2017-18 SCHOOL-BASED MENTORS

             

Hayden Middle and High Schools

Sarah Denihan:  Sarah served as an AmeriCorps School-Based Mentor at Steamboat Springs High School during the 2016-17 school-year and has returned this year in a part-time capacity at Hayden Middle/High Schools. From East Hampton, CT, Sarah graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University. She enjoys playing basketball and is a Boston Celtics fan. Other hobbies include hiking, napping, watching The Office, and spending time with her friends and family. Her most cherished possession is her cat, Nathan. Sarah is very excited for another year of mentoring, and cannot wait to be a part of the Hayden school system.

Ian Kelly:  Ian graduated from Davidson College, North Carolina with a degree in economics. Ian has spent time volunteering and working with various ages of youth in the U.S., Africa and Central America. He is grateful for the guidance he has received throughout his life from his mentors, and he is excited to pay that guidance forward and learn from the students and staff at Hayden High School. Outside of school, Ian spends his time skiing on the mountain, practicing martial arts, writing, and listening to podcasts.

Hayden Valley Elementary

Mikayla Boehm:  Mikayla graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with a major in Family Consumer Science-Child, Youth, and Family Studies and a minor in Sociology.   Mikayla enjoys working with youth in a variety of settings and hopes to use her experience to eventually become a youth counselor. In her free time she likes to cross country ski, watch documentaries, and pet dogs. She is serving as a full-time AmeriCorps member.

Steamboat Springs Middle School

Colin Rooney:  Colin’s roots to the Yampa Valley go back to attending the Lowell Whiteman School, building trail with RMYC, and racing Nordic with SSWSC.  Colin was raised in the United Arab Emirates, attending an international school and playing with friends from all over the world. He has raced mountain bikes professionally, spent a season in Spain racing road bikes, published a paper on inorganic chemistry at Fort Lewis College, and also joined a circus. After 3 years in Germany, learning the culture and playing music, he is back in Steamboat and proud to be working for Partners in Routt County at Steamboat Spring Middle School.

Jordan Logelin:  Jordan is from Boone, North Carolina.  She is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and a concentration in Child Development. She loves children and learning from them, and she is excited to serve at Steamboat Springs Middle School.  In her free time she likes to dance and groove. She is a southern girl at heart, wrapped in a peace loving tie-dye blanket, just doing the boogie with a cup of tea in her hands. She is serving as a full-time AmeriCorps member. 

Steamboat Springs High School

Rachel Sinton:  Rachel is a Colorado native and has been living in Steamboat for 2 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Education and teaching license from Colorado State University in 2015. In December of 2016 she received a Certificate degree in Nonprofit Management from University of Colorado Denver.  She hopes to continue taking classes through CU Denver in order to receive her Masters of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management. Along with working at Partners, Rachel is also the Teen Director at The Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Partners team working as a mentor at Steamboat Springs High School.

Soroco Middle & High Schools

Joy McIntosh:  Joy recently moved with her family to Steamboat from Denver. Joy has been in the field of education for the past 17 years. She began her career as a special education teacher in the Denver metro public schools. She also has experience providing reading remediation services and psycho-educational assessments as a learning specialist both at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and privately.  Joy is excited to be in the Yampa Valley and is looking forward to becoming more involved in the community.

Mandy Maass:  Mandy moved to Yampa after traveling to every state but Maine and every continent but Antarctica. She was the fourth generation to grow up on her family farm in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa, where she played basketball and rugby and earned degrees in English and journalism. Her experience working with youth includes mental health case manger, youth volunteer coordinator, outdoor education instructor, group home counselor for children with reactive attachment disorder, and special education paraprofessional. Mandy obtained her teaching license in Montana and spent a year as a full-time sub in a high school English classroom. She is also the editor of Signatures from Big Sky, a state-wide arts and literary magazine for K-12 students in Montana. Mandy loves to travel, enjoy/make art of all kinds, read, move, play and be outside, and particularly loves doing all these things with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She is looking forward to her work as a school-based mentor and the many adventures that await her in the Yampa Valley.

North Routt Community Charter School

Claire Harris:  Claire was born and raised in Manitou Springs, Colorado. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and graduated from the University Honors Program with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Economics. While there, she also worked with incoming college freshmen and their families in navigating the exciting transition into college life. She has a passion for economic and social justice and hopes to spread those passions as a mentor. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, and anything else in the outdoors.  She is serving as a full-time AmeriCorps member.