School Office Phone: 970.384.5200

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade

Joseph (Joe) Puglis

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Joseph Puglis is excited to be returning to the middle school team at TRCS.  Though native to the midwest, Joe has let his myriad passions guide his travels and learning throughout his life.  His love of classical music motivated him to study Italian and Music at the Jacobs School of Music.  Saddened by the widening socio-economic gap in public education, he went to work for Americorps as an elementary school tutor and then teacher in an under-resourced Miami neighborhood.  His desire to learn more about the world’s disperate cultures and histories led to various positions including as a teaching fellow for Princeton in Asia at a university in Thailand, a manager on an urban organic market farm in Chicago, and as a math and science teacher at a k-7 one room school house in Kansas City. And his love of the mountains brought him to the Roaring Fork. While guided by his own passions, teaching seems to have remained a constant presence. Joe is thrilled to continue bringing his ideas to middle school PBLs where you’ll often find him taking his students to exoplanets, cooking up explosive chemistry, and telling kids the origin stories written in the stars.

Ben Canady


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.

Ann Rockett Perrin


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Ann Rockett Perrin began at Two Rivers Community School as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher and ELL specialist, and will now be workingin the 6th grade.  She comes to us from many years of diverse teaching experiences:  an elementary classroom teacher;  ELL Specialist; and, most recently, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program developer and teacher.  Her passion for learning and teaching is fueled by innovative, hands-on problem solving activities. Ann’s love of life and thirst for adventure brings her to TRCS to engage in active, experiential programs.  Ann loves to travel and experience life outside her comfort zone often pushing the boundaries.  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 is her family and they are all enjoying new beginnings.  Morley will attend Cal Poly in the Fall to follow her engineering and beach volleyball dreams.  Rockett will begin high school at GSHS and Macy Grace will be a 6th grader at GSMS.

Jamie Nims


Jamie Nims is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He  has lived in Montana, Washington, Mexico, and Colorado over the years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana and his Master of Education from Framingham State University. Jamie lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for three years prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley. He began his career teaching English as a foreign language and eventually transitioned into teaching language arts and history to middle school students at international schools in Mexico. He is happy to be a part of the wonderful community that is Two Rivers Community School.


Deidre Rippy


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


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.


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Mailing Address:
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    Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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    195 Center Drive  (Map to School)
    Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
Phone:  970.384.5200