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Staff and Faculty

TRCS Teachers and Staff

Kindergarten and First Grade

Ruth Herrera

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Ruth Herrera grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. She attended University of Northern Colorado and received a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Education with a licensure in Linguistically Diverse Education. She interned at a newcomer program for Burmese and Somali refugees in Greeley, Colorado.  Ruth student taught in Denver Public Schools. After finishing her student teaching she returned to the valley and taught in a kindergarten bilingual classroom in Basalt.  The last three years, she has been a classroom teacher at TRCS. This year she will be teaching Spanish. When she is not teaching Ruth enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

 

Katie Stewart 

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Katie was born and raised in Carbondale but has spent the last decade teaching in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  During her time in Bolivia, she spent eight years working as a teacher and later as the director of an after-school program. She and the staff worked primarily with under-privileged Quechua children.  Katie has a passion for reading and is excited to instill a love of reading in her students at Two Rivers.  She lived with my younger brother, Collin, in Bolivia and enjoyed spending lots of time with her 6-year-old nephew, Matias, who also lived part-time with them.  The Colorado mountains are one of her favorite places to be: hiking, x-country skiing, running or backpacking. She is also looking forward to returning to her home church at The Orchard and reconnecting with the Latino community in the valley. What a privilege it will be to live in the Roaring Fork valley again!  

Marisa Mills

Marisa.Mills@tworiverscs.org

Marisa Mills is in her third year at Two Rivers Community School. She will be teaching Kindergarten reading and writing and K/1 Project Based Learning. A
Marisalittle about Marisa…She is originally from Dayton, Ohio and her father was from Oaxaca, so Mexico became an integral part of her life as she was afforded the opportunity to visit family every summer and thereafter for many years. Marisa graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in elementary education with certification in bilingual education. During college, she spent a quarter working on her practicum in Puebla, Mexico. After college, Marisa’s first teaching job was full-time Kindergarten where she decided teaching younger students was her true passion and craft. She met and married Scott. They started in San Diego where she taught k/1 in a bilingual school. After their first child, Gregory was born, they moved back to Dayton to be closer to her family. Two years later, Michael was born. Marisa was a stay-at- home mom for 8 years but she kept up her teaching license, taught after-school Spanish and Catechism. She was hired as the teacher to start a Spanish Kindergarten Immersion School which has grown and continues today. In 1999, the Mills family relocated to beautiful Glenwood Springs, CO and they easily embraced this fascinating valley for the outdoor life that they still enjoy like hiking, biking and skiing. She taught ELL, first grade and kindergarten at Sopris Elementary for 15 awesome years and for Garfield Schools one year. Marisa completed her masters in Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Education with an emphasis on English Language Learners. She is prepared to dedicate, nurture, and to instill a love of learning for our youngest children in reading, writing and PBL. Marisa is looking forward to getting to know new families, partnering with TRCS families, and working with new staff in our beautiful, new school-it’s going to be an amazing year!

Cristina Mancinas 

Cristina.Mancinas@tworiverscs.org

received_1530442823674805My name is Cristina Mancinas, I was born in a small town in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. I am a proud mother of two daughters, one son and an adorable grandson. I have worked for the RFSD since 1996 where I gained many years of experience teaching dual-language models. During that time, I taught preschool, kinder, and first grade.  I graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts and Modern Languages. I absolutely love school, and enjoy passing my passion for learning on to my students. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, shopping, spending time with my family, and admiring the beauty of this valley.

 

Second and Third

 

Alana Houseman

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Alana Houseman grew up in Washington, D.C., speaking fluent Spanish in her early years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Colorado College in History/ Political Science with an emphasis on Latin American and African Studies and a minor in Urban Studies. She later received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from CU Boulder, with an emphasis on Culturally and Linguistically Different Children. For five years, Alana taught third grade at Syracuse Arts Academy, in Syracuse, UT. Here, she focused on integrating the visual arts, movement, music, and theater into the curriculum for her third graders. Previously, she taught second grade for two years in Adams 12 School District on Colorado’s Front Range. Alana grew up vacationing with her family in their home in Marble, where she currently resides and enjoys the outdoors. She has been teaching 2/3 Literacy and PBL at TRCS for three years now. She is happy to help make TRCS a special school where all families, students, and the community feel welcome, and students learn curriculum through hands-on, engaging lessons and meaningful community- involved projects!

Lixy Alcorta 
Lixy.Alcorta@tworiverscs.org
Lixy Alcorta is excited to be back HOME at Two Rivers Community School!  She completed her student teaching there in 2014, came on staff in the spring, then made the decision to try out Portland, OR for a couple of years.  While in the Pacific Northwest, she taught 3rd grade for 2 years at an Expeditionary Learning school.  However, the Rocky mountains have been begging her to come back!  She has realized how truly special the Roaring Fork Valley is and is delighted to settle back into this magnificent mountain town.  Lixy is supported by her amazing husband (Jerry) and her two beautiful children, Grayson (10 yrs old) and Aubrey (8 yrs old), and her two energetic labradors, Ranger and Castle.  In her free time she enjoys rafting, paddleboarding, skiing, hiking, and hanging out with her family and friends. Lixy has a passion for teaching and focuses on each individual child in the classroom and their educational needs. She believes that students thrive in an environment that allows them to explore through discovery and inquiry.  One of the most important concepts she hopes to instill is a lifelong love of learning!

Victoria Norville

Victoria.Norville@tworiverscs.org

TRCSPic (1)Victoria was born and raised in Mar del Plata, Argentina where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also went to college to teach English as a second language and during her summer breaks she used to come to Snowmass, Colorado to work at the ski area. It was during one of her trips to Colorado where she met her husband, and she finally moved permanently to the U.S in 2007. Victoria worked as a preschool teacher for several years with the Roaring Fork School District, but she always wanted to obtain her teaching license so she decided to go back to school one more time. Recently, she graduated with a B.A in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. Victoria and her husband have two daughters, and both of them attend Two Rivers Community School. She is very excited to join the TRCS team and looks forward to getting to know her students and their families.

Fourth and Fifth

Tamarah Howard

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Tamarah is a GSHS graduate. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Creative Writing. After graduation, she moved to Tanzania in eastern Africa and began teaching in a local elementary school. It was there that she discovered her passion and realized what age group of students she’s interested in teaching. Teaching at a school with such limited resources has taught her how to really think outside the box and be creative using local knowledge to benefit each student. She is very excited to be apart of the community here at TRCS!

 

Mike Hills 

Mike.Hills@tworiverscs.org

10863810_10153012244532216_6812345080537765195_o (1)Mr. Hills is a qualified school teacher from the UK. Mr. Hills began life as a 16 year old dockworker. He helped make ships for the British navy. While working at a US summer camp, Mr. Hills was encouraged by a teacher working at the camp to retrain as a school teacher. Mr. Hills took this advice and attended University to become a school teacher. When Mr. Hills qualified he moved to the US to ply his trade. Mr. Hills has not looked back since, he is proud of being voted “Teacher of the Year” twice. Mr. Hills loves being outdoors studying nature. His favorite hikes are Storm King, American Lake and Cathedral lake. Mr. Hills is excited to begin his career with Two Rivers. 

Carolyn Suehring  

Carolyn.Suehring@tworiverscs.org

Carolyn grew up in the Midwest and received her bachelor of science degree in design from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  She loves to travel and has traveled to 45 of our 50 states so far.  She moved to the east coast in 2001 and has since lived in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia before moving to a mountain home in the Flat Tops of Colorado for the last eight years. She shares the same passion for learning and sharing knowledge with others as many of her family and extended family members do as teachers and professors throughout this country. She believes that the best way to get to know a community is through volunteering and understands the importance of civic duties and being a responsible citizen at any age. Carolyn has been a substitute teacher for all grade levels at Two Rivers Community School for the past four years. She believes in the teaching methods TRCS uses to help students learn subjects from multiple perspectives and has tremendously enjoyed working with and getting to know the unique and talented staff as well as most of the TRCS students and families.  She looks forward to having a brilliant year.

 

 

 

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade

Shaina Maytum

Shaina.Maytum@tworiverscs.org

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Shaina is excited to join the Two Rivers team after four years of teaching high school English. She is originally from Boulder, and holds Bachelor’s degrees fromFort Lewis College in English and Adventure Education, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from CU-Boulder.  Before pursuing a formal teaching career, Shaina worked as a full-time outdoor educator, and is looking forward to incorporating her love of experiential education into her work at Two Rivers.  Shaina and her partner, Pryce, love backcountry skiing, hammocks, and boogying to live music whenever they can!

Terran Carver

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Terran Carver can’t wait to join Two Rivers Community School and share her love of English/Social Studies and the outdoors with her students! Terran is a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWestern Slope native and is proud to call it home. Terran attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where she received a B.A. in French and English, after which she moved to Denver to work for EF Educational Tours. Here, she was able to help provide thousands of students with the opportunity to travel abroad. She then moved to Fort Collins where she received her M.A. in Ecocritical Literature from Colorado State University. The summer after graduating from CSU, Terran then went on to teach English at Jiaotong University in Xi’an China. Missing the quiet and simple life of her youth, she decided to move to Carbondale to work as Teacher’s Assistant at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, where she helped teach first and second grade. This experience made her realize how much she loved being a teacher and getting to be around kids every day, so she decided to pursue a teaching certificate through Western State Colorado University, completing her student teaching at Roaring Fork High School. Terran is an avid traveler and believes in the deep transformative nature of going to new places, meeting new people, and having new experiences. She has a deep love of both the desert and the mountains; when she isn’t teaching you can find her reading, doing yoga, hiking, watching live music, baking, traveling, or floating the river on a sunny day.

Kevin Shepard 

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Originally from New Jersey, Kevin Shepard was drawn to this valley by the endless amount of outdoor recreational activities it has to offer. Kevin moved to IMG_2594 (1)Colorado in 2010 to pursue a bachelors degree in Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Colorado-Boulder and also to ski. Kevin’s favorite moment while at CU Boulder was studying abroad in Tanzania and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Kevin’s love for travel brought him to Costa Rica after college where he received a TESOL/TEFL English teaching certificate. Kevin returned to the US to pursue a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Southern California.  He has previously taught World History in Lakewood, Co. and AP US History at Grand Valley High School. Kevin is looking forward to teaching at TRCS; he is excited to transition to teaching middle school in a place based learning school. Kevin hopes to incorporate his appreciation for the outdoors and our environment into both his literacy and social studies classroom. When Kevin is not teaching you can find him hiking with Taco (his dog), mountain biking, skiing, climbing, camping or eating tacos.

Deidre Rippy

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deedeeDeidre (Deedee) Rippy recently moved to Glenwood Springs with her husband and three children, after spending most of her life in New Mexico. Coming from a family of five kids, Deidre spent much of her childhood at a chalkboard playing teacher, trying to “teach” her siblings. After discovering that mathematics came naturally to her, she became determined to teach math to those who struggled with it (particularly her mother and sisters). She felt that there must be some way to get them to understand mathematics as clearly as she did, not knowing it would become her life’s passion 10 years down the road.

Deidre received a Bachelor’s degree from New York University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Pre-Med, with the intent of going on to medical school. But after stepping into the classroom on the first day of her “temporary” substitute teaching job, her heart reminded her of where she was meant to be. Deidre dropped her medical studies and turned to her passion of teaching. Deidre taught varying levels of math (from pre-algebra to calculus) to grades 7 – 12 for eight years in N.M., during which she completed a Masters in Education from UNM, helped begin the I.B. program at one of her schools as department head, started up and was advisor for the National Honor Society, created peer-tutoring programs, and directed after school math clubs. Deidre fully commits herself to teaching, making sure every one of her students gains confidence in the subject, and gains an appreciation for the endless applications and the beauty of mathematics that surrounds them.

Although she took a few years off from full-time teaching to be home with her babies, Deidre continued to tutor students who struggled with math in the evenings and on the weekend. Deidre loves to stay active; she grew up riding horses, loves to travel, scuba dive, snowboard, trail run, and explore the outdoors with her children.

Adam Cartwright

Adam.cartwright@tworiverscs.org

profileAdam Cartwright graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s of Science in neurobiology. He spent a few years at UT San Antonio’s medical school before realizing that he did not want to be a doctor. He became a teacher in 2014 through the University of Colorado Aspire program. Teaching is the perfect combination of his passion for science and his desire to be a positive impact on his community. Adam has taught 7-12 science at Weldon Valley High School for three years. At Weldon Valley, Adam fell in love with education, and works continuously to share his enthusiasm for science with all of his students. Adam coached JV basketball, ran numerous clubs and hosted a few science fairs.. He is an avid snowboarder, mountain biker and hiker, and Adam believes the Glenwood Springs area has the best scenery in all of Colorado. He currently lives with his adorable husky puppy who consistently pressures Adam into hiking around the area.

 

 

Spanish

Shelly Haddon

Shelly.haddon@tworiverscs.org

I love teaching Spanish and have been a licensed Spanish teacher in Colorado and in the Twin Cities for the past twelve years.  I have enjoyed teacimage1hing all levels of Spanish from kindergarten to advanced high school Spanish.  I grew up in a Spanish speaking family and have been fortunate enough to have been surrounded by the language and culture throughout my life. My stepfather is from Mexico and we often had family and friends from Mexico visiting while I was growing up.  Speaking Spanish, making Latino food and celebrating Latino holidays and traditions was a very fun part of my childhood.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota with a degree in Anthropology and Spanish.  When I was in college I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Spain.  When I left Spain I was forever transformed.  I knew then that I wanted to become a Spanish teacher.  When I entered the Graduate School of Education at Hamline University, I chose a program that would offer another opportunity to learn through an exchange program.  After finishing my urban student teaching in Minneapolis Public Schools, I spent several months living and student teaching in a full immersion environment in Tres Rios, Costa Rica.  I have been back to Costa Rica several times since then and even got married on the beach there! I am a lifelong learner of Spanish and love traveling and exploring new places and meeting new people.
I am so excited to be teaching Spanish at Two Rivers Community School and to be living back in the valley.  I love reading, traveling and spending time outdoors. I especially love being a mom to my two children, Neena and Micah.

Elvia Loya

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Elvia Loya is a native Spanish speaker born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She received her teaching certificate from Centro de Actualizacion del Magisterio in Chihuahua. She taught primary school for several years in Chihuahua prior to moving to Colorado. Elvia spent the last few years working on her cosmetology career and working as a full-time mom. This is her third year at Two Rivers Community School, teaching Spanish. Elvia is enthusiastic about enhancing each student’s Spanish-speaking abilities. She has three children, Abril who graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and recently from Princeton University, Grissel who graduated from high school in El Paso, TX. and from the University of Denver, and Brandon who is a fifth grader at Two Rivers Community School. She lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband Omar.

Sonia Roldan

Sonia.roldan@tworiverscs.org

IMG_9089Sonia native of Peru, has been in the valley for seventeen years. Sonia graduated in Autonomous Guadalajara University, Mexico City with a bachelors in psychology. Later she obtained a M.S.Psychology from Liberty International University in Florida. She has a rich experience in dealing with families and children teaching in several countries in Latin America before moving to the States.In Colorado worked with Latino families in different programs for the community . She uses her music abilities and expertise to enhance teaching and therapy. For the last ten years, Sonia has been assisting in teaching elementary school children in several schools in the valley. Sonia has been working assisting kindergarten and first grade teachers for two years at Two Rivers Community School. She has two adult children. Her daughter graduated from the university of Colorado in Boulder, and her son graduated from Nebraska University. Sonia is thrilled to join the faculty at Two Rivers Community School in Glenwood Springs and has great ideas to make her Spanish classes a dynamic and creative working environment.

 

Physical Education

Richard Malone

Richard.malone@tworiverscs.org

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Richard’s first degree is a Bachelor’s in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Coming from a family of teachers, he went back to school to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  After working three years as 6th grade teacher on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, he earned his Masters Degree in Technology and Educational Integration with course work in Leadership. Mr. Malone has taught 3rd-6th grades over the past 13 years while working with diverse cultures.  His focus has been on bridging higher level thought through the integration of mind mapping by bridging reading and writing strategies to teach students to become lifelong learners.  He was recognized and promoted to train teachers as part of a leadership team for the Ruidoso School district before leaving New Mexico. Being an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys exploring, camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and rafting.  Mr. Malone also taught himself to read music and play guitar.  He loves exploring challenges that require commitment, focus and determination in the process of achievement.  Richard enjoys helping others build self-confidence by working through their challenges to enhance their self-esteem. Richard was an avid rock climber for 18 years before leaving New Mexico, which includes American Mountain Guides training and certification for single pitch rock climbing instruction. He is very excited to develop an outdoor movement program that will help kids learn about themselves and help them to challenge their abilities using the surrounding community.

Maker Space

Terry Muldoon
Terry.Muldoon@tworiverscs.org
TerryPhotoTerry Muldoon is excited to join our team of extraordinary teachers as our Maker Space Educator.  She is passionate and committed to creativity thru experiential and collaborative learning. Terry comes to us with over ten years experience in community art thru the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing outreach art programs with Mountain Valley Developmental, Glenwood Springs Public Library’s Painted Pages, Yampa High School Art Outreach, RE-2 Fifth Day World Arts Program, our very own TRCS Fine Art Wednesday,  and numerous in-house art experiences and community engagements. She is a graduate of the University of New England, Medical Science School,  Biddeford, Maine, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Minor in Chemistry Degree.  She spent numerous years in the medical field before embracing her passion in the arts.  She enthusiastically supports “The Maker Movement” with a scientific and creative mind.  Her teaching skills and methods as a creativity coach dovetail with our model of rigorous, interdisciplinary, and experimental learning. Terry lives,  creates and collaborates with her partner Charle in their own  “Makers Space” studio, shop, foundry in New Castle, Colorado with their pets Midas, Izze, and PoMo.

 

 


Special Education

Andrea Turner

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IMG_1678Andrea Turner is very excited to be joining the Two Rivers community this Fall! She lives in the neighborhood and has been watching the school develop and grow from the outside! Andrea grew up in Chicago and is an avid Cubs fan, (World Series Champs, Finally!) She loves the city of Chicago but always knew a slower pace and more time outdoors would serve her well.  She went to college in a small town in central Illinois called Quincy. After getting a degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences, Andrea decided to pursue Special Education and went right to work on her masters.  Her love for working with children of all abilities came from her mom who is a physical therapist in schools. Upon graduating again, Andrea worked in Quincy as a Special Education teacher for multi-needs students in grades 7-9. She worked in that position for 6 years before making the tough decision to relocate to the Roaring Fork Valley to be with her now husband, Eric. Andrea loves all living things, including plants (avid gardener) and pets including her two dogs; Moose and Stella. Andrea is finishing up her third year at Basalt High School as a Special Ed. Teacher. Although she loves her high school students, she is looking forward to working with younger kids again and is very excited about the many cool opportunities to explore and learn in a student-centered environment.  When Andrea is not teaching you might find her cooking, hiking, walking her dogs, reading, enjoying live music, traveling, watching baseball or skiing (a recent adventure.)

Andrew Hays 

Andrew.Hays@tworiverscs.org

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Andrew Hays is a Colorado native and is excited to be able to combine his passion with special education and experiential education at Two Rivers Community School. He has lived in the valley for 5 years with his wife Chanthy, and they are proud parents of their 2-year-old son Arlo Hays. Having a learning disability himself, Andrew has personal experience with special education. He was identified with a learning disability in 3rd grade and has used self-advocacy skills to educate teachers throughout his school career, which includes the start of his graduate program at Teton Science Schools and then the finish with his M.S. in Environmental Education at Antioch University located in Keen, New Hampshire. He then took online classes at Western State and received a teaching certificate in special education and elementary education. When he is not teaching, Andrew enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, cooking, going to concerts, and spending time with his family.

 

 

PBL/STEM Coordinator

Ann Rockett Perrin

ann.rockett@tworiverscs.org

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Ann’s passion for life and love of learning brought her to TRCS to grow as an experiential learner and teacher.  She loves working with middle school students and especially enjoys the outdoor journeys they embark upon together. Ann’s background in education includes: classroom teaching; ELL Specialist; and STEM Program Developer and Teacher. Her enthusiasm for learning and teaching is fueled by innovative, hands-on problem solving activities. Ann’s drive to tackle new challenges is fulfilled by the  TRCS model of engagement in active, experiential programs.  Ann loves to travel and experience new and unusual places, like visiting Mars!.  An adventure seeker, she has enjoyed sky-diving, takes to the river whenever possible and can also be found hiking, biking, running and playing her new addiction, pickle – ball!   Ann’s pride and joy are her three kids, Morley, Rockett and Macy Grace who keep her laughing and active.

Social-Emotional/Multi-Tiered System of Support Coordinator

Amy SpradlinAmy

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Amy Spradlin is in her third year nurturing and teaching kindergarten and first graders at Two Rivers Community School. Her teaching career has spanned over twenty years, and her passion for the teaching craft has only gotten stronger. She has taught fifth grade, second grade, first grade and kindergarten. Amy completed a Masters in Reading from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to teaching, Amy spent six years as an academic coach. During this time, she mentored new teachers, provided feedback, and conducted staff development. During the coming year, she is excited to pursue a certification in Mindfulness for Educators as well as begin a second master’s program in counseling. Amy is supported by her husband, Dan Spradlin, who is a local farrier in the valley. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, road biking, and traveling. William Butler Yeats, sums up Amy’s motto for teaching when he says,“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

 

 

Teacher Assistants

Tiffany Axtell

Tiffany.Axtell.@tworiverscs.org

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Tiffany Axtell has spent most of her life in Colorado, either on the Front Range, or here in the Roaring Fork Valley.  There have been a few excursions to exotic places like Utah and Los Angeles, California (during the summer of the Rodney King riots – that was exciting!)  After high school she went to Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and while there was given the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Israel for the Fall semester of 1992.  She came back from that experience a changed person, having a real appreciation for diversity and a love for the wonderful and enriching cultures of the area.  After marrying her wonderful husband, Russ, she finished her Bachelor’s Degree at CU-Denver with a major in History and a minor in Math.  The rigors of college, however, were nothing compared to the experiential learning of raising 5 beautiful children while being a stay-at-home mom for almost 20 years!  She moved with her family to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1997 when her two oldest children were just babies.  As more children came along and they all grew they felt their roots sink deep in the mountain soil.  She had the wonderful privilege of being hired to work with severe needs students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School starting in the Fall of 2013.  She switched to being a substitute teacher for the Roaring Fork School District so that she could manage the different schedules of RFSD and TRCS.  What a great blessing to now be working at TRCS!  She is so excited to be a part of the whole family at the school and be able to help in any small way she can to make the school a great community of learning and life.

Annette Leach

Annette.Leach@tworiverscs.org

Annette Leach is a retired school teacher from Texas. She moved here several years ago to be near her grandchildren. All five of her grandchildren attend Two Rivers Community School. Annette has taught math classes at Two Rivers Community School the past three years.
Annette received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and English from East Texas State University. She has taught classes ranging from pre-algebra to advanced algebra to grades 7-12 in Texas and Ohio. She loves being a part of the Two Rivers family.

 

Director of Operations

Ben Canady

Email: ben.canady@tworiverscs.org

staff-Ben-CanadySince 2002, when he entered the Masters of Teaching program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ben Canady has been preparing for a career as an educator. He earned his B.S. in Communications and English from VCU, and has been successful in sales and division management over a long career as an ISA Certified Arborist. His love of travel and cultures has gained him a comfortable use of the Spanish language, and a Yoga Teacher certification through extended study in India. He has written and presented regularly over the years to groups of industry professionals, community groups, and employees, always working diligently to make information accessible and engaging for all learning styles and interests. He earned top honors from the Davey Institute of Horticulture and continues to learn and implement valuable lessons from the study of plants, soils, and food cultivation. He was the Assistant Wrestling Coach at Coal Ridge High School and a long-term Substitute teacher with the Garfield RE2 School District before starting at TRCS.

 

Director of Education

Jamie Nims

Email: james.nims@tworiverscs.org

staff-Jamie-NimsI have had the pleasure of working at Two Rivers Community School since it first opened in 2014.  I have taught language arts, social studies, and occasional Spanish classes in the middle school. I have also served as the Technology Coordinator and the Middle School Coordinator.  Prior to moving to Colorado, I taught in Guadalajara, Mexico where I fell in love with the country and its culture. It was there that my two daughters were born. At Instituto Thomas Jefferson, I helped to open a new campus where I was the Middle School Coordinator for all English Programming. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Montana, A Master of Education with a focus on international teaching from Framingham State University, and this summer I completed my degree as an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. This year I am excited to take over the position of Director of Education from Rebecca Ruland as she moves into a new role as Head of School. When I’m not at TRCS, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and two daughters, ages 4 and 6.

 

Head of School

Rebecca Ruland-Shanahan, Ed.S

staff-Rebecca-ShanahanEmail: rebecca.ruland@tworiverscs.org
Front Office Phone: 970.384.5200

Rebecca Ruland-Shanahan most recently served as the Principal of Grand Valley Center for Family Learning which is in the process of becoming an Expeditionary Learning school. Rebecca has worked as a school administrator for seven years in the Garfield 16 School District as well as the gifted and talented coordinator for the last three years. Prior to school administration, Rebecca directed a family literacy project for Colorado Mountain College with sites in Carbondale, Rifle and Glenwood Springs. The mission of the project was to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and illiteracy. She also worked extensively in southern and eastern Africa as an administrator and trainer for the United State Peace Corps Education Project and taught ESL to international students applying to enter university in the U.S. as well as adult learners in Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Ethiopia. Rebecca taught grades 1-4 in public schools in both Arizona and New Mexico. She studied abroad in Venezuela at the University of Los Andes. Rebecca has a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education and an Ed.S degree in Educational Leadership. She lives with her husband and daughter in Glenwood Springs and her daughter attends TRCS.

 

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