Zeke Tiernan - Aspen Country Day School

Zeke Tiernan
Sixth Grade English & History Teacher


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 City for a year. He has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Colorado, where he also earned masters’ degrees in English and teaching English learners.

Favorite Aspen Country Day School tradition?

My favorite Country Day tradition is the graduation speeches delivered by the graduates themselves. Their words encapsulate the Country Day experience perfectly, articulating the value of our school’s culture and program. It is uplifting to see the graduates speak with poise and confidence while describing their ACDS experiences. 

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 taught about its history and culture for years, I am intrigued by the country and would love to go there and experience the history and culture firsthand. 

What is one thing you’re super proud of?

I am proud of many accomplishments in my life, particularly in the field of distance running where I was a two-time All-American in college and placed second in the Leadville 100 trail race twice. However, I feel the greatest pride when I see the kind and amazing people my children are growing up to be. 

Favorite winter activity not on skis or a snowboard?

When I am not on skis, shedding pow in Highlands Bowl, or shooting pucks at the Aspen Ice Garden, I love to sled Tiehack, top to bottom. 

Favorite quote?

“When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” – Bob Marley