Acadia Center for English Immersion owner and director Brian Boyd.Co-founder, program director, and teacher Brian Boyd has taught English immersion courses for more than 25 years and has directed English programs in Maine for the last 20 years. A graduate of Harvard College (BA) and New York University (MA), he has taught writing and literature at New York University, College of the Atlantic, Rockport College, and the UniversiTeacher and director Brian Boyd on a kayaking excursion with students.ty of Maine, and has lived in Denmark, England, and France. His interests, besides literature and languages, include history, Celtic music, art, nature, and outdoor sports.

Acadia Center co-founder and teacher Kit Harrison.Co-founder and teacher Kit Harrison is a graduate of Harvard College (BA) and Bank Street College of Education (MS). As a child she lived in Japan and India, and as an adult she has lived in the French Pyrénées near the Spanish border. A former elementary school teacher and administrator, she is currently Editor-in-Chief of Amjambo Africa!, a monthly newspaper for and about New Mainers from Africa. Her interests include children’s literature, language learning, and cooking.

Tomm Shockey, teacher at Acadia Center.Teacher Tomm Shockey (PhD University of Connecticut, MA Middlebury College/ Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, BA Dartmouth College) is a former professor of German at the University of

Teacher Tomm Shockey (right) with student Sandra from Colombia (center) and teacher Nancy Killoran (left).

Teacher Tomm Shockey (right) with student Sandra from Colombia (center) and teacher Nancy Killoran (left).

Connecticut and visiting professor of German at the University of Salzburg in Austria. Besides teaching both English and German in Germany, Tomm has taught English in Orel, Russia (the home of Turgenev) and in Japan, where he was English language consultant for the Aomori Winter Asian Games Organizing Committee.

His interests include woodworking, antique clocks, amateur radio (international short-wave), classical music, and reading both in English and German. Tomm has taught English at the Acadia Center since 2002.

Acadia Center teacher and excursion leader Corinne Wilson.Teacher Corinne Wilson (MA University of Southern Maine, BA University of New Hampshire; student teacher at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, England) During her 20 years of teaching, Corinne has focused on the integration of reading, writing, and meaningful content. She has taught language arts in the public schools and privately instructed students on an individual basis. Corinne has been a tutor in such remote places as Bequia, a small island in the Grenadines. She also assisted in leading a small group of German-speaking professionals on a six-week hiking trek above the Arctic circle in the Brooks mountain range of northern Alaska. Corinne loves hiking, sailing, photography, music, reading, and knitting. Most of the time, when she is not teaching, Corinne is with her family sharing her love for the beautiful Maine coast.

Teacher Maureen O’Keefe (MA in TESL, St. Michael’s College; BA, Stanford

Teacher Maureen O'Keefe (right) with student Maria from Peru.

Teacher Maureen O’Keefe (right) with student Maria from Peru.

University; TEFL certificate, University of Cambridge) spent 23 years living and teaching overseas before coming to live in midcoast Maine in 2003. In Oman she taught at the British Council, in Sri Lanka she was a teacher trainer and teacher at an English school, and in Peru she taught language arts to Peruvian students.

In her spare time she gardens, dances, plays tennis,  and runs a small antique bead and jewelry business.

Acadia Center teacher Larrain Slaymaker.Teacher Larrain L. Slaymaker (MBA Rutgers University) has worked with a wide range of companies, non-profits, and government and community organizations. Her business and community interests include strategic marketing, start-ups, advocacy leadership, niche marketing, technology applications, and community project fundraising, as well as working with entrepreneurs, sustainable economic development, social capitalism, creative economies, and social justice. Besides teaching business to university students in Maine, Larrain has periodically worked with high-level business executives in Beijing, China, helping them improve both their English and their awareness of international business culture issues.

Business English seminar at Acadia Center taught by Larrain Slaymaker.

Business English seminar at Acadia Center taught by Larrain Slaymaker.

Originally from Manhattan, New York, Larrain lives in Hope, Maine, where she raised her three sons.  She has traveled and lived in Europe and Asia. She enjoys travel, theater, music, being outside in the winter, spring, summer and fall, eating well, laughing and dancing whenever possible.


Register now for a private or combination (private/mini-group) intensive course at a time that works best for you, or for online English lessons in conversation and/or writing. Questions? Call us at 617-939-9209 or contact us by e-mail.