Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30pm. 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.
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.
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).
Harrison Sterne 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.
Secretary: Bryan Martin, community member
Bryan Martin 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.
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).
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 is the daughter of interracial, working class parents. Raised primarily by a single, low-income mother, Stephanie is a Black feminist scholar, a first-generation college student, a mother and an activist. She received a Dual-PhD in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011. A former high school and middle grades public school teacher, Stephanie currently serves as Assistant Professor of Leadership & Educational Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Some of her academic work can be found here. She is also a TRCS parent! Her children, eleven-year old Melora (grade 6) and eight-year old Rex (grade 3), inspire her to stay vigilant in the fight for social justice and to continue her journey toward an ethic of deep, unconditional Love.
Dr. Rizor was born and raised in a beautiful little mountain community in Colorado. Growing up, he and his two brothers shared many outdoor adventures on the cattle ranches where his family made their living. Ranch life also contributed to he and his brothers’ lifelong love of science and the outdoors. After marrying his high school sweetheart and starting a family, a desire for new adventures and learning led him to the big city lights of Laramie, Wyoming where he raised his family, worked full time, and attained his BS, MS, and later, Ph.D. He has worked in the private sector, K-12 education, and at the university level allowing him to live in many beautiful places including Wyoming, Colorado, Hawaii, and finally, Boone.
Throughout his work, Dr. Rizor has looked for opportunities where he could honor his personal philosophy of education: that students build social/emotional intelligence and life long learning skills through authentic and relevant educational experiences. Consequently, he feels the place based, experiential approach of Expeditionary Learning that Two Rivers has embraced is a great fit! He looks forward to using his experience as a science teacher, curriculum coordinator, environmental and outdoor educator, and charter school director to continue the wonderful work that has already been accomplished in building a school.
Outside of school, Dr. Rizor is an avid photographer, hiker, guitar player, disc golfer, genealogist, and film buff.
Lindsay is the third grade teacher at Two Rivers and is a proud North Carolina native who grew up as a beach girl and city girl in Wrightsville Beach and Charlotte. She went to a small work study college in Asheville, North Carolina where she discovered her love for children and science. She has traveled and worked as a naturalist, environmental educator, pottery instructor, and organic farmer. Most recently, she spent 8 years teaching as an Associate Teacher at an Expeditionary Learning school called Evergreen Community Charter while earning her teaching license. Lindsay spent one year as the staff representative to the board at Evergreen and participated in much of the long range planning that Two Rivers is going through now. The path that led Lindsay here includes a lot of hard work and a little serendipity. She loves travelling, hiking, fishing, dancing to live music, singing and pretending she can play guitar.
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.