Teton Valley Community School

Where Learning Comes to Life

Administrative Staff

  • Laurel Loveland

    Head of School
    B.A. Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Laurel has been an administrator for Teton Valley Community School since 2006 and was appointed Head of School in 2011. Her career in non-profit management led her to Teton Valley in 1999 as the Executive Director of the Teton Valley Humane Society, and later for another local non-profit, Family Safety Network. Laurel has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and master's degree coursework in non-profit management through Portland State University. She attended the Heads of School Institute of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools in 2013 and participates in professional development with the National Association of Independent Schools. She is currently leading TVCS through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools accreditation process. Laurel has three children who drive her passion for progressive, experiential, and life-long learning. She enjoys horseback riding, traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and children.

  • Amber Jacobson

    Assistant Head of School & 1st/2nd Grade Faculty
    B.A. English, Minor Early Childhood Education, Metropolitan State College Denver
    Certified Pre-K-5th Grade
    M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction, University of CO
    Literacy Intervention Specialist


    Amber has been teaching early elementary for over 20 years. She was inspired by her grandmother who was a dedicated teacher for most of her life. Amber has been teaching at TVCS since 2006. She says she loves the school because it allows her to be the kind of teacher she wants to be - creative, integrated, and flexible in her approach. After growing up in Kansas and attending the University of Kansas, Amber moved to Colorado and taught at elementary schools in Denver and Vail. She earned her master's degree in education from the University of Colorado along with an endorsement in reading.  She is currently working towards an Academic Language Therapist Certification to help students who struggle significantly with reading.  Amber moved to Teton Valley in 2004 with her husband Brian because they were awed by the scenery and impressed with the sense of community here. Amber enjoys skiing, hiking and playing outside with her baby boy, husband, and two crazy dogs.

  • Erin Tanzer

    M.A., Place-Based Education, Prescott College
    Teton Science Schools Graduate Program
    B.A., English Literature and Secondary Education, Saint Michael’s College


    Erin has taught Pre-Kindergarten at the Teton Valley Community School since 2011. She works daily to nurture a love of learning in her students through interdisciplinary project-based teaching that is fueled by children’s own questions, innate curiosities, and meaningful hands-on experiences. Erin grew up in the rural forests of New Hampshire where she began her powerful connection to nature through play and adventure. Her love of the wilderness and learning brought her west after college, first to Jackson Hole and then to Teton Valley, Idaho. An intensive study of Place-Based Education at both Teton Science Schools' Graduate Program and Prescott College helped her to learn more about fostering “sense of place” development in students of all ages. Erin's teaching experience spans field science education, traditional classrooms and progressive school settings from preschool to high school. Through this she has developed a diverse expertise in the fields of Place-based education and early childhood education. Her interests include backcountry skiing, poetry, birding, gardening and exploring the special places in Teton Valley with her husband and their daughter.

  • Nancy Freeze

    Customized Learning Specialist         
    B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies,  Bowdoin College
    Teton Science Schools Graduate Program
    M.S., Natural Science, Science & Math Teaching Center, University of Wyoming


    Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Nancy was inspired at an early age by the beauty of wild places and the magic of small, diverse farms by spending weekends on her family’s farm near the Missouri River. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and Masters degree in Natural Science from the University of Wyoming.   In 2005, she completed the graduate program at the Teton Science Schools to pursue her passion for education and the environment.  Nancy has worked as a Special Education paraprofessional at Teton High School, and spent three amazing years as the Program Coordinator of Full Circle Education, a local nonprofit that inspires learners of all ages to live more sustainably.  Through this position, she was able to lead the Farm and Garden program at the Teton Valley Community School.  When she is not teaching, she is probably hiking or horseback riding in the mountains. A large garden and a menagerie of farm animals both keep Nancy and her husband, Jason, busy at home. Nancy is currently pursuing a teaching endorsement in Special Education and is looking forward to an amazing fall at TVCS!

  • Terri Seay

    School Administrator
    B.S. Child and Family Development, University of Georgia

    Terri moved to Teton Valley in 2013 to escape the busy city life of Atlanta, Georgia. With a degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia, Terri has worked with children of all ages in various capacities in the last 10 years. Using her background in Montessori education, she loves inspiring creativity in young minds with fun and exciting hands-on activities, experiments and discoveries. Outside of the classroom, Terri enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, and knitting. Terri is thrilled to call Teton Valley home and loves to explore her new surroundings with her husband and two dogs.

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