2016 (HS)2 Faculty and Administration
BA Science, Technoloy & Society, University of Puget Sound
Minor Environmental Policy & Decision Making
Seattle-born but Colorado-obsessed, Ellie comes to CRMS with a love for inspiring others about the science of nature. She has worked for several environmental education nonprofits across the country, where her focus has concentrated on the ecology and biology of local surroundings. In these organizations, Ellie taught everything from botany illustration, to building new trails, to dissecting chickens, to identifying wildlife tracks in the snow. In her time outside of teaching, you'll find Ellie biking, skiing, or performing her cello and singing at local venues around the Roaring Fork Valley.
Peter Benedict, CRMS Faculty
Math Faculty, River Program Manager
BA, Outdoor Education, Prescott College
MS, Math Education, Montana State University
Betsy Bingham-Johns, CRMS Faculty
Director of College Counseling
BS 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
BS Journalism, University of Colorado, 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 2014 program.
Pre-Calculus & Study Hall
BS Mathematics, Howard Payne University
Lisa has been an educator for the last 22 years in the Dallas, Texas area. She is currently teaching Algebra II and Pre-Calculus to 9th and 10th graders at the School of Science and Engineering Magnet HS for the Dallas ISD. Seeing and hearing her students passionately discuss mathematical concepts during each class is extremely rewarding. Being able to bring her love of mathematics (and the outdoors) to the (HS)2 scholars this summer is very exciting.
Robin Colt, CRMS Faculty
MS, Environmental Studies, Antioch University
BA, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee as a bit of a science nerd before I went to college in Wisconsin, where I studied Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and History, among others. I collected majors like other people collect comic books, because I absolutely love learning new things. After college, I spent two years in Minnesota teaching science before I caught the travel bug. I have lived in China and Japan for three years teaching a number of different sciences before moving to Kuwait where I have been for the last two years teaching IBDP Chemistry. This October, I will be moving to England where I will be starting my PhD in Education so that I can continue to learn and grow as an educator. I am so excited to be joining the HS2 team this summer!
Hi! My name is Jessica, I am from Dallas, Texas, and I am very excited to be working with the (HS)2 program this summer! I recently graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in Geology and a minor in mathematics. 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 amazing students! Additionally, I'm a rock climbing coach and I enjoy being outdoors in general. I also love movies and being a couch potato with my dog, Jordie.
BA Environmental and Latin American Studies, Bates College
MA 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 fourth summer with the HS(2) program.
Linda Halloran, CRMS Garden Director, retired
BA University of Colorado at Boulder
Master Gardener, Colorado State University
After fifteen years serving as the Director of the CRMS Organic Garden, in 2014, Linda shiftedher 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.
Matt Haugh, CRMS Faculty
BA Cinema & Photography, Southern Illinois University
MFA Metalsmithing, Southern Illinois University
Matt enjoys teaching blacksmithing because "... it allows others to experience a decidedly powerful piece of magic and allows us to directly engage with a fundamental human impulse; creativity. Investigating iron's response to the blow of the hammer and heat of the fire is pretty entertaining stuff. Like all creative endeavors, the attentive labor of the blacksmith is a meditation of sorts and the objects we make enrich our lives because they have a known origin."
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 three years. When she’s not in the classroom, Maggie can be found skiing, biking or climbing with her husband Nick.
Director of Technology
AS Allegheny College, PA
AA Colorado Mountain College
Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification
Resident Assistant & Team Sports
BA 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.
Daniel Myerson received his Master’s in Comparative Literature from Columbia University where he has taught writing both to undergrads and, recently, to students in the Narrative Medicine Program. He has taught writing and literature to many different kinds of students: high school sophomores in Chaim Berlin Yeshiva, freshman in a university in Shanghai (SHIFT), SOF officers (as part of a National Defense University program), students at New York University, recent Russian immigrants etc. He was an Ellis Fellow at Columbia University; for his teaching, he was recently made a Si-Yuan Scholar in China. He has also worked in various genres as a writer. His last two books were works of Egyptian narrative history (In the Valley of the Kings, a book which portrays the milieu of 19th Century Archaeology, and The Linguist and The Emperor, which describes Champollion’s heroic decipherment of the hieroglyphs, both for Random House). A previous work, Blood and Splendor, The Lives of Five Tyrants from Nero to Saddam Hussein (HarperCollins) explores the relationship between a tyrant and the people over whom he rules. He has just returned from spending several months in China where he has been researching his next book, Circus Act, Balancing China and America, based on a true story of a child performer who defected from the Fuzhou circus in 1995 (work in progress).
Hello! My name is Annie Oppenheim and I am so looking forward to joining the HS2 staff this summer! I am originally from the East Coast but moved to San Francisco after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2015.There I studied history and education policy and spent time exploring the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. In San Francisco I teach 4th grade at the Town School for Boys. I have loved teaching and discussing literature and history with my students and I look forward to continuing those conversations as I move up with the same class to teach 5th grade humanities next year. In my free time I love hiking, running, and anything else that allows me 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 US. 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.
Gracyn was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley. Growing up in the mountains fueled her adventurous spirit for everything from backpacking, to climbing and skiing. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Psychology and English. After having volunteered with the High School High Scholar Program, she is honored to be welcomed as an RA faculty for the summer.
BA Earth Science, MST Mathematics University of New Hampshire.
Joe grew up on the East Coast in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is a lifelong athlete (soccer basketball, ultimate frisbee) and enjoys being active any way he can. On the weekends you can always fin him hiking the White Mountains. Currently, Joe teaches Algebra 2 and Trigonometry at a small school in upstate New York, and he is excited to work with (HS) 2 students both in and outside of the classroom this summer.
BA Mathematics, Fort Lewis College
Nikki was born and raised in Colorado and loves the outdoor beauty of the state. She has been a high school mathematics teacher in Southwest Colorado since graduating college in 2014. Nikki's passions are the study of mathematics and teaching. She is always giving a helping hand inside and outside of the classroom. Aside from her passions, Nikki also enjoys learning new things, baking, and spending time outdoors.
Monica Perez-Rhodes, CRMS Administrator
BS Business Administration, University of Phoenix
BA Business, Northern Arizona University
After an adventurous career in sales and marketing within the Internet Service Provider, Telecommunications and Pharmaceutical industries, Dave finally jumped at the opportunity to follow his passion into education and has never looked back. Dave have been a lead teacher at Ross Montessori School for the last seven years where he enjoys motivating and inspiring a love for learning in his students. He also enjoys skiing, mountain biking, camping and hiking and spending time with his family exploring the mountains of Colorado. Dave is excited to be part of the (HS)2 team!
Lynn Pulford, CRMS Faculty
BA Media Arts, Montana State University
MA Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design
BJ Sbarra, CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing & Program Co-Leader
BA Business, Cornell University
Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, WMI WFR
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.
BA Major: Mathematics, Minor: Philosophy, Pomona College
MS 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 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!
David grew up in the Seattle area but fell in love with Colorado while attending Colorado College. After graduating in 2012 David has travelled the world as a guide, photographer, writer, and videographer focusing on outdoor sports and environmental conservation. He is a contributing editor for Canoe and Kayak Magazine. David works with college-bound students as a writing mentor for the Cloud Peak Project and is excited to work closely with (HS)2 students in and out of the classroom this summer. In his free time, David enjoys whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, and playing music around a campfire.
BS Biology, Utah State University
MS Chemistry (teaching), University of Utah
Janis teaches science because she enjoys helping others make connections with the natural world. She has taught high school and college science for the past 13 years. She has also worked as an climbing, biking, and backpacking instructor. Janis is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the HS(2) program and the faculty at CRMS.
B.S. Marketing Management, Virginia Tech
Originally from Virginia, Tyler has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last 5 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 that are passionate about learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Chemistry Teaching Assistan and Study Hall Coordinator (and much more)
BS Nutrition, Spanish Minor, University of Kentucky
Aleks just recently completed her first year of medical school in Chicago. She loves working with students,spending many years tutoring and mentoring. Besides her passion for learning, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking nutritious meals, hiking and yoga. Though she is not certified, she teaches yoga classes to her friends and family. Aleks takes a holistic approach on life, working to maintain balance between mind, body and spirit. She believes this lays the foundation for lifelong learning and self-growth. She's excited to be a part of the (HS)2 family this summer!
George Weber, CRMS Faculty
BM, University of Colorado, Boulder
Master of Music, University of Colorado, 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 three years, and looks forward to their return this coming summer!
Resident Assistant & Team Sports
BA 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 from which he graduated this year with a major in Elementary School Education. This fall he will be working as an intern teacher at an all boys school in San Francisco. His two favorite activities are skiing and mountain biking. He is a child at heart and loves adventures. Chester can’t wait for all the fun that lies ahead this summer!
Nate White, CRMS Faculty
BA, English Literature, Colorado College
MA, Literature, University of Colorado
Tracy Wilson, CRMS Faculty
Writing I, Rock Climbing & Program Co-Leader
BA English, Boise State University
MA Secondary School Education, Prescott College
Certificates: AMGA: Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Completion of the Rock Instructor Course Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness First Responder
Tracy loves nothing more, but 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 seven 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 and is pursuing a Rock Instructor certification from the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).
Jeremy Wolf, CRMS Faculty
Math and Science Faculty
BS, Physics, Oregon State University
MS, Physics, Montana State University
Ross Woodward, CRMS Administrator
Director of Buildings & Grounds
Denver Institute of Technology
All Fields Training Institute Certifications in HVAC, Loss Control/Risk Management, FEMA, Insurance, Residential & Commercial Building & Property Inspection