Meet the Penikese Island Team


Simon Miner

Executive Director
Penikese Island School

Developing a passion for nature and science at an early age, Simon combines a lifelong commitment to teaching with a clear dedication to environmental stewardship. A published researcher, formerly of Marine Biological Laboratories, Simon has also been a faculty member at the Children’s School of Science for the last 14 years. Keenly aware of the need for scientific literacy and environmental awareness, while teaching at the Children’s School of Science he strove to instill an appreciation for the natural world focusing on educating students in areas such as Embryology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, and Robotics. As a dedicated father and life partner, and an avid sailor, Simon enjoys navigating the waters around Cape Cod, and the Elizabeth Islands with his family.

Jim Newman

Vice Chair of Penikese Board /
Boat Captain

Jim Newman is a Penikese Island School board member, licensed boat captain, and island guide.  Professionally, Jim is an engineer, and he builds underwater vehicles for scientific exploration of the deep ocean.  Jim lives in Woods Hole with his family, a flock of eight hens, and a classic wooden sailboat.


M/V Richard S. Edwards

36’ Coast Guard Inspected 24-Passenger Vessel

A heated, dry cabin with a sturdy build and hull shape make the Edwards a safe and comfortable vessel for all of our trips to Penikese Island.