Otter teachers are mentors and coaches who help students balance their need for support with their need for independent exploration. The foundation of teaching the otters is forming open, candid, and playful relationships. 6/7 teachers enjoy this stage of adolescence and the process of showing students the joys, struggles and responsibilities that come with entering the world of adolescence.
12th Team & 6/7, 10/11 Mathematics
Lindi grew up on a small barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida loving numbers from a very early age. While attending the University of South Florida to earn a Bachelor and Master of Arts in pure mathematics, she caught the teaching bug and met her husband whose family is a ‘Century Family’ of Camas Prairie, Idaho. After graduating, they headed west to raise their family in the Wood River Valley. Lindi has had a long and diverse teaching career that provides more than just knowledge. It brings patience, courage, humility, and passion. She is happy to return full- time to the valley and continue her work in teaching and curriculum development at Sage. When not in the classroom sharing her passion for math, Lindi enjoys spending her time with her family as well as her two- and four- legged friends hiking and traveling the world.
6/7 Team - Lead Teacher, Human Ecology & Spanish
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.
6/7 Team - Writing & Human Ecology, 12th Spanish
Although an East Coast native, Heather has spent most of her adult life touring new terrain. After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish from Dickinson College, she moved to northern California to work for the Woolman Semester School. While living in a tiny cabin in the woods at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Heather rediscovered her affinity to mountains, rivers, and everything wild. Shortly after her internship in California ended, she moved to Costa Rica to teach 5th through 8th grade English and Social Studies at the Monteverde Friends School. After living in the Cloud Forest for two years, Heather felt the itch to return to the U.S. to be closer to friends and family, but life has a funny way of unravelling. Instead of returning to Cape Cod, MA where most of her family lives, she was called west with a teaching opportunity in Hailey, Idaho with the Syringa Mountain School. When the opportunity to teach Spanish and Human Ecology at Sage arrived, Heather couldn’t help but jump at the amazing alignment of her passions and interests.
6/7 & 8/9 Team - Human Ecology (And Sage Graduate)
As a local potato, Lena was raised in the Wood River Valley and graduated from The Sage School. After graduating, she spent six months in India, lived in Central California for almost two years, and then moved to Prescott, AZ, to pursue her master’s and bachelor’s degree at Prescott College. As an undergrad, she majored in Cultural and Regional Studies and minored in Outdoor Education. Her master’s degree is in Social Justice and Community Organizing. In this program she had the opportunity to work with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, raising awareness around educational disparities and the housing crisis in the Los Angeles area. She later worked with Sonoran Prevention Works, researching impacts of the opioid crisis in and around Prescott. She had the opportunity to work with multiple organizations on the United States-Mexico border as well as co-created and was the logistics coordinator for Praxis Youth Organizing Conference in Tucson, AZ. Her thesis focused on global philanthropy and the effects of capitalism and colonialism on geography. She is passionate about community engagement, youth organizing, justice for marginalized groups, and imagining and co-creating a world we want to live in. Lena is happy to be invited back to The Sage School and eager to share with students and colleagues what she has learned about racism, wealth and income inequalities, the relationship between the global north and the global south, the impacts of our current global economic system, and much, much more.
6/7 Human Ecology,
Director of Development and Leader of Institutional Advancement
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.