Faculty & Staff Directory
Teaching: Honors Chemistry, Honors Forensics in Chemistry
Coaching/Advising: Interact Club, Ribbon Club
Mrs. Arenstam joined the Thornton Academy faculty in the fall of 2002 and teaches Honors Chemistry and Honors Forensic Chemistry. She grew up in Saco and is a graduate of Thornton Academy. It was here at TA that her science teachers instilled in her a love and appreciation of science which she in turn hopes to pass on to her own students.
Mrs. Arenstam earned a B. S. in biology from Bates College. While at Bates, she was awarded a grant from the American Heart Association and spent the summer of her junior year doing research on the effects of serotonin on the 5-HT neurotransmitter in mice. After working in banking and business for 15 years, Mrs. Arenstam enrolled in the Continuing Education program at the University of New England completing the required coursework in secondary science education. She earned her Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum at the University of New England. In 2011 she was accepted to the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Workshop at Bowdoin College.
Mrs. Arenstam is a co-advisor of Thornton Academy’s Interact Club (a Rotary sponsored community service group). A firm believer in the Rotary motto “Service Above Self, “ she works to provide students with ample opportunities to experience the personal satisfaction that comes from getting involved and making a difference in their community.
Mrs. Arenstam lives in Saco with her husband David. They have three grown children, Emma, Kate and Jacob and two grandbabies, Lucas and Ellie. They also have a Chinese “son,” Patrick, who is a permanent part of their extended family since living with them during the 2010-2011 school year as part of Thornton’s international Home Stay program. There is nothing they enjoy more than big family dinners with family and friends.