December 11, 2013 06:30 - 08:30
December 16, 2013 04:00 - 06:00
December 18, 2013 09:00 - 12:30
December 18, 2013 05:30 - 07:00
December 19, 2013 - January 5, 2014
January 8, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
January 20, 2014 02:30 - 03:30
MLK Jr. Celebration
February 12, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
February 13, 2014 02:00 - 03:00
Special Person Tea
February 13, 2014 03:30 - 04:30
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I am an associate professor of education at Radford University. I teach courses on the history, philosophies and economics of education, as well as a summer online course on alternative forms of education. My research interests lie in the area of school restructuring – to make them more democratic/self-directed, and focused on the whole child (mind, body, and spirit). My research on unconventional schools includes studies of the Albany Free School, the Blue Mountain School, the DSIL (unconventional school in Thailand), Montessori schools, Quaker schools, homeschooling/unschooling. I have blogged in the past for the Institute for Democratic Education in America as well as Cooperative Catalyst. The key reason I am serving on this board is because I would very much like to be on the “front line” of work to bring my visions for education to concrete reality. What I offer the board is dedication to the cause, in-depth knowledge of how other such schools are structured, curriculum-development knowledge, and my skills of organization and detail orientation.
Jamie has been involved with Blue Mountain School either as a board member or staff member since 2007.
I moved to Willis from Greensboro, NC, in the summer of 2011, and our two children have been at BMS since that fall. My family brews, bottles, and sells Buffalo Mountain Kombucha ~ our creation. Additionally, I work as a Individual Record Specialist for Wall Residences in Floyd. Our family was highly involved in our beloved magnet school in Greensboro ~ a performing arts school with a focus on open education. The school community transformed the grounds into beautiful, food laden gardens. We even welcomed a visit from Alice Waters! We worked closely with local politicians, pastors, and mediators to help define who we were as a school and not let the increasing governmental demands diminish that vision. At times the task seemed insurmountable, but with loving communication, our school family came out stronger than ever. My experience working closely with students, staff and families to integrate a progressive education with the demands of a public school system has helped me with my work as a board member here at BMS.
I moved to Floyd with my wife, Anne, and my daughter, Autumn, in 2004 from Richmond, where Anne taught and I worked for an environmental non-profit. We enrolled Autumn at BMS as a pre-schooler, and she stayed at BMS for three years through kindergarten before we moved her to the public school system. Our son, Gabe, was born in 2006, and he has been attending BMS since pre-school. In 2012, we moved Autumn back to BMS from the public schools due to the significant positive changes and improvements we had seen happen at BMS in staffing, structure and teaching methodology during Gabe's time there. Seeing the huge changes in leadership and structure that has happened and is happening with the school, I felt called to be a part of helping to continually move BMS forward and build on the foundation that has been put in place over the past few years. I am proud to be on the Board, and I look forward to giving my time and energy to be of service to this excellent educational resource.
I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. After high school, I attended Northern Michigan and received my Bachelor degree in Business Management. Since graduation, I have worked for places such as The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, The FED of Dallas, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental, and am currently at Wells Fargo Insurance Services. I have been at Wells Fargo for the past four years working as a Business Systems Consultant, and am lucky enough to work remotely from home where I live with my wife and three daughters. My wife was born and raised in Floyd, and has always wanted to raise our daughters in this lovely area. When the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at it. Our oldest two daughters have attended Blue Mountain School, and we have a genuine respect for how the school caters to each individual student.
I taught 4th grade at BMS as a parent in 1986-1987 and spent lots of time at BMS meetings in the years that my children, Josh and Ananda attended. Ananda's son Dylan is now a student at BMS. I am now working on developing an intentional community, Floyd EcoVillage, with my partner, Jack Wall, that will be the home of the first BMS high school. I use my skills as an LCSW with Wall Residences, a business that I helped to build. I am excited about the opportunity to work on developing a high school for our community.
I am originally from just south of Buffalo, NY, and after living in Ann Arbor, MI for 10 years, my wife and I decided it was time for a change to country living. We chose the Floyd area because it sounded like an interesting place, is closer to family, has mountains, and is about as far south as I can handle without wilting like a delicate flower. We’ve been here ever since. I work at Virginia Tech as a grants and contracts coordinator, specializing in proposal submission and finding new grant opportunities for VT researchers. I plan to use these same skills to help BMS find and win grants. I feel fortunate to have found such a welcoming and supportive community here at school, and look forward to helping BMS continue to expand and grow.
Elementary School Director
High School Director
Governance Committee: Responsible for ensuring optimal board operations by reviewing and proposing changes in policies and procedures, planning for leadership succession, arranging financial audits, creating and maintaining evaluation policies, and evaluating the Board, the Trustees, and the Director.
Finance Committee: Responsible for financial oversight, setting tuition rates and staff salaries, reviewing scholarship applications, developing the annual budget, creating and maintaining financial policies, financial planning, and taxes.
Development Committee: Responsible for creating and maintaining development planning and policy, marketing and advertising the school, fundraising, grant development, and creating an endowment.
Facilities Committee: Responsible for oversight of current facility maintenance and planning for future facilities.
Community Committee: Responsible for increasing Blue Mountain School's web of influence, through marketing, public relations, and relationship building.
Program Committee: Responsible for curriculum development, oversight of programs, including special programs such as summer camp and Friday enrichment, evaluating staffing needs, providing relevant information to other committees as necessary, and reviewing teacher and staff evaluations.