Freestyle Head Coach
Southern New Hampshire University - M.B.A.
Southern New Hampshire University - B.S.
Sam Tarrant came to SMS in 2013 after five years at Killington Mountain School and Killington Ski Club. In his most recent position as Freestyle Head Coach and Social Media, Brand Management Coordinator, Sam coordinated athlete management and programmatic plans for the Freestyle Program, as well as created and executed communications strategies. In his position at SMS, Sam is helping lead the new SMS Freestyle Program.
Science & Math Teacher
University of California at Santa Barbara - B.S.
SMS math and science teacher Tim Taylor joined SMS with an appreciation for hard work and small ski towns. Coming from Leysin American School in Switzerland, Tim enjoys outdoor, mountain endeavors of all kinds. At the Leysin American School, Tim was the math department head and taught geography in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. He spent five years at Colorado Rocky Mountain School teaching math, coaching whitewater kayaking and telemark skiing. Tim also spent two years teaching math at the Aspen, Colo., public school and worked at a public alternative high school teaching math and outdoor skills in San Diego. In San Diego, Tim was a successful entrepreneur, and he owned two restaurants that served wraps and smoothies. Coming to SMS was an easy decision, he said. “I am fascinated by people with passion and determination; by young adults who want to be the best they can be at something and are willing to work hard to achieve their personal glory,” he said. “And, we love the location–rural and in the mountains.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Ph.D.
Curtin University of Technology - M.S.
University of Western Australia - B.Sc.
Richard Thorley teaches math at SMS. He has a lengthy resume of teaching math, physics, and chemistry that spans several decades. He received his Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, his M.S. in Science Education from Curtin University of Technology, and his B.Sc. and Diploma in Education in Physics from the University of Western Australia. He has taught at several secondary schools in the U.S., England and Australia. Richard has also taught at the university level in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia and has published several papers in academic journals. Richard is also no stranger to SMS, being a parent of Tegan ’16.
Auvergne University – MA of MEEF (Pedagogy)
Sorbonne University – MA of French Literature
Jocelyne came to SMS from France, where she taught French at the middle and high school levels. Jocelyne holds two master degrees, one from Sorbonne University and one from Auvergne University. “Impassioned by both literature and language, I taught in France after I passed my degrees. Student-centered, my goal is to help blossom and learn concomitantly. Once a rhythm is settled, it is amazing how far students can go, far beyond expectations,” says Jocelyne.
Work Phone: 802-856-1107
Assistant Headmaster & Science Teacher
Colby College - B.A.
Holly spent her childhood years traveling and living in Southeast Asia before returning to the United States to attend The Taft School in Connecticut. After graduating from Colby College in 1995, Holly began her career in education at Belmont Hill School in Boston as the assistant athletic director and coach of soccer, skiing, and tennis. While at Belmont Hill, Holly attended Northeastern University and worked for an ambulance company in Boston as an EMT. A collegiate tennis and squash player, Holly also began working for the Harvard University tennis department during this time and established The Tennis Camps at Harvard as an independent incorporated entity outside of the university services network. As the associate director of the tennis camp, Holly trained seasonal coaches, managed payroll, and coached tennis players of all levels. In 2000, Holly accepted a teaching and coaching position at Catholic Memorial School. She spent the next five years teaching science and coaching freshmen boys’ soccer. Holly was also, at one time or another, an advisor to the discipline board, the assistant athletic director, and a class dean. In 2005, Holly moved to Salisbury School where she continued her work in the classroom, teaching biology and anatomy, and was a form dean. She also served as a dorm parent during her years on the hilltop.
Holly moved to Vermont and accepted a science teaching position at Stratton Mountain School in 2007. Over her years at SMS, Holly has served as the science department head, a college counselor, the race administrator, and the dean of students. Holly accepted Headmaster Chris Kaltsas’ offer to become the assistant headmaster in the fall of 2015. Holly continues her work in the classroom as well because she believes there is no better place to stay in touch with students at SMS.
Holly lives in East Dorset, VT with her husband and young son.
Work Phone: 802-856-1164