Hayden Middle School
Hannah Kaiser: Hannah is originally from Eau Claire, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She hopes to either continue her education, or work in the non-profit field focusing on youth. Hannah is excited to get the opportunity to work one-on-one with kids at Hayden Middle School. She can’t wait to see all of the fun activities that Steamboat has to offer!
James Hix: From the humble dale of Long Valley, NJ, James became enthralled with the topography and cordial vibes of Colorado two summers ago and is absolutely thrilled to be back amongst the mountains! James graduated from Eastern University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree Youth Ministry. Since then he has been working with youth in group, small and individualized settings. Currently James is dreaming of becoming an English teacher. James digs Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, reading, and has recently become thrilled with his discovery of air-popped popcorn! James is very eager to get to know the youth of Routt County and help them to become all that they can be!
Soroco Middle School
Tom Welle: Tom is originally from Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German. He is currently interested in pursuing a career in government or business after serving with Partners in Routt County. Tom is thrilled to work with the youth at Soroco Middle School and to be an active member of the Routt County community. In his free time, Tom enjoys mountain biking, fishing, hunting, cooking, skiing or anything that involves getting outdoors.
Emily Johnson: Emily is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania and received her B.A. in Psychology and the Natural Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in Occupational Therapy working in pediatric neurology. She loves working with kids and is incredibly excited for this year! In her free time, Emily hopes to take advantage of all the outdoor activities that Steamboat has to offer.
Steamboat Springs Middle School
Danielle Aimone: Danielle was a School-Based Mentor this past year in the Hayden Middle School, where she greatly enjoyed her experience working one-on-one with middle school students. Danielle is excited to serve for another year with Partners in anticipation of creating new connections with students and further developing her knowledge and experience supporting at-risk youth. Danielle studied Psychology and Women’s Studies at Boston University, in which she found herself particularly interested in youth development, family structure, and the various factors that impact individual growth and success. While in college Danielle served as a part-time AmeriCorps member for Jumpstart, mentoring at-risk preschool students in downtown Boston. She plans to attend graduate school for Social Work in the near future to strengthen her ability to support and provide resources for underprivileged youth. Now, after a rewarding and meaningful first year with Partners, Danielle is eager to begin her second term as a School-Based Mentor and is looking forward to her new relationships with students, fellow SBMs, and the Steamboat community!
Andrew Wilkinson: Born and raised on the Eastern shore of Maryland in a little town called Hebron. Andrew graduated from Salisbury University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Health and also has an Associate’s in Secondary Education. Andrew comes from country flat lands and the beach and is very excited to “give it a go” at making a home, learning the lifestyle and exploring the beautiful mountainous, snowy area of Steamboat Springs! He hopes to be a guidance counselor for an inner city high school one day and is looking forward to furthering his experience, learning, and growth with the kids of Steamboat! Andrew feels he is surrounded by a phenomenal team and extremely blessed to be here! He looks forward to a life-changing, fun-filled, rootin’ tootin’ good time for everyone! Oh yeah!
Lexi Miller: Lexi is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in Colorado for the past 10 years. After serving with AmeriCorps in college, she decided to pursue a degree in environmental studies. Lexi moved to Steamboat Springs in 2011 and graduated from Colorado Mountain College with her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability. The amazing people and small town feel of Steamboat drew her to become a School Based Mentor and further her involvement in the community. She enjoys rafting, hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding.
Steamboat & Hayden Elementary Schools:
Jessie Johnson: Jessie is from Smithville, MO and graduated from William Jewell College with a B.A. In Psychology in May 2014. She would like to pursue a career in Counseling and is excited to broaden her horizons through the School-Based Mentor program and AmeriCorps. She enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and being outdoors and can’t wait to discover what other thing Colorado has to offer!
Steamboat Elementary Schools & North Routt Charter School:
Annika Torbenson: Annika grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She completed her psychology and sociology degrees at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in December 2013. She is very excited to use her background and passion for helping youth this coming school year in the Routt County community. Her time will be spent at Soda Creek, Strawberry Park, and North Routt Elementary schools. In addition to serving at the local schools, she is excited to become acquainted with the unique culture and outdoor activities the Steamboat Springs area has to offer.