Hayden Middle School
Rachel Jackson: After a successful and fulfilling experience with the Partners School-Based Mentoring program last year, Rachel is back for round two in the 2016-17 school year. Originally from Michigan, Rachel can’t wait to continue working with Hayden Middle School students and watching them grow into young adults. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and has loved bringing her interests and skills to Hayden. She hopes to continue instilling a passion for learning with her students this year. In her spare time, Rachel – a self-proclaimed nerd – enjoys reading, writing, and running and hopes to both publish a book and run a full marathon this year. Rachel is excited for all the new adventures that await her this year.
Hayden Elementary & Middle Schools
Alyssa Luker: Alyssa is very excited to be serving with Partners in Routt County. This is Alyssa’s second AmeriCorps term, but first term as a School-Based Mentor. Alyssa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Psychology and hopes to further her education with a Masters in School Counseling. Alyssa is most looking forward to developing close relationships with her target students and learning about their life experiences.
Hayden Middle and High Schools
Shea Barger: Shea Barger is a 2016 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in biology and Spanish. He is recently engaged, and is excited to be a mentor as his fiancee finishes receiving her Masters in social work at the University of Georgia. Shea has worked with middle and high school students as a summer camp staff member in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. He is looking forward to what this year has in store, and plans on attending graduate school next fall.
Steamboat Springs High School
Sarah Denihan: Sarah is super excited to join the 2016-17 School-Based Mentoring Team. She is from East Hampton, CT and received her degree in Biology and minor in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University in May of 2016. Throughout her four years in college, Sarah served many roles including peer mentor, peer advisor, and teaching assistant. She also completed an independent thesis project through her University Honors Program. Her passions include basketball, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and her cat.
Steamboat Springs Middle School
Erika Ghent: As a Colorado native, Erika is looking forward to starting her like in Steamboat with the AmeriCorps team. Erika grew up in Edwards, CO. She attended the University of Colorado where she graduated with an MA in International Affairs. While at CU, Erika shied for the NCAA Division 1 CU Ski Team where she earned 5-time All American honors. Her experience ski racing led her to begin a career as an Alpine ski coach at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail where she worked with 13-16 year old athletes. Erika’s love of working with kids came from her years coaching and she is excited to bring that passion to her work with the kids in Routt County. When not working, Erika loves skiing on powder days and exploring beautiful Colorado by biking, hiking, or running.
Jared Varley: Jared is excited to step aboard the 2015-2016 School-Based Mentoring team. Jared received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Truman State University in the spring of 2015. Throughout his collegiate experience he worked as an after-school counselor, a world history and government practicum student, a youth development specialist at the Boys & Girls Club, and as a substitute for the Head Start Program. He is passionate about the intentional relationships that can be established between adults and youth within at-risk circumstances. Jared is returning for his second year as a School-Based Mentor.
Soroco Middle & High Schools
Claire Ewing: Claire is so excited to be back for her second year as a School-Based Mentor! Originally from New Hampshire, Claire has a degree in English from the University of Michigan and hopes to get her Masters in Social Work after this year. Before joining the SBM team, Claire did everything from public relations work in New York city to teaching ESL in Costa Rica. She is passionate about music, reading, travel and of course, improving the lives of at-risk youth. Claire has an adorable cat named, Olly, and spends her free time exploring beautiful Steamboat Springs.
Haley Dyer: Haley is a recent graduate from Kentucky who is excited to join the 2016-17 School-Based Mentoring team. Haley received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Morehead State University. She has experience with youth through coaching dance and basketball teams and has a passion for empowering others. Haley has been impacted greatly by mentors in her own life and is looking forward to working with students of Routt County.
North Routt Community Charter School
Morris Jaspers: Morris is originally from Westmont, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2015 with a Criminology, Law and Justice Degree. During college, Morris worked as an orientation leader for three years working with incoming freshmen and transfer students, introducing them to the university. Also during college, Morris volunteered with organizations such as the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and participated in Alternative Spring Break for consecutive 3 years. After graduating, Morris was an AmeriCorps member with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County as an elementary school reading tutor. During his service year, he successfully tutored 15 second grade students that were below grade level in reading. Morris is thrilled to be joining the 2016-2017 School Based Mentor team and cannot wait to serve Routt County representing Partners!
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School
Haley Aldinger: Haley is very excited to be a part of the School-Based Mentoring Program for the 2016-17 school year! She is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Haley also studied a minor in Child Advocacy Studies. Within her education, Haley has worked with different organizations, such a restorative justice program and a mental health center. Haley also has worked for a social services agency working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. In addition to her education, Haley has spent time in the United States Virgin Islands volunteering for a women’s coalition and spent time studying poverty and social systems in London. Haley is so excited to gain more experience with working with different populations and settings. She hopes to make a positive influence in any way she can!