Language Arts Teacher and Houseparent
BS Environmental Science/BA English
Tall ships, experiential education, environmental science, sustainable farming, social justice, animal traction, and traditional crafts are a few of the themes and areas that Alexia has been delving into for the last five years. Luckily, she has been able to learn and explore many of these things within amazing communities and with the company and help of children of all ages. She is thrilled to be continuing her teaching, learning, and life adventure at Arthur Morgan School as a teacher and houseparent.
Core Teacher Houseparent
BA Biology/ Outdoor Education
Anna has extensive experience in backpacking with students, both with Farm and Wilderness Camp and during a study abroad trip in Tanzania.
"With my social studies classes I aim to make the content relevant to students lives. I like to spend the time to go in-depth while keeping students engaged through hands-on activities."
Kitchen Coordinator/ House Parent
BA History, Teaching Licensure HS Social Studies
Brad has experience in education and restaurant management. Most recently he managed Sandwhich, a gourmet sandwich shop, in downtown Chapel Hill.
"I love working with all the fresh ingredients from the garden. Running the kitchen at AMS allows me to combine two of my passions, teaching and cooking. I love it. "
BA History, Teaching Licensure in Social Studies
Kristen has administrative as well as substitute teaching and tutoring experience. She is excited to be in a house parenting role and keeping her teaching skills sharp while being mom to Brad and Kristen's 2 yr old Vera.
BA Wilderness Leadership/ Experiential Education
Brevard College, Brevard NC
He loves to fix things and declutter, "out with the old, in with the new." He has been at the Arthur Morgan School for a decade. He has pretty much done everything at AMS, except for clerking. "It is great to be around the students watching them grow both mentally and physically." In his free time he enjoys bicycling, running, and camping with his family. He and his wife Shannon recently became members of the Celo Community and are looking forward to building a new home near campus.
The Evergreen State College
Bridget has been at UNC Asheville's NEMAC as the Science Communications Specialist. She is excited to put her skills to use spreading the word about what an amazing place Arthur Morgan School is. She also enjoys spinning, weaving, and knitting and looks forward to sharing these interests with students through electives.
"The students and staff that find their way to AMS are special people. I love telling others about this magical place and connecting with the exceptional people that will be the future students, parents, and staff of AMS."
BS Nursery Crop Production and Landscape Design
Teacher Licensure in Secondary Science and MS Mathematics UNC Asheville
Non-Profit Management Certification Duke University
"Through my work I have the privilege of learning about the history of AMS, and meeting, by phone and in person, some of the people who have supported the school over its 50 year history. It's a wonderful experience to hear the stories, and realize the deep connections that people keep with AMS throughout their lives."
Houseparent and Finance Coordinator
AMI Primary and Elementary Certification
Atlanta, GA and Milwaukee, WI
Irene had the opportunity to garner many years of experience in business, finance and Montessori before coming to AMS. After selling her marketing business in 1985, she searched for a 2nd career and discovered Montessori's vision of peace through education. In addition to teaching and working with adolescents in wilderness programs, she was head of a large Montessori school in Atlanta for 8 years before coming to AMS. Irene is starting her 6th year at AMS and loves it; working with adolescents is what makes her heart sing.
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg FL
James worked on organic farms for two years before coming to AMS. He has developed a passion for philosophy, logic, exercise, nutrition, woodworking, sustainable home construction and constantly learning new things. "I really enjoy AMS because the environment encourages staff and students to try a multitude of things, in a vaeriety of disciplines, to work towards becoming a fulfilled human being."
Academic Coordinator, Language Arts and Algebra 1B Teacher
BA English/ Drama
University of Georgia
Jason has worked at AMS since 2007. Before that he taught in public
House Parent and Core Teacher
Kay Kelley is a house parent and core teacher at AMS. She graduated from Guilford College with a BFA in drawing and also specializes in printmaking, bookbinding and painting. She has apprenticed on organic farms in the U.S. and abroad, an herbal medicine garden and at yoga centers. She is thrilled to be able to share her many passions with students this year.
BA Chemistry and Economics
Houseparent and Intern
University of Oregon
Lisa is super excited to be working at AMS
Co- Clerk and Pre-Algebra Teacher
BA World Literature/ Cultural Studies
UC Santa Cruz
I love working at the Arthur Morgan School where I get to combine my passion of education, adventure in the great outdoors, and working with youth. I believe that living on a working farm and teaching about social justice and environmental responsibility is an ideal environment for today's adolescents.
Houseparent and Core Teacher
For the last five years Parks has been searching for exciting
camping or indoors playing flute, guitar or board games. "If I had to sum up all the reasons I am excited to be here...I would not be able to!"
Houseparent and Language Arts Teacher
BA Media Arts and Design
James Madison University
Nick is from Shelton, CT. He went to school at James Madison University for degrees in Graphic Design and Technical Communication and graduated in 2000. He worked for a short stint in the corporate district before realizing what he really wanted to do was work with kids. The epiphany occurred while on an Outward Bound trip when his instructor informed him he was physically clumsy enough to help middle schoolers feel confident in the own awkwardness. He has been building those self-esteems ever since. He lives at AMS with his six year old son, Silas and his four year old son, Ezzy.
Sarah has a variety of interests from sustainable farming to ceramics, from cooking deliciously healthful meals to hiking in the woods, and is excited to share her many skills. She loves the community at AMS and is inspired by the fun, funky, talented students and staff. "AMS is such a unique and incredible place; I feel so honored to live in and contribute to this learning space."
Co-Clerk and Gardener
Tal has been a utility player on the AMS team since 1999. He has houseparented, led trips, taught a little bit of everything, worked in the development office, run the farm program, and is now a co-clerk. After 12 years in Silver Cove, he now lives in Celo Community with his family in the timber-frame home they've been building since 2008. He likes to pick mushrooms, catch snakes, find interesting plants, hike in the Blacks, and run the local trails.