Faculty and Staff

Daniel Coey – Director      Contact Me

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Dan was born and raised in Ohio. He moved to Durango in the late 1970’s and in 1980 took a job with CTA as the maintenance man. He showed his dedication to the school by keeping it in shape and by his love for the students. Dan’s excellent relationship and dedication to the students earned him the position of Dean of Students in 1986. In 1994, he was hired as the Director of the school, with the backing of the entire faculty. Dan has made CTA his life’s work, and is responsible for helping CTA evolve into the thriving school it is today.








Marianna Waroblak – Foreign Languages      Contact Me

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Originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, Marianna graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and English. She attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained a Master of Arts in French Language and Literature. She received a degree in Spanish (post graduate student) at Western State College in Colorado in 1989. In addition, she has pursued several “Save the Rainforest” programs for teachers in Ecuador and Honduras where she engaged in an extensive study of medicinal plants. Prior to coming to CTA, Marianna was also actively involved in photography and edited a poetry magazine in Durango. At CTA, Marianna heads the Foreign Language Department teaching both French and Spanish. She also teaches photography, batik and publishes the yearbook. Marianna is married to Dan Coey, the director of CTA. She is in her 30th year of teaching at the school and her 41st total year of her teaching career.







Ian Altman – Admissions Counseling/Rock Climbing     Contact Me

Ian was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where he lived until he was fifteen years old.  In ninth grade, he moved to New Hampshire to attend a boarding school with similar ideals to CTA, where he quickly found his love for the outdoors and its teachings. After graduating high school, he moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College. While at Lewis and Clark,  he discovered his talents for the ceramic arts and he later received his BA from Fort Lewis College in Fine Arts and Environmental Studies. While in college, Ian began working with adolescents throughout the summer months as a rock climbing instructor for Longacre Expeditions. After leading trips for Longacre for three summers, he was next hired as a dorm parent and rock climbing instructor for CTA. In the 2001, Ian became the full-time art teacher with CTA and he lived and worked on campus for eight years before heading back to school to pursue his Masters in Social Work. After receiving his MSW from the University of Denver in 2012, Ian returned to CTA in the role of Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for all prospective students. Ian continues to lead CTA’s accomplished rock climbing program and is currently working towards his clinical license in social work with the State of Colorado.



Eric Maxwell – Math   Contact Me

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Eric is an Arizona native who was born and raised in a small mountain town. Upon graduating high school, he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University earning a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a private pilot’s license. His first job was as an air breathing propulsion engineer for Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division at the China Lake naval base in Ridgecrest, CA. After deciding that this wasn’t his calling, he returned to tutoring math and physics (his job while in college) at the college level before teaching math for a year at a public high school in Arizona, and finally becoming a math teacher at CTA. He coached football and track and field at the high school varsity level for 5 years and 3 years respectively. He also has several years of snowboarding experience and was an instructor for one season.





Rachel Wormus – Aesthetics and Visual Art    Contact Me


Rachel was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1998, one month after her eighteenth birthday, and has been a mountain girl ever since!
She received an Associate in Arts-Wilderness Studies from Colorado Mountain College in 2004, a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Graphic Design from Colorado State University in 2006, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010. She has worked with students of all ages, from preschool to college freshmen. She is ecstatic to have been invited to teach visual arts at CTA where she brings her passion for art, rock-climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, gardening, and astronomy into her lessons! She is planning to build a strong visual arts program at CTA by teaching students technical art skills and connecting her classes with art history, philosophy, and working artists from Colorado and beyond!





George Foster– Science      Contact Me

Though George claims to be a Colorado local, he didn’t move to the small town of Silverton until 6 months of age.  He was raised in the mountains above CTA and has developed a strong link to the San Juans through a lifetime of climbing, skiing, and fishing.  His interest in sharing knowledge and connection was sparked while studying abroad in India and working at the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center through his undergraduate program in Environmental Communication.  During this program he was able to conduct education research and teach science in the rural classrooms of Northern Kenya.  Returning to the states he became accredited in secondary science education at Western State University and taught in his hometown of Silverton for two years.  Seeking a path to share his land-based education philosophies he worked as a wilderness therapy field guide in Utah helping adults discover and follow new life paths through outdoor adventure.  He is excited to settle into an intimate community where he can share his love for the outdoors and help students develop a holistic understanding and appreciation of the systems that drive our Earth.




Stacy Clark – Humanities       Contact Me

Stacy Clark was born in New York State and has traveled across the globe in pursuit of adventure and education. As a high school student, she pursued ski racing at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY and appreciated the small class sizes, close relationships and tight knit community. Stacy went on to attend the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy. After graduating, Stacy moved to Thailand and began her teaching career in a small farming community, learning Thai as her students studied English. Her love of mountains drew her back to North America, where Stacy coached ski racing and big mountain/freestyle in California and Colorado. She has been involved with the National Parks Service and various nonprofits as an environmental educator and community leader. Stacy is beyond excited to spend another year as part of the C.T.A. community.






Halie Wilson- English       Contact Me


Halie split her childhood between the Western NY countryside and the beaches of NJ. She attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she studied both Writing and Rhetoric and Environmental Studies. Her love of teaching English was fostered by working as a writing tutor for the school’s learning center and teaching summer classes for the Higher Education Opportunity Program. She also devoted a year to being an environmental outreach intern for the Finger Lakes Institute, of which her favorite component was the community garden! After spending a year as a kindergarten teacher, Halie made the trek out West for a job in outdoor education. She loves teaching kids of all ages to mountain bike, rock climb, kayak, and paddleboard. In her free time, Halie can be found seeing live music, skiing on the slopes, mountain biking, trail running, or reading a book by the water. She is ecstatic to be a part of CTA.





Spencer McClendon- Civilization       Contact Me

Spencer was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama. After graduating high school, Spencer took 6 months off to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine to scratch his constant itch for being surrounded by nature and beautiful mountains. Upon his return home, he attended Auburn University to study Social Science Education. He graduated in May 2014 from Auburn University’s College of Education. When he was 12 years old his parents took him to a kayaking class on the mighty Coosa River and from then on Spencer devoted much of his energy and free time to whitewater kayaking. With over 10 years of experience, his Kayak has led him to many beautiful places in pursuit of the best rivers across the United States. Spencer has been a level-3 ACA certified kayak instructor since 2011. Teaching whitewater kayaking through college and raft guiding in the summer fed his passion for working with people in the outdoors. After graduating from Auburn, he moved to Durango to teach kayaking in an effort to pursue the pristine class V canyons in the San Juan and Weminuche Mountains. Finding the CTA campus following a run down the Bakers Box section of the Animas, his interest was sparked. Following some research of the school’s ideals and a formal campus visit, he saw Timberline as a great fit for his passions of education and mountain culture. Spencer is very excited to start his education career at CTA and to work with the students both in and out of the classroom.



Richard Hall- College Counseling       Contact Me

Richard is originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.  He moved to Maine in 2004 and Colorado in 2008.  Since then he has been alternating between the Mountain West and the Northeast trying to discover all that both locales have to offer.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Government and Legal Studies with a minor in Anthropology from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) in 2008.  Recently he received his master’s degree in School Counseling from Adams State University (Alamosa, CO).  He has spent time working in a variety of locations from Ross Island, Antarctica to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  He discovered his love of education while working in the public school system of Northern Vermont and has been an educator ever since.  Currently Richard is working towards licensure a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado.





Hannah Fox- Math           Contact Me

img_0004Hannah Fox was born in Albuquerque, NM but moved to Colorado when she was three. She attended a public school near to Durango and was blessed to have the chance to grow up hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking.  When she was eighteen, she became a raft guide and has continued to pursue her love for rivers and oceans by rafting, kayaking, SUPing, surfing, and sea kayaking. She followed the water all the way to Seattle, where she attended Seattle University and earned degrees in philosophy and math. After graduation, she worked in the international district of Seattle in an elementary school for four years and has coached youth soccer for many years. She relocated to Durango in the spring of 2015 and has been enjoying the beautiful mountains. She is totally exciting to start teaching math at CTA and to share her love of the outdoors with the students!





Laurel Brent- Executive Assistant    Contact Me

photo-2Laurel was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri.  She grew up in the Ozarks and attended Southwest Missouri State University completing a degree in Governmental Studies with minors in Communication and History.  Laurel spent her 20’s traveling, living and working in cities including Springfield, Chicago and Detroit as an executive administrative assistant in advertising, education, and industry.  She moved to Durango in 1997 having fallen in love with the mountains as a child and currently raises her beautiful children, Adelaide (15) and Wyatt (12).  She loves to ski, flat water paddle, hike and camp.  She is excited to return to work in an educational environment.







Kiersten Kelly – Dorm Mom           Contact Me

Kiersten grew up in Truckee, California. She enjoys hiking with her three year-old Rottweiler, reading dystopian fiction, and baking the best chocolate crinkle cookies. Kiersten recently earned her bachelors in Neuroscience from Colorado College. During her time at CC, she played volleyball and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She led backpacking trips for new student orientations and spring breaks through Colorado and South Dakota. She has traveled extensively to countries including Peru, Thailand, and Germany, but her love of small mountain towns has brought her back to Durango.