The Landing School places vital emphasis on the quality of each instructor. The educators at The Landing School are committed to establishing effective teaching and learning relationships with students both inside and outside the classroom.

Educating students to be effective and creative leaders in the marine industry is central to The Landing School’s mission. Faculty excel at teaching, the development of innovative curriculum, and the dissemination of research and knowledge. The Landing School emphasizes the importance of teaching and provides support for promoting and recognizing excellence in the classroom.

The Landing School enhances teaching excellence through visiting lecturers and field trips to industry appropriate locations so that students can experience a variety of perspectives from within the marine industry. Students are also encouraged to visit other programs in The School so that they can see for themselves how each of these programs fits within the marine industry.

Excellence in teaching is not easily measured; a lot of intangibles come into play. It's much more than the amount of materials distributed or the type of quizzes given. It has something to do with the fundamental trust and respect engendered between the instructor and the student. It's all about what happens in the heart and mind of the student. And great teaching is highly valued at The Landing School.

Meet the Faculty:

Yacht Design Faculty

Sean Fawcett joined the faculty at The Landing School in July 2013 as a Yacht Design Instructor. With more than 30 years of yacht design experience, Fawcett will be responsible for helping instruct The Landing School’s preeminent Yacht Design program. Fawcett, a former Chief Designer for Pedrick Yacht Designs also ran his own design firm for four years. Notably, during that time he was a member of the technical team for the successful AMERICA3 1992 America's Cup defense. In addition, Fawcett acted as the Director of Global Services Development at Parametric Technology and Executive Vice President at Boatbookings.com.

  Sean Fawcett

Ken Rusinek, Yacht Design and Marine Systems Instructor, graduated from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in 1972. Ken started his career developing boating safety standards at the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center in Groton, CT, and also designed a 30’ Surf Rescue Boat at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has been the chief engineer at Pearson Yachts in Portsmouth, RI; at Regal Boats, in Orlando, FL; and most recently at Sabre Yachts in South Casco, ME. Ken also served as the technical editor at Soundings, and as the Yacht Design Program manager at The Landing School during the mid-1990s.

  Ken Rusinek


Wooden Boat Building Faculty

Jamie Houtz serves as the Director of Facilities and Boats and has been a faculty member since 1990. He started his career at Lydia Yachts after four years of Marine Biology at Florida Institute of Technology. After working at a number of yards in Florida building and repairing both wooden and fiberglass boats, he attended Penland School of Craft for furniture-making. In 1979/80 he taught boatbuilding at Salt Inc. in Kennebunk, Maine. Jamie was foreman/manager at Arundel Shipyard in Kennebunk from 1981 to 1988; and at Rumery’s Boatyard from 1988 to 1990 where he supervised building, repair and restoration of many fine yachts.

  Jamie Houtz

Rick Barkhuff, Wooden Boat Building Instructor, attended The Landing School during its first year in 1978. Before beginning his boatbuilding career he received an Associate’s degree in Civil Engineering from Greenfield Community College and worked for a year as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. After his graduation from The Landing School he worked at Jeff Fogman’s Boatshop on a 50” schooner, and at George Patten Boatbuilding on a number of yachts. Rick has also worked for Portland Yacht Services on the repair and restoration of a variety of fine yachts. Rick rejoined The Landing School’s boatbuilding faculty in 1990.

  Rick Barkuff

Paul Barton, Online Program Coordinator and Wooden Boat Building Instructor, studied at Cornell University and served in the U.S. Air Force before attending The Landing School as a student in 1982. He studied for two years at The Landing School, graduating from both the Wooden Boat Building and Yacht Design programs. He has worked for D.N. Kelly Shipyard in Massachusetts, and Oberg Boat Co. and Rivendell Marine in Rhode Island. Paul has extensive experience in boat carpentry and the repair and restoration of yachts and commercial boats up to 130. Paul is also an avid racer of many classes of small sailboats. He has been a Landing School instructor since 1986.

  Paul Barton


Marine Systems Faculty

Scott Lambert, Marine Systems Program instructor, is a 2002 graduate of The Landing School. Prior to his time at The School, he traveled extensively with the Navy as an aircraft mechanic and studied mechanical engineering at UCLA. He was also an owner of an electronics component manufacturer’s representative firm. In the years since he graduated from The Landing School, he has worked with yacht designers Walter Green and Dick Newick, and with boatbuilders Bath Iron Works and Hodgdon Yachts. His yacht design experience varies from 92” tugboats to racing trimarans to replicas of circa-1500 Dutch frigates.

  Scott Lambert

Nate Andrew, instructor in Marine Systems, is a 2002 graduate of The Landing School. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ithaca College. Prior to his marine industry career, Nate worked for the Air Traffic Control Division of Lockheed Martin, and following his Landing School graduation he became a technician at Handy Boat in Falmouth, ME, and then at Maine Yacht Center in Portland, ME. Nate performed refits and custom installations on boats in addition to general service work.

  Nate Andrew


Composite Boat Building Faculty

Chris Audy, Composites Instructor, started off with a successful career in theatrical production but felt it was time to make a change. A carpenter from a young age, he decided to mix his love of sailing and carpentry and found his way to The Landing School. He enrolled in the Wooden Boat Building option where he realized one goal immediately - how to make square things round! This course became the basis of his foundation in the marine industry by teaching him the fundamentals of how a boat comes together. In 2011, Chris came back to The Landing School as the Composites Program Instructor, bringing with him great enthusiasm, innovative thinking and a love for all things boating.

  Kristen Potter

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