Staff Profile: Michael Giudilli

 Portrait by Ellen Harasimowicz

Portrait by Ellen Harasimowicz

Joined: 2012

Michael’s Impact: Michael first came to CCLC not in response to an open position, but with an idea for an outdoor program that would be accessible to Washington County youth. He helped create and run the Cobscook Outdoor Adventure Club to make outdoor programs for 8-14 year-olds accessible, then became a teacher for the Cobscook Experiential Program, where he continues to teach and learn with high school students through outdoor, hands-on experiences.

Michael first moved to the region to attend University of Maine at Machias (UMM) after travels with his grandparents as a child revealed to him the grit and tenacity of coastal communities. Reflecting on his decision to move here, he said, “I came to Machias to be a part of a community that was strong and resilient; I found it. I believe that CCLC’s work aids all people in leveraging their strengths and skills to improve their lives and the lives of the people around them. In short, CCLC makes our community stronger and that’s something that I can get behind 100%.”

“Michael had a huge impact on my own education when I participated in the high school program. Michael is a person that I, and many other students, look up to as a role model. He’s an awesome educator.”
— Dylan Pardue, Cobscook Experiential Program Alumnus, AmeriCorps VISTA serving at CCLC

As one of his co-workers put it, Michael “shines a positive light on the CCLC through his efforts to incorporate learning about the natural environment with a sense of how community and nature are connected.”

 Michael with students on their recent trip to Philadelphia

Michael with students on their recent trip to Philadelphia