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Ashlee Jernigan

ashlee jerniganAshlee Jernigan teaches 2nd and 3rd grade. Ashlee went to school at Miami University of Ohio for education and fine arts. She has been working at the Charter School for 4 years, starting as the middle school art teacher and aide. She is passionate about learning in a creative and hands on way. Her experience as an art teacher allows her to look at teaching standards in a unique way. She loves the small setting of the classroom that allows the students to receive the individual learning they deserve. 

Maria-Louise Baker

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Marie-Louise is the interim director for 2016/17. She has a strong and dedicated relationship with CCS - seven years as mother of a student, one year as Governing Council member, and almost four years as project director being instrumental in obtaining the grant and managing the design and construction of the new campus. ‘One of the aspects of CCS that most delights me is the engaged relationship between teachers and students. How together they work out individual learning paths incorporating the unique strengths that best suit each student. Our students discover and create their world with curiosity. I enjoy the school’s caring and creative atmosphere every time I enter the building.

Audrey McDowall

Audrey moved to Crestone in 2016 to begin her teaching career. She studied English and Education at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, graduating in spring of 2015.  During her college years, she taught in a variety of schools from Portland Place School in London, England to Gouverneur Middle School. She plans on continuing her education in the next few years.

This year, she is ecstatic to develop students as readers, writers, and researchers of human civilization. The unique qualities of this school allow her to flex her creativity in the classroom, and connect lessons to science, math, everyday life, and each student individually.

Ryan Johns

Ryan Johns BioRyan is the high school science teacher, school mentorship program coordinator and trip coordinator. His background in experiential education helps create unique hands on experiences for our students. His slowly growing "classroom zoo" consists of a Blue toungued skink, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a Chilean rose hair tarantula, a fish tank and an observational bee hive. Ryan loves getting outside with his students and making science education both fun and rewarding. In his spare time you can find him changing diapers, gardening and rock climbing. After moving from the big city of Denver Ryan has found the quiet peaceful atmosphere of the Crestone Charter School to be refreshing and the surrounding mountains absolutely beautiful.



TJ Walling Bio

TJ WallingTJ moved to Crestone in 2015 to work at CCS. Before moving here TJ worked in the Sheridan School District teaching high school Science classes for one year. TJ began his teaching career in Louisville KY in 2006, teaching middle school science there for 8 years.  TJ graduated from Ball State University in 2002 with a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. After working two years in the tech. industry he returned to Ball State in 2004 to begin a licensure program for Earth and Space Education. TJ completed his MAED program in Teacher Leadership in 2012 at Bellarmine University.  TJ believes that learning is powerful when the motivation behind it is intrinsic, that all people require continuous character education, and that CCS is far and away the nicest place he's ever worked. 

Emily Donaldson

Emily DonaldsonEmily Donaldson started work at the Charter School in 2015, when she moved here from Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC. Emily taught Modern World History and Advanced Placement Art History for four years at James Hubert Blake High School, an arts and humanities high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Before that, she worked for two years on a funded grant at the University of Maryland, studying content area literacy education for students in poor districts. Before entering this career, she spent approximately 10 years acquiring bachelor’s degrees and waiting tables, slowly working her way up to one of the top fine dining steak houses in Washington DC. She has three bachelor’s degrees in Art History from CSU, and Secondary Education and US History from the University of Maryland.

Emily comes from a family of scientists and educators who all have talent in some area of the arts, and who all value outdoor adventures. Although she didn’t end up with the scientist gene, she shares her family’s passion for inquiry in education, and the arts and nature. Emily is a terrible cello player, but a very talented painter.

Lyndsay Duebber

Lyndsay DuebberLyndsay Duebber teaches Early Elementary (K1) and has a passion for nature based education. She graduated from Naropa University and did masters work at Antioch University New England. She is inspired by forest kindergartens and mindfulness techniques for kids. She uses nature as both a tool for academic learning and emotional intelligence. Lyndsay believes that kids have BIG IDEAS and should be allowed to explore them. For example her students wanted to see more peace in the world so they started a revolution called the Best Friend Forever Revolution. To see more details about this student lead revolution check out



Michael Pacheco


Michael Pacheco

Michael Pacheco was  hired to be the school’s first onsite IT and Building Systems Manager.  Michael has a background in Organizational Management and Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. Michael's career has taken him to both the environmental and public health sectors, where he used his knowledge of technology and business to design highly successful and innovative systems that reduced overhead cost and increased productivity. Michael has a passion for learning and believes education and technology are the cornerstones of our civilization. Michael also participates on the school's Mentorship Program, teaching programing and electronics classes. 

Daya Sheide


Jeff "Daya" Sheide has eight years teaching experience and holds his teaching license in Social Studies as well as licensure as a Special Education resource instructor for Gifted and Talented students. Before teaching in Santa Fe public schools he served as the Senior Librarian at Carnegie Library in Pittsburg. He said this was a wonderful early career for him since he had a hard time choosing one area of study or focus---being a librarian allowed him access to study everything! Daya holds a BA in English from University of Ohio and an MA in Library Science from University of PA. His areas of specialization, as well as his affinity for relevant, creative instruction makes him a great fit for Crestone Charter School and our middle school students.

Robin Blankenship

Robin Blankenship began classroom teaching in the Boulder County Schools in 1990, after graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder with an

RobinElementary Teaching Certification, and a degree in English Literature specializing in Shakespeare and Biblical Influences on Western Literature. 

She also focused her education on Spanish Language, Mathematics, and Astronomy. She worked with K-1 combined classrooms and bilingual 6th grades in 
Boulder, Colorado. She taught K-3 Montessori for one year in Evergreen, Colorado and taught one year of Waldorf, in Gunbarrel, Colorado, just before moving to
She runs her Primitive Living and Survival Skills business, Earth Knack, locally and nationally, and internationally, teaching cultural immersion programs in communities that still live traditional lifestyles.  Robin is an author, Earth Knack: Stone Age Skills for the 21st Century, published by Gibbs Smith Publishers, in 1996, and a singer songwriter with a CD titled My Loin Cloth Has No Pockets, produced with Don Richmond in 2007.  She is adjunct faculty for Experiential and Outdoor Education at Prescott, Antioch, and Evergreen State Colleges and Alfred University. She also teaches archaeo - astronomy classes for the American  Crestone. She has three children who have attended the Charter and Moffat Schools. 
Museum of Natural History, New York, running field programs in Chaco Canyon National Heritage Site.






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