Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 6pm. Your comments are always welcome. To participate in our “Public Comment” portion of the meeting, please register at Two Rivers Community School at least 7 days prior to the scheduled board meeting or you may forward your letter to: Board of Directors; Two Rivers Community School; 1018 Archie Carroll Rd, Boone, NC 28607. Minutes can be reviewed here.
Lynnwood Brown spent his summers growing up in Blowing Rock but returned to the High Country in 2007 after 25 years living in Northern New Mexico doing community and regional planning and economic development. Lynnwood brings to the board a wide range of experience in planning, organizational development, and fund-raising for community-based organizations, both non-profit and for-profit. He is currently developing collaborative, knowledge-management web-sites for corporate clients and is serving as web-master for Two Rivers. He is thrilled to be apart of a community creating a progressive public-education option for Watauga county and is inspired by what Two Rivers Community School staff and parents have already accomplished in its short history. Lynnwood and his wife Elise McLaughlin live in Blowing Rock and two children at Two Rivers: Jimmy (6th grade) and Rowena (2nd grade).
Shari Williamson is the Assistant Director for Marketing and Summer Conferences in University Housing at ASU. Hailing from Ohio, she received her B.S. in Educational Studies from Kent State University with a focus on the Reggio Emilia philosophy and M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University. She and her husband Ed moved to Boone in 2008 and have two children, Hayden and Brogan, enrolled at TRCS. Shari’s non-profit experience includes working at a child care resource and referral agency, running a child advocacy center, and serving as Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County.
Harrison joined the TRCS BOD in late 2011 and is currently Treasurer and Finance Chair. He is a finance and operations professional with 3 decades experience including world-class companies such as Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Siemens, Northrop Aircraft, and Bank of America – all technically complex, matrix-managed, project management environments. (more here: www.linkedin.com/in/hmsterne). He enjoys helping organizations transform into systematic, accountable, and effective entities. Harrison has lived in Boone since 2005, is married and has two sons; one of whom attended TRCS.
Ken is the owner and operator of Blue Ridge Learning Centers (BRLC). Prior to founding BRLC, Ken worked as a Ranger for the National Park Service. During his years there, he researched and developed programs, provided security and emergency medicine, led groups and provided maintenance of the structures on Alcatraz Island as well as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Later, as Traveling Team Leader with Pecos River Learning Centers, he travelled around the country providing program facilitation, course setups, course repairs and staff training. Ken gained experience leading youth-at-risk expedition programs on the Appalachian Trail for the Morgan School. He also taught experiential based climbing wall programs that engaged students in design, construction and management of their indoor climbing wall, and managed adventure-based programs including canoeing and rock climbing. Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education from Ohio State University and is involved in various environmental conservation projects including the Todd Community Preservation Organization. Ken lives by a mountain stream in Todd, with his wife, Beth, son, Beckham (8th), and daughter, Mairin (6th). He enjoys cycling and playing with his family.
Personal statement: “My heart is in the elementary school classroom, although I haven’t had my own classroom since I taught in Murray, Ky some fifteen years ago. I had been a teacher of children with special needs for more than twenty years, when I left teaching at age 47 to become a graduate student at the University of Illinois. I received a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001. I am now an associate professor at Appalachian State University. I am blessed with two grown sons, Michael and Patrick, and three growing grandchildren, Calyn Ann (6), Nathaniel Patrick (4), and Claire Marie (9 mos). I think TRCS is a wonderful place to be a student and a teacher. I’m so proud of what they have been able to achieve here. I have made a study of some of the student support systems in the school and found them to be of outstanding quality. Everyone at TRCS expects to be treated with respect and kindness, and to treat others likewise. I think that speaks to how well they communicate with each other as a school community. Through my job, I am expected to complete service in the local schools. I can think of no other place I would rather serve.”
Vachel Miller is an Assistant Professor of Education at Appalachian State University. He and his wife Sarah have three children: Galen, Sidra, and Caspian. Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian in 2008, Dr. Miller worked as a regional monitoring and evaluation, policy and research specialist for the Academy for Educational Development (AED) on a project focused on child labor and education in East Africa. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS).
EL Committee: Barbara Benson, community member
Bryan is a lawyer with Deal, Moseley & Smith in Boone. Originally from Indiana, Bryan found his way to the high country when he and his wife, Leslie, were seeking a favorable place to raise their young children. He brings a background in law, child advocacy, and non-profit service. Bryan looks forward to helping the school reach its goals through his involvement on the Board.
Hannah Reeder is an instructor in the Curriculum & Instruction department in the College of Education at Appalachian State University. She also is the director of High Country Academy, a private tutoring academy and learning center in Boone. Prior to her current roles, Dr. Reeder has been an elementary school teacher and administrator. Her research and professional interests focus on supporting new teachers. Dr. Reeder earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University and her doctorate degree from East Tennessee State University. She is passionate about educating children and is excited about her role on the board of directors at Two Rivers.
Paulette Marty is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the General Education Program at Appalachian State University. She and her husband John have two children who attend Two Rivers. As Director of General Education, Paulette has helped develop curricula and related university-wide policies, as well as helped coordinate program-level assessment. As a teacher at Appalachian State, Paulette has created and revised upper-division and lower-division courses in both Theatre and Honors. She also established a successful study abroad program in England and France. In the areas of creative activity and research, Paulette has served as a director and dramaturg for theatre productions at Appalachian and other universities and has published articles on Elizabethan performance. She received a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict, an M.A. from the University of Warwick, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Stephanie Troutman, Ph.D, parent
Ms. Gilway’s undergraduate studies focused on environmental science, Spanish and international relations. She earned her teaching licensure and master’s degree from the University of New Mexico where she focused on science education and bilingual education at the elementary level. She is currently enrolled at Appalachian State in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Jessica taught at two different outdoor education schools and she taught fifth grade for eight years. Her last teaching position was in middle school science and Spanish. Jessica loves working with children to help them strive for their dreams. Being a life-long learner herself, she reminds her students to reach for the moon because even if they miss they’ll land among the stars. Read more about Ms. Gilway on our staff page.
Kelly Snider is Two Rivers’ Art Teacher. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2006 with a degree in fine art. She specialized in painting, but learned much about drawing, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, sculpture, and art history. This is her 6th year at TRCS. Some of her favorite projects here at Two Rivers have been the school mural (completed in 2008) and the annual student art shows at The Jones House in Boone. She was born and raised in the Bethel community of Western Watauga County. Kelly plays fiddle in a local old time band, The Sheets Family Band. She and her husband Ian live in Todd, where they grow vegetables and farm with the help of their team of Suffolk Punch draft horses, Jim and Frank.
Sallie spent her life moving all over the world, never staying anywhere for very long. Finally, she has found a home that she wants to stay in, here in the High Country. Teaching and family therapy have been her callings. She loves both! Children are extremely important to her, but she never realized how important until she had her own. She has 4 children- 3 girls and one boy. Only her youngest, Xander, is still at home and probably always will be. Xander has autism and has opened her eyes to love, patience, family dynamics and alternative methods of teaching and living. On a lighter note, she loves clothes and boots! She thinks that how we present ourselves, both in clothing and attitude, can have a huge impact on our own lives and others. She loves to make days brighter. TRCS has become her home. Working here is a pleasure, because of the students, the staff and the parents. Please feel free to contact her if she can be of help in any way.
Ali teaches 2nd grade at Two Rivers. Ali grew up in a gray house with a teal door and a small porch decorated by wind chimes. She breathed salt air and her playground was the beach. She disappeared into the woods behind her house for hours at a time to make mud pies, climb trees, explore and sit. The breeze moving through the forest, from tree to tree, is still her most comforting sound. Ali is a lover of the beach and mountains, traveling, running, good books and tea, ice cream, music, and games. She has a deep seeded love for the natural world and has always been a child at heart. These qualities led her to seek opportunities teaching students outdoors in experiential and playful ways. Her career began with the title of ‘naturalist’ in California and then Maine. Now she is ‘2nd grade teacher’ at Two Rivers Community School.