Faculty and Staff

Relationships are the foundation of our learning environment, and our faculty are our hallmarks. Current students and alumni share that the close and enriching relationships they have with our diversely talented and deeply committed teachers are the cornerstone of what makes a CRMS education so powerful.

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Alex Perkins

English Faculty

Alex Perkins

BA, University of Montana

MA, Middlebury College

Appointed 2012 What do you do on campus? I teach Freshman English, am an advisor,…

Ally Bender

Academic Support and Learning Center Manager

Ally Bender

BFA, CA Polytechnic State University

MS, Education, Special Education Concentration, CA State University - Fullerton

Education Specialist Credential, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, CA State University - Fullerton

Appointed 2022 Ally is a Southern California native and has worked in special education since…

Amanda Leahy

History Department Chair, History/English Faculty, Horse Program Manager

Amanda Leahy

BA, American Studies, Middlebury College

MA, American Western History, Colorado State University

Appointed 2000 What do you do on campus? I Chair the History Department and teach…

Annie Oppenheim

Director of the (HS)2 Program

Annie Oppenheim

BA, History and Education Policy, Dartmouth College

Appointed 2019 What do you do on campus? I direct the (HS)2 program, serve as…

Ashley Smith

Director of Counseling Services

Ashley Smith

BA, Psychology, University of Montana

MSW, Social Work, Colorado State University

LCSW and Certified Addiction Counselor II

Appointed 2002 What do you do at CRMS? I am the mental health counselor at…

Audrey Sherry

Learning Specialist

Audrey Sherry

B.A, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Appointed 2022 Audrey is joining the CRMS faculty as a Learning Specialist and will be…

Beth Johnson

Kitchen Staff

Beth Johnson

Appointed 2023

Beth Krasemann

History Faculty

Beth Krasemann

MAT, History - Brown University

BA, History - Williams College

MA, Holocaust and Genocide Studies - Gratz College (in progress)

Appointed 2022 Beth grew up in Portland, Oregon, hitting the Cascade Mountains for adventures in…

Beth Smith

Marketing and Communications Manager

Beth Smith

BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Appointed 2023 Previously serving on the CRMS Development team as the Director of the Annual…

Betsy Bingham-Johns

Director of College Counseling

Betsy Bingham-Johns

BS, Psychology, Denison University

Appointed 2007 What do you do on campus? I teach college counseling classes and guide…

BJ Sbarra

Director of Residential Life

BJ Sbarra

BA, Cornell University

Appointed 2012 bsbarra@crms.org

Bryan Garneau

Director of Food Service

Bryan Garneau

BA, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Food and Farming, University of Montana

Appointed 2023 Bryan grew up in Connecticut, attended college and graduated from the University of…

Calvin Bates

Arts Faculty

Calvin Bates

BA, Economics - Middlebury College

Appointed 2022 Calvin joined the CRMS faculty after spending a year teaching and coaching in…

Charlotte Oakley

Teaching Fellow

Charlotte Oakley

B.A., Philosophy - Williams College

Appointed 2022 Charlotte was born and raised in Washington DC and recently graduated from Williams…

Cindy Serson

Registrar

Cindy Serson

BA, English, Converse University

Appointed 2023 Previously serving on the Admission Office team as the Admissions and Marketing Assistant,…

Clemente De Hoyos

ESOL Academic Support Teacher

Clemente De Hoyos

BS, Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology - Emory University

Appointed 2022 Clemente is a recent graduate from Emory University and acquired a BS in…

Cleo Torres

Housekeeping

Cleo Torres

Staff

Appointed 2018

Daniel Pittz

Modern Language Department Chair, Modern Language Faculty

Daniel Pittz

BA, Spanish Literature, University of Colorado

MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University

MA, Spanish, Universidad de Salamanca and New Mexico State University

Appointed 2004 What do you do on campus? I teach Spanish, level 3, and this…

Danika Davis

Alumni and Parent Relations Manager

Danika Davis

B.A, Applied Exercise Science Deakin University, Melbourne Australia

Appointed 2021 Danika is a dual Australian/American citizen, born in Papua New Guinea and raised…

David Meyer

History Faculty

David Meyer

BA, Environmental Studies & Government, Bowdoin College

MA, History, University of Montana

Appointed 1999 What do you do on campus? I teach history, rock climbing, alpine skiing,…

Debbi Fadli

Front Desk Project/Attendance Manager

Debbi Fadli

Appointed 2023 Prior to joining Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Debbi worked as the director of…

Eliot Taft

English Faculty

Eliot Taft

BA, English & Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College

Appointed 2019 What do you do on campus? I teach English, and I like to…

Eric Krimmer

Director of Technology

Eric Krimmer

BS, Information Technology, Colorado State University

AA, AS, Colorado Mountain College; Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification

Appointed 2000 What do you do on campus? I am the Director of Technology. I…

Heather McDermott

Director of Garden Program

Heather McDermott

BA, Green Mountain College

Appointed 2016 hmcdermott@crms.org

Jeff Leahy

Head of School

Jeff Leahy

BA, English, Pomona College

MA, English, Trinity College

Appointed to Faculty 2000, as Head of School 2005 Jeff Leahy was born in Philadelphia…

Jennifer Ogilby

Dean of Students; Modern Language Faculty

Jennifer Ogilby

BA, International Studies, Vassar College

MA, Private School Leadership, Columbia University

Appointed 1996 What do you do on campus? I teach Spanish 1, coach Strength and…

Jim Gaw ’64

Science Faculty

Jim Gaw ’64

BA, Chemistry, Reed College

PhD, Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz

CRMS Great Teaching Chair in Science and Mathematics

Appointed 1979 What do you do on campus? I teach chemistry. I lead hiking, kayaking…

Joe White

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Joe White

BS, Business Administration, University of Colorado, Denver

Appointed 2005 jwhite@crms.org

Joel Ordoñez Gonzalez

Kitchen Staff

Joel Ordoñez Gonzalez

Appointed 2002

Jose Chardiet

Glassblowing Artist-in-Residence

Jose Chardiet

BA, Glass, Southern Connecticut State University

MFA, Glass, Kent State University

Appointed 2019 jchardiet@crms.org

Josh Weinstein

Mathematics Faculty

Josh Weinstein

B.S., CU Boulder

Appointed 2022 Josh grew up on the Front Range of Colorado and rapidly developed an…

Juan Manuel Martín Céspedes

Modern Language Faculty

Juan Manuel Martín Céspedes

Escuela de posgrado Universidad de Granada Master of Secondary Education; Master of Spanish

Appointed 2012 What do you do on campus? I am a Spanish teacher, run the…

Julie Wiley

Associate Director of Admission

Julie Wiley

Juris Doctor, Washington & Lee University School of Law

AB, Public Policy Studies & Art History, Duke University

Appointed 2019 Julie practiced law for 14 years in North Carolina and Maryland, culminating in…

Kayo Ogilby

Science Department Chair, Science Faculty

Kayo Ogilby

BS, Liberal Arts, Evergreen State College

MA, Secondary School Science Education, Columbia University

CRMS Great Teaching Chair in Science 2010/11

Appointed 1996 What do you do on campus? Favorite campus pastimes: Teaching 2 sections of…

Keelan Bozman

Music Faculty

Keelan Bozman

BS, Music - Queens University of Charlotte

BS, Biology - East Carolina University

Appointed 2022 Keelan Bozman is a performer, educator, and outdoor enthusiast. He first started playing…

Kyle Waddick

Maintenance Staff

Kyle Waddick

Appointed 2021

Lane Errickson

Instructional Support

Lane Errickson

BA, Human Biology, Hampshire College

MA, Education, Western State Colorado University

Appointed 2007 What do you do on campus? Instructional Support, Dorm Team Leader for North…

Lori Gavette

Modern Language Faculty

Lori Gavette

BA, Spanish, University of Colorado

Appointed 1994 What do you do at CRMS? I teach Spanish levels I and II.…

Maria Olivas

Housekeeping

Maria Olivas

Staff

Appointed 1996 What do you do in your free time? I like to go on…

Mark Bell

Director of Development

Mark Bell

B.A., English, University of Virginia

M.A., English, University of Richmond

Appointed 2023 Mark has spent the last two decades in the independent school world, serving…

Marlin Rhodes

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Marlin Rhodes

Staff

Appointed 1990 What do you do at CRMS? I work in the Business Office processing…

Matt Bowers

Science Faculty

Matt Bowers

BA, Neuroscience - Bowdoin College

PhD, Molecular, Cellular, and Integrated Neurosciences - Colorado State University

Appointed 2022 Aside from a passion for all things biology, Matt loves the mountains. Growing…

Matt Norrdin

English Department Chair, English Faculty

Matt Norrdin

BA, Philosophy, University of Colorado

Appointed 2007 What do you do on campus? I chair the English Department, teach Sophomore…

Micki Kibler

Director of Health Services

Micki Kibler

Staff

Appointed 2020 mkibler@crms.org

Molly Dorais

Director of Enrollment

Molly Dorais

B.A., Political Science, Princeton University

Appointed 2003 Molly attended The Taft School, a boarding school in Connecticut, before matriculating to…

Monica Perez Rhodes

Human Resources/Controller

Monica Perez Rhodes

BS, Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Appointed 1994 mrhodes@crms.org

Nancy Draina

Academic Dean and Arts Faculty

Nancy Draina

BA, Secondary Education, Shepherd University

MA, Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art

Appointed 2006 ndraina@crms.org

Nicole Padgett

Admission Associate

Nicole Padgett

BA, Philosophy, Rollins College

Appointed 2018 After college, Nicole lived and worked in New York City for 10 years.…

Noah Sakamoto

Visual Arts Faculty

Noah Sakamoto

BFA, Media Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts

Appointed 2019 What do you do on campus? Painting and Drawing teacher, Videography teacher, Roaring…

Olegaria Barrera

Kitchen Staff

Olegaria Barrera

Appointed 2019

Olga Candela

Kitchen Staff

Olga Candela

Appointed 2014 Tell me something about yourself that you are proud to share. I am…

Olivia Pevec

Blacksmithing and Active Instructor

Olivia Pevec

Staff

Appointed 2017 opevec@crms.org

Paige Freeman

Director of Active Curriculum

Paige Freeman

MA, Education, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO

BA, Geography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Appointed 2023 After growing up in Southern Oregon, Paige moved to Utah to pursue her…

Peter Benedict

Mathematics Faculty, River Program Manager

Peter Benedict

BA, Outdoor Education, Prescott College

MS, Math Education, Montana State University

Appointed 1998 What do you do on campus? I teach math, Run the River program,…

Phia Jacober ’19

Active Program

Phia Jacober ’19

Colorado College

Appointed 2023 pjacober@crms.org

Rachel Morse

Teaching Fellow

Rachel Morse

BS, Cognitive Psychology, University of Utah

Appointed 2023 Rachel was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew…

Renée Thibodeaux

Outdoor Program Director

Renée Thibodeaux

B.A Education:Secondary Education with Teacher Certification:Humanities; B.A Minor Adventure Education, Prescott College

Appointed 2021 Renée has dedicated her career to the world of outdoor programming and education.…

Robert Rosati

Mathematics Faculty

Robert Rosati

BS, Physics, Northern Arizona University

Appointed 2011 brosati@crms.org

Rosa Morales

Kitchen Staff

Rosa Morales

Appointed 2022

Ryan Margo

Buildings and Grounds Director

Ryan Margo

Associates Degree, Brown College

Appointed 2018 rmargo@crms.org

Shawn Gerum

Development Database Manager

Shawn Gerum

B.S. Biology, The College of New Jersey

Appointed 2021 sgerum@crms.org

Simon Mount

Teaching Fellow

Simon Mount

BA, Adventure Education, Fort Lewis College

Appointed 2023 Simon recently graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he studied…

Suzanne Sinclair

Kitchen Staff

Suzanne Sinclair

Appointed 2023

Tim Hueser

Maintenance Staff

Tim Hueser

Staff

Appointed 2019

Tim O’Keefe

Director of Annual Giving

Tim O’Keefe

BS, Biology, Davidson College

Appointed 2020 Tim, a native of New Hampshire, relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in…

Tom McGill

Maintenance Staff

Tom McGill

Staff

Appointed 2016

Tracy Wilson

History Faculty, Climbing Program Manager, 9th Grade Team Leader

Tracy Wilson

BA, English & Communications, Boise State University

MA, Secondary School Education, Prescott College

Appointed 2008 What do you do on campus? I teach ninth-grade World Geography and am…

Veronica Wolff

Mathematics Faculty

Veronica Wolff

BA, Mathematics and Art History, Williams College

Appointed 2023 Veronica grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Williams College, where she studied…

Volker Krasemann

Mathematics Department Chair and Science Faculty

Volker Krasemann

BA, MS, Physics - Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitat Greifswald (Germany)

MS, Physics - Montana State University

Appointed 2022 Volker is a proud relic of the Cold War. He grew up in…

Yolanda Ocampo Reyes

Kitchen Staff

Yolanda Ocampo Reyes

Appointed 2023

Zoe Noyola

Kitchen Staff

Zoe Noyola

Appointed 2023