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Academy Arts

To be truly well educated, one must not only appreciate the arts, but have rich opportunities to actively participate in creative work. The arts bring subjects to life, turning abstractions into actual expression. Learning through the arts often results in greater academic achievement and higher test scores. The arts faculty bring a high level of experience to the classroom, and throughout the year visiting artists and musicians come to campus, exposing students to a wide range of creativity and talent.

In addition to Middle School and Upper School curricular offerings, Hebron offers abundant opportunities in the arts, ranging from regional singing festivals, to school-wide musicals, to national painting and photography competitions.
Hebron is proud to unveil the latest collection of compelling student-generated content, this time via the screen. Etchings, Hebron’s literary and arts magazine, has gone digital in an effort to better showcase visual works and encourage viewers to share.

The highly touted Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recently recognized a handful of Hebron Academy students with Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions. Charlotte Middleton (Hebron, ME), Liberty McKnight (Rockland, ME) and Jin Qian ’14 (Haining City, China) received their awards earlier this spring.

April will play host to a variety of special arts offerings at Hebron Academy in furtherance of the school’s effort to expand arts enrichment on campus. Read more on

Hosting artists and speakers who can impact and inspire Hebron students at Community Meeting is a longstanding tradition. For the 13-14 school year, Hebron has expanded enrichment opportunities through a partnership with local nonprofit Mahoosuc Arts Council.  Read more on
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Core Faculty
Ms. Jeanine Eschenbach
Visual & Performing Arts Department
Tufts University and Museum School - B. A., B.F.A.
Tufts University and Museum School - MFA
Ms. Jeanine Eschenbach, fondly known as "Ms. Esch," began teaching immediately after majoring in Child Psychology and Fine Arts at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Her career began with special needs kindergartners in Indiana and second grade Montessori in Ohio, and then back home in Massachusetts where she taught first grade.

A last minute whim brought Ms. Esch's husband Brian to Hebron for an English teaching position, and in 2000 the two permanently relocated to Maine with their two daughters. Soon after, Ms. Eschenbach began teaching fine arts at Hebron and served as department chair for several years. Ms. Esch currently teaches Pottery and AP Studio Art, was Dean of Students for five years, and has coached both soccer and lacrosse.

Ms. Esch  lives in Stearns House with husband Brian Jurek, Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director, along with daughters Rachel '15 and Avery '18 and dogs Moya and Pindi.

John Lawson
Upper & Middle School Instrumental Music
University of Louisville - B.M.
After graduating from University of Louisville, Mr. John Lawson moved to Maine in 2002 where he taught music privately for seven years, became manager of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and maintained a busy performance schedule around the state.  In 2008, Mr. Lawson joined the Hebron community as instrumental music teacher.  Currently Mr. Lawson directs the Hebron Upper and Middle School Orchestras and Jazz Band, teaches Music Theory, Digital Recording, History of Rock and Roll, and private instrument lessons. His wife Ms. Kelly Caufield is the Director of Vocal Music for the Upper and Middle Schools. Mr. Lawson continues to be an active performer around the state and currently resides in Gray (ME).

Ms. Kelly Caufield
University of Southern Maine - BA

Mrs. Julie Middleton
Senior Associate Director of Admission; Drama
University of Rhode Island - B.A.
Johnson and Wales University - B.S.
Lesley University - Masters of Education, anticipated
Ms. Julie Middleton, known as “Ms. Midd” by her students, came to Hebron in 2002. In addition to working in the Office of Admission, Julie directs the school's dramatic productions and advises Hebron's GSTA-The Bridge group. Before coming to Hebron, Ms. Midd worked as a french teacher, dorm parent, and drama director at the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT.

Ms. Midd lives on campus in The Parsonage with her husband and History Department Chair Mr. Steve Middleton. The Midds have two children Max '12, and Charlotte '14. Ms. Midd's favorite pastimes include family, music, art, reading, travel, and summers in Maine or Block Island.

Ms. Sara Wilmot
Metropolitan State College of Denver - BA
Ms. Sara Wilmot came to Hebron in the fall 2011 as the official campus photographer. In 2012, she expanded her role to teaching and now instructs two levels of Upper School Photography and advises the yearbook staff. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver and owns a photography business.

Ms. Wilmot is married to Mr. Paul Brouwer, Hebron’s Middle School Director and Trailblazers Program Director; she lives on campus in Gilman House with her two step- daughters Sarah '15 and Rachel and energetic husky Lily.

When she's not taking photographs, Ms. Wilmot enjoys improvisational theater, working on home improvement projects with her husband, cross country skiing, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

As a teacher she hopes to inspire her students to find their creative voice expressed through the medium of photography.