifted his career from accounting to carpentry (building houses and boats) and fishing (lobstering and scalloping). Now in his retirement years Albert enjoys working as the Adams School custodian making the school shine for its students and teachers.
I first moved to Maine in 1999 from New York City, having been invited to teach beginning violin students in Bangor. But I found Maine difficult to adjust to at the time, so, after two years, I returned to New York.
Fate intervened, however, when I returned to Maine to work in 2004, and I met my husband in Surry. Since then, I have become a full-time Maine resident.
In 2017, I began working as a substitute teacher in RSU 93. Art classes were where I was generally most needed, but I have helped out wherever needed, including welcoming pre-K students to their first day of school, Physical Education classes, cross-country skiing field trips, and 7th and 8th grade math and science, to name a few highlights.
When Ms. Bertrand, the secretary at the Adams School, called in mid-September to see if I would be available, I was very happy to be invited to Ed Tech full-time. An added bonus is that Mr. Schubeck, the band teacher, was able to purchase a variety of quarter, half and three quarter size violins for beginning students. Since Mr. Schubeck is unable to teach wind instruments during COVID restrictions, I am able to assist him in group violin lessons for the third and fourth grades, with plans to expand to fifth and sixth grades, too.
Back in New York, I had sought to modify a classical approach to teaching violin, by analyzing chord structure and progression, and learning to interpret chord charts (as opposed to reading sheet music). I started emphasizing ear training to facilitate improvisational skills.
Since 2019, I have been able to put this approach into practice as soloist with a Ukele group in Brooksville, playing a combination of folk, rock, pop, Latin, Brazilian and early Jazz genres.
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Lindsey grew up in a Connecticut River Valley town in Hartford County. After earning her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, she returned to her hometown of Windsor Connecticut where she taught grades 1 and 2 for the next 9 years. Lindsey joined the Adams School family in the 2016-17 school year when she relocated to Maine. In 2020, Lindsey earned her M. Ed. with a focus on sustainability from Antioch University in Keene, NH. When Lindsey is not working, you can find her living out her true passions as an outdoor adventure enthusiast fishing, hiking or biking her way around the great Pine Tree state.
5th - 8th Grade Math & Science Teacher
I grew up in Brooksville and graduated from George Stevens Academy. I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. During college I also earned a commission in the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. During my career as a Space and Missile Operations Officer I was stationed in Greenland, Montana, Alabama, Colorado, and Nebraska. I moved back to Maine in 2018 upon retiring from the Air Force after 20 years. Since then I have worked as substitute teacher and Ed Tech III while working towards my Professional Teaching Certification. This is my first year of teaching.
Deletra Schamle graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.A. in Psychology. She also completed the Fifth Year Credential Program to earn her teaching degree. She later earned her certificate for teaching Special Education from Point Loma Nazarene College. She has taught for several years on the border of California and Mexico and earned a certificate in English Language Learning. Since moving to Maine in 1994 she has raised a family of two children and began teaching again as the Special Education Teacher at the Adams School in 2001. She has continued her own learning taking many classes at both the University of Maine at Orono and the University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. As an artist, a teacher and life long learner she enjoys sharing her own love of learning and creativity while encouraging students to reach for the best in themselves.
Nyah is a service dog that works with Deletra Schamle as a diabetic alert dog. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada at 4E Kennels and trained for her service dog position for almost a year on a small farm in Sacramento, California. She has been scent trained to alert for high and low blood sugars. She enjoys recess and being read to by children.
Judy Park teaches art at the Adams School and holds a master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Judy has been teaching at the primary, secondary and post-secondary level for over thirty years. She began her teaching career in Jefferson County Colorado Public Schools and later, as an instructor at the Colorado Institute of Art.
She moved to the Blue Hill area with her family in 1998, primarily to raise their children in a safer, cleaner and more nurturing environment. Now empty nesters, Judy and Lee have happily settled in Castine.
Judy’s professional philosophy is that art and teaching are fundamentally creative processes, and believes art is the expression of imagination and product, and teaching art requires expressing creativity that inspires students to grow. Additionally, she believes creative teaching must provide children with the care and guidance to reach their fullest potential. In doing so, she encourages them to explore and discover the many facets and possibilities of art, it’s history and culture.
Judy is also a practicing textiles artist, with a forty-year history of professional gallery exhibits, installations and private sales. Judy is a devoted mother to daughter, Madeleine and son Ethan, both creative and talented college graduates with professional careers. Judy has been happily married to her husband Lee for over thirty-two years. Lee is an award-winning commercial and fine art photographer, computer technologist and secondary/ post-secondary teacher, with over forty-five years of experience.
I have been the school nurse at the Adams school and three other Union 93 schools for the last three years. Before school nursing I worked in a hospital setting with the majority of time spent in a perioperative setting. I have two school aged children who helped inspire me to transition to school nursing. When I'm not working at school I can be found playing with my children most often in an outdoor setting or climbing a mountain.
Matt started with Adams School and Penobscot Community School as the Technology Coordinator in the Fall of 2020. He comes from Northern Maine, where he studied Computer and Network Technologies at Northern Maine Community College. Following his schooling, he started his career doing IT Consulting work based out of Presque Isle, then moved to being based out of Mount Desert Island when he relocated to Ellsworth in January of 2019. When not working at the schools, you can find him either experimenting with and learning new technologies and practices, or hiking with his dogs.