Meet Our Board of Directors

Derek Ahl

Derek Ahl, MALS, specializes in organizational behavior and leadership development and currently serves as lead faculty for the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership in Portland, Maine.  Often requested for strategic engagements such as board retreats and community forums to promote learning and collaboration across organizations, he also supports senior leadership through executive coaching, program design & consultation. Derek is glad for the opportunity to contribute his perspective and experience to the BMFS community to support the learning and growth of its students and teachers.

Derek’s step-son, Andy, is an Upper Elementary Brixham graduate.


Barbara Rita Jenny

Barbara Rita Jenny is a practicing studio artist as well as an instructor in Visual Art at Heronfield Academy. Barbara also guides students and families at Heronfield in their transitions to high school as Secondary School Advisor, and served as coordinator in the school’s first NAIS accreditation assessment. Along with husband, Matt Beebe, Barbara manages a commercial real estate business, with properties in Maine and New Hampshire.

Barbara’s two sons, Indigo (20) and Sage (13), attended Brixham from the age of three into the Upper Elementary Program.  


Elisa Marhue

Elisa Hegg, PhD, is an Applied Behavior Analyst with experience over 20 years of experience working with children and families diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as other developmental disabilities. Currently Elisa is the Practicum Director for the online masters program in Behavior Analysis at Simmons University in Boston. Elisa's daughter Ingrid is an enthusiastic member of the Toddler classroom, and she is also an alumni parent to two children who are now in 2nd grade in York Public School, and who developed their curiosity and love of learning in the 3-6 Programs.


Brianna Martin

Brianna Martin, M.Ed, taught at Brixham for nine years before transitioning into public school Special Education. She is the parent of current Brixham students Reed and Alden, both of whom will be in the 3-6 program in 2019-2020 school year. As this will be Alden’s extended day year, Brianna is excited to experience as a parent the fulfilling culmination of the 3-year classroom cycle, which she witnessed time and again as a 3-6 teacher.


Deanna Martin

Deanna Martin is an alumni parent of BMFS whose two children, Peter and Evie, spent many joyful years in both the Toddler and 3-6 programs, and she has also spent time in our classrooms as a substitute teacher. Deanna's professional background includes over a decade of teaching experience from pre-k through high school. She is the cofounder of PATCHWORK, a local partnership seeking to support parents by offering specific guidance and practical solutions for parents and families. Deanna’s work with parents grew out of the many years she has spent as an advocate for children and young adults as a mentor, youth leader, coach, teacher, and caretaker. This is Deanna's first year serving on the Board of Directors. She lives in York with her husband, Peter, their two children.

Become a member

If you have interest in becoming a member of Brixham’s Board of Directors fill out the form below. We seek a diverse group of individuals who can bring expertise, experience, perspective, and a passion for Montessori education to our community, and welcome grandparents, alumni, and business leaders to join our dedicated members.

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