Our Core Advisors
DR. JOSHUA L. JONES, PH.D, our Teaching Principal and Character and Creativity Advisor, has been honored to serve the Blue Hill Harbor School for the past five years. He has a background in counseling, philosophy, ethics, youth leadership, and adventure-based education, as well as more hands-on endeavors such as aircraft maintenance and tree work. For Joshua, education should be true to its original meanings--to train, and to set free. Training young people to be truly free through accountability, high expectations, and a supportive community is the focus of all his work at the Blue Hill Harbor School. Even though every day presents new challenges, he insists "it's fun! Really, it is!"
MR. ANDREW DILLON is our Lead Advisor, Science Advisor, and Math Advisor. In addition, Andrew efficiently manages most day-to-day operations. It’s his eighth year working at the Blue Hill Harbor School, and he has distinguished himself for his personal attention, unconditional support, extraordinary technical skills, love of mathematics, and true kindness towards students and staff alike. Andrew graduated from Bennington College in 1985 with a BA in Music, and subsequently taught as part of the faculty there. He also has an M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
MS. BRITTANY COURTOT is our Social Studies/ U.S. History Advisor. She is a 2012 alumni of the Blue Hill Harbor School; and in 2016 Brittany earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has broad experience with History Education, from a docent internship at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to working locally at the Jonathan Fisher House and the Blue Hill Historic Society. The 2016 - 2017 school year is Brittany's second teaching year as an Advisor at the Blue Hill Harbor School.
MS. ANYA ANTONOVYCH is our English and French Advisor. Anya earned her BA in English from McGill University and her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art. She brings her rich, wide-ranging experience, and perspective gained from her extensive travels, to teaching language and literature.
Our Subject Advisors
MS. HEATHER LYON is our Art Advisor. Heather is a professional visual artist born in Ellsworth, Maine, and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has studied at Oxbow, RISD, The Burren College of Art, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. After living and working in France for four years, she returned to Maine in 2009, and built an ecological home with her husband and son. Heather has been the Art Advisor at the Blue Hill Harbor School since 2015, and believes that "art is a way to create meaning" and that art is "particularly crucial for adolescents in their journey towards self discovery."
MR. NATHAN RUTENBECK is our Math Advisor. He joined us in the 2016-2017 school year, after many years of farming, carpentry and advanced scholarship. Nathan is our math mastermind and information science professional.
MS. LEE LEHTO is our Writing Advisor.
MR. GREG HOLMAN, our Spanish Advisor, is a magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College. Greg spent 16 years in Mexico, teaching English to executives and students. Now north of the border, he enjoys teaching Spanish and Mexican culture to students in Blue Hill—at the K-8 Blue Hill Consolidated School and at at the Blue Hill Harbor School. Greg also enjoys theatre, and was an actor/singer in two summer musicals with the New Surry Theatre Blue Hill.
MS. ELENA BOURAKOVSKY, our Career and Education Advisor, is an excellent communicator with a wealth of experience in career and education guidance, and easily establishes rapport and trust with our students. Using theatre techniques and computer technology to teach life skills, she helps our young adults to succeed in achieving their goals. Elena is a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator, earned a joint Bachelor/ Master of Science in Library Arts from St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, in St. Petersburg, Russia and completed a Certificate in Advanced Theatre Production from the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. Here in Blue Hill, she designs costumes for the New Surry Theatre, and manages her own farm and business.
MS. ANGEL NELLIGAN-SMITH, is our Health and Physical Education Advisor