The Telluride Mountain School has hired Tucker Szymkowicz as director of experiential education; it is a new position for the school.
“We are looking to Tucker to enhance our classroom experience with more experiential learning elements and to develop our existing outdoor, field, service, and travel programs,” said Karen Walker, Interim Head of School.
Szymkowicz joined the faculty and staff in April just in time to join teacher Emily Durkin and the fifth and sixth grades as they set off for their spring experiential learning trip to IslandWood, an outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island, in Washington.
With an M.Ed. from the University of Washington focused on experiential education, an undergraduate degree from Colorado College, and experience working at IslandWood, Boojum Institute, Outward Bound, and other experiential learning organizations, Szymkowicz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the new position. He and his wife, Caroline Grew, are also the founders of CIRENAS, an environmental education center on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, visited in 2011 and 2013 by TMS students and faculty.
In accepting the position, Szymkowicz said, “Telluride Mountain School has been a leader in experiential education since its inception, and I am looking forward to building on that well-earned reputation.” The school is known for its innovative blend of challenging academics and experiential learning. Students are currently on experiential learning trips in locations ranging Santa Fe, Hawaii, Spain and Morocco.