group picture of entire board standing and smiling

 

Whitney Brasington
B.S. in Environmental Biology, Appalachian State University
M.A.O.M. in Acupunture, Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine

Whitney is a local business owner. She and her husband, George, bought Mountain Electronics Inc. in 2005 and have been running it ever since. Her first connection to AMS was using our laundry and shower facilities when she first moved to the area in 2000 and lived in a house without running water. Years later, her daughter, Adalaya, attended AMS for all three years. Whitney has served on several local organizations. She was the PTO treasurer for South Toe Elementary for three years, treasurer for The Listening Project (RSVP) for three years, continues to serve on the High Country Workforce Development Board, and is a lifetime board member of the local preschool, The Children’s Garden.

 

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 since 1993 in public schools. He, his wife Susan and son Leif live in the South Toe area very near AMS. Ric works in the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program in Yancey County schools where he is also a soccer coach. While their daughters were at AMS, Susan, a certified nurse, updated many of the medical protocols for the school.

 

Paige Davis
Paige has lived in these mountains since she was 19, beginning at Penland School of Craft, treating it like college. She has been working full time as a studio artist since 1979 and taught workshops throughout the country, including at the University of North Carolina, Penland, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  She has owned her own studio, Paige Davis Metalwork for many years, and raised two sons who had the privilege of going to AMS for their middle school years.

 

Meghan Lundy-Jones
B.A., Outdoor Leadership, Warren Wilson College
M.A.C.T.E., Elementary I and II Lead Teacher Montessori Certification

From 2004-2011, Meghan worked in a variety of roles at AMS, including Clerk, houseparent, Recruitment, Academic, Outdoor and Kitchen Coordinators. Her administrative work at AMS gave her the foundation she needed to take on the job of Head of School at Spruce Pine Montessori School, and that is where she has been since. While she still has administrative duties at SPMS, she is primarily the educator for both Elementary classrooms, serving children ages 6-12. She lives down the road as a member of Celo Community with her husband Todd and son Finn.

 

Michelle Rehfield
B.A., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.S., Nursing, Western Carolina University

Michelle currently lives in Asheville, working as a nurse for Mission Hospital. She worked at AMS from 2006 to 2014 filling many roles including Clerk, houseparent, and teacher. Her favorite subject to teach was math. In her own words, “Working at Arthur Morgan School during my young adult years was an incredible experience that I hold very dear. It brought me to this part of the country from California and rooted me in community and the natural world here. I feel privileged to work with AMS again as a board member.”

 

Jessica Ruegg
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Haverford College
M.S., Professional School Counseling, Appalachian State University

Jessica is a former AMS staff member from 1999-2003 and parent to two AMS alumni, Isaac and Micah Galton. Since 2006 she has worked as a teacher and counselor in local public schools. Living in Celo Community, Jess is not far away and has helped AMS in a multitude of ways. As an experienced counselor, she helps train our staff, oversees the creation of new school policies, mediates conflicts, and offers helpful guidance to the entire AMS community.

 

David Ryan
B.A. in Classical Studies, Haverford College

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. In his words, “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.”

 

Elliot Smith
B.A. Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College

Elliot is an AMS alumnus from 2005 and served as an intern in 2008. He has been involved in outdoor leadership programs, restorative agriculture/farm management, as well as project manager in web development, online marketing and community development.

 

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