Teachers and Staff

Meet Our Dedicated
Teachers and Staff

Our Semester and Summer Term faculty are committed in every way to their students’ success.


Christina Wickman

Christina Wickman

Semester Director

Christina Wickman

Christina is the Director of Visiting Programs and the Summer Term. She is a science teacher, outdoor educator, and educational program administrator who has worked in the UK, Dubai, Bonaire, and the United States. She is also a competitive ultimate frisbee player, an Oregonian, and a lover of the ocean. Christina studied Marine Biology at the University of Oregon before pursuing a MA in Biology from Miami University of Ohio. More recently she attended the University of Exeter for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Christina is so excited to help students learn, grow, and develop as global citizens.
Lauren Gould

Lauren Gould

Dean of Students

Lauren Gould

Lauren is originally from Baltimore, MD, and first joined The Island School community as a Semester student. She always knew she wanted to return as a teacher one day and that dream first came true in 2017 when Lauren worked for the Summer Term. Since then, Lauren has taught the Histories class, led Down Island Trips, and held the role of Treehouse Dorm Head for the Semester and Summer Term. Lauren is currently the Assistant Director and Dean of Students for the Semester Program.
Allie Silber

Allie Silber

Dean of Academics

Allie Silber

Meet Allie, an outdoors enthusiast whose deep bond with nature led to a lifelong passion. With a diverse background in wilderness pursuits like backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking, she’s channeled her love for the outdoors into an educational career. llie studied Ecology and Evolution at the University of Washington before pursuing a MA in Environmental Studies and Education for Sustainability from Prescott College In her 13+ years as an educator, Allie has crafted immersive learning experiences, guiding students to learn through hands-on activities.. As The Dean of Academics, she’s committed to providing transformative education that nurtures eco-conscious, sustainability-minded, adventurous, and empathetic individuals.
Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein

Dean of Faculty, Literature

Adam Bernstein

Adam grew up in Baltimore, MD and was a student at McDonogh School and the University of Virginia. While at UVA, he studied anthropology and global sustainability, and joined us on Eleuthera as a CEIS intern in 2015. He has spent time studying and working on environmental issues in Hawai’i, New Zealand, the wider South Pacific, the Spanish Basque Country, and, of course, the Caribbean. Most recently, he worked for a global forestry consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., before rejoining the Island School community in June 2019 to work for the Educational Programs department. Adam is currently the Beach House Dorm Head, Literature and Writing teacher, and Head of the Exercise Program. In his free time he enjoys surfing, freediving, trying to improve his Spanish, and playing music. He is also a certified meditation teacher.
George Clarke

George Clarke

Teacher, Marine Ecology

George Clarke

George grew up in Bath, UK and studied Marine Conservation at the University of Plymouth’s Marine Institute. During his studies he gained experience in field research and social science research investigating human connection to marine environments and the use of education as a means of change. He is a ‘life-long learner’ and combines formal education with real-world experience and application. George previously worked as an environmental educator, teaching students and developing other educators. He loves combining experiential education with storytelling to share the experiences of Ocean citizens around the world. He is passionate about mentoring and is inspired by the journeys shared between mentor and mentee. In his free time, George enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling and paddling.
Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward

Teacher, Literature

Caroline Ward

Caroline is originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Northwestern University and studied for a semester at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Through AmeriCorps and College Possible, Caroline served as a college counselor for low-income students in Seattle and Federal Way Public Schools. Caroline has led backpacking programs on Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail, and Switzerland’s Alpine Pass Route and loves to swim and bike around Eleuthera. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach and learn at The Island School.
Maya Dru

Maya Dru

Wellness Center Coordinator, W-EMT

Claire Hunt

Claire Hunt

Summer Term Faculty

Claire Hunt

Having grown up in Charleston, South Carolina, Claire loves the coastal life, cherishing marsh adventures and sun-soaked days. An adventurer at heart, she spent many summers island hopping throughout the Caribbean, first as a student and later as a PADI Dive instructor on live-aboard sailing and diving programs. In college, Claire was eager to better understand the relationship between people and place, earning a degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Wake Forest University. Following her passion for exploration, she made her way to New York City to work in the travel industry. After learning the ropes of the industry, Claire is excited to return to her blue water roots at The Island School.
Emma Rohrer

Emma Rohrer

Summer Term Faculty

Emma Rohrer

Emma is from Boston, Massachusetts, and is a rising senior at the University of Southern California. She is an authorized scientific diver for USC, a passion that was ignited during her time as a student at The Island School in Spring 2019. Emma is thrilled to work the Tourism and Development team this Summer!
Gabe Perla

Gabe Perla

Summer Term Faculty

Gabe Perla

Gabe is from Cleveland, Ohio and is super excited to be back at The Island School as the lead teacher of the Sustainable Systems class. He studied both Math and Sustainability at Vanderbilt University and will be working as a math teacher at St. Andrew’s School this upcoming school year. Outside of the classroom, Gabe enjoys running, playing music, biking the loop, and playing mermaids in triangle cut.
Matthew Chiu

Matthew Chui

Summer Term Faculty

Matthew Chui

Matt, a Brooklyn native, first joined The Island School community in 2016 as a Summer Term student, and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be returning! Matt graduated from Tufts University with a major in Biopsychology, but after graduation, decided to pursue a career in music. Matt’s so excited to help incoming students discover more about themselves. In his free time, Matt loves playing chess and trying every cookie possible in New York.
Becca Crummett

Becca Crummett

Summer Term Faculty

Alyssa Ruiz

Alyssa Ruiz

Summer Term Faculty

Alyssa Ruiz

Alyssa is from Southern California. She attends Claremont McKenna College where she studies Economics and Engineering and runs for the track and field team. On campus, Alyssa also lifeguards and works at the Roberts Environmental Center. She loved her Summer Term experience at The Island School in 2021, and is excited to return.
Anna Simmons

Anna Simmons

Summer Term Faculty

Anna Simmons

Anna is originally from New York City, and is a student at Northwestern University where she is studying environmental science and global health. Anna is excited to spend the summer by the water, getting to know her new colleagues, snorkeling, and teaching! In her free time, she loves to swim, play the drums, cook, and watch movies.
Dara Balter

Dara Balter

Summer Term Faculty

Dara Balter

Dara is majoring in Marine Biology at Eckerd College, going into her senior year. She attended The Island School as a Summer Term Student in 2019, and this will be her first year working as a marine ecology Summer Term Mentor. Dara’s hobbies include reading, making and selling jewelry, and anything that has to do with being in Eleuthera’s beautiful waters.
Emma Rose Carter

Emma Rose Carter

Summer Term Faculty

Emma Rose Carter

Emma Rose is excited to be returning to The Island School this summer. She is a rising junior at the University of Miami and is originally from Hamilton, MA. After completing Summer Term in 2021, Emma Rose fell in love with learning about how to live well in place and was inspired to study ecosystem science and psychology/human development. She loves diving, playing guitar, and surfing; and she is thrilled to be spending the summer living and teaching on Eleuthera.
Lena Schneck

Lena Schneck

Summer Term Faculty

Lena Schneck

Lena Schneck is originally from Denver, Colorado where her love for the outdoors flourished. Since graduating Hamilton College in 2023, Lena has worked for several outdoor education organizations and has been guiding in California and Maine. Because of her connections to outdoor and experiential education, Lena found The Island School and is excited to be a part of the team. In her free time, Lena can be found training for a marathon, surfing, rock climbing, cooking, and crafting.
Molly Foster

Molly Foster

Summer Term Faculty

Molly Foster

Molly grew up in Connecticut loving the outdoors. Her passion for nature led her to get a degree in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado Boulder. She loved her time in the mountains, but missed the ocean. In her free time, you can find Molly reading, hiking, swimming, or listening to a good podcast. She is passionate about environmental education and place-based learning and is excited to join the Island School community.
Sophie Bekins

Sophie Bekins

Summer Term Faculty

Sophie Bekins

Sophie is from Santa Barbara, California, and loves all things ocean. She was a summer ’21 student at The Island School and is excited to return! Sophie studies environmental science and anthropology (and runs cross country and track and field) at WashU in St. Louis. She loves backpacking, surfing, and exploring with her dog, and is always up for a good walk and talk!