Carl got a B.S. in Microbiology from Penn State and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now Drexel) and worked as a research molecular biologist for twenty years, most recently for ten years at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine where he studied chromosome packaging and gene regulation.  In 2004 he and his family moved to Norway.  Carl learned carpentry working in construction for a couple of years before co-founding and teaching at Ganderia Middle School.  There he developed an integrated, project-based curriculum grounded on a sense of place and community engagement.  Carl currently coordinates the Let’s Go! program for Western Maine Health, promoting healthy eating and active living in Oxford County.  He serves on the board of directors for the Bryant Pond Learning Center, Western Foothills Land Trust and Oxford County Cooperative Extension. Carl loves growing food, cooking, spending time with his three grown sons, Ben, Nick and Dan, and his grandson Rocco and exploring the natural world with a camera.


“I love the way we are getting to know these young people through group experiences. Each time their guard drops a little more and the trust builds a little stronger.” ~Carl Costanzi 2019