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  

    David graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree in English and went on to receive his Master's 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 the power of myth in antiquity and today, as well as how culture positively and negatively affects the individual. David teaches students to have an empowered voice in writing and in speech.

  • Ethan Lobdell

    Lead Middle School Faculty
    B.A., Computer Science with Minor in Mathematics, Vassar College
    ethan.lobdell@journeysschool.org 

    Ethan graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics. He has been teaching since 2004 in both public and private schools. He has been with the Journeys School since 2007. Ethan’s professional interests surround challenging industrial educational paradigms, recognizing the individual qualities each brain has, and maximizing the opportunities for students to be their most authentic selves. When Ethan is not in the classroom, he can be found volunteering for Teton County Search and Rescue, skiing, cooking, travelling, or trying to practice yoga and mindfulness daily.

  •    Andy Solomon

       Middle School Faculty
       Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
       B.S., Elementary Education, University of New Mexico
       
    andy.solomon@tetonscience.org

    An alumni of the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program, Andy joined the Journeys School Middle School faculty to inspire others and his passion for innovative education both in and out of the classroom. He brings thirteen years of teaching experience in both public and private schools across New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, Hawaii, and Wyoming. While not involved with the TSS community, Andy can be found building and riding bikes, trying out his latest jokes, or spending time with his family.

  • Ashley Babcock

    Middle School Faculty
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
    B.S., Enviromental Studies and Geography, University of Colorado Boulder

    ashley.babcock@journeysschool.org

    Ashley recently completed the Teton Science School Graduate Program for Field Science and Education. Previously, she taught 3rd through 10th grade Math and Science in Telluride, Colorado. She also skied for the NCAA Alpine team while at the Univeristy of Colorado. Ashley is thrilled to be pursuing her passion for education and adventure in beautiful Jackson, WY.

  • Kelly Samuels

    Middle School Faculty
    B.A. Biology and Educations, St. Mary's College of Maryland
    kelly.samuels@journeysschool.org

    Kelly studied Biology and Education at St. Mary’s College in Maryland before moving to Seattle to work as a Pinto Abalone restoration technician for a small non-profit. While in Seattle Kelly began tutoring middle school students who had fallen behind on state-assessments. This inspired Kelly to want to pursue teaching as a career. With family in the Jackson area, Kelly decided to attend Teton Science School’s Graduate Program in pursuit of a masters in natural science education. Kelly joined the Journey’s faculty in 2016. She strives to teach students that science is a way of looking at the world that hinges on inquiring about what is around us, collaborating with fellow scientists (peers), evaluating evidence and sharing knowledge. Outside of school Kelly is happiest paddleboarding, reading, recreating in the mountains and making scientific observations all the while!

  • Sophia May

    Middle School Faculty
    B.A., Peace Studies, College of Saint Benedict
    sophia.may@journeysschool.org

    Seeking to return to work in education, Sophia completed the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools and her Master’s of Science in Natural Science Education at the University of Wyoming. Her professional interests center on teaching students to think critically, communicate clearly, and act as dynamic and authentic members of the community. When Sophia isn’t in the classroom, she’s likely out adventuring with her dog, Dulbi, cooking, reading, or learning something new.

  • Wendy Russell

    Middle School Spanish Faculty
    M.A., Spanish Middlebury College Summer Language School, VT (in process)
    B.A., Geography/Spanish, Kent State University, OH
    wendy.russell@journeysschool.org 

    Wendy began teaching in 1997. Since then she has taught Spanish in NH, VT and CO in both public and private schools. Most recently she has been teaching Immersion ESL and Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy Workshops to public school teachers in Mexico and China for Dartmouth College during the summer. Wendy resides in Driggs with her husband and son and when not in the classroom can usually be found exploring the roads and trails of the Teton Valley on her various bicycles.

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