Journeys School

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Middle School

  • David Porter

     Assistant Head of School for Middle/High School, English Faculty

    M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Utah
    B.A., English, University of North Texas

    david.porter@journeysschool.org  • 307.734.9866

    David graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree in English and went on to receive his Master's in Comparative Literature from the University of Utah. David is a founding faculty member of Journeys School. He has taught English and French at the college and high school levels since 1994. His graduate school studies focused on literary theory, 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, French feminism, and North African French literature. David’s current professional interests include study of the power of myth in antiquity and today, as well as how culture positively and negatively affects the individual. David teaches students to have an empowered voice in writing and in speech.

  • Kate Schelbe

    Lead Faculty, Middle School


    B.A., Spanish & Latin American Studies, Emory University
    kate.schelbe@journeysschool.org • 307.734.9871

    Kate received her Bachelor’s degree at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia with a major in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies. Upon graduating, Kate moved to Jackson to pursue her love of the mountains and develop her professional interest of second language instruction.  This is Kate’s sixth year of teaching at Journeys School. Her previous teaching experience includes teaching English as a second language to kindergarten through sixth grade students at Teton Literacy Program. Kate is dedicated to teaching because it combines the things that she is most passionate about; working with energetic youth and exploring what it means to be a global minded citizen in the 21st century.

  • Sarah Kate Gessford

    Middle School Science Faculty

    M.Ed., Interdisciplinary Science Education, Montana State University
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
    B.A., Biochemistry, Lewis & Clark College

    kate.gessford@journeysschool.org • 307.734.9843

    Having investigated the biological basis of learning and memory formation in her undergraduate thesis, she bridges the science of learning with teaching the concepts and skills of science. Sarah Kate encourages young people to become scientifically-literate citizens by asking questions about the world around them, collecting pertinent data, drawing thoughtful and informed conclusions, and engaging in argument based on evidence. Her current focus is integration of engineering design to enhance classroom curricula.

  • Olivia Wheeler

    Middle School Math Faculty

    B.A., History, Yale University
    olivia.wheeler@journeysschool.org • 307.732.7746

    Olivia graduated from Yale University in 2010 where she studied History and Architecture. After working in the model shop at an architecture firm in Boston after college, she packed up to move out West and pursue her love of math and education.  Olivia is excited to be back in the middle school; this will be her third year at Journeys School, and her first as a full time teacher. In addition to teaching at Journeys School, she tutors and enjoys working with graphic design. In addition to teaching, Olivia enjoys music, mountains, perfectly straight lines, and breakfast. 

  • Charlotte Quesada

    Middle and High School Spanish Adjunct Faculty

    M.A., Multicultural Education, Prescott College
    B.A., Spanish and Latin American Development, University of Virginia

    charlotte.quesada@journeysschool.org • 307.734.9861

    Charlotte has ten years of teaching experience in independent and public schools in Seattle, Washington and Teton County, and this will be her sixth year at Journeys School. Charlotte loves sharing the Spanish language and culture with her students. She relies heavily upon her experiences living abroad, traveling throughout Latin America and Spain, and working with Spanish speakers here in Jackson to make learning in the classroom relevant and engaging. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, skiing, cooking, reading, and traveling.

  • Erin Andes

    Middle and High School Math Faculty

    M.S. Structural Mechanics and Materials, Georgia Institute of Technology / B.S. Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University
    erin.andes@journeysschool.org • 307.734.9877

    Erin’s real world experiences with math and technology from her previous career at a consulting engineering firm in San Francisco give her plenty of ideas for experiential learning for her students. Her love of the outdoors and desire to make a difference led her to Jackson and a teaching position at Journeys School in 2011.  She is enthusiastic about inspiring her students in math and design by challenging them to apply their studies to their individual interests and long term goals. She has experience tutoring students from 5th grade through college level math courses and has been a presenter at an international conference. When she’s not teaching she enjoys skiing, hiking, and cooking with her husband and their dog.

  • Alex McKinley

    Middle School Math and Design Faculty

    B.S., Math, Pacific University,
    M.Sc., Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
                  M.Sc., Renewable Energy, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany

    alex.mckinley@journeysschool.org

    Before joining Journeys School. Alex taught math and physics for 11th and 12th graders in Boise, Idaho.  He also spent a year teaching English and science in southern Spain. He lived in Germany and northern Europe for two years studying renewable energy. Alex looks forward to sharing his passion for this field, and science in general, with the TSS community. He wants to help connect the middle school design course to topics the students are working with in other classes.  Alex spends his free time traveling, skiing, biking, climbing, playing with dogs, and anything else he can get involved with.

  • John Williams

    Middle School Social Studies Faculty

    B.A., International Relations and Economics, Colgate University
    john.williams@journeysschool.org

    After fulfilling a lifelong dream to ski out west for a winter, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname for two years. By living in a Surinamese jungle village with the Saramaccan people, he realized the joy in empowering others to achieve their goals and passing along the values, skills and knowledge which are most important to him. His passion for the mountains and desire to enthuse positive change in the world led him to Journeys School where he is excited to be a member of the Middle School team! When he’s not teaching, John enjoys skiing, rock climbing, ice hockey and live music.

  • Jon Wall

    MIddle School English Faculty

    B.S., English Literature, Northeastern University
    jon.wall@journeysschool.org

    Jon Wall was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After roaming the eastern metropolis for years, he got his degree in English Literature and then taught High School English in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 2009 he moved West with dreams of open places and landscapes that stir the heart. In teaching, Jon seeks moments in the classroom that provoke creativity and independent thought outside of it. In addition to teaching, Jon enjoys hockey, dance parties (occasionally) photography, swimming in hurricanes, and Swedish automobiles of a very particular vintage.

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