Journeys School

Learn. Think. Act.

Faculty

  • David Porter

    Director of Upper School
    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 earn his Master's degree 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 manifestations of mental illness in literary characters, as well as how culture positively and negatively affects the individual. David teaches students to have an empowered voice in writing and in speech. In his free time David enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading and recreating in the outdoors.

  • Drew Overholser

    High School History Faculty
    M.A., American History, Montana State University
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
    B.A., History, Ohio Wesleyan University

                       drew.overholser@journeysschool.org  • 307.734.9875

    Drew first came to live in Jackson when taking part in the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools. Prior to returning to the area and joining the Journeys School faculty in 2001, he conducted wetland education for a non-profit program in Montana, and guided trips on the Colorado, Green and Salmon rivers. Drew seeks to connect his student’s understanding of the past to current events and firmly believes that young people need to develop the skills of an historian as well as content knowledge. The environment is often used as the integrating context of the units covered in his history and current issues classes. He loves to teach in an engaging, student-centered and, often, humorous manner. In addition to his passion for the past and present human experience, Drew enjoys reading, birding, and spending time on the water with his wife and children. 

  • Shoshana Kobrin

    High School Faculty
    B.A., Liberal Arts with a Minor in Spanish, Colorado State University
    shoshana.kobrin@journeysschool.org  • 307.734.9848

    Shoshana has a great enthusiasm for travel, language and culture. She aspires to bring this into her classroom every day. This first emerged through experiences studying abroad in Mexico and Spain. Shoshana graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Liberal Arts and Spanish. Since graduating, Shoshana continues fill her passport with stamps from Spanish-speaking countries. Shoshana has been teaching at the Journeys School since 2007. Shoshana truly enjoys teaching because she is able to encompass her interests and experiences and share them with her students. Outside of school, one can find Shoshana playing in the mountains, knitting, practicing yoga, and spending time with her dog.

  • Amanda Kern

    High School Faculty
    M.N.S, Geosciences, Idaho State University
    B.S., Geology & Environmental Science, Union College

    amanda.kern@journeysschool.org

    Amanda moved to Teton Valley in 2014 to join the high school team of Journeys School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree as a double major in geology and environmental science, Amanda chose to pursue a master’s degree in the geosciences studying the effects of climate change on water resources in the West. During this time she also spent a summer working as a middle school field instructor for an environmental science camp, realizing her love of educating young people about the natural world. Following her newfound passion, Amanda applied for and received a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship, allowing her to complete her graduate work as well as earn her secondary teaching certificate. Prior to her role as high school science faculty, Amanda worked in Idaho public schools at both the middle and high school levels teaching a variety of science based courses. She is most interested in challenging students to be creative and developing a more holistic approach to learning through integrated, place-based projects. Outside of school, Amanda can be found relaxing and recreating, always with her trusty companion, Altadog.

     
  • Matt Daly

    HIgh School Faculty
    M.A., English (Western American Studies), University of Utah
    B.A., Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College

    matt.daly@journeysschool.org

    Since receiving his MA in English from University of Utah in 1997, Matt has taught writing and literary analysis to diverse student groups and in various settings. In addition to classroom teaching at Journeys School, he has worked with conservation professionals at The Murie Center, medical professionals through a Harvard University continuing medical education course, college students at Central Wyoming College's Jackson campus, and students of all ages in writing residencies in Jackson and throughout Wyoming. Matt is also a published poet and resident faculty member of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. When he is not teaching or writing, Matt enjoys time outside with his wife and son. He is also an avid flyfisherman.

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