Department Chair | Graphic Design, Photography, & AP Arts Teacher
Amanda Schuermann is a visual artist, designer, and educator who graduated with her BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in December 2011 and her MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at Mass Art in May 2017. Ms. Schuermann has been teaching fine art, photography, and graphic design for 13 years and has a background in digital media, UX, interactive experience design and installation. Prior to Monomoy Regional High School, she taught at Dorchester Academy and Plymouth North High School. A few of her interests outside of her career include sailing, skiing, and traveling. Ms. Schuermann grew up down Cape and was a Nauset Grad and has her own business, Down Cape Design.
Digital Media Teacher
I've been teaching Digital Media/TV Production going on my 14th year. I'm originally from Oswego NY, which is known as the snow capital of the world. I have two dogs, Sadie, a Weimaraner, and Elliott, a Maltipoo. I started my teaching career in my home town, revamping the TV program with new curriculum and updating the facility to a full HD studio and a production trailer, which allowed the students to get hands on experience with remote productions of various events in the schools and community. I then had an opportunity to start a program from scratch in Ithaca, NY. This allowed me to set up the curriculum, but also allowed me to build the TV studio from the ground up. This was a huge undertaking but the opportunities the students had gave them a leg up against other students in college. Then, I had another opportunity, which brought me to the Cape to set up a program here at Monomoy.
Ms. Richard is the high school music teacher here in Monomoy Regional High School coming to the Cape in 2001 from a teaching position at a large international school in Mexico City, Mexico. She is a passionate and tireless advocate of music education and loves teaching both chorus and band. She grew up on Martha's Vineyard Island so is definitely a Cape Cod (and Islands) kid but when given the opportunity loves to travel to large cities and foreign countries. If she's not traveling to a foreign country she spends her free time cooking and loves to experiment with making her own kimchi and curing lamb belly and duck breast for bacon.
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Visual Arts Teacher
Bernadette Waystack earned her B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a practicing artist with a studio in Harwich Port. She has developed a specialized curriculum focused on the Provincetown Art Colony and the history of art on Cape Cod. She and her husband have lived in Harwich for over 30 years. Their 2 adult children were educated in the Harwich schools and they now have a grandchild entering the Monomoy Regional School District.
Department Head | Visual Arts Teacher
I have lived in Harwich for 50 years, and raised my family here. (My husband, my girls, and I are all Harwich High alumni!!) This is my 27th year teaching in Harwich and my 17th year teaching high school. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Southeastern Massachusetts University (U-Mass Dartmouth) and completed my Master’s degree in Art Education at Boston University. During my 27 year teaching career I had been an advocate for the importance of art education in our schools. I am passionate about education I pursue a variety of professional opportunities, most recently spending 2 weeks at Lincoln Center in a Leadership and Arts Advocacy program. In addition to my classroom teaching, I have taught and presented at many workshops locally, nationally and in Africa. Traveling to spend time with family and friends is one of my passions as well as spending time exploring local cultures. I am a working artist with a focus on printmaking and painting. I serve as the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Drama Director of the high school theater program.