Blue Mountain School

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2014 02:00 - 03:00
Harvest Celebratio

September 24, 2014 05:00 - 06:30
BMS Panel at Radford University

September 26, 2014
No FEP

September 26, 2014
Family Camping Trip

October 22, 2014 - October 23, 2014
No School - Teacher Work Day

October 23, 2014
Parent Conferences

October 31, 2014
2nd Scheduled Make-Up Day

October 31, 2014 01:00 - 03:00
Halloween Celebration

November 1, 2014 06:00 - 08:00
FEP Radio Show Appearance

November 21, 2014
3rd Scheduled Make-Up Day

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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.

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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.

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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.

Treasurer: Melodie Pogue
Melodie and her husband Reeves first came to the Floyd area in 1997 to manage the Mountain Rose Inn in Woolwine. During the eight years they were there, she served on the board of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce. They spent the next 5 years managing an inn in Tappahannock. While there, she and her husband received the “Key to the City” of Tappahannock for their work with several non-profits including the Friends of the Essex County Library, of which she served on the board as Vice President. After retiring from innkeeping in 2010, they moved back to Floyd, purchased their own home, and vowed never to move again.

Until recently, Melodie split her time working as the Executive Director of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce and at Fancies and Follies Consignment store. In March she resigned from the Chamber, but  continues to work with F&F.

Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Melodie grew up in a household of educators. Both of her parents, her stepmother, several cousins and all of her parents’ friends were/are teachers. Her first work experience began as a young teenager babysitting. Although she does not have children of her own, Melodie enjoys playing with and mentoring young people. She recognizes the importance of education and community support and the need for investing in young lives.She holds a dual degree in Interior Design and Marketing from Northern Arizona University, and enjoys film, literature, horseback riding and Civil War Living History.

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I am mother to Tiamon, entering BMS kindergarten next year, and little sister Norah, age 3. I run Fancies & Follies Consignment Home Furnishings, owned by my parents. I have an early (pre-college) background in Early Childhood Education, going through the Child Care Vocational Classes and work co-op at Blacksburg High School. By the time I graduated High School I was leaning more towards Design and Architecture, which has been an interest since an early age. So before becoming a mother, I worked as an Architectural Designer with several local firms (Architectural Alternatives, Dreaming Creek - with Aaron Vaughan, Streamline Timberworks, and RRMM Architects out of Norfolk and Roanoke). I have great organizational skills, enjoy working with others on growing ideas and making them happen (a huge part of what makes me happy is, with the help of others, getting things done and seeing results....getting my hands dirty, or sweaty, or whatever is required), I have some handyman skills and am always eager to learn more, and have a great professional manner, as needed, and enjoy networking with friends and community members and look forward to developing these relationships with possible donors and supporters for our wonderful school.

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Warren Lapine graduated in 1988 fromm the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he majored in English and minored in Psychology. He counseled troubled teens for close to 10 years at the Amherst Shelter before founding his first business in 1994. That business was DNA Publications, Inc. which started out publishing one small press magazine and grew to publish nine national magazines including Weird Tales, the Whole Cat Journal, and The Official Magazine of the Rock Band KISS. In 2005 amid a major shift in the publishing world he closed DNA Publications and shifted his concentration from magazines to books with Wilder Publications, Inc. By 2008 Wilder Publications had became one of the largest POD publisher in America. Wilder Publications currently has more than 2,500 books in print. Warren Lapine has strong communications and managerial skills and a keen understanding of how businesses work.

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Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Rick Parrish is a graduate of J.Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Horticulture and completed graduate-level studies in Landscape Architecture. Prior to university, he served in the United States Coast Guard and has worked in various construction, mechanical, industrial and landscaping positions. Rick has served on several nonprofit boards, including Luther Memorial Church, Blacksburg, Lutheran Student Ministry at Virginia Tech, Chrisitansburg Downtown Development Partnership, The Voluntary Action Center (President), Habitat for Humanity of The New River Valley (President), Floyd County Chamber of Commerce (President) and The Rotary Club of Floyd County (Secretary). Rick and his wife Nancy have lived in the New River Valley since 1987 and have resided in Floyd since 2008. Currently living in the Town of Floyd with Nancy, his daughter Jessi and grandchildren Tiamon and Norah, Rick is a Realtor with McCraw Real Estate & Auction Company and co-owner of Fancies & Follies Consignment Home Furnishings. Rick’s interests include gardening, music and spiritual development.

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.

Teacher Representative
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Elementary 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.

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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : Responsible for creating and maintaining development planning and policy, marketing and advertising the school, fundraising, grant development, and creating an endowment.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : Responsible for oversight of current facility maintenance and planning for future facilities.

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.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : Responsible for hiring and dismissing Directors, generating contracts, reviewing hiring and dismissal decisions made by the Directors, conducting Director evaluations and reviewing staff evaluations, and assisting with resources and planning for teacher development.

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