Meet the Teachers and Staff of Peopleplace


Sessa picJezabel (Sessa) Salas (Interim Director)

Sessa started at Peopleplace as a parent. She served 5 years on the Board of Directors – 2 as President. This is what led her to the position of Interim Director. Sessa has lived in Camden with her husband and two children for 6 years. Before that she lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and San Francisco, but with local roots, returned to the area. She has worked in education, social work and owned her own business. Thrilled to be part of the Peopleplace community, she hopes to help perpetuate it’s mission and philosophy.


Linda Nash (Bookkeeper and Office Support)

Linda joined Peopleplace nearly 25 years ago, when her son was 18 months old.  She started doing the books for Peopleplace around 1990. Her husband Cary grew up in Camden. They met in Pennsylvania, working for a farm machinery company, got married and moved to Maine where they raise blueberries. Linda loves to hike, snowshoe, downhill ski, camp and garden. When asked about her favorite Peopleplace moments, she said she loves watching her granddaughter play on the playground (and wishes she lived closer so she could be a Peopleplace kid).  Linda has a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University.




Heather Bowen (Director of Education)

Heather received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1991 and then taught first and second grade in Virginia for eight years. She completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching from George Mason University in Virginia on the day her first daughter was born in 1999, and, in the Spring of 2009, finished a Graduate Certificate program in Early Language and Literacy from the University of Southern Maine.

Heather lives in Rockport with her husband, two daughters, and two big dogs. This is Heather’s 10th year teaching preschool at Peopleplace. Before that, she was an enthusiastic parent helper and served on the Board of Directors. She loves that every day at Peopleplace is filled with laughter and the joy of learning.



Devon Hargrove (Preschool Program Teacher)

Devon is a Peopleplace veteran having been here for eleven years. After all those years, Devon had a hard time picking just one favorite moment at Peopleplace. She loves driving in each morning, knowing that she will be surrounded by children, families and co-workers that she loves! Devon grew up in Camden, and now lives in Warren and enjoys getting her hands dirty in her garden.




   Jane Thorndike (Toddler Program Lead Teacher)

Jane has been at Peopleplace on and off for 15 years, as an afternoon teacher, parent, board member and currently as the lead teacher in the downstairs classroom.  She completed her CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) in 2012.  Jane grew up in the Midcoast and is now raising her son, Adam ( age 11) here.  Jane and Adam love the winter season most of all, but enjoy everything Maine has to offer year round.


Sharon Walker-Spencer (Preschool Program Teacher)

Sharon  has been working with children since she was a child herself.  This is Sharon’s 5th year teaching preschool and she is delighted to have joined the Peopleplace Community.  Sharon has also worked as an Educational Consultant and prior to her children being born, was a first and second grade teacher.  Sharon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wake Forest University and her Master’s Degree in Educational Processes from Maryville University in St. Louis.
Sharon loves coming to Peopleplace because she gets to learn and laugh and be with great people.  While not at Peopleplace, Sharon likes sewing, music, dancing, and just about anything involving the water.  Her favorite way to spend her time is with her husband and two daughters.


Pictures coming soon for the following…

Sarah Davis (Toddler Program Teacher)

Cameron Chalmers (Preschool Program Teacher)


heidiHeidi Kelley (Upstairs Afternoon Teacher)





AnnemarieAnnemarie Gieskes (Toddler Program Teacher)


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