Journeys School

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All-School Staff & Faculty

(Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high school faculty information can be found under the tabs for each level.)


  • Nancy Lang

    Head of School
    M.S. Mathematics for Teachers, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    B.A. Mathematics, Cornell University

    After an initial start to her professional career in the US Air Force, Nancy made the move to education, teaching middle school mathematics at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. Convinced that teaching was her calling, Nancy returned to her home of Andover, MA to pursue her masters degree and continue her teaching career at Phillips Academy Andover. During her 22 years at Andover, Nancy taught all levels of high school math, coached cross country and track and field, and served as a dormitory house counselor and advisor. She led the school’s accreditation self-study in 1999 and in 2010 was appointed Associate Dean of Faculty, where her primary responsibilities included overseeing faculty evaluations and directing the teaching fellow program. Nancy’s husband Corbin, originally from Lander, WY, introduced her to Teton Valley, ID and the Jackson area. Since 1999, they’ve spent summers and a full sabbatical year in this area. A firm believer that independent schools must take a leadership role in partnering with communities to improve quality and transformative educational experiences for all children, Nancy enthusiastically joined TSS as the head of Journeys School on July 1, 2015. Nancy, Corbin and their three children enjoy hiking, skiing, and floating the local rivers.

  • Warren Samuels

    Director of Admissions
    B.A. History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

    In addition to managing enrollment and admissions at Journeys School, Warren also teaches a Middle School social studies class. He loves sharing Journeys School’s story and connecting with students and families who are interested in the school. Warren brings an admissions background from working at an east-coast boarding school, Concord Academy, where he also coached lacrosse and skiing and was a house parent. Warren also coaches the U13 boys lacrosse team for Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club. When he’s not talking about Journeys School, Warren is either skiing the steep and deep with friends, throwing fake bugs at fish, or on a walk with his wife, Nikki, and their two dogs Bode and Lilah.

  • Sam Kitchen

    B.S., Zoology, University of Idaho

    Originally a Wildlife Biology major at Michigan State University, Sam received her degree in Zoology from the University of Idaho. As an undergraduate she had the opportunity to work in a graduate-level genetics research lab and she also enjoyed tutoring other students. She is a former paramedic and 911 operator, and has also worked at St. John’s Hospital. A Michigan native, Sam is very appreciative of the scenery and lifestyle this area offers. Besides spending time with her husband and two school-age children, she enjoys swimming, cycling, and running and has completed two Ironman triathlons.

  • Tonya Cranston

    SGL Learning Specialist
    M.Ed., Special Education, Texas State University

    Tonya graduated from Texas State University with a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Minor in Reading. She has taught in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and in Eagle County, Colorado. She loves encouraging and supporting students' natural desire for knowledge so that they may enjoy and celebrate learning and experience success each day. Tonya’s professional goal is serve the educational needs of her students by building accommodative learning opportunities. She serves as a support system to the regular education curriculum. She is so excited to begin her new adventure in Jackson and thrilled to be part of the Journeys School community.

  • Matt Stech

    Director of Student Growth and Learning
    M.S., Mental Health Counseling, University of Wyoming
    B.S. Operations Management, University of Delaware

    Matt grew up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., but moved west to the Tetons in the 1990s to work with at-risk teens in a wilderness setting. Eventually he was inspired to earn his master’s degree in counseling at the University of Wyoming. Since earning his master’s in 2009, he has worked in community mental health, private substance abuse counseling with teens and adults and worked on public education and policy around suicide, substance abuse and tobacco prevention. He is also active in volunteering time to support the local LGBTQ community through advocacy and organizing. His areas of interest are using research and narrative for advocacy in systems change and the use of mindfulness and self-awareness to improve all aspects of life. He enjoys time with friends, especially in nature. 

  • Beth Caputi

    Director of College Counseling
    B.A., Williams College 

    Beth comes to Journeys School with over 20 years of college admission and college counseling experience including 12 years at Williams College in Massachusetts, six years as Director of College Counseling at the Maine Coast Waldorf School and 10 years as an independent college counselor. She also coached as Brunswick (ME) HS girls lacrosse for 12 seasons, winning 2 state championships. Beth and her husband Dave, a football coach at Middlebury College in Vermont, have four children, Mac, Maggie, Lydia and Claire.

  • Betsy Trowbridge

    K-12 Director of Teaching and Learning
    M.A., Education, University of California, Berkeley
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
    B.A., English, Kenyon College 

    Betsy graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English and went on to earn a Masters degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley. In between Kenyon and Berkeley, Betsy completed the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools in 1996. Betsy initially entered the classroom and focused her teaching in the elementary grades in Moraga, California. Returning to Wyoming in 2003, Betsy joined the Journeys School elementary faculty in its third year. In the past decade, Betsy has taught various subjects throughout the elementary and middle school and led the elementary school for several years before transitioning into a position that allowed her to work closely with teachers on developing their craft. Betsy's professional interests include designing and implementing research based reading and writing curriculum and integrating a child's place into his or her learning.

  • Katelyn Redding

    Assessment Coordinator and Learning Interventionist
    B.A. Liberal Studies, focus in Speech-Language Pathology, minor in Psychology, Northern Arizona University

    A recent Jackson transplant from Denver, Colorado via Tucson, Arizona, Katelyn specializes in cognitive skills building and Orton-Gillingham reading approach. As a cognitive skills trainer, Katelyn provided cutting edge support to people of all ages with varying levels of cognitive skills, enabling their ability to access classroom information efficiently. She hopes to bring her understanding of the brain's plasticity to her work at Journeys School while providing an open, judgement-free, and empowering learning environment. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys hiking, snowboarding, reading, and playing board games with family, friends, and her dog, Bianca.

  • Heidi Kohler

    B.A., Secondary Art Education, Prescott College,Arizona.

    Heidi started her teaching career with Jackson's non-profit organization pARTners. Combining her lifelong love for the arts with education led her to acquire a degree in art education, which complimented her formal training and vast experience as a seamstress in Switzerland. Her teaching philosophy encompasses constant inspiration and the integration of art in any subject. Heidi has been a substitute art teacher at Journeys School and has worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Teton County School District's summer school program. Heidi loves to spend her time hiking, canoeing, and skiing and exploring Jackson Hole.

  • Zachary Singer

    Music/Drama Teacher
    Master's Degree in Music Performance, University of Texas, Austin
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    Zach is a versatile professional musician. His passion for music has led him to perform in some of the world's greatest halls with some of the world's greatest musicians. He currently performs with the Idaho Falls Symphony as their Principal Timpanist, is the conductor of the Jackson Hole Community Band and appears in various other musical events in the Teton County area. He enjoys reading, biking and jamming with his roommates in the garage.

  • Hannah Contois

    Administrative Assistant
    B.S., Integrated Biological Sciences, University of Vermont 

    Hannah graduated from University of Vermont in 2013, majoring in Integrated Biological Sciences and minoring in Genetics. She is a transplant from Vermont where she was born and raised. She is excited to use her skills to the fullest in her position as Administrative Assistant with Journeys School. In her free time, Hannah can be found reading, moonlighting as a writer, riding horses or getting chased around by her two dogs, Goku and K’nex.



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