Welcoming new teachers Courtney Schad '95, Owen VanDerAa and Leila Hauser

CVA’s academic reputation in the ski and snowboard academy marketplace is top notch, and it's due in large part to our group of exceptional teachers.  CVA's 17 teachers have a combined 150 years of teaching experience. Those with 20+ years in the classroom provide mentorship to our teachers who are early in their careers. Many of our teachers have a Master’s Degree or higher in their field of expertise.   
Please join us in welcoming these new teachers to our community:
Courtney Schad ’95 has joined the Humanities Department.  After graduating from CVA, she 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. Courtney and her husband Shannon are looking forward to moving to the area with their children Grace ’23, Lily ’26 and Grant ’27.
Owen VanDerAa will teach Physical Science and tutor in the Academic Success Program. Owen graduated from UMO with a BS in Ecology and Environmental Science and a BA in Economics, with a concentration in sustainability, natural resource management and environmental policy. Owen has worked on the Narraguagus and Machias rivers on Atlantic Salmon restoration projects, where he raised and stocked fish, took daily measurements of the rivers, and implemented post assisted log structures to adjust stream geomorphology. His interest in education stems from a research project that he worked on aimed towards enhancing rural forest-located economic vitality through k-12 schooling. In his free time, Owen loves playing music and fishing throughout the summer while he waits for the snow to fly. 
Leila Hauser will be teaching Social Studies and Math, tutoring in the Academic Success Program and assisting with residential life. She graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a BA in Classical Studies-Greek and Spanish, while running on Whitman's Cross Country team. Following graduation, she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she completed a fellowship through the Teacher Training Academy at Sun Valley Community School. She is currently pursuing a Masters of English from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. Leila enjoys trail running, sailing, backpacking, and adventuring on skis with her husky, Sitka.