Scott Ashcraft
B.S. in Geography with a minor in Anthropology, Western Carolina UNiversity

Scott is an AMS alumnus from 1981, and his son, Isaac, is a 2013 alumnus. Scott is the Archaeologist & Cultural Resource Program Manager for the National Forest Service. He works from the Pisgah National Forest, but is often traveling to other National Forest locations.


Margaret Borrego Brainard
B.S. Ed, Lesley College
M.Ed., National Louis Unversity
Ed.D (ABD), Teachers College, Columbia University
Margaret Borrego is a teacher and curriculum consultant who has worked in K-12 and Higher Education for 40 years. She began her career as a special education teacher, ran an alternative school and adult education center in Western North Carolina, and has worked as a teacher educator in Chicago, Seattle, New York and Greensboro, NC for the past 20 years. Recently, Margaret has been an administrator in a Montessori middle school and has designed a middle school teacher education program.


Ric Cedergren
B.S. in Industrial Supervision, Northern Illinois University
M.Ed in Education, DePaul University

Ric is the parent of two AMS alumni and has taught for 24 years in public schools. He, his wife Susan and son Leif live in the South Toe area very near AMS. Ric is also a soccer coach for the public schools and Leif is an amazing player. While their daughters were at AMS, Susan, a certified nurse, updated many of the medical protocols for the school.


Mary Dart
BA in Math, Oberlin College
MA, PhD in Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Mary is recently retired from her position at George School in Pennsylvania. Prior to working at George School Mary was a full-time teacher at Arthur Morgan School for 10 years. Her daughter attended the school as a student.  Looking back Mary sees those years an important time in her life and her daughter’s. “At AMS I felt like I was doing good in the world without using too many of the world’s resources. I am happy to be associated with the school once again.”


Lynda Kinnane
BS, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lynda is a public health professional that has worked for the Toe River Health District for many years as a nutritionist, health educator and administrator, serving as health director for four years. She works hard at creating communities where being healthy is easy. She also gardens, runs, reads , hikes, cooks and has a small crossword puzzle addiction. Her son, Andrew Kaluzynski, attended AMS and counts it as one of the best decisions he ever made.


Rob Pulleyn
BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Lake Forest College in Illinois,
MA, Sociology, The University of New Mexico

Rob is a ceramicist and shows frequently in the region. He has been a filmmaker and tapestry weaver. He founded and was the publisher of Fiberarts Magazine and Lark Books for thirty years prior to selling his business to Sterling Publishing/Barnes and Noble. He has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood, Asheville Art Museum, and Penland School of Crafts. His daughter was involved in Camp Celo which brought him into contact with AMS. Besides his daughter, he is also a single adoptive parent to three other children.

“I’m an outsider: I wasn’t a parent, I never went to AMS or taught there. But when I was introduced to the school, I immediately wanted to be engaged. It just seems to have put together all the elements of a school that can change lives. Whether it’s the academics, the trips, the open governance, the respect of individuality, the gardens, or the simple joy it exudes, AMS is an ongoing experiment in addressing the needs of middle school adolescents.”


Molly Rouse
BA in Latin American Studies, Carleton College
MAA, Applied Cultural Anthropology, University of Maryland

Molly is an AMS alumnus who, when a student, always thought she would come back to AMS as an instructor. She currently works as a Postpartum Doula/New Parent Instructor in Asheville and is raising her two children.


David Ryan
Haverford College
New York University

Dave is an AMS alumnus of 1976. He and his wife Lisa have three children that they home-schooled and combined with extensive travel in the US, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Viet Nam, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Turkey, etc. He is retired from Ryan Inc. Central, a family-owned earth moving and site preparation contractor.

“I joined the board because of all the educational institutions I’ve attended, from kindergarten to graduate school, AMS is the most memorable, and the one with the strongest pull on my heart. I’m hoping to help in any way I can.”


Lisa Taylor Rose
B.Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Nonviolent Communication Training

Lisa has outstanding organizational and communication skills that she brings to her administrative position in Asheville. She provides service to Southern Appalachain Yearly Meeting and Association (Quakers) as Earthcare Committee Clerk and Quaker Earthcare Witness Representative.


Jessica Ruegg
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Haverford College
MS, Professional School Counseling, Appalachian State Universty

Jess is a former AMS staff from 2003 and also a parent to two AMS alumni. She has an excellent rapport with adolescents and through her work maintains extensive networks of programs and services for teenagers. She’s been working a the local public school system for twelve years.


Lisa Swaim
Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Swaim is a former staff member of AMS from 1986. She home-schooled her three children using many of the educational concepts she learned while working at AMS. More recently, she’s worked in healthcare as a lactation consultant, a pediatric intensive care nurse and in geriatrics. She and her partner, Joe, enjoy hiking and their four dogs and have begun breeding Australian Labradoodles.


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