Boarding and Day · Co-ed College Prep · Grades 6–12 & Postgraduate · Hebron, Maine

Our Staff

Hebron teachers live the mission of the school in each interaction they have. Challenging, inspiring and guiding each student to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit is at the heart of what Hebron teachers do each day. Hebron’s faculty, led by our academic principles, equip students to become effective communicators, adaptable learners, responsible global citizens, and poised to lead.

Sara Alt

Sara Alt
Music Faculty

Sara grew up in the woods of the Pocono Mountains in PA where she spent time singing, fishing, camping, and frolicking with animals... chickens, horses, goats, bunnies and even stray raccoons & black bear cubs (her cousin was a black bear biologist for the PA Game Commission, so this was part of a rehabilitation program... don't try this at home...) She had her first public solo at the age of two.

She has taught in public and private schools, directed summer arts programs, managed an organic maple farm, and worked in the financial arena, but loves teaching the most!

Ms. Alt - "S.Alt" as many of her students refer to her, has a passion for learning new things, tackling challenges creatively, and making music with all manner of instruments or voices. She studied primarily at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA with teachers: David Shockey, Sharon Sweet, and was mentored by soprano and composer Michelle Hynson in Milwaukee, WI. She has performed as a soprano section leader with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Skylight Opera (WI), the New Amsterdam Singers (NY) & too many church & community choirs to count in the US and abroad.

If you know great places to hear live music, eat delicious food, or kayak/camp, please let her know. =)

Mae Applegate

Mae Applegate
Dean of Students

Mrs. Applegate is joining Hebron Academy as the Dean of Students after 10 years in education in Maine. Her exploration of educational systems and curiosity about middle and upper school boarding led her to join our faculty this year. Her sophomore and seventh grader are joining our community this year as well. After her own tumultuous experience in education in Maine, Mrs. Applegate brings with her a strong desire to elevate student voices and protect the emotional and physical safety of our community. She is a fierce advocate with high expectations of herself and the community around her.


Emily Bonis

Emily Bonis
Mathematics Faculty Chair

Ms. Emily Bonis came to Hebron in 2010 with her husband Tim, who teaches history at Hebron. Ms. Bonis is the Dean of Faculty and an Upper School Mathematics teacher. Ms. Bonis also serves as Hebron's Round Square representative, where she guides students in their work with the Round Square IDEALS, which stands for Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service. She has lead international trips through Round Square to Canada and India and looks forward to many more!

Ms. Bonis considers herself a lifelong learner and is always trying new things. She strives to bring her love of learning to her students and inspire them to challenge themselves, take risks, and get outside their comfort zone. In fact, this is one of the things that she loves most about teaching - it is always changing and the possibilities for creativity and exploration are endless.

In her free time, Ms. Bonis enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, gardening, reading, knitting, and practicing yoga. Ms. Bonis is a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga to students and faculty in the Hebron community. She is also a Master Gardener volunteer and delights in sharing her love of gardening with others through her volunteer work.

Tim Bonis

Tim Bonis
History and Social Sciences Faculty; Tennis, Tennis Coach

Mr. Tim Bonis moved to Hebron Academy in the fall of 2010 with his wife Emily who serves as the Math Department Chair, and their two daughters, Leah ‘19 and Alaina ‘21. Mr. Bonis teaches upper school history, coaches Mountain Biking and Girls Varsity Tennis. Before coming to Hebron, Mr. Bonis was a dean and faculty member at South Kent School for nine years.

The Bonis family resides in Old Brick, the residence built in 1814 by the founder of the Academy. In their free time, they like to be outdoors, hiking, camping, swimming at the beach, kayaking, snowshoeing and skiing. Personally, Tim likes to cook, go wilderness camping and sea kayaking, adventures with his dogs Gus and Ozzy, and spending time with his family.


Ryan Brennan

Ryan Brennan
ESOL Faculty

Caddy Brooks

Caddy Brooks
Athletics Director, Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Coach

Caddy Brooks grew up in Darien, Connecticut before heading north to Colby College. There, Caddy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in History and captained his lacrosse team his senior year. Just this past summer Caddy married his now wife Paige on Marthas Vineyard with many Hebron friends in attendance! Caddy is the Director of Athletics, teaches two sections of Photography in the upper school and coaches Boys JV Ice Hockey and Boys Varsity Lacrosse. He and Paige reside in Sturtevant dorm with their lazy but lovable cat Lumberjack.


Paul Brouwer

Paul Brouwer
Director of the Middle School; Outdoor Education
I grew up in upstate New York but has called Maine home since the mid 1990s. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree from State University College in Potsdam's Crane School of Music, I worked as a professional musician in the Boston area for many years. Upon moving to Maine, I began teaching in the Turner school district. I joined the Hebron community in the fall of 1998, teaching math, music and outdoor skills. In 2002, I became the Director of Trailblazers, Hebron's outdoor skills program, and in 2006 was named Hebron's Middle School Director.


I enjoy the sense of community that living on campus provides, and he actively pursues Maine's many outdoor offerings year-round.

Jake Cockrell

Jake Cockrell
Science Faculty

Heidi Collins

Heidi Collins
Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Heidi has worked at Hebron since 2007.

Heidi lives in Auburn, ME with her husband, Mark and her children, Josh '10 and Mariah '12.

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