Get to know your teachers and mentors

 
Travis Aldrich Faculty Photo

Travis Aldrich | Head of School

travis.aldrich@thepeakschool.education

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction | University of Vermont
B.A. American Civilization | Middlebury College

Places I have lived: Cornwall,VT | Old Forge, NY | Deerfield,
MA |Estes Park, CO | Boulder, CO | West Hills, CA | Portland,
OR | Albuquerque, NM | Kauai, HI

Professional Highlight: The Galloway Family Excellence in Teaching Award

Interests: Playing with my two children, reading, fly-fishing, skiing, rafting, canoeing, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, camping


Jessie Hoehn Faculty Photo

Jessie Hoehn | Director of Admission

jessie.hoehn@thepeakschool.education

AMI Certificate

Places I have lived: St. Louis, MO | Tipp City, OH | Breckenridge, CO

Professional Highlight: Founder of Bristlecone Montessori School

Interests: Yoga, camping, Crossfit, trail running, hiking, sushi, live music, guitar


Brett Burns Faculty Photo

Brett Burns | Director of Operations

brett.burns@thepeakschool.education

B.S. Education | The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Places I have lived: Sheboygan, WI | Oshkosh, WI | Breckenridge, CO

Professional Highlight: 

Interests: Skiing | Mountain Biking | Climbing | Camping | Music | The Green Bay Packers


Melanie Benedict Faculty Photo

Melanie Benedict | Business Manager

melanie.benedict@thepeakschool.education

B.S. Business Administration & Finance | University of Florida
Early Childhood Level 1 Credential | Red Rocks Community College

Places I have lived: Gainesville, FL | Solana Beach, CA | Naples, FL | London, England | Riverside, CA | Breckenridge, CO

Professional Highlight: Manager of the Year, Vail Resorts 2008

Interests: Skiing, mountain biking, paddle boarding , photography, reading


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Nick Smith | College Counselor

nick.smith@thepeakschool.education

B.A. English and Comparative Literature | Hobart College

Places I have lived: New York City, NY | Cooperstown, NY | Geneva, NY | Ketchum, ID | Park City, UT | Hood River, OR | Dillon, CO

Professional Highlight: It’s still out there, but the 2002 Olympics were fun.

Interests: Skiing in all forms, mountain running, solo adventures, chasing down my family, travel, the written word


Josh Alford Faculty Photo

Josh Alford | Outdoor Education Coordinator

josh.alford@thepeakschool.education

B.A. English & Secondary Education | Loyola University — Maryland

Places I have lived: Fallston, MD | Baltimore, MD | Jackson, WY | Leadville, CO | Frisco, CO

Professional Highlight: Josh has spent (as best he can recall) 764 nights sleeping in a tent, tarp, or under the stars.

Interests: Music! Playing guitar & mandolin, singing, rock climbing, teaching, literature, mythology, nerdy games


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Ben Bulter | Math Teacher

ben.butler@thepeakschool.education

M.Ed. Experiential Learning & Development | Plymouth State University
B.A. Physics | Skidmore College

Places I have lived: Higganum, CT | Saratoga Springs, NY | Boston, MA | Breckenridge, CO

Professional Highlight: Member of Sigma Pi Sigma & the Physics Honor Society

Interests: Search & Rescue, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, hunting, woodworking, cooking, mountain biking, emergency medicine, farming, learning, exploring, motorcycles


Laura Davis Faculty Photo

Laura Davies | Upper School Science Teacher

laura.davies@thepeakschool.education

B.S. Wildlife Biology | Colorado State University

Places I have Lived: Centennial, CO | Fort Collins, CO | Rangely, CO | Dillon, CO

Professional Highlight:  Co-author on several PubMed publications for work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through CSU to cure Tuberculosis globally, and several publications for work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Mountain Lion Territories along the Front Range.

Interests: Being a mom to two young boys, skiing, hiking, camping, reading, and pretending to know how to do yoga


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Kathleen Greer | Middle School Humanities Teacher

kathleen.greer@thepeakschool.education

M.Ed Teaching | Catholic University of America
B.A. Secondary English Education | Villanova University
Certified Yoga Instructor

Places I Have Lived: Potomac & Cabin John, MD | Washington, DC | Bushmills, Ireland | Hawkes Bay, New Zealand | Cape Canaveral, FL | Silverthorne, CO

Professional Highlight: Teaching middle school humanities for 14 years

Interests: Family, yoga, traveling, cooking, the outdoors, vineyards, SUP, & reading


Erin McGrath Faculty Photo

Erin McGrath | Math Teacher

erin.mcgrath@thepeakschool.education

B.A. University of Montana

Places I have lived: Boulder, CO | Missoula, MT | Frisco, CO

Interests: Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping


Monica (Moni) Mills Faculty Photo

Monica Mills | Spanish & Upper School History Teacher

monica.mills@thepeakschool.education

M.A. Hispanic Linguistics | Indiana University — Bloomington
B.A. Spanish & Philosophy | Grove City College

Places I have lived: Cleveland, OH | Pittsburgh, PA | Bloomington, IN | Málaga, Spain | Stuttgart, Germany | Summit County, CO

Professional Highlight: Presented at two international conferences (Linguistics Association of the South West & Pragmatics and Language Learning)

Interests: I LOVE BRAINS AND HOW THEY WORK! I also love being outside, reading, Star Trek, and being active.


Liz Roush Faculty Photo

Liz Roush | Middle School STEM Teacher

liz.roush@thepeakschool.education

M.A. Curriculum & Instruction | University of Denver
Graduate Residency in Environmental Education | Teton Science Schools
B.A. Spanish & Environmental Studies | Colgate University

Places I have lived: Denver, CO | Hamilton, NY | Jackson, WY | Seville, Spain | Frisco, CO

Professional Highlight: I am also an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College.

Interests: Skiing, adventuring, cooking, reading, crocheting, & watching birds


Caroline Santinelli Faculty Photo

Caroline Santinelli | Upper School English Teacher

caroline.santinelli@thepeakschool.education

M.A. Candidate in English Language & Literature | Bread Loaf School of English
Graduate Certificate: Digital Storytelling | Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
B.A. Environmental Writing & Literature, Minor: Education Studies | Middlebury College

Places I have lived: Sudbury, MA | Middlebury, VT | Portland, ME | Washington, DC | Leadville, CO | Frisco, CO

Professional Highlight: Traveling on assignment with National Geographic as part of an expedition in Gabon, Africa

Interests: Reading, hiking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, writing, videography, the natural world, storytelling, wilderness medicine, coding, cooking, & knitting


Luke Wander Faculty Photo

Luke Wander | Chinese & Upper School History Teacher

luke.wander@thepeakschool.education

HSK Level 6 Bid | Zhejiang University
B.A. History & Mandarin, Minor: Creative Writing | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Places I have lived: Asheville, NC | Carrboro, NC |Beijing, China | Jiaxing, China | Hangzhou, China | Frisco, CO

Professional Highlight: Graduating with highest honors in History at UNC – Chapel Hill

Interests: The Written Word, soccer, theatre, hiking & backpacking, skiing, laughing, biking, fishing