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 the 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.
Metal artist, owner at Paige Davis Metalwork
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.
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 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 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.
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.”
Co owner operator of Green Toe Ground Farm
Gaelan worked at AMS from 1998-2001 as a teacher and gardener. His first exposure to consensus decision making was at AMS and he continues to harbor a passion for it. He currently co-owns and operates Green Toe Ground Farm adjacent to the Celo Community.
Mark attended AMS from 2002-2004 and was an intern 2007-2008. He then received his BA in Wilderness Leadership and experiential education from Brevard College. He is currently the program director at YMCA Camp Greenville in Cleveland SC where he runs the adventure program – a passion he was introduced to while at AMS.
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