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Molly Winters


Molly comes to Aspen Country Day School from Indiana, where she was an assistant teachers at St. Richard’s Episcopal. She earned a Bachelor’s in Science in Public Health – Therapeutic

September 27, 2023


Laura Miller


Originally from Michigan, Laura moved to Aspen in 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University. Before starting at Aspen

August 31, 2023


Mary Frances Szoradi


Mary Frances grew up in Houston, Texas, and skied with Power Pandas at Buttermilk when she was a child. She studied undergrad at CU Boulder and earned a master’s in


Rachel Nahirny


Rachel moved to Aspen in 2023 to work at Aspen Country Day and ski (a lot). Originally from Brookline, Mass., she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies


Aleda Deuble


Aleda moved to Aspen in summer 2023 after having lived in the Front Range of Colorado for a decade. Originally from Winnetka, Illinois, she previously worked at Graland Country Day


Tana Rinaldi


Tana grew up in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts plus 180 education credits on top of her degree in a School

August 29, 2023


Barbara Collier


Barbara moved from Maryland to Aspen in August 2023. She has taught Fifth Grade at public and private schools for over 25 years and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from


Meredith Carroll


Meredith is a native New Yorker who moved to Aspen in 2003. After graduating from Skidmore College, she launched her career in film and television production, including several years at

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


Jamie moved to Aspen in 2001 to launch a career in education and spend time in the mountains. Originally from Philadelphia, he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Biochemistry

September 22, 2022


Katie Hill


Katie Hill is originally from Duluth, Georgia, and moved to Aspen after college in 2003 for one summer before quickly figuring out she didn’t want to leave. She has Bachelors’


Emma Root


Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Emma moved to Aspen in 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and expects to receive her master’s degree from University of Colorado

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 earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts

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


Mike moved with his family from the Tetons back home to the Roaring Fork Valley to work as Aspen Country Day School’s Lead Outdoor Educator. He brings tremendous depth as

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,


Holly Orr


Holly joined the ACDS 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


Tori Zimmer


Tori came to Aspen Country Day School in 2022 from Derby Academy in Massachusetts, where she was a Second Grade assistant teacher. Tori also taught at the Chestnut Hill School


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


A native Aspenite, Zeke has taught Middle School history, English, and humanities at Aspen Country Day School since 2005. He also taught Sixth and Seventh Grade social studies in Mexico

August 5, 2021


Vanessa Abrahams


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


Mark Sumera


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


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 master’s 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


Originally from Edmonds, Washington, Steven arrived in Aspen in 2012. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. He started at ACDS as a bus driver

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


A native of Vancouver, BC, Stacy and his family moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2021. Before joining Aspen Country Day School, he was on the faculty at the

August 2, 2021


Debi Bender


Debi is originally from Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught art in public schools for a decade and was named Teacher of the Year in 2009. She is the former arts


Alexandra Hughes


A New York native, Alexandra has been teaching at Aspen Country Day School since 2010. She is a graduate of the Spence School and Bowdoin College and earned her Master’s


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


Eloise was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has lived in Aspen since 2019, but it has been a special place for her family since she learned to ski


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


Collette grew up in Cortland in central New York state and then went to college in Burlington, Vermont, which still has a special place in her heart. She holds bachelor’s


Renee Wheeler


Renee is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Aspen from Vail in 2014. Since starting at Aspen Country Day School in 2015, she has worked as a Sixth

March 30, 2021


Marci Sketch


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


“A feeling” brought Barbara Uboe to Aspen in 2017. She grew up in Wilton, Connecticut, and holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Bridgeport. She has worked as


Annie Garrett


Annie was born and raised in Aspen and chose to return home after graduate school because of her love for the community and mountains. She studied as an undergraduate at


Heidi Hemstreet


Heidi moved to Aspen in 2002 to work as a private teacher for a family. She’s originally from Jupiter, Florida, and has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education


Paula Prikryl


Paula Prikyl is from Paradise Valley, Arizona, and moved to Aspen in 1978 to ski. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech as well as a degree in theater


Kerry Bidlack


Kerry is originally from Newport, Rhode Island, and arrived in Aspen in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Rhode Island College and was a


Tyler Valtin


Tyler grew up in Virginia and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Virginia Tech plus a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. His first


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. He has taught Spanish and science, worked as a

March 23, 2021


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 arrived in Aspen in 2017 after three years teaching PE and Outdoor Education in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Waterbury, Conn., she earned an undergraduate degree in movement and sports

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 master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Part


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

January 28, 2021


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 started working at Aspen Country Day School in 1998. He has a Bachelors in History and Political Science from Duke University, where he also earned a Masters of Arts

January 26, 2021


Kim Passero


Kim is responsible for managing Aspen Country Day’s student information systems and databases. She joined the school in 2015 as an employee, but has been a parent since 2004. Kim grew


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 moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2019 and worked with the Aspen Music Festival & School supporting their audio and streaming projects. Prior to that he taught music

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


Ms. Kim started at Aspen Country Day School in 2003. She grew up in Holland, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Art and Literature from Hope College.


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


Noga grew up in Aspen and returned home in 2016 to work at Aspen Country Day School. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts

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 Aspen Country Day journey and has a particular talent for welcoming new parents and children to the community. A parent of

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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