Teton Valley Community School

Where Learning Comes to Life

Enrichment Faculty

  • Tonia Ralston

    Art Faculty
    B.A. Studio Art, Whitman College
    tonia.ralston@tetonvalleycommunityschool.org

    For Tonia, growing up in a busy multicultural neighborhood in Seattle as well as a small, primitive cabin in an isolated setting on Washington's Olympic Peninsula served as dynamic influences for an artistic path early on. After spending time studying art in Vienna with related travels throughout Europe and parts of Africa, Tonia earned a B.A. in studio art from Whitman College. She works as an independent artist, painting murals and commissioned art, and shows her work in various settings throughout the West. Through extensive grant writing and collaborative efforts with Jackson Arts organizations Tonia developed, maintains, and has taught a K-12 multi-disciplinary arts program in Jackson for over ten years. She also spent 10 summers working as a field instructor for a therapeutic wilderness program leading trips for special needs children throughout the Tetons.  Facilitating the creative process with children is one of her favorite things to do.

  • Emily Sustick

    Farm and Garden Faculty
    B.A. Psychology and Fine Art, George Washington University

     

    Emily is a graduate of George Washington University and has been living and gardening on both sides of the Tetons for the past seven years. She has worked for a variety of nonprofits that educate and serve youth in this region including Teton County School District #1 (Jackson, WY) and Teton Youth and Family Services. She has been working in the gardens, pastures, and barns of Snowdrift Farm for the past three summers and volunteered with Slow Food in the Tetons to help get the Jackson Hole People's Market up and running. She comes to Full Circle Education with a passion to provide meaningful farm and garden based experiences that connect students to the food systems that sustains us. In her free time, Emily enjoys adventures in the mountains and growing her own backyard garden.

  • Maria Mazo

    Spanish Faculty
    maria.mazo@tetonvalleycommunityschool.org


    Maria grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to the US in 1984 to be with family. After living in California for a year, Maria settled into Teton Valley where she met her husband and raised two boys. Maria joins TVCS with over 20 year of experience working with children in many capacities from schools and daycare centers to her own boys and extended family. Maria loves making personal connections with each child and fostering growth and creativity. In her free time, Maria loves crocheting and quilting along with cooking for her family and community.

  • Michelle Visser

    Mindfulness Teacher
    M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Wyoming
    B.A., Elementary Education, emphasis on Creative Arts, University of Wyoming
    Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Mindful Schools, Oakland, CA

    michelle.visser@tetonvalleycommunityschool.org

    Michelle has 20 years teaching experience working with children pre-K through Jr. High. She has experience in public school, project-based schools, as well as Montessori classrooms. She is a founder of a charter Montessori elementary school in Laramie, Wyoming. In 2015, she completed a year long program earning certification as a Mindfulness Instructor as a way to contribute to the development of emotional intelligence within children. Michelle returned to the Teton area with her family in 2015 after being away for 20 years. They now live in a tiny home and enjoy skiing, biking, boating and hiking in and amongst the beauty of the mountains. Michelle's two boys, Ansel and Ezra attend TVCS.

  • Hunter Jones

    After School Faculty
    B.S. Marine Ecology and Environmental Studies, Eckerd College
    hunter.jones@tetonvalleycommunityschool.org

    Hunter graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology. She grew up in Florida and Bighorn, Wyoming white-water rafting, kayaking, riding horses, surfing and snorkeling. Throughout college, Hunter instructed wakeboarding trips, drove boating trips and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on SEA semester.  After graduating in 2016, she moved to Casper, Wyoming as an outdoor science educator at Casper Mountain Science Program. Through this experience, she found her passion for outdoor education. Hunter strives to inspire students to love the environment as much as she does. In her free time, Hunter enjoys exploring the outdoors, kayaking, hiking and skiing. She is excited to explore the Tetons this summer.

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