Journeys School

Learn. Think. Act.

Faculty

  • Shannon Shuptrine

    Lower School Director

    M.A., Education, Antioch College
    B.A., English, Lewis & Clark College

    shannon.shuptrine@journeysschool.org 

    This is Shannon's 16th year of teaching which includes teaching at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, Teton County School District, and Journeys School. This is her seventh year at Journeys School. Her experience includes experiential education and using a place-based and integrated approach to teaching and learning. She and her husband owned and operated a whitewater kayaking school in Maine for seven years before returning to the west. She grew up in Jackson Hole and enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben, and son, Flynn, on the water and in the mountains. She is on the board of a local "arts in the schools" organization, pARTners, and is a yearly organizer for the Friends of the Wind River winter blanket and toy drive.

  • Bari Bucholz

    Elementary Faculty
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
    B.A., Elementary Education, University of Montana

    bari.bucholz@journeysschool.org 

    Prior to joining Journeys School Elementary School faculty in 2005, Bari taught 5th and 6th grade in Idaho. She co-founded the Swan Valley Science School to inspire Kindergarten-8th grade students to discover and explore their local communities’ flora and fauna. At Journeys School, she teaches inquiry based 2nd-5th grade science, using the FOSS curriculum to enhance students’ knowledge of science concepts and the scientific process through exploration of place. Bari also integrates Math in Focus curriculum and activities into other subject areas, while encouraging students to make real-world connections. Teton Science Schools’ Graduate Program inspired her passion of life-long learning, which she passes on to her students at Journeys School. Bari also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, rafting, birding, and hiking.

  • Kjera Griffith

    Elementary Faculty
    M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction with Literacy Emphasis, Lesley University
    B.A., English and Spanish, Utah State University

    kjera.strom@journeysschool.org 

    Kjera has been teaching at Journeys School since it opened its doors in 2001 after teaching in a small school district in southern Wisconsin. She has taught Spanish to each level of Journeys School students and is currently inspired by her PreK through fifth grade students. Kjera became a teacher following in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, earning a master's degree in literacy from Lesley University. She is curious how language learning builds communication skills and breaks down barriers in local and global communities. Outside of school, Kjera enjoys volunteering with local non-profit organizations, spending time with family and friends, performing improv comedy, skiing and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Tracy Mulligan

    Elementary Faculty
    B.A., Journalism, University of Southern Florida
    M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University

    tracy.mulligan@journeysschool.org

    Before joining the Journeys School community in 2011, Tracy taught elementary grades at Park Maitland School in Winter Park, Florida. Recently, she completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University. Inspired by the Journeys School philosophy, Tracy chose to concentrate on environmental education while working on her curriculum and instruction master’s studies. Her passion for intrinsically motivated students led her to research ways to inspire learning in her classroom through learner choices and personal interests. When Tracy is not in the classroom, she enjoys hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, and camping.

  • Dabney West

    Elementary Faculty
    M.A., Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education), University of Montana
    B.A., English and Studio Art, Kenyon College

    dabney.west@journeysschool.org

    After graduating from Kenyon College with degrees in English and studio art, Dabney moved to Jackson and began teaching art to children. Finding that work incredibly rewarding, she decided after a few years to expand her teaching repertoire and completed a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana.She began working full time at Journeys in 2013. Dabney values fostering a growth mindset in her students and herself and loves being a part of this vibrant community of learners.She has great appreciation for friends, the outdoors, books, and cheeseburgers.

  • Megan Slater

    Elementary Faculty
    M.A., Elementary Education, University of Phoenix
    B.A., Speech Communication, Colorado State University
    megan.slater@journeysschool.org

    After graduating from Colorado State University, Megan took some time to ski and work in Steamboat Springs, CO. She then went back to school to obtain her master's degree in Elementary Education and moved on to teach first grade for three years at a public school in Colorado. Megan moved to Jackson with her husband in 2012 and began working at Journeys that same year. In addition to teaching at Journeys, she coaches 4th and 5th grade lacrosse for the Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club. Megan is passionate about teaching and loves experiencing the "a-ha moments" in a student's education. In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, yoga, running, lacrosse, skiing and spending time with her husband and dogs.

  • Molly Nash

    Elementary Faculty/SGL
    B.A., Education, Environmental Studies, Colby College
    molly.nash@journeysschool.org

    Before moving to Jackson to teach at Journeys in 2015, Molly studied education and environmental studies at Colby College in Maine. Throughout her time at Colby, she worked in Montessori classrooms, a KIPP school, and local public schools in Maine. She wrote her Honors Thesis on incorporating environmental curriculum into higher education classrooms. Molly credits her own experience as a student at the Island School for instilling in her a passion for place based education. Outside of school, Molly enjoys spending time hiking, sailing, and playing in the snow.

  • Garrett Austen

    Elementary Faculty
    B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Maryland
    M.Ed., English Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland
    garrett.austen@journeysschool.org

    Garrett began his journey as an educator at University of Maryland as a challenge course facilitator and trip leader. As part of his master’s degree, Garrett conducted research studying the benefits of experiential education in a traditional classroom. After graduating, he taught 6th grade English near Washington D.C. Garrett went on to design and implement a place-based, MYP English curriculum for an international traveling boarding school. He has lived and worked in Argentina, Boston, India and Japan. In his free time he loves to snowboard, rock-climb, skateboard and read.

  • Rachael Karns

    Elementary Faculty
    MA Educational Psychology, University of Colorado Denver
    BA Anthropology and Certificate of African Studies, Smith College

    rachael.karns@journeysschool.org

    Rachael's teaching began with a small English class in West Africa. Since then she's taught study skills, SAT prep, literacy, and worked as a general classroom teacher domestically and abroad. Rachael loves spreading enthusiasm for the natural world and instilling a desire to be a lifelong learner in her students. Outside of school, Rachael loves being outside with her husband and two young boys, or inside with a good book, knitting, and some LEGOs.

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