Seth Leavitt-Carlson is a Water Village native, who used to wait for the school bus in front of the Ossipee Mt Grange Hall (G.A.L.A.’s current headquarters!). Since that time he has been fortunate to have had a broad range of experiences in various parts of the world that have allowed him to realize how fortunate his experience in Water Village was, and he wants to extend that opportunity to a greater community of people. G.A.L.A’s three-fold goal of sustainable, desirable, and resilient communities is a natural fit.
Seth has a degree in Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire. While attending UNH, he was able to undertake archeology in the caves and jungles of Belize and walk the red dirt roads of Tanzania. It was also at UNH that Seth met his wife Ivy. He and Ivy spent two years in the village of Mamabolo, South Africa serving in the Peace Corps by providing training for primary school teachers.
Seth started substitute teaching when he was still a teenager, and has continued to teach in area schools. For the past four years, he has been teaching at the Laconia Alternative Education Program, in Laconia, NH. While at Laconia, Seth and Ivy serve as the faculty advisors to the LHS Key Club, which has undertaken many volunteer projects both close to home and such locations as Texas, Louisiana, Boston, and South Africa.
He currently resides in Melvin Village in an old farmhouse with his wife and with Mary, a young woman from his Peace Corps village, who is furthering her education in the U.S. He also serves on the board of The Community School. He enjoys hiking, traveling, the Red Sox, and growing his own vegetables and making hard cider.
The G.A.L.A. Community is thrilled to welcome Seth as its newest Board Member! If you see Seth out and about, be sure to congratulate and thank him on this new position at the center of sustainable community building!