FA Summer Staff Bios

Administrators

Susan Moffat has been Falmouth Academy Summer Programs Director since its inception in 2007. She received a BA in Photography and Environmental Studies from Hartwick College and a MAT from Rhode Island School of Design. During the school year, Susan teaches photography and animation and also assists in the coordination of international students, as well as planning for summer. She believes in the whole child where students explore a variety of programs to stretch both their bodies and minds. Classes are designed to reflect that diverse way of thinking.

Henry Stevens is Falmouth Academy’s Athletic Director and FA Summer Sports Director. He also enjoys teaching math to middle school students and volunteers regularly in the community. Henry played college basketball at Union College where he majored in Math and Economics and minored in English. Henry will be running the Basketball camps during weeks B, G, and H.

Allyson Manchester, FA Summer Onsite Director, is entering her sixth year on the Falmouth Academy faculty. She graduated from Stonehill College with a BA in English and from Boston College with an MA in English. During the school year, she teaches American Literature to juniors and also works as a college counselor. In the summers, she treasures her role of supporting the vibrant summer staff and students. Allyson works closely with Susan Moffat to ensure that all programs deliver a fulfilling experience. She sees FA Summer as the ideal place for local residents and seasonal visitors to create art, dramatic productions, scientific discoveries, and friendships. If you encounter Allyson outside of Falmouth Academy, she will likely be training for the Falmouth Road Race or jamming to a Crooked Coast song in Woods Hole.   

Program Staff

Martha Borden still remembers the first time sitting down at her Singer sewing machine in middle school. She soon found herself drawn to finding new ways to create with fibers in all forms–including sewing, knitting, embroidery, weaving, and felting. Martha is excited to share her love of fiber art. Martha is the Director of Technology for Falmouth Academy and looks forward to starting her fourth year at the school.

Matthias Bossi is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, He has played drums for Skeleton Key, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, John Vanderslice, Fred Frith's Cosa Brava, The Tiger Lillies, and St. Vincent among others. A frequent musical contributor to your favorite public radio shows, Matthias' music can often be heard on episodes of This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Living Lab Radio, and the WGBH podcast Frontline Dispatch.

Caroline Buccino graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters in oboe performance and coaches the Debut Winds Cape Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has been awarded fellowships with prestigious music festivals such as Tanglewood Center for the Arts, Orford Arts Academy, and the Bowdoin Music Festival. She teaches woodwinds, piano, and ukulele, ages three to adult, at conservatories and various other music schools in Massachusetts. She developed a ukulele curriculum that facilitates childhood cognitive development and promotes learning chords by color.

Abagail Bumpus graduated from University of King’s College with combined honors in the history of science and technology and history and is a 2014 alumni of Falmouth Academy. She was part of the 2017 FA Summer staff and enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of nature, art, and science with children of all ages.

Christine Carter earned a B.A. in English from Connecticut College, an M.A. in cultural translation from the American University of Paris, and an M.Phil. French language and literature from the CUNY Graduate Center. She served as a language assistant in France for three years, aiding English teachers in their classrooms. She is passionate about learning new languages and traveling. Ms. Carter recently moved from New York City and teaches French II, III, and V at Falmouth Academy.

Courtney Frank teacher at Sandwich STEM Academy where she loves exploring creativity with middle school students. She obtained her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012, majoring in art education and minoring in ceramics. In her spare time, she makes her own pottery, hangs out with her husband and two lovely dogs, and rides her bike.

Nora Gardner is an artist living and working in Falmouth, MA. She studied art and painting under Lian Quan Zhen and Karine Munk Finser as well as attended classes at both Cape Cod Community College and New Hampshire Institute of Art. She works primarily in watercolor and oils and enjoys urban sketching and portraiture.  Along with making and teaching art, she enjoys reading, tabletop gaming, swimming, cooking, and travel. She lives with her husband, three daughters, two rabbits, a dog, and chickens, in Waquoit.

Judy Kleindinst has enjoyed cooking for friends and family for many years and has a sophisticated palette that extends to wine. After retiring from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (where she worked for four decades), she can devote more time to this passion. Judy has taken culinary classes in the California wine country and taught cooking classes at her home as well as Highfield Hall, where she volunteers in their culinary program. Judy is an expert at pairing wines.

Tom Kleindinst got his first camera when he was 6 years old. Ever since he has been involved in photography both for his own pleasure and as a career. He has worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for over 3 decades as a senior photographer. Tom has taught summer courses in the past exploring pinhole photography and how cameras work and both darkroom and digital photography. To Tom, photography is a way to have fun and explore the world by learning new things.

Guy Knapp is a Falmouth Academy alumnus who recently graduated from Tulane University with majors in Math and Economics. Guy is multi-talented and enjoys spending time in nature. He is passionate about experimentation and learning in a wide variety of sciences.

Nathan McGuire is a mechanical engineering undergraduate student at Northeastern University.  He has over 12 years of experience with the Lego Mindstorms system, six years of experience building custom robot systems, and has been an assistant teacher for this class for two years.

Gilbert Newton is a Cape Cod native who has been teaching environmental and marine science at Sandwich High School and the Cape Cod Community College for many years. His classes included coastal ecology, botany, coastal zone management, and environmental technology. In 2013 he became the first Director of the Sandwich STEM Academy. He completed his graduate work in biology at Florida State University. He recently designed a coastal environmental class for Bridgewater State University. Gil is one of the founders of the Barnstable Land Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Marine Educators. He is the author of several books about the Cape's shoreline including the recent Marine Habitats of Cape Cod.

Allen Russell graduated from Fitchburg State University with a B.A. in communications media. He has worked at a variety of positions at local access stations. Allen has taught animation classes for the past 4 years utilizing the latest Dragon Frame production software. Currently, he is the production and education coordinator at Falmouth Community Television.

Victoria Santos love of theater goes back to singing to the soundtrack of Mary Poppins and starring as Raggedy Ann in a play in elementary school. At Fisher College, she studied to be a Medical Assistant and followed that with working at the Lawrence School in Falmouth where, among many hats, she has directed the middle school play for the past six years. She has been on stage in many productions both in the ensemble and lead roles including The Voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors, Electra in Gypsy and the understudy as The Wicked Witch actually performing in one show as her in Wizard of Oz.  Currently, Victoria is the Board President for Falmouth Theatre Guild.

Carly Scena performs extensively throughout New England and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Falmouth, an emerging artist residency on Cape Cod, for which she was the recipient of New England Conservatory’s Spark Award for entrepreneurship. An avid chamber musician, Carly worked closely with the Colorado Quartet for several summers, studying, performing, and coaching at their quartet institute on Cape Cod, “Soundfest.” In addition to her experience with standard chamber music repertoire, Carly has worked intensively to perform new musical works.

Martha Tarafa was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the US with her family when she was in kindergarten. Martha came to Falmouth after receiving her Master’s Degree in Marine Science and has worked at WHOI, the Woods Hole Research Center, and the MBL. She retired last year and devotes her time to skiing and paddle boarding.  Martha is a volunteer at Highfield Hall, Neighborhood Falmouth, and Friends of Nobska.

Sports Staff and Organizations

Tyrone Croom (CroART Sports) has over 20 years of coaching experience from the youth to collegiate-level. He is currently the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Falmouth Academy and the Assistant Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach. Tyrone went to Susquehanna University where he played Basketball, Football and Lacrosse. Tyrone will be running the basketball portion of the Falmouth Academy Sports Camp (Sessions C-F).

Eliza Van Voorhis is a 2017 graduate of Falmouth Academy, Eliza is Falmouth Academy’s all-time leading scorer in girls’ soccer with 107 goals and was voted MVP of the Cape & Islands League in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the league’s coaches. Eliza was also a four year starter on the school’s varsity basketball and lacrosse teams, as well as on her NEFC Premier club soccer team. Eliza now plays varsity soccer for Middlebury College where she’s a Political Science major in the class of 2021.  Eliza was the leading scorer on the Middlebury women’s soccer team that made it all the way to the DIII national championship game in December 2018; her team wound up national runner up after losing in penalty kicks after double overtime in the championship game. Eliza will be running the soccer portion of the Falmouth Academy Sports Camp (C-F).

UK Elite Soccer builds its program on four key components–staff, experience, growth & coaching.The U.K. Elite Soccer training methodology tackles real player developmental issues and provides relevant coaching to aid all outcomes. We encourage players to develop a passion for the game and its creative components so they can showcase their talents when it matters most. (Sessions B & G)

3d Lacrosse is committed to delivering a superior experience for players. Player development and team training is the most important aspect of a youth or scholastic lacrosse player’s experience. 3d Lacrosse consistently produces structured training camp scenarios that foster learning and rapid player development that will undoubtedly help a player achieve a higher level of overall performance. (Session G)

APT is a premier full service performance training center in Falmouth. Their training programs focus on athletic development, injury prevention, nutrition, and recovery methods to create a faster and stronger athlete who will operate efficiently. The APT comprehensive training model has developed success at the high school, college and professional levels.