Jake Abbott was born and raised in West Gardiner. He attended Gardiner High School and after graduating in 1998, he joined a summer program through the National Outdoor Leadership School. He spent a month of this time backpacking the Alaskan tundra. After this, Abbott went off to college. He studied at St. Lawrence University, Prescott College, then finished up at the University of Maine system. After finishing college, Abbott got a job at Cony High School working in an alternative education program. As that year came to an end, he got a job at Lincoln Academy as an ed tech in the alternative education program. He soon moved up in position, becoming the director of that program. When the residential program began and dorms opened on campus, Abbott moved into the Hall House dorm and became a dorm parent with his wife, Missy, and daughter, Emma.