ROCKLAND — Diane Sternberg was hired by the Sail, Power and Steam Museum to run the museum’s Midcoast Sailing Center.

Board Chair and Co-Founder Jim Sharp said, “Our waterfront operations have been growing significantly over the past few years. It was time to find someone to manage and grow the programs, and Diane was certainly the right person at the right time!”

An educator, Wilderness First Responder and sailor, Sternberg has taught diverse age groups in local schools and served as semester associate program director at Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. She holds a U.S. Coast Guard License: 100 Ton Near Coastal Master/200 Ton Near Coastal Mate with sail endorsement.

She attended Cornell University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, a master’s degree in English at the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vt., and studied creative non-fiction at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland.

Sharp said, “Diane helped us out last year as we started Sail Kids for Free, our free youth sailing program, and the kids loved her. We started talking between classes, and it became clear that she would be a great fit to join our staff and help us further develop our waterfront programs.”

Midcoast Sailing Center, a program of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, is home to vessels that range from the 40’ Black Jack, the oldest Wilbur Morse built Friendship Sloop still afloat, to the 10’ Opti fleet that is used for the Free Youth Sailing Program.

The museum’s Rockland location on Mechanic Street provides a spot for hosting programs such as Sail Kids for Free, lighthouse day sails, vessel charters, sailing lessons for youth and adults and an expanded year-round educational program.

“I look forward to creatively expanding these programs,” said Sternberg, “I’ve always had a love of the sea and of teaching, and I’m excited to pursue this opportunity with the museum. I’m especially looking forward to getting back out on the water with the kids of Sail Kids for Free again this summer.”

For more information on the museum, the Midcoast Sailing Center or Sail Kids for Free, go to SailPowerSteamMuseum.org or MidCoastSailingCenter.org.