Kristen holds a BS in Psychology and an MA in Literature from Old Dominion University as well as a PhD in English from West Virginia University. She has taught writing, literature, and interdisciplinary courses since 2004, most recently at the University of Maine, Orono. A native Mainer, she is excited to reside near the mountain she skied and hiked in her youth. Outside of class, she especially enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, nature photography, dogs, and spending time with family.
Beth holds a BA in French from the University of Georgia and has pursued graduate studies at Plymouth State University. Beth's son, Chad, graduated from CVA in 2018 and her younger son, Adam, is a member of CVA’s Class of 2024. Beth enjoys skiing and during the summer she returns to her native New Hampshire where she teaches young children to swim.
Indiana Jones is not only a CVA Math teacher, she’s also the Sugarloaf Golf Club Pro. She recently placed 8th overall in the State of Maine Championship, playing against the top pros and amateurs in the state, finishing with her best 36 hole finish in the past three years.
Shelley has taught Chemistry and Earth Science at CVA since 2000. She is also the Director of Student Planning. A graduate of Hamilton College, Shelley went on to earn a Master’s in Geochemistry-Petrology from the University of Idaho in 1999. She is a native Mainer who loves skiing and has been competing in Adventure Racing since 2010.
Dave teaches Pre-Calculus and Calculus and is the Director of Technology. Dave is also the Dean of Students. Graduating from the University of Idaho, Dave earned a BS Degree in Geology in 1999 and joined CVA in 2000. Outside of class, Dave enjoys telemark skiing, biking, and time with family.
Karen graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Zoology and then earned a Master’s Degree in Biology from Utah State University. She teaches Biology I, Honors Biology II, and Physics and is the Director of Academic Programs. In 2010 Karen was nominated for the Williams College Olmstead Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Karen is an avid skier, mountain biker, and equestrian. She is very pleased that her son is now attending CVA.
Sierra teaches World Cultures, Physical Science, and 7th grade Humanities. Sierra graduated from Colby College with a degree in English, while participating on Colby’s alpine ski team after attending CVA through high school as a member of the alpine program. Before returning to CVA, Sierra was coaching ski racing in Big Sky, Montana and during the summer works as a whitewater raft guide for Adventure Bound in The Forks, Maine. As an alum, Sierra is excited to be part of the Sugarloaf community and enjoy all of the recreational opportunities that Carrabassett Valley has to offer.
Academic Success Program Director and English Teacher
As Director of CVA’s Academic Success Program (ASP), Kristin will bring her educational expertise and passion for supporting individual students to help all students find success in their classes. Prior to coming to CVA Kristin earned a BA in English Teaching from UNH and worked in the Special Education Department in the Yarmouth School Department as a Level III Ed Tech. She has experience analyzing IEPs and will work directly with classroom teachers to address different learning styles. Kristin also teaches English and The Fundamentals of Study course.
A Maine native, Amber earned both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine. After her B.S. degree, Amber worked as a construction Field Engineer on several first-of-their-kind bridges across North America. She later returned to UMaine and held various positions within the Construction Engineering Technology and Civil and Environmental Engineering programs. With over a decade of teaching experience and a combined passion for STEM and service-learning, Amber brings real-world experiences into the classroom.
Ainsley holds a BA with concentrations in Literature and Secondary Education from Bennington College. She teaches English and Psychology and is a dorm parent at CVA. Ainsley enjoys all types of outdoor recreation, but her first love, hiking, is what first brought her to Carrabassett Valley by way of the Appalachian Trail.
Lucas graduated from Bates College, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in History. He is in the process of earning a Masters of Education in Literacy from the University of Maine. He teaches English II, US History, and Contemporary History. Lucas enjoys nordic skiing, snowboarding, camping, mountain biking, trail running, windsurfing, and fly fishing.
Jessie grew up in Maine and skiing at Sugarloaf. She received her BS in Mathematics from Simmons College in Boston and went on to receive her Masters Degree from James Cook University in Australia. For 13 years she lived and worked in Australia in the field of marine research, specifically ichthyology with a specialty in tropical reef fish ecology and shark fisheries. She enjoys SCUBA diving, fishing and skiing.
After graduating from CVA, Courtney took her freestyle talents and determination to the US Freestyle Ski Team where she represented the US on the World Cup Tour until 1998. She then went on to earn a BA in History from the University of Colorado Boulder. Courtney continued her education receiving a Secondary Education Certificate from Black Hills State University and a Masters in American History from the University Of South Dakota where she is currently a Doctor of Education Candidate in Curriculum And Instruction. Between 2005 and 2018 Courtney taught at Stevens High School in Rapid City, SD. She has experience teaching Government, Economics, Sociology, and English. She served as Economics club advisor, Social Studies Department Head, AP certified instructor & exam administrator, and Debate coach.
Jennifer holds a B.A in Spanish from the University of Maine at Orono with continuing education credits in both Spanish and German. She is state certified in Spanish and brings ten years of teaching experience to CVA.
Steve teaches a class in business math and personal finance. He holds a BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University with an emphasis on Accounting. He has worked as a business analyst with Dun & Bradstreet, managed many service companies, and co-founded Jungle Run Productions which he ran for nine years. Steve has also been employed as a raft guide - nationally and internationally, run a rock ‘n’ roll bar, worked as a ski host in Jackson Hole, and taught rafting guide schools in California, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Maine. Since coming to CVA in January, 2004, he has worked as a teacher, IT manager, and as Director of Finance since 2011.
Jenny is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono with a degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, as well as continuing education credits through Montana State University in education, curriculum development, astronomy, environmental chemistry, and meteorology. Jenny brings her 10 years of experience in public school science education to CVA, having taught at Madison Area Memorial High School and Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine. Jenny is a long-time Carrabassett Valley resident and grew up skiing at Sugarloaf.
Waylon teaches Intro to Art, Studio Art I & II, Middle School Art, Photography I & II, Videography, and Tool Making. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Plymouth State University and has over 10 years of experience as a professional artist. Waylon lives on campus with his wife and two children and enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, snowboarding and taking photographs.
Science Teacher and Athletic Trainer. Tristy earned her Bachelor's degree from Plymouth State University in Athletic Training and Fitness and Rehabilitation with a minor in Health. She holds a Master's degree in Holistic Health Studies from Georgian Court University and has two years of teaching experience.