Welcome, New Faculty!

Read on to learn more about the talented teachers joining WMS this year.

(Photo: Caroline Rex-Waller, Aliette Frank and Erik Bertelsen)

The White Mountain School is proud to welcome the following talented new faculty members to our community, each with great experience in their areas of study and work.

College Counseling
Erik Bertelsen will serve next year as Director of College Counseling in an interim capacity. Erik has extensive college counseling experience on both sides of the desk. He was a college counselor at Belmont Hill School for 20 years. He’s also worked for five years in the admission office at Colby College. Erik then took a position as Assistant Head for Enrollment at the Pomfret School. For the last five years he was the Director of College Counseling at Buffalo Seminary (an independent girls school for grades 9-12).
Katie Halleck is joining WMS as an Associate Director of Admission and Communications. Katie joins White Mountain from her position as an Admission Officer at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where she also coached soccer, served as an advisor and participated in the residential life program. In addition to her responsibilities in Hill House, Katie will be head coach of the girls soccer program, an advisor and a dorm parent in Burroughs. Katie graduated from Union College in 2011 with a degree in history after having played soccer at Union all four years. Katie is also a graduate of Kent School in Connecticut.
Caroline Rex-Waller is a graduate of Smith College and recently completed a master’s degree in Teaching for Social Justice at Marlboro College. She is also working on a Masters in English through the Bread Loaf/Middlebury College program. She has taught English at High Mountain Institute, ESL in France and English in Townsend and Brattleboro, Vermont public schools. She has traveled internationally, led wilderness trips and coordinated programs in Seattle Public Schools with Powerful Voices. She is a skier, singer, dancer, and beginning (her words) rock climber. Caroline joins WMS with her partner, John Barkhausen, who is a new member of the Outdoor Education Department.
Tyler Smith is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Colgate University (with studies in Philosophy and History. Tyler is currently living in NYC, tutoring students in SAT/ACT prep and adult learners through Columbia towards their TASC exam. He has broad outdoor experience and was a lead climbing instructor at Colgate as well as manager of the Colgate climbing wall. Tyler will teach history and coach in the Outdoor Education Department.
Emily Hammel is a graduate of Green Mountain Valley School (where her parents taught) and Middlebury College, where she ski raced competitively. She has taught math and physics at High Mountain Institute and Telluride Mountain School. Emily will teach math classes at White Mountain. She has led a variety of outdoor and community service trips and worked as a ski coach, bike shop mechanic, and ski patroller. She is a dedicated biker, back-country skier and quickly becoming a rock and ice climber.
Outdoor Education
John Barkhausen, a climbing instructor and outdoor educator, will join the outdoor rock climbing and the indoor sport climbing coaching teams. John will also manage the climbing gym and lead Orientation trips and Field Courses. John is a graduate of Prescott College, where he guided students through winter back-country expeditions and taught avalanche safety. Most recently, John was a climbing instructor and program supervisor at Evanston Athletic Club in Illinois. He’s also served as an Assistant Program Director, Guide, and Instructor at The Northwest Passage, where his work included guiding clients at locations including, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin and internationally in Crete, Greece and Iceland. John joins WMS with his partner, Caroline Rex-Waller, who will be teaching English next year.
Sustainability Studies
Aliette Frank will join us as Chair of Sustainability Studies. She graduated from an independent school in Utah, then studied at Dartmouth College and earned a BA in Environmental & Evolutionary Biology (with a minor in Anthropology). Aliette earned her Ph.D. in Sustainability and Education at the University of British Columbia. Along the way, Aliette has served as a teaching assistant, teacher, substitute teacher, and field instructor in numerous settings. Aliette has written for both National Geographic and The New York Times. Aliette brings a deep interest and experience in outdoor pursuits, from nordic and telemark skiing to rock and ice climbing to mountain biking and cross-country running.
Visual Art
Linda D’Arco has moved over from the Admission Office to re-engage with her passion for teaching art. Prior to WMS, Linda had a long tenure teaching art of all levels at Berkshire School in Massachusetts. Linda was the recipient of the Seaver Buck Faculty Award for teaching excellence at Berkshire. She earned her master’s degree in education with a focus in art education and curriculum development. While not new to us, we are happy to have Linda join the teaching faculty and are excited for what she will bring to our art program. Linda will also continue to serve the school as the Director of Communications and the Director of The Center for Authentic Inquiry.
Please join us in welcoming our new faculty members to WMS!

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