Meet Director Lindsay Pinchbeck
Lindsay Stewart Pinchbeck is the director and founder of Sweet Tree Arts and Sweetland School. She has been teaching in the arts and alternative education settings for the over 20 years. Originally from Scotland, Pinchbeck settled in the US in 2000. She gained her Masters in Education through Lesley University's Creative Arts and Learning program and received her undergraduate degree in Art and Music from Colby College.
Lindsay is passionate about sharing ideas locally and globally around creative thinking, growth mindset and listening and responding through the arts.
Meet the Sweet Tree ARts / Sweetland School staff
Elementary School Team K-5 offering learner centered project based interdisciplinary studies
K-2- Bill Huntington, Sandee Havunen and Will Foote
3-5 - Lindsay Pinchbeck, Hannah Wells and Atupele Machika
Outdoors - Will Foote
Ukulele - Jeff Weinberger
Tinker Lab - Paul Cartwright
Middle School Team 6-8 offering learner centered, project based interdisciplinary studies
Director of Middle School Education - Argy Nestor
6-8 Marlee Luehman and Angela Nelson
Projects / Tinker lab/ Engineering - Paul Cartwright
Arts and Arts Integration - Argy Nestor
Outdoors and Music - Will Foote
I am from vast gray skiesThe sound of the wind arriving from far awayThe distant train whistle
I am from beaver dams and my Dad's pallet of woods, trails, and ditchesVenison from a doe out backFriday night homemade pizzaSaturday morning cartoonsThe campsite in the woods
I am from kittens and playing pretend with my sisterI am from adventures on the farm with my cousinsFields of cornGrandma's cherry treesMilk from Grandpa's cows
I am from drive-in moviesLong bus rides through the hillsBack roads and parties in the fields
I am from the magic spring in the woods that holds the secret to where I cam from even beforethis
Marlee Luehman has been an educator for 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and education with a certification in elementary and special education. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public schools, private schools, and as a developmental therapist working closely with at risk infants and toddlers in their homes.
Marlee became passionate about the arts and teaching and learning through the arts when she was hired by Lindsay Pinchbeck to teach at Sweetland School.
She received her masters in arts integration through Lesley University. Believing strongly in the social-emotional connection that learners and teachers cultivate in a nurturing education environment, Marlee embraces the process of working through the arts as a way to create a space for meaningful and deep connection.
When she is not teaching, Marlee enjoys dancing, walks through the fields behind her house, being with her daughter and quiet pondering.
“Life is like a bicycle. You won’t fall off unless you stop peddling. It is all about balance. Challenge your limits. But always remember life is not a race, but a journey.”
Angela joined the staff in September 2019 has spent many years as an educator; in the classroom and supporting the work of teachers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics. She also has a Masters in Education with a focus on the middle level and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership.
Argy Nestor has been focusing on arts education for 45 years. She taught visual arts at the middle level, and worked with educators and artists while at the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Masters of Education with a focus on middle level education.
At Argy's heart are arts integration and collaboration. When learners are at the center making the connections and decisions, and adults create alongside - magic happens! Argy serves as an advisor to Sweet Tree and was very happy to join the Sweetland staff in September 2019. She is thrilled to be with middle schoolers and teaching art.
Paul joined the staff in September 2019 and works primarily with the Explores and Innovators. Over the course of the school year Paul guided the Innovators to build an 18 foot, 175 lb. Inuit ‘umiak’ style boat that carries 10-12 people.
Paul loves people, especially children. He is a musician, engineer, inventor, dancer, father, and a teacher. Honoring others and sharing the delight of learning is the theme that guides his life.
“Magic happens here!" Partially inspired by a learners’ answer to the question: Why the candles and lights still up in the gazebo after Halloween was over: "Because Sweetland is always magical!"
Sandee joined the staff in September 2020 and is thrilled to be one of three teachers working with the Makers.
One of Sandee’s greatest passions is finding ways to inspire others in creating and learning through the arts. She has facilitated children at several local independent schools including: The Riley School, Cornerspring Montessori School, Children’s House Montessori School and in her own programs at Hope Arts Camp and Conservatory where she wove together a Waldorf homeschool curriculum with performing arts in a learner-centered, nurturing environment.
Sandee received her B.A. from Lesley University (then called Lesley College) in an independently designed program (RO) where she focused on the creative arts as means of expression, healing and communication within various cultures. She has also completed numerous trainings including: Lifeways Waldorf Early Childhood training, Mindful Life Yoga for Kids, Circus Yoga, SomaSoul Somatic Movement Therapy, DEL (Dance Education Laboratory) and is currently working on becoming a RSMT (Registered Somatic Movement Therapist).
Sandee has danced and taught dance for much of her life and currently teaches at Kinetic Energy Alive. She is overjoyed to be part of the Sweet Tree/Sweetland School family!
While studying Sociology, Peace Studies, and Music at St. Lawrence University, Will Foote was also a wilderness guide in New York’s Adirondack mountains. He saw the empowerment and humility that one’s connection to the outdoors can foster. He is thrilled to find shades of his own passion for the outdoors in the Sweetland learners.
Will is also a documentary songwriter who has collaboratively written songs with people and their spoken stories across the US, in Spain, and in Belgium. In 2018, Will helped launch a project in Antwerp, Belgium writing with people seeking asylum in attempts to share their human experiences and reduce alienation.
Will joined the Sweetland School staff in 2017. He is excited to create beauty with the Sweet Tree community and listen to their original ideas. He is energized by the immense knowledge and wisdom that the learners hold everyday.
Bill has worked with young children for over 20 years. His undergraduate degree is in Geography but his life degree is in compassion and connection. Bill learned early on to listen to the whole story and know that there is always more than meets the eye (or ear). At his first teaching job he was approached by a crying child who, pointing behind her, said, “She hit me back first.” Despite the urge to laugh, she needed to know he would support her and take the time to listen.
Bill also runs a small fiber arts business in Hope. He creates knitted pieces and teaches knitting to children and adults. His creative endeavors influence his emphasis on the process as being as important as the end product.
Bill is grateful to be working with a team of other dedicated educators at Sweetland School. Sharing ideas, working collaboratively, and focusing on each persons strengths makes this effort fulfilling and fun.
Atupele Machika, is from Malawi, South-East of Africa. She has been living in the US since 2010. She earned her diploma from Hebron Academy, graduated with a finance major and art minor from Elmira College, and recently graduated from Albertus Magnus with an MBA. She has always had love and passion for Mathematics and Art. "People express how different math and art are, but I believe that there is an application of mathematics in art. I spend time explaining to people and showing art pieces from art history books on how the idea of geometric shape was applied. Moreover, I am happy that I get the opportunity to do and gain a better understanding of Mathematics and Art and how they can be useful to each other. Working at Sweetland School is an incredible opportunity, and I hope to be able to help make the same connection between Math and Art with the children. "
Hannah joined the Sweetland staff in September 2017 . She loves anything to do with creativity and community which is why she feels so at home at Sweet Tree. She studied Illustration and Design in Boston and has lived in midcoast Maine for the majority of her life. One of her favorite things about Sweet Tree is the ability to let the children lead in their creative and academic needs. Hannah feels that, when you listen to children and let them lead the way, things will always turn out better than you had originally planned.
Jeff Weinberger has taught and played music professionally for nearly 4 decades. He is on the faculty of Bay Chamber Music School and is director of Midcoast Ukes, a thriving Belfast community based ukulele ensemble. He is the guitarist and co-composer in Belfast rock band, People of Earth. He runs a private teaching studio, Belfast Guitar and Ukulele Workshop and travels as a ukulele workshop teacher and ukulele group coach. His work with children and the ukulele is one of his most personally enriching pursuits.
Kari works in Marketing and Community Program development. She takes on special projects and event planning at the center and is excited to be working as part of the team. She lives in Union with her family and spends her days trying to figure out how to find a balance between purposeful and soulful living. Kari has spent her adult life teaching children, teaching movement and helping people find organization and inspiration in their business endeavors.
Ollie is the assistant director of calmness. He is often found on the couch or in the 'peace corner'. He brings joy and enjoys love and hugs from all.
Supporting our vision; our advisory board consists of passionate and respected leaders in education and the arts who model high academic achievement. They are always willing to problem solve and listen. Thank you, Malcolm Brooks, Clare Galloway, Nancy Harris Frohlich and Argy Nestor.
Supporting the non profit; our Board of Directors drive a healthy business model and keep Sweet Tree steady through the most challenging times. Thank you Michael Douglass, Cyndi Prince and Chris Pinchbeck.