Journeys School

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Middle School

  • David Porter

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

    david.porter@journeysschool.org  

    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.

  • Ethan Lobdell

    Lead Middle School Faculty
    B.A., Computer Science with Minor in Mathematics, Vassar College
    ethan.lobdell@journeysschool.org 

    Ethan graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics. He has been teaching since 2004 in both public and private schools. He has been with the Journeys School since 2007. Ethan’s professional interests surround challenging industrial educational paradigms, recognizing the individual qualities each brain has, and maximizing the opportunities for students to be their most authentic selves. When Ethan is not in the classroom, he can be found volunteering for Teton County Search and Rescue, skiing, cooking, travelling, or trying to practice yoga and mindfulness daily.

  • Kate Schelbe

    K-12 Coordinator of Faculty Training and Operations

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

    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 

    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.

  • John Williams

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

    After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations, John began his journey to becoming a teacher in the jungle of Suriname where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years. By working to create a rice milling business in his village, John came to understand the power of education in helping to affect sustainable change. Coupled with his passion for the mountains and his background as a wilderness trips counselor at Camp Deerwood, John’s Peace Corps experience inspired him to pursue a career in teaching in 2013 and is now excited to be a member of the Middle School team! When he’s not teaching, John enjoys skiing, mountain biking, ice hockey and live music.

  • Jon Wall

    Middle School 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.

  • Katelynn Clement

    Middle School Faculty
    B.A. Religious Studies, Yale University
    katelynn.clement@journeysschool.org 

    Katelynn began her teaching journey in New Orleans, Louisiana with Teach For America, an organization that works to build educational equity in urban and rural school districts. She taught high school math at all levels for two years, and spent one year as the head of data, finance and operations at G.W. Carver Senior High School. Her love of science and nature, and her desire to learn from innovative schools, moved her from New Orleans to to the Journeys School. Along with teaching Design and Math at Journeys, she coaches girls’ basketball at Jackson Hole High School. Katelynn loves to play soccer, swim in all bodies of water and walk through the woods.

     

  • Wendy Russell

    Middle School Spanish Faculty
    B.A. Geography/Spanish, Kent State University, OH
    M.A. Spanish Middlebury College Summer Language School, VT (in process)

    wendy.russell@journeysschool.org 

    Wendy began teaching in 1997. Since then she has taught Spanish in NH, VT and CO in both public and private schools. Most recently she has been teaching Immersion ESL and Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy Workshops to public school teachers in Mexico and China for Dartmouth College during the summer. Wendy resides in Driggs with her husband and son and when not in the classroom can usually be found exploring the roads and trails of the Teton Valley on her various bicycles.

  • Kelly Samuels

    Long-Term Sub Middle School Science
    B.A. Biology and Educations, St. Mary's College of Maryland
    kelly.samuels@journeysschool.org

    Kelly studied Biology and Education at St. Mary’s College in Maryland before moving to Seattle to work as a Pinto Abalone restoration technician for a small non-profit. While in Seattle Kelly began tutoring middle school students who had fallen behind on state-assessments. This inspired Kelly to want to pursue teaching as a career. With family in the Jackson area, Kelly decided to attend Teton Science School’s Graduate Program in pursuit of a masters in natural science education. Kelly joined the Journey’s faculty in 2016. She strives to teach students that science is a way of looking at the world that hinges on inquiring about what is around us, collaborating with fellow scientists (peers), evaluating evidence and sharing knowledge. Outside of school Kelly is happiest paddleboarding, reading, recreating in the mountains and making scientific observations all the while!

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