June 17, 2013 - June 21, 2013
June 24, 2013 - June 28, 2013
Old Time Radio Show Camp
July 4, 2013
4th of July
August 26, 2013 - August 29, 2013
Class Meetings (TBD by Teachers)
August 29, 2013 04:00 - 05:00
ES: Parent & Student Tea
August 29, 2013 05:00 - 06:00
ES: All-School Meeting
September 3, 2013 09:00 - 12:30
Half Day - Start of Semester
September 25, 2013 02:00 - 03:00
September 27, 2013
ES: Snow Make-Up Day
October 22, 2013 09:00 - 12:30
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My background is in community-based and school-based counseling. With its foundation in human development, counseling is essentially about bearing witness to the change process in ourselves and those with whom we work. Serendipitously, Blue Mountain School’s model of Contemplative Progressive education is also grounded in values and practices that facilitate change and growth, and the model asks that everyone in our school community—parents, students, and teachers—support each other as we learn and grow from our experiences. I cannot imagine a better opportunity to bring my counseling background into practice in a daily way, than to be working at Blue Mountain School, facilitating change, growth, and learning in our students and in myself and our staff.
I am happy to be focusing my attention and energy to co-create (on a foundation that already has been established by those who came before) a small-scale educational system that fosters the development of loving human relationships, self-awareness, and self-efficacy—all of which are things that kids (and all of us!) need to be at peace in the world.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a long term practitioner of mindfulness meditation, yoga and Chinese internal martial arts. As the founder of and lead teacher for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) I have run transformative retreats for teens and college students as well as for parents and professionals who work with youth. I have over 20 years’ experience working with youth as an educator, counselor and soccer coach. My main goal in working with teens is to help them become more aware of the depths of who they are and to feel fully supported in developing the unique talents and gifts they bring to the world. In my role as the Director for Blue Mountain High School, I am dedicated to creating a learning environment where teens feel a sense of connection and belonging with each other and with the places and people in this community that nurture their growth. I will make sure all teens feel welcome and supported in pursuing their academic interests at a pace that matches and challenges their skills and temperament. In addition to facilitating community building activities and leading a weekly Great Books Seminar, I will provide bi-monthly advising sessions for each student.
Ezekiel graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, earning degrees in civil/environmental engineering and mathematics, and completed an M.S. degree in environmental engineering at Yale University. Ezekiel has worked on a number of water, agriculture, and natural resource projects in places such as Cameroon, Guatemala, and Hawaii. Most recently, he served as the lead teacher of environmental science, physics, pre-calculus, independent research, Spanish, and physical activity at the Renaissance High School in Charlottesville. He has also provided private tutoring for middle and high school students in algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, and chemistry. Ezekiel is Wilderness First Aid certified and an RYT-registered yoga instructor in addition to being a licensed permaculture designer, an avid wild crafter, and a perennial plant propagation enthusiast.
I am a native of Germany, and I settled in the New River Valley nearly 20 years ago. I found my true Heimat right here in Floyd. I have a degree in early childhood development and education from New River Community College, and I have been working in the early childhood field for about 15 years with various age groups. While my training is valuable, my experience as a teacher and as the mother of a college-bound daughter and two grown sons has taught me a lot about children that the textbooks left out. I strongly believe that children are capable collaborators in their own learning process: children are people, too! They deserve respectful and caring adults to guide them on their journey as they learn about themselves and others, and the world around them.
In addition to teaching, I also am an active member of the Floyd Humane Society and provide foster care for puppies and dogs.
I'm happy to be at Blue Mountain School where freedom to throw the lesson plan out the window gives me great flexibility to work with these kids to build relationships which will lead to growth and deep learning about self and community.
I've always loved the sciences. Creating a blend with this and my background in education, work experience, and worldly travel, I have found my life path to be in education. I was born in south Florida, and grew up mainly in the Carolinas. College brought me back to Florida to pursue degrees in Biology and Journalism. During this time I became certified as a Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor, and eventually in prenatal and children's yoga. After finishing my Journalism degree in England, I had my first rite of passage traveling Europe, the Pacific Islands, and Australia solo for a few months. I felt such a bond to Australia that a few years later I finished a master’s qualifier in Natural Medicine in New South Wales. I am currently working on my doctorate in Natural Medicine.
Education has always been a large part of my life, so in 2006 after leaving Australia I began training in Montessori pre-primary and elementary education. Since then, my path has been dedicated to holistic education ranging from lead teaching in Montessori environments, science and nature interpretation for primary and elementary children, traveling children’s yoga instructor, teen yoga instructor, and organic gardening teacher for young ages.
I am very passionate about teaching, and I am so excited to be a part of Blue Mountain School and the Floyd community. In my classrooms, I always begin with a broad scope of the whole universe (in science, literally!) while often interweaving subjects to show how everything is ultimately connected. I believe in visualizations and hands-on, manipulative activities within the classroom to inspire creativity, movement, and peaceful social interaction within an academic framework. I want my students to look at the universe and the environment with awe and respect while also building the confidence to create their own theories. These children are the future!
During my free time I love being outdoors with my sweet husband Jason and my happy, high-spirited three-year-old daughter, Simone. We love exploring, “creek stomping," canoeing, gardening, and making our own wine. On very quiet days I love sewing, reading, practicing Reiki and yoga, making herbal concoctions, and just “being.”
I was born and raised in West Virginia, where my family has lived for several generations. After high school, I joined the US Coast Guard and served four years – most of it in Alaska. I returned to West Virginia and obtained my bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Math from Shepherd University. This is where I met my best friend and wife, Kerry.
Shortly after graduation, I was hired by the FBI as an intelligence analyst. The next nine years involved working many long hours, weekends and holidays – both planned and unplanned. My responsibilities encompassed writing assessments and giving briefings to the US Intelligence Community and the White House. During this period, I also attended the National Defense Intelligence College for graduate studies.
Thankfully, my wife rescued our family (which now includes our three-year old son, Everett) from Washington D.C., and accepted a professorship at Radford University.I was able to take a short rest before working as a substitute teacher at Floyd County High School. Not long after enrolling Everett into Blue Mountain, I was very fortunate to receive a call from Shelly about a substitute teaching position, which has now turned into a permanent position.
While I’m not a native of Floyd County, it definitely feels like home to me and is somewhere my family and I plan on staying for a long time.
After spending the past ten years in the field of education, Inge Terrill joins Blue Mountain School as the Science teacher for the upper elementary class. Inge has worked at BMS before. From 2002-2004, she was the school's Office Manager/Director. Then in 2004-2005, she taught the Middle School class at BMS and from 2010-2011, she taught the 2nd-4th grade class at BMS. From 2004 to present, she has been homeschooling her daughters and teaching at various summer camps. She is also currently the Environmental Education Coordinator at Apple Ridge Farm in Check. Inge has a Bachelor of Arts in General Biology with an emphasis in plant taxonomy. She also has a Masters of Environmental Science with an emphasis in plant ecology. She is looking forward to having a great year with the upper elementary class exploring the world of Science!
Sarah McCarthy, Yoga and PE
I am an artist and mother who has loves being part of the community in Floyd. I have been practicing yoga and meditation for over fifteen years and received my children's yoga teacher certification from the Asheville Yoga Center. In my classes, I encourage students to look within themselves and learn more about their world through yoga, meditation, and cooperative games. I love to experience the calming, grounding effect that yoga and mindfulness have on myself and my students. I practice Zen meditation and participate in silent and family retreats at Great Tree Zen Center in Asheville, NC.
Lore Deighan, Art
I am a Floyd native, gone for many years but happy to be back with my partner Justin and three-year-old son, Milo. You might recognize me from the Floyd Farmers Market, where I sell for Good Food Good People, or from the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, where I often volunteer in the Hayloft Gallery. I am a painter and majored in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. I am very passionate about the arts and have worked with many children in after school art programs both in Richmond and here in Floyd.
Virginia Klara, Literacy
I have lived happily in Floyd County since 1982. Long before having children of my own, I participated in community workdays and fundraising events for the building of Blue Mountain School because I believe an independent, alternative school is an great asset for the community and a truly precious choice for our area families.
My participation as a parent at Blue Mountain began in 1992 when my now 22-year-old son, Ian, entered pre-school. Two years later my daughter, Laurel, now 19, gladly followed her brother to Blue Mountain. As a young parent, I appreciated that there was a local school where my children could progress gradually from the security of home to the greater world. I especially valued the nurturing support and the recognition of the individuality of each child provided at Blue Mountain.
I wanted to be involved in my children's education so for many years I was 'class parent.' I also served on the School Council/Board and on the fundraising, maintenance, publicity, hiring and curriculum committees. I got my first taste of teaching youngsters as a substitute teacher and assistant art teacher at BMS. When my children and their classmates were learning how to read, I volunteered in their classes as a reading tutor. Since then, I have taught many children, from pre-readers to college applicants, reading and writing.
My formal education includes a BS in Horticulture and certification as a Master Naturalist from Virginia Tech. In 2011, I earned a Masters of Liberal Studies from Hollins University; my studies focused on language and literacy acquisition. I have taught English to adult immigrants through Refugee and immigration Services and Literacy Volunteers. I now tutor students independently under the company name of Good English. I also work for Good Food/Good People at farmers markets and the Greens Garage.
Jagadisha Rotella, Contemplative Studies
Jagadisha has been involved with the contemplative arts for over 30 years. He practices and teaches Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound, an ancient form of Classical Indian Music. He is a lover of bonsai, the art of tea, cooking, and simple, mindful living. As well as teaching at BMS, Jagadisha teaches environmental education and team building at Apple Ridge Farm, a local non- profit organization.
Lucia Gruber, Performance Arts
In my classes, I combine natural materials with the power of music. My aim is to help children develop mentally, physically and socially in a peaceful manner; I combine group-building activities with hands-on learning through nature and music. In my classes, students will use their senses to develop sensibility and receptivity for themselves and for each other. Our voices, bodies and some space are all we need
I moved to Floyd County in 2006, and a year later my daughter was born. I knew from the start that I wanted our family to be part of the Blue Mountain School Community. I have been working as the school's office manager since May 2011.
My professional background is in technical communication, office administration, and research sponsored programs administration.