An independent, comprehensive secondary school for day and residential students.

An independent, comprehensive secondary school for day and residential students.2024-04-08T12:10:06-04:00

Lincoln Academy:
An independent, comprehensive secondary school for day and residential students.


Grounded in community, global in vision, and rich in opportunity, Lincoln Academy challenges all students to grow in skills and scholarship, serve others, and lead fulfilling lives.


Lincoln Academy will:
  • Guide and empower students to develop the skills they need to build lives of meaning and purpose.
  • Promote global citizenship, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking to prepare students for an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
  • Offer opportunities for faculty and staff enrichment that enhance education, model lifelong learning, and foster a culture of personal growth.
  • Utilize our unique coastal Maine location as an educational laboratory, enriching understanding of environmental stewardship, ecology, culture, history, and economic opportunity.
  • Ensure a well-resourced and financially sustainable institution.
  • Position Lincoln Academy as a community hub of learning and excellence that contributes to the economic vitality of our region.

Core Values:


Lincoln Academy, with proud ties to the local community since 1801, is more than a school, it serves as a social, educational, and community center. We believe that community is the foundation for student learning and growth, and we encourage students to seek opportunities for community engagement that enriches themselves and our region.


Students at Lincoln Academy have a rich diversity of strengths, skills, and life experiences. We believe that these differences create a stronger learning environment for all students. We are committed to meeting the needs and supporting the aspirations of all students within their wide range of cultures, learning styles, socioeconomic backgrounds, and national and individual identities.


We believe that the character of our students is vital to their success, and to the school as a whole. We model excellence, compassion, honesty, fairness, perseverance, and service to others to inspire students to develop traits that will strengthen future relationships and ability to lead fulfilling lives.

Critical Thinking

We believe that the ability to think through complex problems is vitally important in learning and in life. We challenge students to think critically, evaluate large issues from multiple perspectives, and make decisions based on sound reasoning.


We provide ALL students with opportunities for discovery and growth. We encourage them to study subjects that challenge, engage in extra-curricular activities, consider travel opportunities, collaborate, and follow their passions both in and out of the classroom.


Communication is a foundational skill that we nurture throughout the school. We encourage students to convey their ideas effectively, and listen to and respect the opinions of others.

Supporting Students

We believe that students learn best in a safe and respectful environment that provides academic, social and emotional support. We strive to connect those in need with the resources and assistance necessary to fully access their education.


Jeff Burroughs : Head of School
Jeff Burroughs

Jeff Burroughs started his work at Lincoln Academy in July 2019 as our 44th Head of School.  Jeff was the Assistant Headmaster for Academics at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, a ninth-grade through postgraduate town academy of 970 students which shares the town academy structural and funding model with Lincoln Academy.  An engineer by training, Mr. Burroughs worked for seven years as an IBM program manager before beginning his tenure at St. Johnsbury Academy. Preceding IBM, he spent a number of years at the Hyde School in Bath, where Mr. Burroughs had a number of roles, including math teacher, Director of Admission, and Assistant Headmaster. Jeff lives in Newcastle with his wife, Melissa, also an educator. The couple has three children: Jeb, 22, is a senior at Chapman University in California; Andrew, 19, is a junior at University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Eliza, 18, also attends the University of King’s College.

Kelley Duffy : Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies Faculty
Kelley Duffy (207) 563-3596 ext. 2106

Kelley Borg Duffy became a social studies teacher in part because it was the only discipline where she felt she could integrate all her academic loves: science, literature, data and history. A native Vermonter and daughter of educators, Kelley went to boarding school in Massachusetts and college in Pennsylvania. After college, she went on to teach in Philadelphia PA, Albuquerque NM, Switzerland, and Venezuela. She met her husband while taking a Wilderness EMT class in Maine, and found herself drawn back to New England. Before joining Lincoln Academy's social studies department, Kelley taught at Wiscasset High School. She and her husband are raising two daughters, two dogs, and a cat, and she spends most of her free time hiking, paddling, camping, and gardening - while always looking for opportunities to travel.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Political Science, Swarthmore College
M.A. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)

Deanna Pierpan : Executive Assistant to the Head of School
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Deanna Pierpan grew up in Massachusetts and spent a lot of time visiting her husband's parents and her grandparents and cousins all over Maine.  It was a natural progression and long time goal of moving to Midcoast Maine with her husband and children that was realized in 2018.  Deanna spent much of her professional career managing software development projects for various consulting firms and asset management companies in New England and Europe, but more recently has been an office manager in real estate and healthcare. Combining these experiences with a desire to  engage with her community, led her to being a part of the Lincoln Academy community as Mr. Burrough's assistant.  Her son, Harrison is in the class of 2023 and her sons, Hamilton and Anderson are in the class of 2026.

Her favorite past-time is spending time with and traveling with her family - she believes community and civic engagement, as well as a broad knowledge of the world is really important.  When she isn't on the go, Deanna likes to "dabble" in pretty much anything from needlepoint and DIY home renovations to outdoor activities like hiking and downhill skiing, and she enjoys being a maker of an organic skincare and wellness product line.  She received two degrees from Stonehill College, a BS in Business Administration and then later a BA in English Literature.

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