New Faculty 2018-19

School News
September 10, 2018
The VMS "Jobs" page is among the most visited on our website. Last spring, the school received nearly 1000 applications for the few open positions that were posted. We are thrilled to introduce an incredible group of new faculty, to share news of the return of a few familiar faces, and to announce some exciting position changes. Each of the individuals listed below was our top pick chosen from among dozens and sometimes hundreds of applicants for any given position. 

Anders Fogel comes to us from the Chicago area, where he taught at New Trier Township High School. Mr. Fogel will teach Upper School English and holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from North Park University. This summer, he participated in an intensive summer graduate program at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. A graduate of Hotchkiss School in Connecticut where he played lacrosse and soccer, his familiarity with Independent school culture will be a great asset to our community.

Caleb Florence is a part of our distinguished Upper School math team. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was also the Captain of the men’s varsity lacrosse team. He comes to us from the Island School in the Bahamas, where he has been actively involved with their outdoor education program.  

Grant Gary joins our Technology Department as the new Makerspace & Mathematics teacher. He discovered Vail Mountain School as a result of a conversation with one of our upper school students while standing in a lift line at Jackson Hole! Holding a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, a M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Boston University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont, we are confident in his ability to elevate our Makerspace and Mathematics programs as he takes the lead on our new Tiny House project.

Collins Canada Kelly is warmly welcomed back to VMS. Ms. Canada Kelly is an alum and a former full time faculty member, bringing years of experience with our students, familiarity with our community, and a sincere passion for teaching. Collins will be joining our Middle School English Department, as we congratulate Julia Littman on her move to the Upper School English Department.

Lizzy Reed is our new Ski Tutorial Program Fellow, and will work with students who train with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Ms. Reed holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College, where she was also captain of the varsity volleyball team. She joins us from the Island School in the Bahamas, where she gained valuable experience leading sailing expeditions, marathon training, and outdoor education experiences. Ms. Reed is also a competitive Skeleton athlete and has the distinction of completing the Ironman Lake Placid in 2016!

Aaron Reisman comes to VMS from San Francisco, California as our new 4th & 5th Grade Math Teacher! Mr. Reisman holds a B.A. in Philosophy from George Washington University and a M.A. in Elementary Education from San Francisco State University. Along with his educational credentials, Mr. Reisman has served as a volunteer in Uganda, a Ski Instructor at Vail, and an English teacher in Peru and Japan! As we welcome Mr. Reisman into our community, we extend warm congratulations to Patti Nelson as she moves into her new role as 2nd & 3rd Grade Science and Social Studies teacher!

Zach Schiller is at the helm of After School Care Program He has just received his B.A. in Communication and Theatre from DePauw University, and he is excited to begin his career with Vail Mountain School.

Meg Scully is our new Upper School History Department Chair. Mrs. Scully has relocated from the Washington D.C. area, where she worked at The School Without Walls. She holds a master’s degree in Education from George Washington University, as well as a Teaching Certificate and AP certifications in U.S. History, U.S. Government, Comparative Politics, and World History.

Timothy Sinnott comes to us from Southern California and is the Technology Department's Computer Science teacher. Timothy has had an eye on VMS for quite some time, and we are impressed with his background in programming, as well as his years of classroom teaching. Mr. Sinnott holds a master’s degree in STEAM from the University of San Diego and is eager to begin working on exciting and engaging projects with his new students.

A warm welcome back to Kathryn Weller, who returns to VMS after a year in Spain! Mrs. Weller is beloved by her students and colleagues, and we are thrilled to have her back in the building. She will teach first grade, taking over for Lauren Powell, who is making the move to 2nd & 3rd grade math teacher.

KC Lasher, longtime VMS lower school teacher and 2017 recipient of the Oliver Compton Teacher of the Year Award, will move into a new role as Lower School Physical Education Teacher. With his particular interest in outdoor education, look for expanded opportunities for our youngest students to explore the outdoors!

Finally, Jen Bill has taken on a new and exciting role as K-5 Admissions Director, building on her experience as a Montessori and elementary school art teacher. She will be working in partnership with Jeremy Thelen, who will direct 6-12 admissions and also help build community partnerships in support of internships for Senior Projects.