Ashwood alumni are creative thinkers, confident in their own abilities, possessing a reverence for life, a strong sense of personal responsibility, and the ability to thrive and adapt in a changing world.
An Ashwood education was one of the best gifts my parents could have given me. A community dedicated to the appreciation of nature, music, arts, rigorous thought, nourishing relationships… an education in what it is to be human.
I thank my Ashwood education for encouraging my open-mind, fearless authenticity, and reverence for earth. These qualities were nurtured in the safety of your classrooms and communities, and they have brought me a deep sense of peace as I navigate life.
By the time Waldorf students reach us, they are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. They possess the eye of discoverer and the compassionate heart of the reformer, which when joined to a task, can change the planet.
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Miller '02
I graduated from 8th grade at Ashwood in 2002 and was well prepared for high school at CHRHS. I started college at Bennington College, then transferred to the University of Vermont and studied anthropology, with a semester in Bali in between.
During college I started working with resettled refugees, sparking a passion that I’ve been pursuing in a variety of ways ever since. After college I spent time designing programs for unaccompanied children coming into the U.S. and worked in Thailand with refugees from Burma before deciding to get my master’s in social work at Tulane in New Orleans. After graduating, I worked designing and implementing a refugee wellness program in Ohio providing support for newly arriving refugees from a range of countries. This experience spurred me to study Arabic, something I had been wanting to do for years but hadn’t had the chance to. I moved to Jordan, where I studied Arabic, worked providing educational programming in Palestinian communities, and got married!
After three years in Jordan, I decided to move back to the U.S. to pursue my doctorate in psychology in Boston, with the hope of gaining more concrete skills to work with a range of different populations, and am now in my second year of the program. I’m so grateful for my Ashwood experience and reflect on it often, especially with all the current changes in education due to the pandemic. Ashwood provided me with the skills and perspective for a lifetime of learning, exploring, and growth and I am so appreciative!
Brianna Shepard '00
Ashwood alumni have gone on to a variety of interesting pursuits. Many are artists, musicians, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs in midcoast Maine and beyond. If you’re an alum and would like to list your endeavor here, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am Simone Cautela and I went to elementary school at Ashwood. I then attended high school at Carrabassett Valley Ski Academy, and graduated from University of Maine (Orono) with an Exercise Science- Kinesiology degree! I now work full time at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the Emergency room and reside in Alpine Meadows, California. I ski every day that I have off (40-100 days a year), am also an avid mountain biker and enjoy a good healthy adrenaline rush. In 2020 I launched a small clay jewelry business called Simone Marie Designs, and fell in love with the man of my dreams. My aspiration for 2021 is to work full time from the chairlift.
Coastal Caps was created by Ella Simon (Ashwood ’13) and Grace Kenney, students at Bennington College with a shared passion for art and the environment. Both women are very concerned about plastic pollution, and their idea for Coastal Caps emerged during first year studies helping to advocate for a plastic ban law in Vermont. Single use plastic bags are one of the most difficult materials to recycle, but Ella and Grace have created a new way to repurpose these bags into the brims of their unique, handmade caps.
Ben Breda (class of 2000) has a home forge and studio in Hope, Maine, where he began making knives in 2012. He attended the New England School of Metalwork, and earned his American Bladesmith Society Journeyman rating in 2014. Ben is now an award-winning bladesmith working towards his ABS Master Smith in 2020.
Selected College Acceptances
Berkely School of Music
California College of Art
College of Charleston
College of the Atlantic
Columbia College of Art
Evergreen State College
George Washington University
Green Mountain College
Maine Maritime Academy
Massachusetts College of Art
Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
Nova Scotia School of Art and Design
Olin College of Engineering
Parsons Art and Design School
Rhode Island School of Design – RISD
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
St. Lawrence University
State University of New York
University of Colorado
University of Maine, Farmington
University of Maine, Orono
University of Maine, Presque Isle
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Warren Wilson College