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Tony Alcantara
Algebra 2

Todd Anderson, CRMS Staff
Technology Assistant

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.

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.

Kat Camara, CRMS Teaching Fellow
Resident Assistant, TA Biology, Kayaking

David De Labra
Resident Assistant, TA Pre-Calculus

Mariah Dickson
Writing 2

AO Forbes, CRMS Faculty
Geopolitical Studies

Linda Halloran
 
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
Resident Assistant, TA Team Sports Co-Leader

Maggie Hoffman
Geometry, 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
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling

Nicholas Kukucka
Eship

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

Catherine Masters
Resident Assistant, TA Biology
Annie Oppenheim
Assistant Director Summer Session and TA Writing 2 
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.

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

Mere Reitemeier
Resident Assistant and TA College Counseling

BJ Sbarra,
CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing
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
SAT/ACT Preparation

Eliot Taft
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling

Alex Tarika
Biology

Tyler Valtin
Program Administrator

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.

Scott Vinsel
EMT On-Call

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
EMT On-Call

Jeremy Wickenheiser
Eship

Jamie Wilson
Nurse On-Call

Tracy Wilson,
CRMS Faculty
Interim Director and Writing I
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.

Jess Worley
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling, Climbing

Hallie Zander
Resident Assistant, TA Writing 1

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Home HS2 Faculty & Administration

(HS)2 Faculty and Administration

Tony Alcantara
Algebra 2

Todd Anderson, CRMS Staff
Technology Assistant

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.

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.

Kat Camara, CRMS Teaching Fellow
Resident Assistant, TA Biology, Kayaking

David De Labra
Resident Assistant, TA Pre-Calculus

Mariah Dickson
Writing 2

AO Forbes, CRMS Faculty
Geopolitical Studies

Linda Halloran
 
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
Resident Assistant, TA Team Sports Co-Leader

Maggie Hoffman
Geometry, 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
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling

Nicholas Kukucka
Eship

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

Catherine Masters
Resident Assistant, TA Biology
Annie Oppenheim
Assistant Director Summer Session and TA Writing 2 
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.

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

Mere Reitemeier
Resident Assistant and TA College Counseling

BJ Sbarra,
CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing
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
SAT/ACT Preparation

Eliot Taft
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling

Alex Tarika
Biology

Tyler Valtin
Program Administrator

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.

Scott Vinsel
EMT On-Call

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
EMT On-Call

Jeremy Wickenheiser
Eship

Jamie Wilson
Nurse On-Call

Tracy Wilson,
CRMS Faculty
Interim Director and Writing I
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.

Jess Worley
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling, Climbing

Hallie Zander
Resident Assistant, TA Writing 1
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