Director of Education
Bekki graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in History and began her museum career as an intern at Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, ME. While obtaining her Masters in Museum Education from Tufts University, she worked as a tour guide and roleplayer at Orchard House Museum. Bekki has been a member of the SBM Education Department since 2001 and has been developing and running summer camps and school programs since 2003. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, baking, reading and playing with her two sons, Sam and Max. Her favorite thing about camp is seeing many of the same campers return each year and stay connected with Strawbery Banke as they grow up.
Maddie’s love of living history began when she was a little girl and visited outdoor museums all over the country with her parents. As a teenager, she attended Junior Roleplayer camp at Strawbery Banke and volunteered as a roleplayer through high school and college. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Early American History, Maddie completed internships in archaeology, historical horticulture, and education with the Warner House Association in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Old Sturbridge Village. She worked for three years as a camp director and coordinator of a teen center in Antrim, New Hampshire before joining the team at Strawbery Banke in 2014. Maddie spends her free time hiking, gardening, sewing, and researching anything historical that catches her interest. Camp season is her favorite time of year because she gets to spend time with bright kids, encouraging their curiosity and personal interests.
Summer Camp Leader
Nicole graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in History and an MA in Teaching. Whilst studying history at UNH, Nicole joined the museum staff as an interpreter and quickly fell in love with all the museum has to offer. After graduating from UNH, Nicole began her teaching career at Sanborn Regional Middle School, where she has been teaching 6th grade Social Studies for over ten years. During her summers, she is thrilled to spend time with the Strawbery Banke campers, and she has been part of the summer camp program since 2011. In her free time, she is always wearing flip flops! She loves to read, travel to new places, and she always enjoys a nice cup of tea.
Summer Camp Leader
Jenna graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 2015 with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Jenna’s love for Portsmouth history began in her senior year of college as her capstone research focused on the history of shipbuilding technology at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its effects on the surrounding communities. Upon moving to Eliot, Maine, Jenna spent a summer as an Education Intern at the museum and has continued to work as a counselor every year since. Jenna is currently a high school History and English teacher in Exeter, New Hampshire. In her free time, Jenna enjoys coaching small health and fitness groups and hiking with her adopted dog, Trixie.
Summer Camp Assistant
Lucy is a rising junior in high school. Lucy has lived in Portsmouth for her entire life, and learned about Portsmouth history each year in school. She began attending camps at Strawbery Banke when she was five and has gained a passion for New England history through roleplaying. Lucy has volunteered for Strawbery Banke for over four years. In her free time, Lucy enjoys reading historical fiction, running, sewing, and sketching architectural designs.
Rachel Graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Historical Studies and a certification in Middle Level Education and is currently a graduate student in museum studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During a previous museum education internship, Rachel developed school-aged programming for the local historical society in her Pennsylvania hometown. She has always had a passion for history and attended multiple living history camps throughout her childhood. Rachel enjoys teaching kids to help them explore their interests to build personal connections with the history. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, and reading.