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Todd Anderson, CRMS Staff
Technology Assistant

Marcia Banegas

Olivia Bean
Olivia is very excited to be working at the (HS)2 program this summer! She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Olivia graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2017. Olivia has been living in Portland, Maine teaching 8th-grade science and getting her science teaching certificate. She’s a lover a science and math especially as an alumna of a program similar to (HS)2, called (MS)2 in Andover, Massachusetts. In her free time, Olivia enjoys, cooking and baking, reading fiction, leisurely hikes, and in winter, cross-country skiing.

Peter Benedict, CRMS Faculty
Kayaking
B.A. Outdoor Education, Prescott College
M.S. Math Education, Montana State University


Betsy Bingham-Johns, 
CRMS Faculty
College Counseling
B.S. Psychology, Denison University
Betsy has been providing college advice at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School for over 8 years. She helps students gain a sense of control over what can be an overwhelming process. Betsy assists students as they identify their goals and build college lists, create resumes that showcase their achievements, obtain letters of recommendation, craft college essays and prepare for interviews. She is passionate about helping students find a good fit for college.

Cindy Blachly,
CRMS Administrator
Director of (HS)2 Program
B.S. Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder
Cindy believes that access to quality education can change the trajectory of a child's life. Prior to joining CRMS in 2010, she worked at non-profit organizations, ranging from health and human service agencies to the local community radio station. Cindy appreciates the opportunity to work with the (HS)2 students, parents, faculty and donors, and is excited to welcome our new and returning students to the 2017 program.

Lisa Bottoms
Pre-Calculus 
B.S. Mathematics, Howard Payne University
Lisa has been an educator for the last 24 years in the Dallas, Texas area. During these years she has taught everything from 7th grade math to AP Calculus as well as training individuals to become certified math teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching personal fitness. She is currently teaching mathematics and assisting with crew at The Episcopal School of Dallas.  Seeing and hearing her students passionately discuss mathematical concepts during each class is extremely rewarding. Lisa is also an advocate for students concerning play and healthy living. Lisa is excited to bring her love of mathematics (and the outdoors) to the (HS)2 scholars this summer.

Andrew Bridgers
Calculus BC
B.A. Mathematics, Middlebury College
Andrew has come out of the woods where he was teaching math at the High Mountain Institute to return to HS^2 for his second summer. He loves pushing students to accept and embrace the unknown and is especially excited to share his love of the infinite with his BC class. Growing up in Nashville, TN, he attributes much of his early love for the outdoors and learning to the Waldorf School he attended. Among his favorite outdoor pursuits are hiking, backpacking, cooking in the backcountry, whitewater rafting, and sea kayaking. As a player on both his high school and college ultimate frisbee teams, Andrew loves coaching and teaching new players to throw. When he isn’t doing math or hiking, Andrew can often be found reading in his hammock or cooking for friends.

Kat Camara, CRMS Teaching Fellow

Amelia Dotzenrod
Resident Assistant and Team Sports Co-Leader

B.A. History,  Colorado College 
Amelia lives in San Francisco and works as an outdoor science teacher at an elementary school, where she spends her days helping students connect with the natural world. In her free time, I love to surf, run, and camp. She graduated from Colorado College in 2013, and is thrilled to be returning to the Rocky Mountains for a summer of fun and learning.

Carey Favaloro
Resident Assistant and Biology Teaching Assistant
B.A. Conservation Biology, Minor Psychology, Middlebury College
EMT, Colorado Mountain College

A native of the northeast, Carey first discovered her love of the natural world in the deciduous forests of New England. As a student of biology in Middlebury, Vermont, Carey's appreciation for nature only grew as her scientific knowledge expanded. After working with several environmental education organizations in the northeast, Carey became a naturalist at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies three years ago. She has spent the past few years leading nature hikes and snowshoe tours and loves using the natural landscape as the basis for science education. Carey now ski patrols in the winter months on Aspen Mountain. She is excited to return to HS2 for her second summer as a Biology TA and RA in the dorms! In her free time, Carey can be found seeking outdoor adventures of all varieties.

Nick Favaloro
Resident Assistant and College Counseling Teaching Assistant
B.A. Political & Social Thought, University of Virginia
Nick is a graduating senior from the University at Virginia (UVa). During his time at UVa,  he studied Political & Social Thought which allowed him to take fascinating classes about topics ranging from South African History to Environmental Justice. Outside of school he enjoys hiking, playing chess, and making music with his keyboard. He learned about (HS)2 from his sister, Carey Favaloro, who is a returning a staff member last summer. He is extremely excited to join the team this summer and meet everyone!"

Johnny Flores
Calculus AB
Johnny Flores is thrilled to be in his 10th year teaching high school and his 7th year teaching AP Calculus AB. He grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he finished his 7th year of education. He came to the United States in 1987 and finished high school at North Dallas High in 1992. His teaching career began in DISD at Conrad High School where he taught Algebra I, Math Models, Precalculus, and Calculus. Currently, he is teaching AP Calculus AB/BC at Townview Magnet Center in Dallas Texas. This summer, he will be teaching Calculus AB for the HS2 in Colorado where he will have an opportunity to share his passion for mathematics, soccer, art and house remodeling.

Willy Flores
Calculus AB
Willy is originally from Honduras, Central America. He came to the U.S. at the age of 13 and has lived in Dallas, Texas ever since. He graduated from North Dallas High School, where he was inspired to be a teacher. Currently is his 10th year of teaching, he has taught high school level math, including Geometry, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus AB. Willy also coaches soccer at his school and assists with football. This summer, he will be teaching Calculus AB for the HS2 program in Colorado and hopes to share his love of mathematics and soccer to all his students.

AO Forbes, CRMS Faculty

Jonah Grub

Linda Halloran,
 CRMS Garden Director, retired
Fused Glass
B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
Master Gardener, Colorado State University

In 2014, after fifteen years serving as the Director of the CRMS Organic Garden, Linda shifted her focus to teaching the craft of fused glass at HS2. During her tenure in the garden Linda assisted with the CRMS Hot Glass Interim for a number of years and co-taught the CRMS Warm Glass Interim for three years. She has taken numerous classes in glass fusing to further her knowledge of the process.

Alex Henderson

Maggie Hoffman
Pre-Calculus
B.S. Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.S. Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University
Maggie, a Colorado native, grew up with a love for outdoor adventures and for all things science and math. After studying physics, French,
and math at the University of Colorado, she moved to Jackson, Wyoming and worked for two years as an optical engineer. Eager to be a student again, she attended Stanford University and earned a Masters in Environmental Earth System Science. After graduating, she found her way to The Sage School in Hailey, Idaho where she's been teaching math for the past four years. When she’s not in the classroom, Maggie can be found skiing, biking or climbing with her husband Nick.

Holton Huntington
Eric Krimmer,CRMS Faculty
Director of Technology
A.S. Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
A.A. Colorado Mountain College
Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification

Brent Maiolo 
Chemistry

B.S. Biology, Colorado State University
M.S. Curriculum Design and Instruction, University of Colorado at Boulder
Brent has been guiding students through the Sciences since 2005 and has taught in Washington, Colorado, Cambodia, and Portugal. Brent values using the surrounding environment to create an authentic experience which allows students to connect science to their daily lives. This will be Brent's fourth summer teaching with HS2. When not in the classroom you can find Brent climbing, gardening, fly fishing, and enjoying time with his family.

Abby Mandel
(HS)2 Program Assistant
Abby joined the (HS)2 program earlier this year, eager to share her experiences as a science nerd and help support the next generation of STEM professionals. She has a BA in Neuropsychology from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Before moving to Colorado, Abby worked as a taste perception scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. When she’s not on campus, Abby spends her time running, gardening and spending time with her three small children. Don’t hesitate to ask her questions about pursuing an advanced degree and the ins-and-outs of being a scientist!

Ryan Margo, CRMS Staff
Buildings & Grounds Director

Annie Oppenheim

Resident Assistant and Writing 2 Teaching Assistant
B.A. History and Education Policy; Dartmouth College
Annie is so looking forward to joining the HS2 staff this summer! She is originally from the East Coast but moved to San Francisco after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2015, where she also spent time exploring the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. In San Francisco she teaches 4th grade at the Town School for Boys. She loves teaching and discussing literature and history with her students and she looks forward to continuing those conversations as she moves up with the same class to teach 5th grade humanities next year. In her free time she loves hiking, running, and anything else that allows her to be outside with friends and family.

Fiona O’Donnel Pax, CRMS Administrator
Director of Food Services
Certificate in Professional Cooking from Failte, Ireland
Fiona has 21 years experience as a professional chef working in and running restaurants in Europe, Caribbean and the United States. Fiona moved to Colorado in 2003 to raise a family. She was attracted to CRMS because of its sustainable philosophy and vegetable garden. She believes that good nutrition from locally grown and sustainable means is the foundation to every child’s success in life.

Andrew Overstreet, CRMS Faculty

Olivia Pevec, 
CRMS Faculty
Blacksmithing

Monica Perez-Rhodes,
CRMS Administrator
Human Resources/Controller
B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Lynn Pulford,
CRMS Faculty
Silversmithing
B.A. Media Arts, Montana State University
M.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design

BJ Sbarra,
CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing and Program Co-Leader
B.A. Business, Cornell University 
Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor 
Wilderness Medical Institute: Wilderness First Responder

BJ has worked as a climbing guide for over 15 years, at climbing areas across the United States. He has a passion for sharing the adventure, problem solving and beauty that climbing offers, and has brought this to the (HS)2 program for the past four years. He looks forward to seeing both old and new faces as they come to embrace the new challenges this summer will provide.

Megan Tackett
ACT Preparation

Alex Tarika

Tyler Valtin
Program Assistant and Math Teaching Assistant

B.S. Marketing Management, Virginia Tech
Originally from Virginia, Tyler has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last five years. He is passionate about taking youth into the wilderness and showing them the incredible places this world has to offer. When not in the classroom or leading trips, Tyler enjoys exploring on his own time both domestically and abroad. He is extremely excited to be working with students and teachers who are passionate about learning both inside and outside the classroom.

George Weber, CRMS Faculty
Music
B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M. University of Colorado at Boulder

George has been teaching music at CRMS since 1996. He enjoys teaching music very much and was drawn to the (HS)2 program because of the enthusiastic and positive comments from (HS)2 faculty about the wonderful experience they had while teaching (HS)2 students. George has enjoyed working with (HS)2 students for the past four years, and looks forward to their return this coming summer!

Lauren Wenzel

Jamie Wilson

Tracy Wilson,
CRMS Faculty
Writing I, Rock Climbing, and Program Co-Leader
B.A. English, Boise State University 
M.A. Secondary School Education, Prescott College

Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA): Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Rock Instructor Course. Wilderness Medicine Institute: Wilderness First Responder.
Tracy loves nothing more than to be in the classroom sharing her passion of writing with her students. She is a social justice advocate and has been teaching in the English and History departments at CRMS for the past nine years. In addition to the classroom, Tracy has been teaching rock climbing in an institutionalized setting since 2000. Since then she has continued to improve her knowledge and technical skills. Tracy loves spending the summers with (HS)2 students and avidly leads them on the Mount Sopris climb.

Julia Zimmerman

HS2

Home HS2 Faculty & Administration

(HS)2 Faculty and Administration

Todd Anderson, CRMS Staff
Technology Assistant

Marcia Banegas

Olivia Bean
Olivia is very excited to be working at the (HS)2 program this summer! She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Olivia graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2017. Olivia has been living in Portland, Maine teaching 8th-grade science and getting her science teaching certificate. She’s a lover a science and math especially as an alumna of a program similar to (HS)2, called (MS)2 in Andover, Massachusetts. In her free time, Olivia enjoys, cooking and baking, reading fiction, leisurely hikes, and in winter, cross-country skiing.

Peter Benedict, CRMS Faculty
Kayaking
B.A. Outdoor Education, Prescott College
M.S. Math Education, Montana State University


Betsy Bingham-Johns, 
CRMS Faculty
College Counseling
B.S. Psychology, Denison University
Betsy has been providing college advice at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School for over 8 years. She helps students gain a sense of control over what can be an overwhelming process. Betsy assists students as they identify their goals and build college lists, create resumes that showcase their achievements, obtain letters of recommendation, craft college essays and prepare for interviews. She is passionate about helping students find a good fit for college.

Cindy Blachly,
CRMS Administrator
Director of (HS)2 Program
B.S. Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder
Cindy believes that access to quality education can change the trajectory of a child's life. Prior to joining CRMS in 2010, she worked at non-profit organizations, ranging from health and human service agencies to the local community radio station. Cindy appreciates the opportunity to work with the (HS)2 students, parents, faculty and donors, and is excited to welcome our new and returning students to the 2017 program.

Lisa Bottoms
Pre-Calculus 
B.S. Mathematics, Howard Payne University
Lisa has been an educator for the last 24 years in the Dallas, Texas area. During these years she has taught everything from 7th grade math to AP Calculus as well as training individuals to become certified math teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching personal fitness. She is currently teaching mathematics and assisting with crew at The Episcopal School of Dallas.  Seeing and hearing her students passionately discuss mathematical concepts during each class is extremely rewarding. Lisa is also an advocate for students concerning play and healthy living. Lisa is excited to bring her love of mathematics (and the outdoors) to the (HS)2 scholars this summer.

Andrew Bridgers
Calculus BC
B.A. Mathematics, Middlebury College
Andrew has come out of the woods where he was teaching math at the High Mountain Institute to return to HS^2 for his second summer. He loves pushing students to accept and embrace the unknown and is especially excited to share his love of the infinite with his BC class. Growing up in Nashville, TN, he attributes much of his early love for the outdoors and learning to the Waldorf School he attended. Among his favorite outdoor pursuits are hiking, backpacking, cooking in the backcountry, whitewater rafting, and sea kayaking. As a player on both his high school and college ultimate frisbee teams, Andrew loves coaching and teaching new players to throw. When he isn’t doing math or hiking, Andrew can often be found reading in his hammock or cooking for friends.

Kat Camara, CRMS Teaching Fellow

Amelia Dotzenrod
Resident Assistant and Team Sports Co-Leader

B.A. History,  Colorado College 
Amelia lives in San Francisco and works as an outdoor science teacher at an elementary school, where she spends her days helping students connect with the natural world. In her free time, I love to surf, run, and camp. She graduated from Colorado College in 2013, and is thrilled to be returning to the Rocky Mountains for a summer of fun and learning.

Carey Favaloro
Resident Assistant and Biology Teaching Assistant
B.A. Conservation Biology, Minor Psychology, Middlebury College
EMT, Colorado Mountain College

A native of the northeast, Carey first discovered her love of the natural world in the deciduous forests of New England. As a student of biology in Middlebury, Vermont, Carey's appreciation for nature only grew as her scientific knowledge expanded. After working with several environmental education organizations in the northeast, Carey became a naturalist at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies three years ago. She has spent the past few years leading nature hikes and snowshoe tours and loves using the natural landscape as the basis for science education. Carey now ski patrols in the winter months on Aspen Mountain. She is excited to return to HS2 for her second summer as a Biology TA and RA in the dorms! In her free time, Carey can be found seeking outdoor adventures of all varieties.

Nick Favaloro
Resident Assistant and College Counseling Teaching Assistant
B.A. Political & Social Thought, University of Virginia
Nick is a graduating senior from the University at Virginia (UVa). During his time at UVa,  he studied Political & Social Thought which allowed him to take fascinating classes about topics ranging from South African History to Environmental Justice. Outside of school he enjoys hiking, playing chess, and making music with his keyboard. He learned about (HS)2 from his sister, Carey Favaloro, who is a returning a staff member last summer. He is extremely excited to join the team this summer and meet everyone!"

Johnny Flores
Calculus AB
Johnny Flores is thrilled to be in his 10th year teaching high school and his 7th year teaching AP Calculus AB. He grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he finished his 7th year of education. He came to the United States in 1987 and finished high school at North Dallas High in 1992. His teaching career began in DISD at Conrad High School where he taught Algebra I, Math Models, Precalculus, and Calculus. Currently, he is teaching AP Calculus AB/BC at Townview Magnet Center in Dallas Texas. This summer, he will be teaching Calculus AB for the HS2 in Colorado where he will have an opportunity to share his passion for mathematics, soccer, art and house remodeling.

Willy Flores
Calculus AB
Willy is originally from Honduras, Central America. He came to the U.S. at the age of 13 and has lived in Dallas, Texas ever since. He graduated from North Dallas High School, where he was inspired to be a teacher. Currently is his 10th year of teaching, he has taught high school level math, including Geometry, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus AB. Willy also coaches soccer at his school and assists with football. This summer, he will be teaching Calculus AB for the HS2 program in Colorado and hopes to share his love of mathematics and soccer to all his students.

AO Forbes, CRMS Faculty

Jonah Grub

Linda Halloran,
 CRMS Garden Director, retired
Fused Glass
B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
Master Gardener, Colorado State University

In 2014, after fifteen years serving as the Director of the CRMS Organic Garden, Linda shifted her focus to teaching the craft of fused glass at HS2. During her tenure in the garden Linda assisted with the CRMS Hot Glass Interim for a number of years and co-taught the CRMS Warm Glass Interim for three years. She has taken numerous classes in glass fusing to further her knowledge of the process.

Alex Henderson

Maggie Hoffman
Pre-Calculus
B.S. Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.S. Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University
Maggie, a Colorado native, grew up with a love for outdoor adventures and for all things science and math. After studying physics, French,
and math at the University of Colorado, she moved to Jackson, Wyoming and worked for two years as an optical engineer. Eager to be a student again, she attended Stanford University and earned a Masters in Environmental Earth System Science. After graduating, she found her way to The Sage School in Hailey, Idaho where she's been teaching math for the past four years. When she’s not in the classroom, Maggie can be found skiing, biking or climbing with her husband Nick.

Holton Huntington
Eric Krimmer,CRMS Faculty
Director of Technology
A.S. Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
A.A. Colorado Mountain College
Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification

Brent Maiolo 
Chemistry

B.S. Biology, Colorado State University
M.S. Curriculum Design and Instruction, University of Colorado at Boulder
Brent has been guiding students through the Sciences since 2005 and has taught in Washington, Colorado, Cambodia, and Portugal. Brent values using the surrounding environment to create an authentic experience which allows students to connect science to their daily lives. This will be Brent's fourth summer teaching with HS2. When not in the classroom you can find Brent climbing, gardening, fly fishing, and enjoying time with his family.

Abby Mandel
(HS)2 Program Assistant
Abby joined the (HS)2 program earlier this year, eager to share her experiences as a science nerd and help support the next generation of STEM professionals. She has a BA in Neuropsychology from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Before moving to Colorado, Abby worked as a taste perception scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. When she’s not on campus, Abby spends her time running, gardening and spending time with her three small children. Don’t hesitate to ask her questions about pursuing an advanced degree and the ins-and-outs of being a scientist!

Ryan Margo, CRMS Staff
Buildings & Grounds Director

Annie Oppenheim

Resident Assistant and Writing 2 Teaching Assistant
B.A. History and Education Policy; Dartmouth College
Annie is so looking forward to joining the HS2 staff this summer! She is originally from the East Coast but moved to San Francisco after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2015, where she also spent time exploring the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. In San Francisco she teaches 4th grade at the Town School for Boys. She loves teaching and discussing literature and history with her students and she looks forward to continuing those conversations as she moves up with the same class to teach 5th grade humanities next year. In her free time she loves hiking, running, and anything else that allows her to be outside with friends and family.

Fiona O’Donnel Pax, CRMS Administrator
Director of Food Services
Certificate in Professional Cooking from Failte, Ireland
Fiona has 21 years experience as a professional chef working in and running restaurants in Europe, Caribbean and the United States. Fiona moved to Colorado in 2003 to raise a family. She was attracted to CRMS because of its sustainable philosophy and vegetable garden. She believes that good nutrition from locally grown and sustainable means is the foundation to every child’s success in life.

Andrew Overstreet, CRMS Faculty

Olivia Pevec, 
CRMS Faculty
Blacksmithing

Monica Perez-Rhodes,
CRMS Administrator
Human Resources/Controller
B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Lynn Pulford,
CRMS Faculty
Silversmithing
B.A. Media Arts, Montana State University
M.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design

BJ Sbarra,
CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing and Program Co-Leader
B.A. Business, Cornell University 
Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor 
Wilderness Medical Institute: Wilderness First Responder

BJ has worked as a climbing guide for over 15 years, at climbing areas across the United States. He has a passion for sharing the adventure, problem solving and beauty that climbing offers, and has brought this to the (HS)2 program for the past four years. He looks forward to seeing both old and new faces as they come to embrace the new challenges this summer will provide.

Megan Tackett
ACT Preparation

Alex Tarika

Tyler Valtin
Program Assistant and Math Teaching Assistant

B.S. Marketing Management, Virginia Tech
Originally from Virginia, Tyler has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last five years. He is passionate about taking youth into the wilderness and showing them the incredible places this world has to offer. When not in the classroom or leading trips, Tyler enjoys exploring on his own time both domestically and abroad. He is extremely excited to be working with students and teachers who are passionate about learning both inside and outside the classroom.

George Weber, CRMS Faculty
Music
B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M. University of Colorado at Boulder

George has been teaching music at CRMS since 1996. He enjoys teaching music very much and was drawn to the (HS)2 program because of the enthusiastic and positive comments from (HS)2 faculty about the wonderful experience they had while teaching (HS)2 students. George has enjoyed working with (HS)2 students for the past four years, and looks forward to their return this coming summer!

Lauren Wenzel

Jamie Wilson

Tracy Wilson,
CRMS Faculty
Writing I, Rock Climbing, and Program Co-Leader
B.A. English, Boise State University 
M.A. Secondary School Education, Prescott College

Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA): Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Rock Instructor Course. Wilderness Medicine Institute: Wilderness First Responder.
Tracy loves nothing more than to be in the classroom sharing her passion of writing with her students. She is a social justice advocate and has been teaching in the English and History departments at CRMS for the past nine years. In addition to the classroom, Tracy has been teaching rock climbing in an institutionalized setting since 2000. Since then she has continued to improve her knowledge and technical skills. Tracy loves spending the summers with (HS)2 students and avidly leads them on the Mount Sopris climb.

Julia Zimmerman
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