Faculty Feature: Mr. "Moose"

By: Darby Tuttle '16
Many people that visit Maine hope to be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a moose. For the last forty years, students and teachers here at Hebron have been extremely lucky to have encountered the most special Moose there is: Mr. John “Moose” Curtis.
Mr. Moose was born in southern Rhode Island and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee when he was a boy. He went to Baylor School there, which was still a military school at the time. He graduated high school and went to the University of North Carolina. After college he taught for four years at Kingswood School in West Hartford, Connecticut before finding his way to Hebron Academy.
Mr. Moose has always taught chemistry here at Hebron, eventually expanding his teaching repertoire to include AP chemistry as well. Through all this time, his love for the field has never decreased. He says he likes chemistry because he “likes the sequence.” “It’s a pyramid course; you learn a foundation and keep building on it,” he says. Chemistry has never lost its appeal for him because he likes being able to learn a new topic and relate it to prior knowledge and help his students do the same.
He has coached football for his whole Hebron career, and has coached the lacrosse and ski teams as well. Reminiscing about his first year coaching lacrosse, Mr. Moose said he had no idea how to play the game, so he learned along with the athletes that year. He loves skiing, and he coached Hebron’s ski team, along with recent Hebron teacher Mr. Dave Stonebraker, back when Hebron had its own ski hill. He said that skiing was one of the biggest things that got him to come back to Maine; he enjoyed coaching it so much because he loved that it allowed the kids to be outside for so long. For a time he also helped out with Hebron’s Outdoor Skills program, spending his afternoons paddling with his students.
One of Mr. Moose’s favorite traditions is the Christmas Vespers service. This service is held in the Hebron Community Chapel, which hold special memories for Mr. Moose. He remembers that he came to Hebron a “young, unmarried Moose,” and has since been married in the Hebron Chapel and raised two daughters here on campus. He says Hebron was a “great spot for his daughters to grow up; it was a big family for them.”
Mr. Moose's last chemistry class
Mr. Moose (back left) takes a picture with his last ever chemistry class at Hebron Academy. Photo by Rachel Rothman ’16
This year is Mr. Moose’s fortieth and final year teaching at Hebron. He is the school’s most beloved teacher, coach, and mentor. He is planning on moving off campus to his lake house to enjoy his retirement with his wife. He would like to thank all the students he has taught and coached over the years. With his famous chuckle he said, “I don’t know how many miles I’ve traveled on a Hebron bus, but it’s been great ride.”
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Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.