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Meredith Carroll


Content Manager/Storyteller Meredith is a native New Yorker who moved to Aspen in 2003. She graduated from Skidmore College and launched her career in film and television production, including several

November 28, 2022


Emmy Gilliam


Emmy brings 17 years of experience working in schools as a middle school teacher, faculty leader, and director of admissions and enrollment. She has a BA in English from USC

September 23, 2022


Jamie Hozack


Bio and interview coming soon.

September 22, 2022


Katie Hill


Bio and interview coming soon.


Emma Root


Bio and interview coming soon.

September 21, 2022


Allison Fifield


A 2008 ACDS graduate, Allison is thrilled to be back in the Roaring Fork Valley. She attended boarding school at Interlochen Arts Academy and then earned a Bachelor’s of Fine

September 19, 2022


Maria Carbonetti


Maria has taught in every grade level since starting at Aspen Country Day School in 1990. Revered by students past and present, Maria stays in touch with many alumni from

June 29, 2022


Mike Schneiter


Moving with his family from the Tetons back home to the Roaring Fork Valley, our new Lead Outdoor Educator is ready to hit the ground running. Mike brings tremendous depth

June 28, 2022


Andrew Meisler ’14


An Aspen Country Day School graduate, Andrew completed his degree in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder and also earned Wilderness First Responder certification. His experience, confidence, resilience,


Caitlin Bergman


Caitlin, who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley, studied elementary education with a concentration in cultural and linguistic diversity and has a teacher leadership endorsement from Colorado Mountain College.


Shannon Feeley


A Glenwood Springs native, Shannon moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley after teaching in Taipei, Taiwan for two years at the Taipei American School. Shannon’s international experience also includes


Holly Orr


Holly joined the Second Grade team midyear in 2022-23. Her undergraduate studies were in journalism and mass media at the University of Colorado, and she studied abroad for a year


Tori Zimmer


Tori comes to Aspen Country Day School from Derby Academy in Massachusetts, where she was a Second Grade assistant teacher. Tori also taught at the Chestnut Hill School in Newton,


Danielle Sarns


Danielle recently taught at the Cottage Preschool and Ajax Adventure Camp. She attended the University of Michigan and earned a BA in Communication & Media Studies and a master’s degree


Melanie Doyle ’13


A 2013 graduate of Aspen Country Day School, Melanie attended Aspen High School and continued on to Colorado State University, where she completed a double major in Human Development and


Cecelia Martin


Joining Aspen Country Day School midway through the 2021-22 school year was a natural for Cecelia, also known as Cec. She quickly became a warm and welcoming presence at the

January 28, 2022


Zeke Tiernan


What is something you want to do that you have not done yet? One thing that I have not done that I would like to do is visit India. Having

August 5, 2021


Vanessa Abrahams


Vanessa, born in France and raised in a French-speaking family, studied human development and family science at the University of Rhode Island, with a minor in French and psychology. She


Mark Sumera


A Middle School faculty member since 1999, Mark has taught two decades of Aspen Country Day School students the beauty of the quadratic equation. He also enchants Lower School students


Megan Talarico


Megan, who has taught at Aspen Country Day School since 2008, grew up in Utica, New York. She has a BA from Providence College and a masters in science education

August 4, 2021


Lise Sansom


Please stay tuned, Lise’s bio and interview are coming soon!


Fred Stover


Fred began working as a teaching assistant for the Third Grade at Aspen Country Day School in 2017. He grew up in Pennsylvania and studied park and resource management at


Shelley Gill-Meisler


Shelley has taught generations of Aspen Country Day School children to read — and more importantly, to love reading. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has a BA in elementary


Steven Miller


Bucket list travel destination? I’ve always had a desire to travel to Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world. Favorite place on campus? Looking downstream from

August 3, 2021


Carolyn Hines


Carolyn, whose previous roles at Aspen Country Day School have included communications and admissions, has a BA in history from Bowdoin College. Before joining Aspen Country Day School in 2005,


Maggie Gloor


Maggie joined Aspen Country Day School in the fall of 2020, bringing 12 years of experience as an emergency room nurse at Valley View Hospital and Aspen Valley Hospital. She


Grace Nims


A graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in environmental studies, Grace grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and trained as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership


Stacy Reed


Stay tuned, Stacy’s bio and profile are coming soon. Prior to joining Aspen Country Day School in 2021, Stacy was on the faculty at the Bush School, a K-12 independent

August 2, 2021


Debi Bender


Bio & interview coming soon! Debi Bender will be teaching Lower School Art. Debi has most recently been the Arts Department chair at the Rumsey Hall school, a Connecticut K-9


Alexandra Hughes


A graduate of the Spence School and Bowdoin College, Alexandra previously taught at the Brearley School in New York and Swiss Semester in Zermatt, Switzerland. She earned her Master’s Degree


Rachael Brady


Rachael’s classroom is a colorful place full of books, toys, friends, and learning. Rachael graduated from Penn State with a BS in Elementary and Early Education and has completed the


Eloise Vallone


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Liz Sinkinson


A graduate of St. Lawrence University with a BS in Psychology, Liz moved to Aspen in 2009 after teaching English in rural China and substitute teaching at a private school


Collette Newell


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Renee Wheeler


Stay tuned, Renee’s bio and background info coming soon! Three essential items? My dog, my daughter, and my husband. Oh, wait, in this order: husband, daughter, dog. Something that was

March 30, 2021


Marci Sketch


Hang on, Marci’s bio and interview are coming soon!

March 24, 2021


Alex Tiernan


A born and raised Carbondalian, Alex Tiernan has worked at Aspen Country Day School for over a decade in Physical Education and as Global Program Coordinator. He studied marketing and


Barbara Uboe


Bucket list travel desintation? Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve in Vienna, people meet in front of the Stephansdom Cathedral for the countdown to the sound of the church


Annie Garrett


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Sarah Pitts


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Heidi Hemstreet


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Paula Prikryl


What is one thing you’re super proud of? I am super proud of my three amazing children: Tony, Sydney, and Ruthie! Favorite place on campus? The PreKindergarten backyard Favorite place


Kerry Bidlack


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Tyler Valtin


Tyler grew up in Virginia; he has a BS in business from Virginia Tech and a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a degree he completed


Loch Gallagher


A native Vermonter, Loch went to high school at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts, attended the Claremont Colleges in California, and graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA

March 23, 2021


Brett Nelson


Known and loved for his kind smile, warm demeanor, and nothing-is-impossible attitude, Brett arrived at Aspen Country Day School in 2002. With four years away to teach in Chile, he


Cécile Fielder


Cécile grew up in France and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in secondary education and French. She has taught in Westchester County, New York, in Chicago, and at

March 22, 2021


Morgan Atkins


Morgan grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in elementary education, human development, and family studies. She taught Kindergarten at Shore Country Day

March 5, 2021


Trish Devine


Trish, who teaches the humanities — language arts and social studies — in Fifth Grade, holds a BA in Political Science and cinema studies from Wellesley College and a masters

March 2, 2021


Pippa Klumb


Pippa works with the Fourth and Fifth Grade teams on “Castle Creek Island,” the affectionate term for the mid-campus building that houses intermediate grades along with the school administration. She

February 27, 2021


Kelsey Dunn


Kelsey earned an undergraduate degree in movement sports studies with a concentration in physical education and health, along with a masters in athletic administration, from Springfield College in Massachusetts. A

February 2, 2021


Mary Stokes


Mary began at Aspen Country Day School as a Kindergarten assistant in 2004, back when the Lower School was in tiny cottages where the turf field is today. She became


Jenna Hawksley


Jenna has a BA in elementary and special education from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and a masters degree in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She


Paige Freeman


After growing up in Southern Oregon, Paige moved to Utah to pursue her passion for rock climbing and skiing. While attending the University of Utah, she acquired her Wilderness Emergency


Courtney Chilcote


Courtney’s undergraduate degree is from Colby College, where she studied environmental policy and Spanish. She has a MA degree in teaching from Colorado College. Courtney previously worked in the Roaring

January 28, 2021


Cathy Grueter


A native Alabamian and graduate of Sewanee, the University of the South with a BA in psychology, Cathy has been teaching at Aspen Country Day School since 2010. She previously


Paula Ponto


Paula, who grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin, has been teaching at at Aspen Country Day School since 2000. She has a degree in art education for K-12 from the University

January 27, 2021


Scott Hicks


Scott first began working at Aspen Country Day School in 1998. He has a BA in history and political science from Duke University, and a masters of arts in teaching,

January 26, 2021


Kim Passero


Kim is responsible for managing all of our student information systems and databases. She joined Aspen Country Day School in 2015 as an employee, but has been a parent since 2004. Kim


Josh Wolman


Before joining Aspen Country Day School in 2014, Josh was Associate Head of School at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. A graduate of The Park School outside Boston, Josh

January 19, 2021


Wes Lanich


Wes taught music and history for 10 years at The Field School in Washington, DC, where he designed an innovative music production and recording engineering curriculum for student musicians, served

January 15, 2021


Laurie Frampton


After moving to Aspen during her high school years, Laurie earned a BS in human development and family studies, early childhood development from Colorado State University. She is the parent

January 13, 2021


Kimberly Bakker


Miss Kim, as she is known to her students and colleagues, started at Aspen Country Day School in 2003. She grew up in Holland, Michigan and earned a BA in


Casey Scarry


A PreKindergarten team member since 2016, Casey studied at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and then earned her degree in human services with a minor in early childhood education at


Noga Vardy


Stay tuned, Noga’s bio and interview are coming soon!

January 12, 2021


Adam Hancock


A native of North Carolina, Adam graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Environmental Biology and Ecology and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Brown University. Adam

Hancock with Fifth Graders on steps

January 6, 2021


Susan Glah


Susan guides families on their first steps in the Country Day journey and has a particular talent for welcoming new parents and children to the community. A parent of two

December 23, 2020


Jon Bender


Jon Bender teaches Spanish in Fifth to Eighth Grades. He came to Aspen from the Taft School, where he was a class dean, teacher, coach, and dorm head. He was

August 2, 2020


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