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Meet the 2023 Summer Staff!


Deanna Jaroche, Camp Steward

Deanna is a Woods Hole resident with over 20 years of experience as a high school science teacher and informal science educator. She also co-owned and operated a restaurant and catering business for 10 years. Deanna enjoys spending time outside and studying nature. She is excited to bring her love of nature, cooking, and experiential learning to Penikese.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, rowing, studying & practicing permaculture, growing flowers, and traveling. 


Francesca Barr, Camp Steward

Francesca is a born-and-raised Cape Codder who measures a day by how much time she gets to spend outside. She found a love for outdoor education while studying Sociology and Art at Harvard University, where she planned and led the First-Year Outdoor Program. Since graduating, Francesca has continued her work at Harvard in Ireland and Spain as a Henry Russell Shaw Fellow. This year you can find her working on a farm or lazing in the Atlantic.


Claire Ackerman, Camp Counselor

Claire is from Hingham, Massachusetts and just finished her freshman year at George Washington University where she is majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Science and minoring in Geographic Information Systems. Claire has a great passion for science and STEAM education, and she couldn’t be more excited to bring that passion to Penikese Island this summer. Claire believes that hands-on learning in nature inspires innovative solutions to environmental challenges.


In her free time, Claire loves hiking with her dog Barley, swimming in the ocean, running, and enjoying nature! 


Sarah Thieler, Camp Counselor

Sarah is from Falmouth, Massachusetts, and just finished her freshman year at Smith College studying Geobiology and Dance.  She has had teaching roles in both marine science and movement in Woods Hole and Falmouth for the past five years and is very excited to bring both disciplines to Penikese!


In her free time, Sarah enjoys crocheting, swimming, and reading. 

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Libby Cutler, Camp Counselor

Libby is from Scituate, Massachusetts, and just finished her freshman year at Colorado College where she is majoring in Environmental Studies. Libby has always had a strong passion for learning about the environment and can't wait to learn and have so much fun with everyone this summer on Penikese Island!

In her free time, Libby loves running, hiking, skiing, swimming, pottery and so much more.

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