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Faculty and Staff

Vail Mountain School faculty are focused on one thing: your child.

Caring beyond the classroom results in long term, meaningful relationships between faculty and students. Our program is rapport-driven, yielding a greater understanding of individual students and an enhanced ability to differentiate content and motivate students.

Faculty and Staff

Mr.Hustad had the greatest impact on me. From teaching me how to make learning fun, to having a class be my safe space where I could laugh, learn, and bond with my classmates and teacher. He was a teacher that has always been there for me and has always pushed me to be my best self. Alumnus ‘21

In third grade, Ms. Douthitt really instilled a love for math. She taught me the importance of perseverance and finding excitement in every class. Alumnus '21

Mr. Sweeney had the greatest impact to the growth of my personal leadership skills. He is selfless and he seems to genuinely enjoy his work. He has mentored me all through high school in the many leadership positions I have had. I'm not sure where what kind of person I would be without his guidance. Alumnus '21

 

I would like to thank Ms. Falk for everything she has done. Ms. Falk is a special person. She is accountable, organized, thorough, and curious. She re-researches her lessons every year and allows for students to pick how and when they push themselves in her class. Ms. Falk is not only a teacher that inspires me to be a better person, but she is an ally both in and out of the classroom. Ms. Falk is a trusted confidant and seems to have an infinite capacity to be compassionate, even when what we are complaining about is ridiculous. Alumnus ‘21

 

Dr. Drescher and Mrs. Blakslee have been extremely helpful. They are always positive and willing to assist you in any way they can. Even if it was just listening to me rant about my problems, they are always there. Upper School Student

Ms. Reed always pushed me to be my best - trying harder than I sometimes wanted to in my last year, but she helped me grow as a student and a person. Alumnus ‘21

Ms. Mortensen's classes have had a huge impact on my learning and love for English. I was able to challenge myself and improve my writing, while also getting to be creative. Alumnus ‘21

Taking AP Biology with Mr. Sappenfield deepened my interest in the molecular and biological processes in the human body. The class solidified my decision to further study science in college. Mr. Sapp's mentorship during class and on my Steadman research helped form the student and future scientist that I am today! Alumnus ‘21

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Trevor Adams

Trevor Adams

MS Division Director
Victoria Adams

Victoria Adams

Kindergarten Grade Teacher
Adrienne Arnason

Adrienne Arnason

Ski Program Coordinator
Nina Bandoni

Nina Bandoni

Finance Manager
Andrew Behrendt

Andrew Behrendt

US Spanish Teacher
Beignet

Beignet

Facility Dog Extraordinaire!
Anthony Bender

Anthony Bender

Theatre Director
Marie Bernardo

Marie Bernardo

US Science & Math Teacher
Steve Bileca

Steve Bileca

Head of School
Jennifer Bill

Jennifer Bill

Director of Admission, Lower School
Kate Blakslee

Kate Blakslee

Alumni Relations and Community Engagement
Tanya Boderck

Tanya Boderck

US Math Teacher, Math Department Chair
Phoebe Brookes

Phoebe Brookes

Visual Arts Department Chair
Collins Canada Kelly

Collins Canada Kelly

MS English Teacher
Kirstie Cantwell

Kirstie Cantwell

MS Spanish Teacher
Dean Chambers

Dean Chambers

Technology Director
Brian Counselman

Brian Counselman

Facilities Manager
Kimberly Davies

Kimberly Davies

Fourth and Fifth Grade Math
Colleen Davis

Colleen Davis

Director of Advancement
Kristin Douthitt

Kristin Douthitt

Lower School Director
Kathleen Drescher

Kathleen Drescher

Staff Psychologist
Robert Ecker

Robert Ecker

Athletic Director
Shawn Ellenbaum

Shawn Ellenbaum

Substitute Coordinator
Kelly Enright

Kelly Enright

Technology Integration Specialist
Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans

First Grade Teacher
Brett Falk

Brett Falk

MS Science Teacher
Noel Falk

Noel Falk

US History Teacher
Marisa Ferrara

Marisa Ferrara

Co-Director of College Counseling
Caleb Florence

Caleb Florence

US Math Teacher

Victoria Gilligan

Lower School Music Teacher

Lizzy Gong

LS Mandrin Teacher
Steven Gordon

Steven Gordon

MS & US Spanish Teacher
Rebecca Hooper

Rebecca Hooper

US Academic and AP Coordinator

Courtney Hornsby

Math Teacher
Christianna Howell

Christianna Howell

Music Teacher, Performing Arts Chair
Andrew Hustad

Andrew Hustad

Mandarin Teacher, World Language Chair
Le Kang

Le Kang

Mandarin Teacher
Kristen Kenly

Kristen Kenly

Student Support Services
Andrew Lambert

Andrew Lambert

Fourth and Fifth Grade Writing Teacher
Kenneth Lasher

Kenneth Lasher

LS Physical Education Teacher
Ariel Levine

Ariel Levine

Visual Arts & Technology Teacher, Dance Collective Lead
Stephanie Lewis

Stephanie Lewis

MS & US Science Teacher
Madeline Lindley

Madeline Lindley

US English Teacher
Andres Lynch

Andres Lynch

LS & US Spanish Teacher
Jeanne Macsata

Jeanne Macsata

Front Desk
Laura Mortensen

Laura Mortensen

US English Teacher, English Department Chair
Erica Pass

Erica Pass

School Nurse
Maggie Pavlik

Maggie Pavlik

Upper School Director

Marko Pechnik

Art Teacher
Neha Peterson

Neha Peterson

Grade 2 & 3 Writing
Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson

Student Support Services Director
Stephen Pinaire

Stephen Pinaire

MS Math Teacher
Kyle Pletcher

Kyle Pletcher

School Resource Officer
Lauren Powell

Lauren Powell

Second and Third Grade Math Teacher
Jacob Rainey

Jacob Rainey

Assistant Athletic Director, Middle School Athletics
Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed

MS Dean

Madison Rhodes

Upper School English Long-Term Sub
Kara Robinson

Kara Robinson

First Grade Teacher

Kelly Ronquist

Advancement Coordinator
Samuel Rosenkrantz

Samuel Rosenkrantz

US Math & Science Teacher
Michael Santambrogio

Michael Santambrogio

School Counselor
Ross Sappenfield

Ross Sappenfield

US Science Teacher, Science Department Chair
Britta Scherpf

Britta Scherpf

Grade 2 &3 Science/Social Studies
Johan Semaan

Johan Semaan

US History Teacher
Liana Sideli

Liana Sideli

Dean of Student Life 11th & 12th & Outdoor Education
Timothy Sinnott

Timothy Sinnott

Computer Science Teacher
Andrew Sotter

Andrew Sotter

Sara Sotter

Third Grade Reading Teacher
Gabrielle Starr

Gabrielle Starr

US Science Teacher, Greenhouse Director
Laurie Stavisky

Laurie Stavisky

Fourth and Fifth Grade Reading Teacher

Aspen Stuedemann

Student Support Services
Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney

Dean of Student Life 9th & 10th & US History
Jessica Szmyd

Jessica Szmyd

Kindergarten Teacher
Jeremy Thelen

Jeremy Thelen

Director of Admission, MS & US
Danielle Towle

Danielle Towle

Fourth and Fifth Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher
Jaime Walker

Jaime Walker

Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Julia Walsh

Julia Walsh

US English Teacher
Ruth Worden

Ruth Worden

Director of Marketing & Communications
Kelly Young

Kelly Young

CFO
Kate Zook-Gibbs

Kate Zook-Gibbs

MS Humanities Teacher