Get to know your teachers and mentors

 
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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


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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



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Amy Montano | Director of Operations

amy.montano@thepeakschool.education

B.A. Outdoor Recreation | Western State Colorado University

Places I have lived: Port Alsworth, AK | Anchorage, AK | Waco, TX | Lubbock, TN | Cancun, Mexico | Boulder, CO | Grand Junction, CO | Palisade, CO | Gunnison, CO | Evergreen, CO | Frisco, CO

Professional Highlight: My name appears on a few academic papers regarding wine grape research in western Colorado. 

Interests: Skiing | Multiple river day trips | Road Trips | Agriculture | Traveling | Sewing | Sleeping Under the Stars


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Melanie Beck | Marketing Director

mel.beck@thepeakschool.education

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

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


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Ben Butler | Math Teacher | Outdoor Education Coordinator

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


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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 | 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


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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: 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 | 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


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Karin Mitchell | Upper School English Teacher

karin.mitchell@thepeakschool.education

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

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