Robert Dean

A newcomer to The Sage School, Robert is nevertheless no stranger to the dazzling variety of connections we as humans can build with our environment. Born and raised overseas in an expatriate family, Robert took up residence in countries all over the world before landing in North Carolina as a student at Elon University. Having earned a degree in International Studies and Political Science, Robert spent two years in the Pacific Northwest serving as a full-time volunteer before moving back overseas to work at an international boarding school in the Czech Republic as a residential coordinator. In helping to facilitate academics from the residential side, Robert nurtured a desire to teach full time. The mountains soon called him back West to pursue a career in outdoor education, earning certifications in wilderness first response, avalanche and swiftwater safety along the way. Most recently, Robert joined the Alzar School in Cascade as the history teaching fellow. He enjoyed combining his roles of field instructor and teacher while guiding students on expedition and developing his teaching in the classroom. Drawing from a rich tapestry of experience with place-based learning and writing traditions, Rob is excited to bring his love of storytelling and adventure to the 6/7 Team. An enthusiastic hiker in boots and on skis, you may often find him playing outside, his smile biggest when the weather is worst.

Nathan Twichell

Nate is an east coast transplant to the intermountain west. He grew up on Cape Cod exploring all the ocean has to offer. He went on to earn a BS in Biology from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. After college, Nate spent several years sailing and teaching oceanography for a program called the Sea Education Association (SEA), which is based out of Woods Hole, MA. While working for SEA, Nate was introduced to the west during several stints in Jackson, WY. His experiences teaching and his time spent out west pointed him back towards a graduate program at the Teton Science Schools in Kelly, WY. The program concentrated in field science education and place based education. Nate enjoys translating these skills to The Sage School. When not at school Nate can be found fly fishing, hiking, or skiing with his wife, daughter, and yellow lab, Tulsi.

Maria Maguire

Maria was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She has worn many hats since then from Natural History Tour Guide in Denali National Park to Wellness Center Coordinator for the San Francisco Unified School District. She double-majored in Spanish and Anthropology at Western Washington University and played on the Women’s Lacrosse team. After some exploratory years in Alaska and Crested Butte, CO, Maria set off to earn a Master’s Degree in Women’s and Children’s Health from Boston University. Maria believes that the many benefits of learning a second language are clear and has adopted the OWL (Organic World Language) method. She has taken her classes beyond the textbooks and worksheets to an atmosphere where each student is authentically engaged in language acquisition through hands-on, interactive activities. Maria enjoys many of the amazing outdoor activities that a mountain lifestyle provides as well as gardening, reading, playing the fiddle, yoga, dancing, and her greatest love is her family. Her husband is a creative Architectural Designer and they have two curious, fun-loving kids who are constantly teaching them important life lessons.