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(HS)2 Faculty and Administration

Todd Anderson, CRMS Staff
Technology Assistant
B.S. Electrical Engineering Tulane University

Betsy Bingham-Johns, 
CRMS Faculty
College Counseling
B.S. Psychology, Denison University
Betsy has been providing college advice at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School for over 8 years. She helps students gain a sense of control over what can be an overwhelming process. Betsy assists students as they identify their goals and build college lists, create resumes that showcase their achievements, obtain letters of recommendation, craft college essays and prepare for interviews. She is passionate about helping students find a good fit for college.

Lisa Bottoms
Pre-Calculus 
B.S. Mathematics, Howard Payne University
Lisa has been an educator for the last 24 years in the Dallas, Texas area. During these years she has taught everything from 7th grade math to AP Calculus as well as training individuals to become certified math teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching personal fitness. She is currently teaching mathematics and assisting with crew at The Episcopal School of Dallas.  Seeing and hearing her students passionately discuss mathematical concepts during each class is extremely rewarding. Lisa is also an advocate for students concerning play and healthy living. Lisa is excited to bring her love of mathematics (and the outdoors) to the (HS)2 scholars this summer.

Kat Camara, CRMS Teaching Fellow
Resident Assistant, TA Biology, Kayaking

David De Labra
Resident Assistant, TA Pre-Calculus

Amelia Dotzenrod
Student Support Specialist

Nick Favaloro
Administrator/Program Assistant

AO
Forbes, CRMS Faculty
Geopolitical Studies

Linda Halloran
 
Fused Glass
B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
Master Gardener, Colorado State University

In 2014, after fifteen years serving as the Director of the mentec-inc.comanic Garden, Linda shifted her focus to teaching the craft of fused glass at HS2. During her tenure in the garden Linda assisted with the CRMS Hot Glass Interim for a number of years and co-taught the CRMS Warm Glass Interim for three years. She has taken numerous classes in glass fusing to further her knowledge of the process.

Leonard (Alex) Henderson
Administrator on Duty, TA Geopolitical Studies
B.A. Sociology and International Political Economy; University of Puget Sound
M.A. Public Sociology; Humboldt State University
Alex grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from CRMS in 2012. He moved to the Pacific Northwest for college where he worked in sustainable construction and architectural salvage after graduating in 2016. In 2018 Alex returned to Colorado to work for (HS)2 before beginning his graduate studies in environmental sociology in Northern California. His research generally focuses on the socio-political dimensions of natural resource management, and his MA thesis explores the processes of symbolic valuation within outdoor recreation. This fall he will begin his Doctoral studies with Utah State University's Department of Sociology with a concentration in Environment and Community. This will be Alex's 3rd summer with (HS)2, where his past roles have included RA/TA and Team Sports Co-Leader. He is incredibly excited to continue to work with the (HS)2 scholars who regularly outshine the college students he teaches throughout the rest of the year.

Holton Huntington
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling

Eric Krimmer, CRMS Staff
Director of Technology
BS, Information Technology, Colorado State University
AA, AS, Colorado Mountain College; Microsoft MCSE Certification;
Cisco CCNA Certification

Ryan Margo
, CRMS Staff
Buildings & Grounds Director
Annie Oppenheim
(HS)2 Program Director 
B.A. History and Education Policy; Dartmouth College
Annie grew up in the northeast and attended Dartmouth College where she studied history and education policy. Since graduating, Annie has taught middle school in public, charter, and independent school settings, both in California and the Roaring Fork Valley. Annie came to (HS)2 as an RA/TA in 2016 and fell in love with the work of the program. She spent three summers as an RA/TA, one summer as the assistant director, and looks forward to returning for her 5th summer as program director. Annie spends her free time running, hiking, skiing, and climbing with friends. She also enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with her family and especially her baby nephews.

Fiona O’Donnel Pax, CRMS Administrator
Director of Food Services
Certificate in Professional Cooking from Failte, Ireland
Fiona has 21 years experience as a professional chef working in and running restaurants in Europe, Caribbean and the United States. Fiona moved to Colorado in 2003 to raise a family. She was attracted to CRMS because of its sustainable philosophy and vegetable garden. She believes that good nutrition from locally grown and sustainable means is the foundation to every child’s success in life.

Monica Perez-Rhodes
CRMS Administrator
Human Resources/Controller
B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Lynn Pulford,
CRMS Faculty
Silversmithing
B.A. Media Arts, Montana State University
M.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design

Lynn is a full-time faculty at CRMS and started teaching Photography in 1997. She now teaches Photography and Silversmithing. Lynn has been teaching and working with the HS2 program for 12 years. She has taught Photography, Silversmithing and helped out administratively when needed. Lynn is looking forward to another great summer with the HS2 programs and students.

Meredith (Mere) Reitemeier,
CRMS Teaching Fellow
Resident Assistant and TA College Counseling
BFA Creative Writing, University of Arkansas
Mere is a Kansas native who discovered writing and outdoor adventure while in college in Arkansas, where she earned a degree in creative writing. In the years since, Mere has spent her time guiding in Alaska, waitressing in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and most recently working as a teaching fellow and climbing coach for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado.

BJ Sbarra, CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing
B.A. Business, Cornell University 
Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor 
Wilderness Medical Institute: Wilderness First Responder

BJ has worked as a climbing guide for over 15 years, at climbing areas across the United States. He has a passion for sharing the adventure, problem solving and beauty that climbing offers, and has brought this to the (HS)2 program for the past four years. He looks forward to seeing both old and new faces as they come to embrace the new challenges this summer will provide.

Megan Tackett
SAT/ACT Preparation

Eliot Taft,
CRMS Faculty
Writing 2

Alex Tarika
Biology
B.A., Environmental Science, Colorado College
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver

Originally from Connecticut, Alex moved to Colorado to go to Colorado College, where she studied environmental science. After a few years exploring various passions (international travel, skiing, cowgirling), she has "settled down" teaching middle school science at Aspen Middle School. Alex believes in an inquiry-driven, hands-on approach to learning science, and she can't wait to explore and investigate the ecosystems surrounding Carbondale with her (HS)2 students.

Scott Vinsel
EMT On-Call

George Weber, CRMS Faculty
Music
B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M. University of Colorado at Boulder

George has been teaching music at CRMS since 1996. He enjoys teaching music very much and was drawn to the (HS)2 program because of the enthusiastic and positive comments from (HS)2 faculty about the wonderful experience they had while teaching (HS)2 students. George has enjoyed working with (HS)2 students for the past four years, and looks forward to their return this coming summer!

Lauren Wenzel
EMT On-Call

Jamie Wilson
Nurse On-Call

Tracy Wilson,
CRMS Faculty
Writing I
B.A. English, Boise State University 
M.A. Secondary School Education, Prescott College

Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA): Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Rock Instructor Course. Wilderness Medicine Institute: Wilderness First Responder.
Tracy loves nothing more than to be in the classroom sharing her passion of writing with her students. She is a social justice advocate and has been teaching in the English and History departments at CRMS for the past nine years. In addition to the classroom, Tracy has been teaching rock climbing in an institutionalized setting since 2000. Since then she has continued to improve her knowledge and technical skills. Tracy loves spending the summers with (HS)2 students and avidly leads them on the Mount Sopris climb.

Jess Worley
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling, Climbing

Halle Zander
Program Assistant, Resident Assistant, TA

HS2

(HS)2 Faculty and Administration

Todd Anderson, CRMS Staff
Technology Assistant
B.S. Electrical Engineering Tulane University

Betsy Bingham-Johns, 
CRMS Faculty
College Counseling
B.S. Psychology, Denison University
Betsy has been providing college advice at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School for over 8 years. She helps students gain a sense of control over what can be an overwhelming process. Betsy assists students as they identify their goals and build college lists, create resumes that showcase their achievements, obtain letters of recommendation, craft college essays and prepare for interviews. She is passionate about helping students find a good fit for college.

Lisa Bottoms
Pre-Calculus 
B.S. Mathematics, Howard Payne University
Lisa has been an educator for the last 24 years in the Dallas, Texas area. During these years she has taught everything from 7th grade math to AP Calculus as well as training individuals to become certified math teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching personal fitness. She is currently teaching mathematics and assisting with crew at The Episcopal School of Dallas.  Seeing and hearing her students passionately discuss mathematical concepts during each class is extremely rewarding. Lisa is also an advocate for students concerning play and healthy living. Lisa is excited to bring her love of mathematics (and the outdoors) to the (HS)2 scholars this summer.

Kat Camara, CRMS Teaching Fellow
Resident Assistant, TA Biology, Kayaking

David De Labra
Resident Assistant, TA Pre-Calculus

Amelia Dotzenrod
Student Support Specialist

Nick Favaloro
Administrator/Program Assistant

AO
Forbes, CRMS Faculty
Geopolitical Studies

Linda Halloran
 
Fused Glass
B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
Master Gardener, Colorado State University

In 2014, after fifteen years serving as the Director of the mentec-inc.comanic Garden, Linda shifted her focus to teaching the craft of fused glass at HS2. During her tenure in the garden Linda assisted with the CRMS Hot Glass Interim for a number of years and co-taught the CRMS Warm Glass Interim for three years. She has taken numerous classes in glass fusing to further her knowledge of the process.

Leonard (Alex) Henderson
Administrator on Duty, TA Geopolitical Studies
B.A. Sociology and International Political Economy; University of Puget Sound
M.A. Public Sociology; Humboldt State University
Alex grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from CRMS in 2012. He moved to the Pacific Northwest for college where he worked in sustainable construction and architectural salvage after graduating in 2016. In 2018 Alex returned to Colorado to work for (HS)2 before beginning his graduate studies in environmental sociology in Northern California. His research generally focuses on the socio-political dimensions of natural resource management, and his MA thesis explores the processes of symbolic valuation within outdoor recreation. This fall he will begin his Doctoral studies with Utah State University's Department of Sociology with a concentration in Environment and Community. This will be Alex's 3rd summer with (HS)2, where his past roles have included RA/TA and Team Sports Co-Leader. He is incredibly excited to continue to work with the (HS)2 scholars who regularly outshine the college students he teaches throughout the rest of the year.

Holton Huntington
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling

Eric Krimmer, CRMS Staff
Director of Technology
BS, Information Technology, Colorado State University
AA, AS, Colorado Mountain College; Microsoft MCSE Certification;
Cisco CCNA Certification

Ryan Margo
, CRMS Staff
Buildings & Grounds Director
Annie Oppenheim
(HS)2 Program Director 
B.A. History and Education Policy; Dartmouth College
Annie grew up in the northeast and attended Dartmouth College where she studied history and education policy. Since graduating, Annie has taught middle school in public, charter, and independent school settings, both in California and the Roaring Fork Valley. Annie came to (HS)2 as an RA/TA in 2016 and fell in love with the work of the program. She spent three summers as an RA/TA, one summer as the assistant director, and looks forward to returning for her 5th summer as program director. Annie spends her free time running, hiking, skiing, and climbing with friends. She also enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with her family and especially her baby nephews.

Fiona O’Donnel Pax, CRMS Administrator
Director of Food Services
Certificate in Professional Cooking from Failte, Ireland
Fiona has 21 years experience as a professional chef working in and running restaurants in Europe, Caribbean and the United States. Fiona moved to Colorado in 2003 to raise a family. She was attracted to CRMS because of its sustainable philosophy and vegetable garden. She believes that good nutrition from locally grown and sustainable means is the foundation to every child’s success in life.

Monica Perez-Rhodes
CRMS Administrator
Human Resources/Controller
B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Lynn Pulford,
CRMS Faculty
Silversmithing
B.A. Media Arts, Montana State University
M.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design

Lynn is a full-time faculty at CRMS and started teaching Photography in 1997. She now teaches Photography and Silversmithing. Lynn has been teaching and working with the HS2 program for 12 years. She has taught Photography, Silversmithing and helped out administratively when needed. Lynn is looking forward to another great summer with the HS2 programs and students.

Meredith (Mere) Reitemeier,
CRMS Teaching Fellow
Resident Assistant and TA College Counseling
BFA Creative Writing, University of Arkansas
Mere is a Kansas native who discovered writing and outdoor adventure while in college in Arkansas, where she earned a degree in creative writing. In the years since, Mere has spent her time guiding in Alaska, waitressing in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and most recently working as a teaching fellow and climbing coach for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado.

BJ Sbarra, CRMS Faculty
Rock Climbing
B.A. Business, Cornell University 
Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor 
Wilderness Medical Institute: Wilderness First Responder

BJ has worked as a climbing guide for over 15 years, at climbing areas across the United States. He has a passion for sharing the adventure, problem solving and beauty that climbing offers, and has brought this to the (HS)2 program for the past four years. He looks forward to seeing both old and new faces as they come to embrace the new challenges this summer will provide.

Megan Tackett
SAT/ACT Preparation

Eliot Taft,
CRMS Faculty
Writing 2

Alex Tarika
Biology
B.A., Environmental Science, Colorado College
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver

Originally from Connecticut, Alex moved to Colorado to go to Colorado College, where she studied environmental science. After a few years exploring various passions (international travel, skiing, cowgirling), she has "settled down" teaching middle school science at Aspen Middle School. Alex believes in an inquiry-driven, hands-on approach to learning science, and she can't wait to explore and investigate the ecosystems surrounding Carbondale with her (HS)2 students.

Scott Vinsel
EMT On-Call

George Weber, CRMS Faculty
Music
B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M. University of Colorado at Boulder

George has been teaching music at CRMS since 1996. He enjoys teaching music very much and was drawn to the (HS)2 program because of the enthusiastic and positive comments from (HS)2 faculty about the wonderful experience they had while teaching (HS)2 students. George has enjoyed working with (HS)2 students for the past four years, and looks forward to their return this coming summer!

Lauren Wenzel
EMT On-Call

Jamie Wilson
Nurse On-Call

Tracy Wilson,
CRMS Faculty
Writing I
B.A. English, Boise State University 
M.A. Secondary School Education, Prescott College

Certificates: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA): Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Rock Instructor Course. Wilderness Medicine Institute: Wilderness First Responder.
Tracy loves nothing more than to be in the classroom sharing her passion of writing with her students. She is a social justice advocate and has been teaching in the English and History departments at CRMS for the past nine years. In addition to the classroom, Tracy has been teaching rock climbing in an institutionalized setting since 2000. Since then she has continued to improve her knowledge and technical skills. Tracy loves spending the summers with (HS)2 students and avidly leads them on the Mount Sopris climb.

Jess Worley
Resident Assistant, TA College Counseling, Climbing

Halle Zander
Program Assistant, Resident Assistant, TA
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