Blue Mountain School

Upcoming Events

April 14, 2014 - April 18, 2014
Spring Break

April 17, 2014 07:00 - 10:00
Together in Concert: Jim Scott & James Durst

April 22, 2014 01:00 - 03:00
Earth Day: All-School Work Day

April 25, 2014
ES: Snow Make-Up Day

May 14, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
Board Meeting

May 16, 2014
ES: Snow Make-Up Day

May 21, 2014 03:30 - 04:30
End-of-Year All-School Meeting

May 26, 2014
Memorial Day

May 29, 2014 09:00 - 12:30
Half Day

May 29, 2014 11:30 - 01:30
End-of-Year Celebration & Potluck

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Members

President
Dr. Kristan Morrison
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.

Secretary/Treasurer
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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.

Members
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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.

Cassie Pierce
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.

Jamie Reygle
Jamie Reygle was the president of Blue Mountain School's first active board, in 2007-'08. He was also a board member for another two years, serving one year as the teacher representative. He was a teacher at the school from 2009 to 2012, and development coordinator from 2010 to 2012. Prior to Blue Mountain School, Jamie served on a number of non-profit boards in Australia, including The Wilderness Society, 4ZZZ FM and Q Music. Jamie is currently working for Social Emotional Learning Consultants, developing a comprehensive after-school program for teens in Floyd, teaching mindfulness in local schools, and working closely with the development of Blue Mountain High School at the EcoVillage.

Luke Staengl
Luke is a visionary pioneer in many fields of human endeavor – from learning to understand the human psyche, sociology, as well as practical solutions to some of the worlds pressing problems of resource conservation and environmental preservation. Because of his interest in a different approach to education he co-founded Blue Mountain School in the early 80s, and is a strong supporter, both morally and financially. He is keenly interested in seeing the school grow and blossom, and wants to see more diverse curricula, more classes for the older kids, and eventually an alternative high school with affiliations to the colleges and universities in the area, as well as apprenticeships with local farmers and industries. He founded an Intentional Community in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Anahata Bio-Community) and a revolutionary education center (Anahata Education Center) which focus on personal growth, interpersonal relationship, new ways of accessing and processing our unconscious contents, and understanding human behavior and motivation. Luke has been the driving force behind several high technology environmental companies since 1979, including PESCO, PESCO-BEAM, and VENDCO LLC. He also serves as Board Member and Vice President of Sustain Floyd Organization, which focuses on creating a sustainable resilient Floyd Community, through the development of local industries which will provide markets for local crops, and creating value added industries for local raw materials, resources and talent.

Aaron Vaughan
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.

Teacher Representative
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Elementary School Director
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High School Director
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Committees

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : 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.

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : Responsible for increasing Blue Mountain School's web of influence, through marketing, public relations, and relationship building.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : Responsible for accreditation, 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.

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