I am from Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) and graduated from Bowling Green State University with certification in 1-8 education and a minor in History. Out of college, I taught at an outdoor education center in Michigan, but then later moved to North Carolina for a classroom teaching position in Davidson County. I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th as well as serving as an AIG Specialist. I also received my Master’s in School Administration from Western Carolina University and was an assistant principal at Smoky Mountain High School and Asheville High School.
My wife is a teacher with Transylvania County Schools and I have two children, Jack and Paige.
I am entering my 21st year in education and excited to be part of the Catamount School!
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I was born near Boston MA and went to college at UMass Amherst, where I studied Natural Resources Conservation and Physical Anthropology. I was already teaching-- working at nature camps and for the State Parks. I have always loved sharing nature and science with other people! My first job was as a teacher/naturalist at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, where I fell deeply in love with the damp, rich, diverse Smokies. I did some environmental education, then flew off to Madagascar for almost a year to study lemurs. I lived in a tent and worked for a guy who has now developed a conservation project there. When I returned, I went to The University of Texas at Austin to study primate ecology and evolution. It was awesome. It was there I decided I didn't want to teach college, but I really wanted to continue teaching younger folks! I got a GK-12 fellowship and worked with teachers in Austin, but I was dreaming of the green mountains to the east. Finally, I moved back to the Smokies. I taught middle school science at Cullowhee Valley School for 10 years and loved it. During that time I also married Rene, who is a chimney sweep, and had two boys, Whalen (9) and Jackson (5). I needed a new challenge three years ago, so I moved to Smoky Mountain High and taught biology, wildlife, and earth science, which was fantastic. When I had the opportunity to return to middle school, though, I jumped. I am especially looking forward to investigating nature, gardening, and asking more questions than we can answer. I'm so excited to work with the dedicated staff and families at The Catamount School- we are going on a wonderful adventure together.
I’m a native of Cullowhee, and an alumna of WCU, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree
in Political Science and Spanish, and my Master’s in Public Affairs. While at WCU,
my language studies took me to study in Valparaíso, Chile, where I further developed
a passion for language, the arts, and teaching as a university student and volunteer
in Chilean schools.
For ten years, I’ve enjoyed teaching dance and theatre to students of all ages in both the public school and private studio settings. . I continue to teach at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy in Sylva, and have taught and worked as a choreographer for Smoky Mountain High School, Fairview Elementary School, and Cherokee Central Schools.
In my free time, I enjoy dancing, hiking, reading, and planning my next big adventure! I love to travel, but I’m always eager to return home to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina!
I am so excited to begin an amazing year at The Catamount School! I look forward to meeting each of our students and exploring their interests, engaging their creativity, and empowering their expression through TCS’ arts and enrichment activities!
Dr. Pinter is a Cullowhee native and a two-time graduate of WCU. She taught 7th and 8th grade math in Buncombe County for 5 years before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia to complete her PhD in Mathematics Education at UVA. She has been back in the NC mountains since 2012 when she joined the faculty at WCU. In her spare time, she is a group fitness enthusiast teaching 8 classes a week between Gold's Gym in Asheville and WCU's Campus Rec center. She also loves outdoor adventures, motorcycling, and traveling the world. She lives in West Asheville with her husband and two fur babies Vespa and Sadie. She is really excited to spend this coming year back in the classroom working once again with adolescents.
I grew up nearby in Waynesville, and like Dr. Pinter, I am a two-time graduate of WCU. I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2008 in English Education, and followed up with my master’s in Middle Grades Literacy in 2015. This upcoming school year will be my ninth year of teaching! I began my career at Summit Charter School in Cashiers, where I taught Language Arts to students in grades six, seven, and eight. After teaching seven years at Summit, I taught eighth grade language arts for a year at Cullowhee Valley School.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, frolicking outside, and enjoying the company of my crazy Great Dane puppy Charlie and my Rottweiler-shepherd mix, Stella. I am also lucky to be able to spend a lot of quality time with my twin sister and her two year old son, Boone who makes me laugh often. I also enjoy running. I have completed nine half marathons and am currently training for my tenth in October!
I am so excited about the upcoming year at The Catamount School! I absolutely love working with middle school students and I know we are going to have an amazing year!
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