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.

  • Matt Koehler

    Director of College Counseling
    M.S. Guidance and Counseling, Austin Peay State University
    B.S. Biology - Secondary Education, Carroll University

    Originally from Wisconsin, Matt most recently worked as a high school/college counselor in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for six years. His other educational experiences include working as an elementary and middle school counselor, science/biology/experiential education teacher, and coach/advisor (football, basketball, track, GSA, theatre) in Pennsylvania, Germany, Japan, and Egypt. Matt and his wife Krista have two children who are happy Journeys School students.

  • Kate Schelbe

    K-12 Coordinator of Faculty Training and Operations
    B.A., Spanish & Latin American Studies, Emory University 

    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. 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.

  • 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 received her Bachelors degree in English from Kenyon College. After finishing the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools in 1996, Betsy moved to Berkeley, California to complete her Masters degree in Education and teach in the public schools in Moraga, CA. Returning to Wyoming in 2003, Betsy joined the Journeys School elementary faculty in its third year. In the past decade, Betsy has taught every elementary grade. 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. One of Betsy's favorite moments in teaching is watching a student transition from learning to read to enjoying reading.

  • 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.

  • Norene Cannedy

    B.M.E., Baylor University 

    Norene began her career in Texas teaching middle and high school Marching and Concert Band and was the head of the Flag Corps. Later, she taught middle school band and choir in Colorado before moving to the elementary level. Norene plays the trumpet, piano, and guitar. Since graduating from Baylor University in 2000, she has taught many different styles of music and performing arts to children of all ages. Her classroom is one where children feel welcome and free to experiment with new things, as well as to challenge themselves to become the best performers they can be. Norene has the desire to create lifelong musicians by passing on her love of music. In her free time, Norene loves to hike and do needlework, and spend time with her 10 year old daughter.

  • Patti Fontanini

    B.A., Child Development, California State University Los Angeles
    B.A., Spanish, University of Madrid, Spain

    Having studied and worked in Spain at three different times in her life for a total of five years, Patti considers herself a passionate, life-long student of the Spanish language, peoples and cultures. This year Patti begins her third consecutive year as a member of the Journeys Spanish faculty and her 18th as a Spanish language educator. When not watching a Northern European detective series, Patti most enjoys spending time with her family and close friends and traveling abroad.

  • 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.

  • Olivia Wheeler

    B.A., History, Yale University 

    Olivia graduated from Yale University in 2010 where she studied History and Architecture. After working in the model shop at an architecture firm in Boston after college, she packed up to move out West and pursue her love of math and education.  In addition to teaching at Journeys School, she tutors and enjoys working with graphic design. In addition to teaching, Olivia enjoys music, mountains, perfectly straight lines, and breakfast.

  • 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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