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

    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

    Registrar
    B.S., Zoology, University of Idaho
    sam.kitchen@journeysschool.org

    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.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 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.

 
  • 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.

  • Katelyn Redding

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

    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

    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.

  • Hannah Contois

    Administrative Assistant
    B.S., Integrated Biological Sciences, University of Vermont
    hannah.contois@journeysschool.org 

    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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