Nancy Monson, Director and Teacher

There has always been in me a desire to learn what life is all about. I have a constant longing to understand and to participate with others in the process of discovery. As a child I used to play school with my stuffed animals. Read more...

Phil Germakian: 2nd-8th Grade Science and Math teacher

As a teacher, I am responsible for providing my students with as many opportunities as possible to be successful.  It is my goal to develop responsible members of society who have the tools to become successful citizens of the world. Read more...

 

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Catherine Lewis: 5th-8th Grade Teacher

“Teaching has been my calling and passion from a very early age. From my own schooling I saw and experienced the impact that passionate and caring teachers could have on their students and the important loving and nurturing relationships that school has the potential to foster. I’ve been teaching for the past 11 years, first working with Deaf students in Boston, then working with a variety of ages in the Seattle area. I’m most recently coming from 8 years at The Attic Learning Community, a progressive, creative, holistic learning community. While it was difficult to leave, I feel strongly that Colorado and Running River have exactly what I need for my own next growth as a teacher, learner, and person. I have also just begun a Master's degree program at Naropa University studying Contemplative Education, which is extremely exciting, meaningful, and transformative work. Read More.....

Amber Arvidson:  2ND-4TH GRADE Teacher  

I have always had a passion for learning and a deep curiosity about our natural world.  I grew up in Montana, surrounded by the intense beauty of the land attended a Montessori elementary school that really helped cultivate my love of the outdoors.  I still remember drawing plants and protozoan and camping and hiking with my classmates. Read more...

ROBIN SINICHIKO K-1ST GRADE TEACHER

I was born and raised in Northern California. I grew up woodworking, enjoying family camping trips, gardening, playing sports, and loving animals of all shapes and sizes. My summers were spent as a camper in a horsemanship program at an outdoor adventure camp in Buena Vista, CO. Eventually, I transitioned from camper to staff member, nurturing my love of the outdoors and learning first-hand the value of authentic nature-based learning. It was an environment that simultaneously challenged and supported children; they gained confidence as they overcame the physical challenges of peaking a 14er, heightened their sense of empathy as they cared for their horses, and developed a trusting community through regular teamwork. Read more....

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Megan with her family.

Megan Flaherty Lead Teacher on Sabatical, Advisor and Tutor

I have a fascination with the interconnectedness of the earth and the stories behind each plant, each animal. I have a similar fascination with how children learn and how their state of mind, their emotions, affect their learning. A long time educator, both inside the classroom and outside, I am continually questioning my role and how to best work with each child.

I believe that real learning occurs when it arises from authentic experiences that have meaning for the child. Children learn through various means and show their learning in various ways. Learning is a cooperative effort between the child and the teacher. My job as a teacher is to recognize the potential in each child and facilitate their learning process and guide them in taking ownership of their own learning. Read more (and find out about Megan's tutoring business)

Catherine Deml, Reading Specialist

A veteran reading specialist, Catherine has over 20 years of experience teaching struggling readers with these interventions: Multisensory Reading/Linguistic structures; Orton- Gillingham; Linda-mood Bell; Wilson Fundations Reading System; Step Up to Writing and Handwriting Without Tears.  She is a listed provider for the International Dyslexia Association.  Catherine provides support and training for the Running River staff and does group work at the school for young readers needing extra help. To find out more about Catherine and her tutoring business, click here.

Art Ives, PE Teacher

Art believes one of the most important jobs in education is to get young children off to the best possible start in sports and fitness by providing a foundation for their further progress and development. As a certified personal trainer specializing in youth athletics and a competitive distance runner and coach he loves making contact with the younger age groups and creates lesson plans for Running River students Read more...

Janet Runyan – Music Teacher

Janet Runyan earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and has taught piano in Boulder for 20 years. She has had a life-long love of music and still enjoys teaching piano privately as well as working at Running River where she teaches music and composes music for many of our school plays and performances. Read more...

Page Zekonis – Art Teacher

Page Zekonis is a local artist who has been teaching art for over twenty years. She has an MFA in painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a M.A. in counseling psychology from Bowie State University.  She founded Open Window Studio in 2003 to teach a variety of art classes to both children and adults. Read more...

Lauren Beale – Dance Teacher

Lauren is a performing artist, choreographer, contemplative teacher, yoga instructor and active mama. She holds an MFA in Dance from The University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis in somatic based teaching and collaborative, interdisciplinary performance art. Read more...