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

    nancy.lang@journeysschool.org

    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 Enrollment Management
    B.A. History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    warren.samuels@journeysschool.org

    Warren manages enrollment for Journeys School and Teton Valley Community School. Before joing the Independent Schools at Teton Science Schools, Warren worked in the admissions office at Concord Academy, a boarding and day school in Massachusetts. Warren also coaches lacrosse for Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club. When he’s not talking about the TSS independent schools, Warren is either skiing the steep and deep with friends, throwing fake bugs at fish, or spending time with his family.

  • Tonya Cranston

    Learning Specialist
    M.Ed., Special Education, Texas State University
    B.A. Literature and Philosophy, St. Edward's University

    tonya.cranston@journeysschool.org

    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 also serves as a support system to the regular education curriculum. Outside of school, Tonya enjoys exploring Jackson and spending time with her family.

 
  • Matt Stech

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

    matt.stech@journeysschool.org

    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.caputi@journeysschool.org 

    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.trowbridge@journeysschool.org 

    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.

  • Heidi Kohler

    Visual Arts Faculty
    B.A., Secondary Art Education, Prescott College,Arizona.
    heidi.kohler@journeysschool.org

    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

    Performing Arts Faculty
    M.M., Music Performance, University of Texas, Austin

    B.M., Music Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    zachary.singer@journeysschool.org

    Zach has performed in some of the greatest concert halls in the world. Since moving to Jackson, WY, he has assumed the roles of Music Director of the Jackson Hole Community Band, Principle Timpanist of the Idaho Falls Symphony and Music/Drama teacher of The Journey's School of Teton Science Schools. In addition, he plays in small rock, jazz and Irish ensembles and teaches music privately. When given the opportunity, Zach likes to hike, mountain bike and sing karaoke.

 

 

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