Raven teachers serve as mentors and coaches who help students balance their need for support and their need for independence. The foundation of teaching ravens is forming open, candid, and playful relationships. Raven teachers enjoy this stage of adolescence and the process of showing students the joys and responsibilities that come with entering the adult world.
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.
10/11 Team - Human Ecology and Writing
Emma grew up a bookworm in Chicago. She spent most weekends at a farm in rural Illinois where an interest in ecology first manifested as building forts in fields of goldenrod and rows of corn. She went on to earn a degree in American Literature and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. She decided on her major very emotionally: literature and nature were the only two things that consistently allowed her to feel a deep sense of connection with the world. Her studies included birthing sheep, mapping habitat with GIS, modeling surface and groundwater interactions, reading authors ranging from Ovid to DeLillo, and writing about how fiction helps us understand environmental crises. She integrated her study of the Environment and American Literature with the hope that understanding our natural world as well as the stories we tell about it would better equip our society to deal with the current environmental crises. After graduating, Emma taught English at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. Though she took her first teaching job as an excuse to read books professionally, Emma quickly became curious about the efficacy of educational systems and the evolution of adolescence. These curiosities led her to The Sage School. As a Writing and Literacy and Human Ecology teacher for 10th and 11th graders, she loves the opportunity to read, write, and help her students find relevance and meaning in what they are learning. Emma likes having her nose in a novel, her feet on a trail, and her mind working over some difficult new questions.
10/11 Team - Human Ecology & COVID Coordinator
Though not technically a native, Matt Leidecker grew up in the Wood River Valley exploring the nooks and crannies of the valley bottom and snowy slopes of Bald Mountain. His perspective of central Idaho expanded exponentially when he began guiding on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. From 1991 – 2003 Matt worked full-time (summers) on the Middle Fork. He filled off-seasons with a 4-year stint at Middlebury College to study Geology, Environment Science, Theater (work-study) and Rock Climbing in Adirondack State Park; Travels to Belize and Chile for kayaking and climbing adventures; Working as a backcountry ski guided for Sun Valley Heli Ski; and freelance photography and writing projects. As he transitioned away from full-time Middle Fork guiding, Matt created a unique niche that included nine years as the Academic Director with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) and researching, writing, and publishing guidebooks to the rivers and mountains of central Idaho. Matt’s award-winning guides provide a comprehensive perspective on the landscape, mixing trail descriptions with history, geology, and local wildflower information. Matt looks forward to sharing with and learning from the SAGE community. He is supported on this new adventure by his wife Christine and children Sarah and Max.
10/11 Team - Human Ecology and Spanish
Native to the Southwest, Amy grew up exploring the mountains, deserts, and rivers of Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. After earning a B.A. in Humanities at Fort Lewis College, she spent three years living and working in a small fishing village on the coast of Ecuador. Amy and her husband Brian then spent the next ten years living in Panama where they had their two sons, worked on a coastal conservation project, and were fortunate to have had extraordinary ocean and tropical experiences. Upon returning to the U.S, Amy has combined her love of language and culture with her desire to positively impact the lives of young people through teaching. She is passionate about authentic language acquisition and student-centered classrooms. She believes that strong student-teacher relationships are at the heart of a positive educational experience. Amy enjoys travel, cooking, hiking, dance, theater, wildflowers, and swimming holes. Her greatest joy is her family and her two boys who serve as a constant reminder to stay present and to live every day in gratitude.