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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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Mrs. Adams with Student
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Trevor Adams

Trevor Adams

Middle School Director
Victoria Adams

Victoria Adams

Grade 1 Teacher

Adrienne Arnason

Ski Program Coordinator
Nina Bandoni

Nina Bandoni

Finance Manager
Andrew Behrendt

Andrew Behrendt

US Spanish Teacher
Beignet

Beignet

Facility Dog Extraordinaire!
Tony Bender

Tony Bender

Theatre Director
Marie Bernardo

Marie Bernardo

US Science and MS Math
Jen Bill

Jen Bill

Admission Director, Lower School
Kate Blakslee

Kate Blakslee

Alumni Relations and Community Engagement

Carson Blumenreich

Kindergarten Teacher, LS Division Chair

Tanya Boderck

US Math Teacher, Math Department Chair

Phoebe Brookes

Art Teacher
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
Kim Davies

Kim Davies

Grade 4 & 5 Math
Colleen Davis

Colleen Davis

Director of Advancement
Kristin Douthitt

Kristin Douthitt

Lower School Director
Kate Drescher

Kate Drescher

Staff Psychologist
Bobby Ecker

Bobby Ecker

Athletic Director
Shawn Ellenbaum

Shawn Ellenbaum

Substitute Coordinator
Kelly Enright

Kelly Enright

Student Support Services

Corky Evans

Grade 2 & 3 Reading
Brett Falk

Brett Falk

MS Science Teacher
Noel Falk

Noel Falk

US History Teacher
Marisa Ferrara

Marisa Ferrara

Director of College Counseling
Caleb Florence

Caleb Florence

US Math Teacher
Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon

MS/US Spanish Teacher

Emily Heidelberger

LS Music Teacher
Kathleen Hogan

Kathleen Hogan

Director of Marketing & Communications

Becca Hooper

US Academic and AP Coordinator
Christi Howell

Christi Howell

Music Teacher, Performing Arts Chair
Andrew Hustad

Andrew Hustad

Mandarin Teacher, World Language Chair
Mike Imperi

Mike Imperi

Head of School
Le Kang

Le Kang

Mandarin Teacher
Kristen Kenly

Kristen Kenly

Student Support Services
Andrew Lambert

Andrew Lambert

Grade 4 & 5 Writing
KC Lasher

KC Lasher

LS Physical Education Teacher
Ariel Levine

Ariel Levine

Visual Arts & Technology Teacher, Dance Collective Lead
Steph Lewis

Steph Lewis

MS/US Science Teacher
Madeline Lindley

Madeline Lindley

US English Teacher
Sallie Lodewyck

Sallie Lodewyck

Human Resources Director
Andres Lynch

Andres Lynch

LS/US Spanish Teacher
Elsie Macsata

Elsie Macsata

Jeanne Macsata

Jeanne Macsata

Front Desk
Melissa Metcalfe

Melissa Metcalfe

School Resource Officer
Laurie Mortensen

Laurie Mortensen

US English Teacher, English Department Chair
Erica Pass

Erica Pass

School Nurse
Maggie Pavlik

Maggie Pavlik

Upper School Director

Neha Peterson

Grade 2 & 3 Writing
Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson

Student Support Services Director

Quinn Pinaire

MS Math Teacher
Lauren Powell

Lauren Powell

Grade 2 & 3 Math

Jake Rainey

LA&B Director
Lizzy Reed

Lizzy Reed

Ski Tutorial Program
Kara Robinson

Kara Robinson

Grade 1 Teacher
Sam Rosenkrantz

Sam Rosenkrantz

US Math & Science Teacher

Mike Santambrogio

School Counselor
Ross Sappenfield

Ross Sappenfield

US Science Teacher, Science Department Chair

Britta Scherpf

Grade 2 &3 Science/Social Studies
Liz Sein

Liz Sein

Student Support Services

Johan Semaan

US History Teacher
Sarah Sibila

Sarah Sibila

Art Teacher
Liana Sideli

Liana Sideli

Grade 11 & 12 Dean of Student Life, Outdoor Education Director
Tim Sinnott

Tim Sinnott

Computer Science Teacher

Andy Sotter

MS Social Studies
Gabrielle Starr

Gabrielle Starr

US Science Teacher, Greenhouse Director
Laurie Stavisky

Laurie Stavisky

Grade 4 & 5 Language Arts Teacher
Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney

Grade 9 & 10 Dean of Student Life, US History
Jessica Szmyd

Jessica Szmyd

Kindergarten Teacher
Jeremy Thelen

Jeremy Thelen

Director of Admission, MS & US
Danielle Towle

Danielle Towle

Grade 4 & 5 Science and Social Studies
Jaime Walker

Jaime Walker

Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Julia Walsh

Julia Walsh

US English Teacher
Vali Wilcox

Vali Wilcox

Registrar
Ruth Worden

Ruth Worden

Advancement Coordinator
Stacy Yarnell

Stacy Yarnell

US Math Teacher
Kelly Young

Kelly Young

CFO