Faculty

Teachers of “The Wolves” seek to emulate the best that we see in our group of students—to be energetic, to be playfully productive, to be curious about the world around us, and above tall to work together as a team. The 8/9 teaching team, below, has a combined 22 years of experience teaching here at Sage and teach the full suite of courses—Human Ecology, Spanish, Writing and Math—as well as playing hard at Wellness, contributing at Community Action, and teaching Creativity Workshop classes.

Julie Zimmerman

8/9 Team - Human Ecology & Writing

A former documentary photographer and journalist, Julie began her career in independent school education when son number one entered two-day preschool. With both sons, Cyrus and Starke, now happily ensconced at her alma mater, the University of Richmond, Julie is transitioning from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay region to central Idaho. She first fell in love with experiential education during her early years as a preschool teacher- where learning is joyful, creative, expressive, and a full engagement of the mind and body. Taking her love for collaboration, communication, and critical thinking to middle school, she’s taught writing, geography, and global relations for the past four years and has led service-learning trips to New Orleans, Savannah, and Stanley as well as yearly ecology trips to the Florida Bay estuary. Julie believes wholeheartedly that when learning is connected to life, students are capable of incredible creativity and achievement, and is delighted to join a school community with a philosophy so intentionally embedded in transformational experiences for its students. No stranger to central Idaho, Julie took six road trips over ten years to explore the west’s various ranges before purchasing an acre in Stanley, where she built a one-room cabin with backdoor access to the Sawtooth Wilderness in 2002. Her only regret in coming west is that she’s not sure where she’ll be able to practice her finely honed skills as a historic tall ship sailor.

Kylon Myers

8/9 Team - Human Ecology & Mathematics

Kylon grew up in South-Central Idaho exploring the mountains and rivers and enjoying all that the region has to offer. In 2011, Kylon moved to Missoula, Montana to follow his passion for science and human performance while studying at the University of Montana. During his studies, he completed an internship with the Biomechanics Department, applying mathematics and physics concepts to examine muscle fatigue in wildland firefighters. Through this project, Kylon quickly fell in love with the problem-solving aspect of mathematics, entirely changing his perspective on learning. Following graduation, Kylon moved to Jackson, Wyoming to pursue a career in healthcare, not realizing that he would soon be on the front lines of a global pandemic. This work inspired him to commit himself to helping others through education. Kylon moved back to Southern Idaho to share his passion for education with students in the same region of the state he grew up in. Beyond his love of math, Kylon is excited to share his excitement for conservation and the natural world with his students. When he is not in the classroom, Kylon enjoys fly fishing, running, and hiking with his dog, Ranger.