(HS)2 Faculty and Administration
BETSY BINGHAM-JOHNS, CRMS Faculty
Director of 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, 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
B.S. 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.
B.A. Environmental Studies, Brown University
M.F.A. Fiction, Emerson College
Liza has taught middle school and high school for the past seven years. Next year, she will teach fiction as an adjunct faculty member at Emerson. This will be Liza's second year teaching writing at (HS)2.
MATT HAUGH, CRMS Faculty
B.A. Cinema & Photography, Southern Illinois University
M.F.A. 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."
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 fourth summer with the HS(2) program.
DEE GWIN, CRMS Administrator
B.A., Social Work, Wayne State University
Dee is starting her eighth year at CRMS as the Office Manager. She enjoys students and always keeps a candy jar and hugs available for
students who might need that. She would enjoy for you to stop by and introduce yourself to her at Holden House. If you ever need to call home (and don’t have a phone to use), stop by Holden House and she will set you up. She always has a shoulder to lean on, and words of comfort. That’s why so many people refer to her as “Momma Dee.”
LINDA HALLORAN, CRMS Garden Director, retired
B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
Master Gardener, Colorado State University
After fifteen years serving as the Director of the CRMS Organic Garden, Linda is shifting focus to teach 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. After years of working with high school students in the garden, she is excited about teaching in a different venue.
B.A. Elementary Education & Human Development, Boston College
M.ED. Curriculum & Instruction, Boston College
Hope is an adventurous spirit who loves being outdoors, trail running, and learning new things. A love of both nature and art inspire Hope to be creative and innovative inside and outside of the classroom. Hope grew up on the east coast but has since relocated to California to teach, explore, and experience life on the other coast, and currently, Hope lives and teaches Kindergarten in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about teaching and aims to teach children to think creatively and critically about the world.
Director of Technology
A.S., Allegheny College, PA
A.A., Colorado Mountain College
Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification
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.
ANDREW OVERSTREET, CRMS Teaching Fellow
B.A Major: Recreation & Outdoor Education, Minor: Environmental Studies
Western State Colorado University
Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, Andrew grew up with a passion for exploration, challenge, and an appreciation of beauty inspired by the mountains he calls home. At Western State Colorado University, Andrew studied Outdoor Recreation and Education. "Education in an outdoor/recreation setting allows students to be creative and gain a new perspective they otherwise might not have, and I'm excited to see how they learn and grow in such an amazing landscape." While he enjoys all things outdoors, two of his favorite summertime sports are kayaking and climbing. Andrew is thrilled to see new and familiar faces alike in anticipation of a great summer!
LYNN PULFORD, CRMS Faculty
B.A. Media Arts, Montana State University
M.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design
MONICA PEREZ-RHODES, CRMS Administrator
B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix
BJ SBARRA, CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing/Program Co-Leader
B.A. 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.
ERIK SKEAFF, CRMS Faculty
B.A., Outdoor Education, Lakehead University
M.A. Experiential Curriculum Development, Prescott College
GEORGE WEBER, CRMS Faculty
Bachelor of Music, 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 workingwith (HS)2 students for the past three years, and looks forward to their return this coming summer!
TRACY WILSON, CRMS Faculty
Writing I/Rock Climbing/Program Co-Leader
B.A. English, Boise State University
M.A. Secondary School Education, Prescott College
Certificates: AMGA: Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Completion of the Rock Instructor Course Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness First Responder
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).
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