Get to know your teachers and mentors

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Travis Aldrich | Head of School

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

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Jessie Hoehn | Director of Admission

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

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Melanie Beck | Marketing Director

B.A. in Marketing and Public Relations | Mesa State University

Places I have Lived: Littleton, CO | Grand Junction, CO | Valdez, AK | Breckenridge, CO

Professional Highlight:  Cultivating marketing campaigns to bring women to the forefront of big mountain skiing alongside Theo Meiners, a true pioneer in the heli-skiing industry.  

Interests: Teaching yoga | Skiing | Hiking | Fly fishing | Eating sushi

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Melanie Benedict | Business Manager

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 | Registrar

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

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Ben Butler | Upper School Math and Physics Teacher | Outdoor Education Coordinator

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

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Laura Davies | Dean of Students | Upper School Science Teacher

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 | Pretending to know how to do yoga

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Kathleen Greer | Middle School Humanities Teacher

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

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Emily Jones | Art Teacher

M.A. International Relations - Salve Regina University 

B. A. International Relations & Spanish - Salve Regina University

RYT 200 Certified Integrated Yoga Teacher - Kawai Purapura Albany, NZ

Places I have lived: Whitman, MA | Newport, RI | Salamanca, Spain | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Queenstown, NZ | Breckenridge, CO

Professional Highlight: The moments when I receive feedback that my positivity and guidance

helped someone fall in love with snowboarding, yoga, or art.

Interests: Playing Outside | Snowboarding | Dog Hikes | Disc Golf | Paddle Boarding | Climbing |Yoga | and more Snowboarding! | Playing Inside| Crafting | Reading | Cooking |and more Yoga!

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Monica Mills | Spanish Teacher

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: BRAINS AND HOW THEY WORK! | Backpacking| Reading | Star Trek | Being on the Mountain | Hiking | Learning new things and languages

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Liz Roush | College Conselor | Middle School STEM Teacher| Senior Sustainability Teacher

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

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Karin Mitchell | Upper School English Teacher

B.A. Education | St. Louis
M.A. Writing | Regis University
CO Teaching Certificates: Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary English

Places I have lived: Marshalltown, IA | St. Louis, MO | Ljunby, Sweden | Sjobo, Sweden| Rock Island, IL | Passau, Germany | Denver, CO | Santiago, Chile | Summit County, CO

Professional Highlight: Finalist in General Fiction for the Eric Hoffer Award for my first book

Interests: Playing with my kids | Reading to my kids | Skiing | Soccer | Running | Swimming | Skiing more | Reading | Reading | More reading

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Luke Wander | Chinese & Upper School History Teacher

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



Mark Palz | Welcome Office & Executive Assistant to Head of School

Masters in Fine Arts in Nonfiction | Bennington Writing Seminars
Masters in English | Florida State University
Bachelors in English | State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Places I have lived: Frisco, CO | Breckenridge, CO | Boston, MA | Manchester, VT| Tallahassee, FL| Hood River, Oregon| Buffalo, NY | Plattsburgh, New York

Professional Highlight: 2015 Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Colorado Mountain College

Interests: Freelance Writer | Fluent in Spanish | Traveler


Amanda Thompson | Middle School STEM & Sustainability & Foundations Math

B.A. Communication Design | Southwest Texas State University
M.Ed. School Library & Information Technology | Mansfield University
Educational Leadership Graduate Program - K-12 Principalship | Western Governors University
Colorado Teaching Certificates: Special Education ages 5-21, K-12 Art, K-6 Elementary Education, K-12 Teacher Librarian, K-12 Principal

Places I have lived: Dallas, TX | San Marcos, TX | Colorado Springs, CO | Aspen, CO | Frisco, CO

Professional Highlight: Making a career switch to education 15 years ago and serving my community through leadership, meaningful technology integration, advocacy for equity and personalized learning for students at all grade levels.

Interests:  Everything summer in the mountains | Cooking | Art | Live Music | Fly-fishing | Escaping to a beach in the winter | Spending time with my family and our dog | Re-learning how to ski after a 20 year break!

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Nick Barnes | Student Teacher in Upper School STEM & Electives

B.S. Biology | Western Michigan University
Currently in Teacher Residency Program | Western Colorado University

Places I have lived: Kalamazoo, MI | Houghton, MI | Prague, CZ | Paris, FR | Breckenridge, CO

Interests: | Backcountry skiing | Alpine skiing | Running | Mountain biking | Kayaking | Guitar

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Jillian Somero | Middle School STEM & Math

B.S. Biology | Elon University

Places I have lived: Trinity, NC | Westford, MA |  Estes Park, CO | Clark, CO | Thousand Oaks, CA | Seattle, WA | Kodiak Island, AK | Dillon, CO

Professional Highlight: Being named mentor of the year through the SOS volunteer program in Summit County.

Interests:  Skiing |Walks with my dog |Biking | Rock climbing |Being outside |Traveling

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