Staff & Faculty

 

Ruth Glass, Head of School
BA Elementary Education – University of Arizona
M.Ed Curriculum and Design – Ashland University

Ms. Glass has 40 years of experience as an educator. She has been an administrator in independent schools for the last 30 years. She spent much of her youth between The Thacher School in Ojai, California and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her father was a teacher and her grandfather a rancher. She is well suited for the task of running the Lake Tahoe School and partakes in the many of the outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe has to offer.


Jenna Anderson, Pre-K Teacher
BA Psychology – California State University Chico

Ms. Anderson was born and raised in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. After graduating from college with a BA in Psychology she discovered her love for Early Childhood Education and went on to work as a preschool teacher in Chico California. While working at the preschool she went on to get her Early Childhood Certification in California. Jenna has had three years of experience working in a preschool setting and is very excited to be part of the Lake Tahoe School team. In addition to her passion for Early Childhood Education, she also has a love for traveling and has lived in New Zealand and Italy and has done volunteer work in Costa Rica.


Suzanne Batmale, PreK Teacher
BA Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies – St. Mary’s College of CA
Teaching Degree – Chapman University
International Teaching Program – Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Ms. Batmale has been part of the Lake Tahoe School family as both parent and educator. She is the mother of four children, two at the University of Reno, one at Incline High School (LTS’s Ado Batmale, Class of 2015), and one at Lake Tahoe School. She has extensive experience in bilingual education and looks forward to speaking some Spanish with our littlest Bobcats!


Russ Bradford, Director of Technology
BS Business Administration – University of Vermont
Certification: University of Vermont

Since joining LTS in 2010, Mr. Bradford has added a number of exciting technology courses to the LTS curriculum that give students hands-on opportunities to create, design, problem-solve, and explore. Under his leadership, the School has transitioned to an Apple-centric environment that includes a 1:1 iPad program for 5th thru 8th graders. Mr. Bradford’s hobbies include backpacking, tennis, golf, skiing, woodworking and photography.


Jen Branchflower, Humanities 7 & 8
BA Spanish – Bates College
MS Anatomy – Colorado State University
Certification- University of Alaska SE

Ms Branchflower recently joined the Lake Tahoe School faculty after teaching for 13 years in the middle school at an independent school in Anchorage, Alaska. She loves working with middle school students and works hard to promote 21st century skills in her teaching. Ms. Branchflower grew up in the Northwest and continues to enjoy the sports she participated in as a child, including running, cross country skiing and hiking. She is thrilled to be living in Incline Village and excited to experience all that it has to offer.


Heidi Breider, Second Grade

BS Economics – University of California Davis
Credential: University of San Francisco

Ms. Breider has taught at Lake Tahoe School for seven years and is the K-2 division coordinator. She particularly enjoys the second grade as it a year of dynamic social growth for the students. Ms. Breider is the mother of three girls, two who attend Incline High School and one who is in her second year at Wellesley College. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and hiking the local trails with her daughters and their yellow lab “Trip”.


Mark Brockway, Facilities Manager
Certification: OSHA Training, Contractor Orientation

Originally from Illinois, Mr. Brockway has been with LTS for the past thirteen years, and a resident of Incline Village for nineteen years. He has experience in a variety of areas including: sales, management, construction, and coaching sports teams. He has two sons, Steven and Kyle, who live in Japan and Austin, Texas, respectively. Like most residents of Lake Tahoe, Mr. Brockway loves the outdoors, where he spends much of his free time with his wife, Evelyn, and dog, Simba. 


Amory Bundy, Fourth Grade, Drama
BA Humanities/Literature – Sierra Nevada College
Certification: Sierra Nevada College

Ms. Bundy has been teaching fourth grade at Lake Tahoe School since 1998. She is knowledgeable about and adept at standardized test administration, and is a theatre buff who believes strongly in using techniques borrowed from dramaturgy in the classroom. Ms. Bundy is indoors an “experimental chef,” while outdoors she loves snowshoeing, snowboarding, camping, and kayaking. Most of all she is passionate about her family.


sophiebush2Sophie Bush, PreK Teacher
Ms. Bush is originally from the Boston area in New England and moved to Incline Village in 2005. She has been working with young children for over seven years. Sophie has one son in first grade at the Lake Tahoe School and enjoys being involved in the school’s community. As she watched her own son grow and thrive in the school’s environment, Ms. Bush’s passion for early childhood education became clear. She is fascinated by the way children’s growing minds see the world, and hopes to help them grow into happy, self-reliable young adults who are intelligent, respectful, caring, and creative.


Jon Cooper, Physical Education & Athletic Director
BS Physical Education – University of Vermont
Certification: University of Vermont

Mr. Cooper joined the Lake Tahoe School eleven years ago and serves as the Athletic Director in addition to his teaching duties. Mr. Cooper has a passion for sharing the fun of sports and teamwork with his students. A standout athlete and the captain of his college tennis team at Vermont, Mr. Cooper has spent his summers working as a tennis pro for the past sixteen years. He enjoys being outdoors with his wife Kate, daughter Lily, son Miles and his dogs Lucy and Ruby.


Christina Edwards, First Grade
BA Psychology – Bowdoin College
MA Elementary Education – Boston College

Ms. Edwards has been teaching First Grade at Lake Tahoe School for 6 years. She discovered her passion for teaching while working as a K-2 AmeriCorps Volunteer at Incline Elementary School in 2004, and subsequently moved to her native Boston, MA to earn her Master’s degree from Boston College. She enjoys taking advantage of the many outdoor activities Tahoe has to offer, such as hiking, mountain biking and skiing.


Patrick Fleming, Middle School Math
MS Environmental Education – University of Montana, Missoula
BA Political Science – California State University, Long Beach

Mr. Fleming has been an educator for over fifteen years.  Prior to moving to Incline Village, he instructed at both private and public schools across the globe, including Cambodia, Montana, and Virginia.  After moving with his family to Lake Tahoe in 2004, he worked in the finance industry for a decade.  His love of teaching kept him “moonlighting” as a private math tutor and ski instructor for many years, so he is delighted to be back in the classroom teaching his favorite subjects: math and outdoor education.  Outside of school his family enjoys all that Tahoe has to offer, especially skiing, paddling, mountain biking, and music.


Eric Harssema, Spanish
BS – Ohio University 

Eric became a member of the LTS faculty in 2016, but he has been a part of the Incline Village community for many years. Since 2002, Eric has taught Spanish from second grade through college, worked for the Tahoe Language Center, and created multiple after-school Spanish clubs. He has also taught science, outdoor education, and third grade. He is, in short, a consummate educator.


Sara Holm, Kindergarten
BA St Lawrence University
MA University of Nevada Reno 

Ms. Sara, as she is called by the children, came to us in 2016 all the way from …Incline Village, where she and her husband, Zack, have lived for over a decade. Sara has taught grades K – 4, worked as a teacher mentor and coach, and served on various teams developing curriculum and assessments that integrate 21st century skills. Much of her work has involved STEM connections. In addition, she is passionate about health and the outdoors and has spent considerable time and energy connecting with students through Girls on the Run.


Peyton Jobe, Director of Admission and Marketing
BS Political Science – Davidson College
MA Spanish Language and Literature – University of Maryland

Mr. Jobe has deep roots in independent school education, having grown up a faculty child on a boarding school campus in Virginia and having spent the bulk of his career in service to independent school families. He is in his fifth year in the Lake Tahoe area, serving most recently as Director of Communications at Sugar Bowl Academy, where he also taught Spanish. He loves the Lake Tahoe weather and lifestyle, and is genuinely excited about the opportunity to get to know current and prospective Lake Tahoe School students and parents.


Aly Kendall, Librarian
BA Religion – Davidson College
Masters of Theological Studies – Vanderbilt University

Ms. Kendall recently joined the Lake Tahoe School as our new librarian. Her work as an educator comes full circle as she returns to library work after a twenty-year career of classroom teaching in both independent and public schools. She is excited about this new phase of her life in education and enjoys supporting our students and teachers in our newly reconfigured library space. In addition to being a life-long book nerd, Ms. Kendall loves all things outdoors and the active Tahoe lifestyle. On weekends you will often find her at soccer matches or Nordic ski races as she cheers on her teenage son.


Laurie Krueger, Pre-K Director
University of California Irvine
University of Nevada Reno

Ms. Krueger co-founded the Lake Tahoe School in 1997 and is our full-time Director of Pre-K. Having raised her three children in Incline Village with her husband John, Ms. Krueger was inspired to build a brain-based program that addressed children’s individual interests and learning styles. Each year in Ms. Krueger’s classroom, a new group of children learns to love school, to love themselves, and to love each other! In addition to teaching full-time, Ms. Krueger has been active in numerous conferences and local educational events.


Karen Laurie – Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Laurie joined the Lake Tahoe School administrative staff in June of 2015 but has been a parent at the school for 13 years, volunteering on many committees and fundraisers. Her three children all attended Lake Tahoe School, with one currently still enrolled. She was born and raised in New Zealand and moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. For the past 15 years she worked as a fitness instructor at the Incline Village Recreation Center. She loves hiking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.


Alison Lee, Art
BFA Art – Sierra Nevada College
MAT  Sierra Nevada College

Ms. Lee has been teaching art at the Lake Tahoe School since 2004. “I love to watch children discover the possibilities of art and I feel it is very important to foster their natural creativity.” An accomplished muralist, she also has a background in mediums such as printmaking, acrylics, watercolors, and papermaking (to name just a few!). Ms. Lee is an outdoor enthusiast and gains much of her inspiration from her natural surroundings of the Lake Tahoe region.


Wendy Losee, Science
BS Environmental Studies/Biology- Sonoma State University
MS Science Education- Walden University

Credential: Dominican University

Ms. Losee joined the Lake Tahoe School staff in 2010 after working as an instructor and water quality scientist in the Bay Area. She creates a classroom atmosphere that nurtures discovery, curiosity, and a love of learning. Ms. Losee also contributes to LTS Robotics and Digital Photography programs, Girls on the Run Sierras, and directs our Annual Science Fair. She enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking, photography, traveling, and the healing arts.


Ari Maier, Fifth Grade
BA Social Work (Magna Cum Laude) – West Virginia University
MA Special Education (Summa Cum Laude): Fairfield University

Ms. Pompea joined the LTS faculty in the fall of 2016 to teach fifth grade. Arianna’s passions include English and literature, making the well-established 5th grade curriculum – with its emphasis on language arts and social studies – a natural fit for her. Consistent with the LTS philosophy of “figuring it out,” Arianna likes to create hands-on, project-based learning experiences that engage and challenge her students fully. Has taught grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, with the bulk of her classroom teaching experience in grades 3-5.


Stephanie Mancuso, 6th Grade Math, Elem. Math Coordinator
BS Education – University of Nevada Reno
Certification: University of Nevada, Reno

This is Ms. Mancuso’s sixth year teaching middle school Math at the Lake Tahoe School. She also serves as the Math Coordinator for the elementary school, where she works closely with the elementary school teachers to create personalized strategies for each student. Ms. Mancuso is a coach for the LTS volleyball team and is the proud parent of a Lake Tahoe School alumna. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking and beach volleyball.


Eunice Marion, Music
BA English – San Jose State University
Credential: San Jose State University

Ms. Marion joined the Lake Tahoe School staff in 2012. In addition to her 25+ years of teaching experience, Ms. Marion has been an actor and musician in theatre productions, and has taught piano, violin, and voice privately from her studio. She has incorporated her love for the theater by writing plays and musical productions for her classrooms. When she’s not performing or teaching music, Ms. Marion enjoys skiing, playing tennis, or cooking for friends and family with her husband.


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Kris Nugent, Assistant Head of School, Health Teacher
BA Teaching – University of Newcastle, Australia
BA PDHPE – University of Newcastle, Australia

Mr. Nugent joined the Lake Tahoe School community in 2006. In addition to teaching Health, Mr. Nugent is involved in many aspects of the School’s Athletics department and is a natural coach. Born and educated in beautiful Australia, he was bitten by the travel bug and has lived and traveled throughout the world. He settled in Lake Tahoe in order to teach and to pursue his favorite hobbies, which include alpine skiing, golf, and summertime beach BBQ’s (the Australian style).


Catherine Rogers, Third Grade
BA Communication Studies – University of California Santa Barbara
Certification: California State University Sacramento

Ms. Rogers, our third grade teacher since 2005, loves to share her excitement for learning with her students. When she’s not teaching, she spends time with her family and enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, from snowshoeing, to alpine skiing, to swimming in the lake. On Saturdays in the fall, she can be found cheering for the Stanford football and basketball teams. 


Diana Schlaff, Academic Coach
BA Community Studies – University of California, Santa Cruz

Ms. Schlaff has been working with young children for over 20 years, in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Incline Village in both classrooms and homes. Diana is also a certified ski instructor, marathon runner and has hiked the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail 4 times.

 


Jeff Seaton, Business Manager

An avid and sponsored mountain biking racer, Mr. Seaton came to Lake Tahoe School in January of 2016 from Missoula, Montana. He brings experience as a financial officer in both independent schools and in county work. In addition to Jeff’s work in the Lake Tahoe School Business Office, he has jumped in to help as a Nordic ski coach. At the end of a day, Jeff is likely to be found at the beach with his dogs or riding one of his mountain bikes.


Rod Tayler, Science
BA Neuroscience – Amherst College

Mr. Tayler moved to Incline Village from Massachusetts, where he taught math and science at the Rivers School and coached cross country, headed the middle school Leadership Team, and was a member of the 21st Century Education Focus Group and the Footprint Committee. Mr. Tayler earned a B.A. in neuroscience from Amherst College and attended Tulane University School of Medicine.  While in college, he did research on immunofluorescence at CalTech and on wildebeest behavior at the Serengeti Research Institute. He and his fiancée, Heidi, are avid hikers who love to travel.


Shari Wilson, Academic Coach
BA – Chico State University
MA – San Francisco State University

Ms. Wilson brought decades of experience in education with her when she joined us in 2016. She has taught students from kindergarten through college, served as both an assistant principal and principal, and worked as a resident supervisor of student teachers. Her deep background in elementary and middle school education means that she is uniquely prepared to provide support on all levels.