2017 (HS)2 Faculty and Administration
B.A. Science, Technology & Society, Minor Environmental Policy & Decision Making, University of Puget Sound
Ellie is returning to the (HS)2 program for her third summer as a Biology teacher. When not teaching for (HS)2, she works for the Aspen Global Change Institute, an organization that specializes in climate change science and communication. She wears many hats at this job, but her favorite is producing illustrated drawings that visualize and conceptualize science and research. Ellie has a background in environmental science, the arts, education, and playing the game "salad bowl" (look it up!). She otherwise can be found biking, skiing, or performing her cello and singing with her band at venues around the Roaring Fork Valley.
Peter Benedict, CRMS Faculty
B.A. Outdoor Education, Prescott College
M.S. Math Education, Montana State University
Betsy Bingham-Johns, CRMS Faculty
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.
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.
Resident Assistant and Math Teaching Assistant
B.A. Mathematics, Middlebury College
Andrew Bridgers is a graduating Mathematics major from Middlebury College. 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.
Academic Coach & Consultant
B.A., Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University
M.A., English, Tufts University
When Mariah started teaching 30 years ago, she was determined to do everything possible to provide an outstanding education for all kids, and this mission immediately attracted her to (HS)2. She initially taught high-school English for 10 years and then coached teachers, first at the Public Education and Business Coalition in Denver and then at DSST Stapleton High School. Once DSST began to grow, she became Director of Curriculum and Assessment for the DSST Public Schools network until she moved to Carbondale. Since then, she has served as the Academic Dean at CRMS and a Director of Teacher Leadership at Teach for America Colorado, and she is now thrilled to join the (HS)2 team.
Resident Assistant and Physics Teaching Assistant
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.
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.
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!"
Program Assistant and Math Teaching Assistant
B.S. Geology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Jess is from Dallas, Texas, and is very excited to return to work with the (HS)2 program this summer. Jess says,"The (HS)2 program is very dear to me, as I also graduated from the program in the summer of 2011 - so I'm very happy to meet and help teach these amazing students!" Jess just completed a year as a CRMS teaching fellow, where she assisted in the classrooms in Geology and Math, helped coached rock climbing, supervised students in the dorms, and led weekend activities and adventures. Jess enjoys being in the outdoors, and also loves watching movies and being a couch potato with her dog, Jordie.
Resident Assistant and Writing and College Counseling Teaching Assistant
B.A. Political Science, Minor Journalism, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Taylor is a language arts teacher who works at the Pueblo Academy of Arts in Pueblo, CO. Taylor loves building positive relationships with students and enjoys having the opportunity to use unconventional texts such as hip-hop lyrics, film, and graphic novels in her classroom. Taylor is finishing her second year as a corps member with Teach for America, and was previously a teaching fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative in Austin, TX. When she is not teaching, Taylor enjoys watching bad horror movies, participating in local community theater productions, and going for long bike rides along the Arkansas River trail.
B.A. Environmental and Latin American Studies, Bates College
M.A. Environmental Science and Management, University of California at Santa Barbara
Gretchen has a passion for the nuisances of ecology and the environment. As such, she divides her professional career between innovation-driven research and inquiry-based science instruction for grade school students. Gretchen was a former field science educator with NatureBridge, one of the nation's premier place-based learning programs, and she has also taught Biology as a teaching fellow during the CRMS academic year. In addition to teaching, she has spent significant time working with rural communities and natural resources within Latin America. Her research revolves around water resources management, aquaculture, and eco-entrepreneurship themes. A Carbondale native and avid adventurer, Gretchen spends the majority of her free time rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains. On rainy days she can be found making pottery, knitting, or enjoying a local concert. Gretchen is returning for her fifth summer with the HS(2) program.
Linda Halloran, CRMS Garden Director, retired
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.
B.S. Biology, Siena College
M.S. Biology, University of Washington
Ph.D Science Education, in progress, University of Colorado at Boulder
Kate Henson has taught high school and post-secondary science for over ten years. She received a B.S. in biology from Siena College and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Science Education. Her research interests focus on student and teacher learning in classroom and professional development contexts. She is excited to join the (HS)2 community!
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.
B.A. History and Asian Studies, Bowdoin College
Katie is thrilled to get on the water with the (HS)2 students this year. She had the opportunity to work with the kayaking program on the pond and river last summer, and she loved the enthusiasm of both the novice and returning (HS)2 kayakers. It is hard to beat a July afternoon of Sharks and Minnows or a splashy descent of Cemetery Rapids with a group of gung-ho student kayakers! Katie has taught English and ESOL classes and coached kayaking and telemark skiing at CRMS for the past six years.
Resident Assistant and Biology Teaching Assistant
B.A. Environmental Studies/Conservation Biology, Middlebury College, Ex ‘18
Isabel is from Seattle, Washington and is excited to be in Carbondale this summer with (HS)2! She is studying Conservation Biology at Middlebury College in Vermont, and loves exploring the outdoors in the surrounding mountains. She has led student wilderness expeditions in the nearby Adirondacks and Green Mountains and tries to go skiing during the winter whenever she can. In past summers, she has spent time studying and teaching marine biology on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, as well as being a counselor at an outdoors camp in British Columbia, Canada. She loves to play Ultimate Frisbee and travel with her college team throughout the east coast to compete in tournaments. She is looking forward to joining the (HS)2 community and exploring the Rocky Mountains this summer!
B.F.A. Painting and Printmaking, Northwest Missouri State University
M.A. Painting and Sculpture, Purdue University
M.F.A. Fine Arts, University of Oregon
Lindsay is a contemporary artist, textile designer, and award winning graphic designer. She works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, digital art, sculptural constructions, and installations. Lindsay’s work reflects on ideas of landscapes and environments that are built, altered, shaped, and manipulated. When she is not working, she is doing her best to spend as much time outside as possible, including exploring remote lands, mountain biking in the desert, and racing cyclocross.
Eric Krimmer, CRMS Faculty
Director of Technology
A.S. Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
A.A. Colorado Mountain College
Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification
Algebra II and Geometry
B.S. Mathematics, Oregon State University
M.S. Mathematics in Teaching, Oregon State University
Jaeyeon was born and raised in Korea and came to Oregon when she was 16 years old to pursue an American education. She received her Bachelor's in Mathematics and Master's in Math Education at Oregon State University. She has been teaching Mathematics for seven years and truly enjoys working with students and how they learn and grow. She is so delighted to be part of (HS)2!
Resident Assistant & Team Sports Leader
B.A. Romance Languages, Colorado College
Molly grew up on the east coast and made her way west for college to attend Colorado College. She studied romance languages (French and Spanish) and graduated in 2013. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to become a teacher. She currently teaches 4th grade boys. She loves exploring the outdoors through hiking, running, and camping. She also loves playing sports. Molly can't wait to return to (HS)2 and spend time outdoors with the amazing students and faculty.
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.
Algebra II and Calculus AB
B.S. Mathematics and Biology, Colby College
MaryClaire (MC) grew up exploring the Green Mountains in Vermont before studying Math and Biology at Colby College in Maine. She later taught math and led wilderness expeditions in Colorado for several years at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville. MC recently returned to Vermont to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, but she continues to tutor high school math whenever she can. When she’s not doing math or researching human anatomy and function, MC can be found playing outside, baking bread, or quilting. MC loves thinking about the art of problem solving and can’t wait to be back in Carbondale to help (HS)2 students expand the limits of their math abilities this summer.
Resident Assistant and Writing I 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.
Monica Perez-Rhodes, CRMS Administrator
B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix
Resident Assistant & Team Sports
B.S. Psychology, Southwest Baptist University
Chris Perry is a newcomer to the Roaring Fork Valley, and to CRMS. After graduating from Southwest Baptist University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with Sociology in May of 2014, Chris split the last three years between social work and ski instructing, with some travel thrown in the mix. With a passion for working with youth and escaping to the outdoors, he looks forward to being a part of the (HS)2 program and family.
Dan Pittz, CRMS Faculty
B.A. Spanish Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University
M.A. Spanish, Universidad de Salamanca and New Mexico University
Dan has taught Spanish at CRMS for the past twelve years and prior to that taught in a bilingual elementary setting for four years. He is very excited to work with (HS)2 this summer, since he hasn't had the opportunity since its first year of inception. He loves to travel, spend time in the outdoors, and play soccer, all with his family if possible. The summer time here is really a gift and he is thrilled to be able to share with the community of (HS)2!
Lynn Pulford, CRMS Faculty
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.
Calculus AB and Calculus BC
B.A. Mathematics; Minor: Philosophy; Pomona College
M.S. Candidate: Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University
Amy has studied both pure and computational mathematics and has worked as a mathematics researcher and a high-school math teacher. Her most fundamental joy (in addition to alpine lakes, tea, and corny puns) is listening to people talk about the things they love, and helping them get as excited about learning as any of their other passions. As such, she is thrilled to be joining the spirited (HS)2 community to teach, learn, and grow alongside her students. Amy is a lover of patterns and play, calculus and climbing, algorithms and adventure, numbers and nature (and apparently, alliterative pairs). For her, nothing beats the opportunity to spend the summer exploring mathematics and the outdoors with awesome students!
Skeaff, Erik, CRMS Faculty
B.A. Outdoor Education, Lakehead University
M.A. Experiential Curriculum Development, Prescott College
Originally from Canada, Erik began his teaching career at a remote Canadian Outward Bound School in northern Ontario. He has taught both kayaking and English to (HS)2 students on and off since (HS)2 debuted at CRMS in 2010. After spending the 2016/2017 school year on sabbatical with his family travelling in Indonesia, Asia, India, Africa, and Europe, he is looking forward to working with the bright, motivated, and positive students that (HS)2 attracts every year.
Resident 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
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!
Resident Assistant and Team Sports Leader
B.A. Elementary Education, Colorado College
Chester grew up in Germany for most of his life until attending boarding school. After graduating from high school he attended Colorado College, graduating in 2015. Since then, he has been teaching at town School for Boys in San Francisco, California. During his first year in San Francisco he taught Kindergarten and just finished this year teaching 3rd Grade. He is back for summer fun at (HS)2 for his 3rd summer! He's looking forward to all of the adventures that lie ahead in Carbondale! After (HS)2 this year, Chester will be moving to Costa Rica to teach Third Grade there.
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.
Buildings & Grounds Director
A.A. Business, Colorado Mountain College