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

    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. 

  • Tina Greene

    Middle School English Faculty

    MA, Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Colorado
    BA, Journalism & Mass Communication, University of South Carolina

    tina.greene@journeysschool.org • 307.734.9857

    After college, Tina worked in Washington, DC editing law journals. She then traveled west and received a Master’s in Journalism and a teaching certification for Secondary English. She went on to teach middle school English in Boulder, Colorado before spending two years as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher. Upon her return, she taught middle school English in Telluride, Colorado before moving to the Jackson area. Tina uses her varied experience to coach young readers and writers and share with them the power of the written word.

  • Erin Andes

    Middle School and High School Math and Design 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.

  • Pat Kearney

    Middle School Social Studies Faculty

    Ed. M, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    B.A., History, Minor Spanish, Colorado College

    pat.kearney@journeysschool.org  • 307.734.9862

    Pat spent the last eleven years teaching leadership and outdoor education to students across the west as a senior faculty member at the National Outdoor Leadership School. Pat is interested in how geography affects culture, and in helping students understand the complexities of issues.  As an educator, Pat has a student-centered approach to learning and teaching and aims to put students into direct contact with primary documents.  Pat strives to make his classrooms places of engagement, discussion, creativity, and fun.  When not in the classroom Pat enjoys skiing, cycling, spending time on rivers and baking bread.