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

    Director of Student and Family Experience
    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.

  • 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

    Upper School Science Faculty
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
    B.A., Biology and Education, 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 Journeys School 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!

  • John Williams

    Upper School Humanities Faculty
    M.A., Educational Leadership, Stanford University
    B.A., International Relations, Colgate University

    john.williams@journeysschool.org

    John discovered his passion for experiential education as a Peace Corps volunteer in the jungle of Suriname while helping to create a sustainable rice milling business. However, it was his role models, many of whom were teachers and also lifelong counselors at Camp Deerwood, who truly inspired him to pursue a career in education. At school, John strives to help students become the best versions of themselves—academically, socially and emotionally. Outside of school, John enjoys spending time outdoors and with his wife, Kate, and their English bulldog, Olaf.

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