TELLURIDE – The Telluride Mountain School has five new and returning staffers onboard this year, from teachers to a new program coordinator, and a new consulting counselor.
Craig Wasserman has returned to lead the art department and the winter sports program; a longtime veteran of the school and a popular classroom instructor, Wasserman, leads TMS students to develop high levels of skill and passion for visual art, and as director of the school’s 16-week winter sports program and a guide on outdoor education and experiential learning trips.
Two faculty members return to the humanities department. Jesse James McTigue, one of the first teachers to work at TMS in its early days, returns after more than a decade away, teaching humanities at two independent schools in the San Francisco Bay area and then taking a hiatus from teaching to raise her two daughters, Mollie, a TMS student, and Belle. McTigue, who will head up the upper school humanities program, holds a degree in English and environmental studies from Dartmouth, where she was also the captain of the Division I ski team and an NCAA champion skier. Emily Shoff also returns from time raising two daughters, Siri and Quincy, now students at TMS. Shoff holds a master’s degree in English from Bread Loaf School of English, at Middlebury, and an undergraduate degree from Colorado College.
Joining the lower school program in the position of first and second grade teacher is Julia Boldrin, who recently completed her second Montessori certification program and now holds certificates for both lower and upper elementary instruction in addition to her master’s degree and praxis license in elementary education. Boldrin most recently taught in a Montessori school in Evergreen. Also joining the Montessori faculty is Catherine Moulton, who has moved to Telluride from Alabama with a master’s degree in education and experience working in the preschool classroom. She will assist in one of the preschool and kindergarten classrooms at Montessori at Mountain School.
Also new to TMS is Emily Durkin, who holds a master’s degree in science education from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in English and environmental studies. She will teach math and science in the intermediate and upper school divisions. In addition to coordinating instruction in the environmental stewardship program at IslandWood, one of the nation’s premier experiential learning programs based on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, Durkin has taught in the Americorp program and at an independent school in Maryland. Summers, she is an Outward Bound instructor working out of Ely, Minnesota, where she leads paddling expeditions.
In addition to new faculty, TMS welcomes a new administrator and a new consulting counselor to its team. Jamie Intemann, who is familiar with the Telluride nonprofit scene, having held positions with Mountainfilm, Telluride Academy, Ah Haa School and Telluride Film Festival, will be the TMS program coordinator, which includes staffing the front desk. Nancy Anderson joins TMS as a consulting guidance counselor, after many years of experience with the San Miguel Resource Center and in a local private practice. Anderson will run parent programming for the TMS community. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.