Faculty & Staff Profiles

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Andy Barnes

California School of Culinary Arts

Chef

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Andy Barnes was born and raised in Lacrosse, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River. He began pursuing his culinary passion in Madison, where he worked in several different farm-to-table restaurants and he graduated from the California School of Culinary Arts.  Since moving to Steamboat Springs, Andy has been exploring outdoor activities including: hiking; biking; fishing; hockey; and snowboarding.  Andy's excitement and commitment for food shows in every bite we take.
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Hayley Berg

B.A. Pepperdine University
M.A. University of Colorado - Boulder

Spanish

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Señorita Berg grew up in Colorado and ventured out to California to study International Studies and Spanish at Pepperdine University. In an effort to use her Spanish in the real world, Hayley spent her sophomore year of college living with a host family in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then one summer interning at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation Hayleylived with a Spanish host-sister and taught English in a small town near Sevilla, Spain. Hayley recently graduated with her Master of Arts in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she also spent four semesters teaching college-level Spanish.

Apart from teaching Español, Hayley enjoys singing with the Yampa Valley Singers, traveling (to 17 countries and counting), cats, and spending time with her friends, family, and boyfriend. Having worked as a camp counselor and resident advisor Hayley is very excited to get to know the students and faculty at Lowell Whiteman.
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Tim Callahan

B.A. Kenyon College

English

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Tim Callahan moved to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2009, and since then, he has had a series of odd jobs in town. From hosting the Steamboat Ski area morning show on local access cable, to doing medical interpretations in Spanish and French, Tim has managed to keep himself quite busy in town. He is an avid skier and is still trying to figure out snowboarding. Tim is Captain of the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club, and enjoys spending time with his brother, Kit, who also lives in town.
Prior to coming to LWS, Tim graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he played varsity soccer and majored in English. He taught ESL at Colorado Mountain College - Steamboat, and English at a private school just outside of Chicago. He spent two years traveling South America before settling in Tandil, Argentina to play two seasons of semi-professional rugby.
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Emily Colin

B.S. Colby College

Assistant Director of the Learning Center; Residential Head of New Boys Dorm; Geometry.

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Emily Colin first came to LWS in the fall of 1999 as a student.  She was pursuing her dreams of becoming an alpine ski racing olympian.  Inspired by her teachers and the experiential education at LWS, Emily dreamed of someday returning to LWS as a faculty member.  After high school, Emily spent three years ski racing with the US Ski Team until a series of major injuries halted her career. At that point, Emily enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and graduated with dual degrees in geology and chemistry, and a minor in studio art.
After college, Emily and a fellow LWS graduate founded a not-for-profit organization, PEDAL for Change, which was inspired by their high school education and experiences. PEDAL's mission is to empower youth through cycling to live simply, consume locally, work together and strengthen community. PEDAL runs cycling/volunteer trips throughout Ecuador. Upon returning from PEDAL's first project, Emily taught Art and Science at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado.  The school works with high risk students and focuses on hands-on learning through experiential education.
Emily returned to Steamboat Springs in 2012, and coached at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, taught pilates at Steamboat Pilates and Fitness, and took a few classes at Colorado Mountain College.  She is more than ecstatic that her high school dreams are finally falling into place as a teacher at LWS!
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Erin Gilbertson Davis

B.A. Whitman College

Elizabeth Dorm Parent; College Counseling

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The path that led Erin Gilbertson Davis to the French classroom of LWS might have been a bicycle trail. Her work as a biking guide along the Tour de France, her experience living abroad, and her college degree in French language and literature from Whitman College firmly established her as LWS’s specialiste francaise. Mrs. Davis has traveled the globe extensively in Europe, the Americas and Asia, many times chaperoning LWS Global Immersion Studies trips. She has been to Canada, Mexico, France, England, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, India, Senegal, Honduras, Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Costa Rica. The former collegiate alpine ski racer has coached local SSWSC youth for 10 years, and is an avid mountain bike rider. When she’s not teaching, coaching or riding her bike, Mrs. Davis prefers to be in the kitchen pursuing her baking passion, playing her cello, practicing yoga and African dance. Other past-times are her baby paraphernalia company (Baby BonBon) and the children’s books she has written and hopes one day to publish. Erin and her husband Tom welcomed son, Henry Beckett Davis into their lives in August of 2010.
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Nikki Durkan

B.A. University of Colorado- Boulder

Environmental Science, Chemistry, Geography, Global Politics and Environmental Issues

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Her research on the effects of logging in Routt National Forest as a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder may have spurred Miss Durkan’s interest in Steamboat Springs and its alpine ecosystem. As the Environmental Science and Chemistry teacher, Miss Durkan’s diverse field experience also spans beyond the woods to waters. She worked previously as a naturalist for the Pacific Whale Foundation, becoming an expert on reef ecology, local marine mammals such as the Humpback Whale, the geology of the Hawaiian Islands, and local green sea turtles. Following a coral reef ecology course with field experience diving in Cozumel, she received her SCUBA certification and also learned to free-dive up to 40+ feet for extended periods of time. Her science classes can be found all over campus, collecting water and soil samples, planting seedlings to prevent erosion, and monitoring wetlands. Ms. Durkan studied abroad in Italy and has traveled throughout Europe, Central America, and Asia. Her travels have ignited a passion for teaching about the diverse ecosystems and cultures of our world.  She strives to generate this same excitement in both the geography and global politics and environmental issues courses. Nikki is an avid skier, whether it’s cross-country, alpine, or snowboarding and she loves to hike and bike in the summertime.  
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Eric Einstein

B.A. The Colorado College

Director of Technology; Kakela Residential Assistant

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Eric Einstein moved to Steamboat Springs from Colorado Springs where he studied Psychology and Education at The Colorado College. Eric enjoys the outdoors, skiing, hiking, and the arts. His interests have led him to the Lowell Whiteman School where is excited to be teaching Art, Film, Photography, Music and Performing Arts, as well as working as a Residential Assistant in Kakela Dorm with his dog, Kiwi. Eric attended intensive arts schools in Toronto beginning at an early age, and has enriched his photo and video experience through his travel and nonprofit work. Eric’s love of art, drama, music, and dance continues to play a large role in his life, from singing acappella and performing musical theater in college, to dancing and drumming with friends in Ghana, India, and the other 22 countries in which he has traveled.
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Brady Findell

B.A. St. John's College

Physics, History, Residential Assistant in New Boys Dorm

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Brady Findell was born in Denver and grew up in beautiful Steamboat Springs.  After graduating from LWS, he went south to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he attended St. John's College.  At St. John's, Brady studied the history of math and science, philosophy, and literature.  For three years in college, he was an active member of Atalaya Search and Rescue, an MRA-certified team based out of Santa Fe.  Whenever he had time on the weekends, Brady would take advantage of the desert southwest and go skiing in Taos, ice climbing in Ouray, canyoneering in Utah, or backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  Upon graduation, Brady went to work for The Road Less Traveled, an adventure travel company for high school students.  Brady led SCUBA diving trips in the Florida keys where he and his students worked with the Coral Restoration Foundation to reintroduce staghorn coral to the barrier reefs off Key Largo.
Brady is excited to be teaching World History, US History, and Physics, as well as living in the New Boy's Dorm as the RA.  Brady has been certified as a Wilderness EMT for the past three years and hopes he will not have to use his medical training much this year.  He is also an avid traveler, and after a 3 month round-the-world journey in the spring of 2013, he has visited 26 countries.  Brady loves movies, big books, and the music of Van Morrison.
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Willow Fitzgerald

B.A. Bard College

Kitchen and SAP Intern

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You might recognize Willow Fitzgerald as the pole-less telemark skier with a novel balanced on her head.  Having grown up in the Yampa Valley and attended both Emerald Mountain School and Steamboat Mountain School, she is at home in the forest or the desert.  While attending Steamboat Mountain School, Willow was known for wearing a tutu on any given day and for her involvement in student leadership.  She climbed, hiked, kayaked, rode horses, skied with Winter Sports Club, and traveled with the school's GIS program.   Willow graduated from Bard College in New York in 2014, earning a degree in Religious Studies.  She spent many of her summers working on organic farms and studied agriculture as an undeclared minor; she wrote her senior project about corn farms and mythology.  Willow lived in a co-operative dorm at Bard where she learned to manage a local and organic kitchen and develop relationships with diverse farms.  She is an avid cook and baker as well as a passionate environmental activist.   Upon returning to Steamboat Willow is pursuing her music and writing, spending time with her family, enjoying her native wilderness, and excited to help develop the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Steamboat Mountain School.
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Claire Gittleman

B.A. Bates College

Art, ELL, and Elizabeth Hall Residential Assistant

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Claire grew up living in various countries and cities around the world.  She has spent extensive time in the Congo (DRC), Belgium, Maryland, Maine, and San Francisco, with many summer and study abroad stints in Central and South America—Costa Rica, Honduras, Chile, and Argentina. She is thrilled to find herself in the beautiful Rockies at LWS. Having studied Spanish and Education at Bates College in Maine, she is excited to continue these two passions at LWS. Claire loves taking advantage of all that Steamboat has to offer, whether that is skiing, hiking, rock climbing, biking, or simply enjoying being outside. In addition to these activities, Claire also loves sketching, drawing, and painting. She finds Steamboat’s landscape to be a perfect and very willing model to fill the pages of her sketchbook.

Scott Glynn

B.S. Business Administration, Wayne State University

Business Manager

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Born and raised in the Detroit area, Scott left his management position at one of the country’s largest specialty retailers to move his family to the Yampa Valley in 2001.  Wanting to raise their son Connor and daughter Maura in a town like Steamboat, Scott and his wife, Cathy, owned and operated a manufacturing business providing services to the construction industry.  After 10 years, Scott decided to embark on a new career in the insurance and financial services field.  A successful run led to an opportunity to guide the business operations of the Steamboat Mountain School.  An extensive background in business and a deep well of resources will serve the school well in its business endeavors. When not on campus, you can typically find Scott at an ice rink somewhere.  He serves as an assistant state supervisor of officials for USA Hockey, and coaches multiple teams for the local Steamboat Youth Hockey club program.  When he is not on the ice, he usually finds himself at one of his children’s hockey or lacrosse games.  Scott is an avid golfer, and an enthusiastic, yet, marginally successful fisherman.   Scott is very active in the community and has held many volunteer positions in Steamboat including at Routt County United Way, Steamboat Springs Booster Club, Steamboat Little League, and United Methodist Church. Scott joined the Steamboat Mountain School as a way to use his business acumen and still be involved with the students.  He has a long list of coaching experience, including hockey, baseball, football, and basketball.  An opportunity to be surrounded by the energy that students bring makes it easy for him to come to work each day and work hard to make the Steamboat Mountain School the exceptional place it is.
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Adam Hirt

Maintenance Manager; New Boys Dorm Residential Assistant

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Having recently migrated to the western slope from Colorado's front range, Adam is thrilled to join the staff at the Lowell Whiteman School. Born and raised in Colorado, he truly enjoys everything the state has to offer including camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing. During winter months, Adam loves to go snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snow cave camping, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. His diverse life experiences include employment ranging from Security officer for high tech industrial buildings, Park Ranger at Eldorado Canyon State Park near Boulder, insurance adjuster in Nashville, TN, to a residential/commercial electrician. In his spare time Adam likes to work with wood. He has built several kayaks, an arbor for his sisters wedding, and escapes to Taos, NM to continue building his cabin. He occasionally strums the guitar and is attempting to learn the banjo. Adam loves to learn new things and strives to keep a positive outlook on life.
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Jaudz Liu

B.A. Soochow University, Jiangsu China

Mandarin Chinese

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Jill Asmus

B.A. Colorado State University
Edinburgh University

Accounting

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Jill first came to Steamboat Mountain School as an art teacher for the Longfeifei Summer Academy. After working with Lowell Whiteman and the Chinese Academy, she fell in love with Steamboat Mountain School and is now working as the school’s accountant. Jill first started balancing accounting and art when she co-founded an import business selling folk art. Jill also worked as an art teacher and accountant for a local children’s art studio, which she started with three other local artists. Currently, Jill has a small bookkeeping business and teaches art when the opportunity arises. Away from work, Jill likes spending time outdoors with her two boys, Sam and Gavin, along with puppy Clover. They enjoy reading, skiing, cycling, camping and anything outdoors.
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Joanne “Doc” Lasko

B.A. Pomona College
Ph.D. American University

Academic Dean

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When not teaching, Joanne “Doc” Lasko loves to play the piano and to compose music. Her AP English students will readily attest to her claim to being a ‘Shakespeare freak.’ She is passionate about the English language, and few leave her class without developing a passion for it as well. Doc spent childhood time living abroad in Germany and Lebanon. She attended Duke University and earned her undergraduate degree in English from Pomona College in California and ultimately her Ph.D. in Literary Studies, with the interdisciplinary field of Music, from the American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to LWS, she taught at the American University and at The Madeira School in Greenway, Virginia. “Doc” has been with LWS for more than two-and-a-half decades, and she is dedicated to education, education, education. With Doc, students learn there are no shortcuts, only hard work, and she teaches this philosophy with a rare sense of humor and an understanding of every student’s challenges. She is patient, she is calm in a crisis, and she is tireless in her guidance of the LWS academic program. She is also an experienced foreign travel leader. She loves skiing, horses, and camping and is apt to head off to a hunting cabin on a snowmobile to reread Hamlet, which she admits to having read more times than any other sane human – and she still loves it.
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Marta M. Miskolczy

B.S. University of Vermont
M.A. Columbia University

Director of Marketing

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After directing admissions and enrollment at Santa Fe Prep for 14 years, Marta and her family relocated to Steamboat Springs for their next school/life adventure.
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Margi Missling-Root

B.S. Montana State University

Director of Experiential Education

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We call her “Margi,” as she considers “Mrs. Missling-Root” too formal for her job description. Margi has 23 years of experience in outdoor education, and her specialty is educating high school students about the natural world. She has been a backcountry instructor and guide and since 1988, and she has led a foreign trip for LWS almost every year. There are few continents Margi has not traveled thoroughly. The programs she manages include outdoor activities of all kinds, camping, and foreign travel. Margi feels the tops of mountains and the shores of foreign locales feed the souls of our students. Having a keen interest in plants, she is also the school’s landscape designer as well as the school’s acreage manager. Margi is also a firm believer in the mind body connection; she studies natural healing and meditation. She raised her son, Bridger (LWS `07) on campus, and she tells the story of an LWS foreign trip on which Russian nomads offered her multiple camels (a very high price!!) for baby Bridger. She loves to sing, play the guitar, meditate, garden, garden, garden, backcountry ski, snowshoe, and take walks with her very smart dog, Diamond.
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John Morse

B.A. Oberlin College
M.A. Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English)

English

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English teacher John Morse likes to combine his joy for learning in the classroom with an active outdoor lifestyle.  He is part of the reason his students learn to enjoy the combination, as well.  He regularly assists fellow teacher, Jim Linville, with the school’s kayak program, and he is an avid mountain biker and former ski instructor. Prior to joining the LWS faculty, Mr. Morse attended NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School) in Patagonia and taught school in rural Alaska. He received the DeWitt-Wallace scholarship to attend Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English for his Master’s degree and studied at Oxford.  He enjoys Shakespeare, neuroscience and its connections to education, and Hubble photographs of the universe.
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Meg Morse

B.A. Trinity College
M.A. Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English)

Head of School

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Meg Morse spends her time as the Head of School and Algebra II teacher. Having led the Vietnam/Combodia Global Immersion Studies trip four times, she is the school’s resident expert on Southeast Asia. Mrs. Morse received her graduate degree in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and spent two of her five Breadloaf summers studying Shakespeare at its Oxford University campus. A former college lacrosse player, she coached lacrosse at the Westminster School in Connecticut. She is an accomplished chef, loves to knit and spend time with her son, Toby. She served as the school’s Director of College Counseling from 2000 to 2011. As the Academic Dean, Mrs. Morse also directs the Global Immersion Studies program.
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Michelle Raz

B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder
Professional Teacher License Cal State San Bernardino
M. Ed. Adams State University
JST Certified Academic Coach for Executive Functioning Challenges

Director of the Learning Center

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Michelle Raz holds a Master’s Degree in Education.  She has extensive experience teaching students and training adult educators as well as assessment testing throughout Colorado since 1992 and is a Cognitive Disability specialist for the state of Colorado.   Her passion is working with diverse populations of ethnicity, learning styles and ages.  As a world traveler, the challenge of meeting the educational needs of culturally diverse populations is of particular interest.  She is a published writer of innovative learning techniques and has been interviewed by a London based talk show host regarding educational strategies.  A leader in the educational community, she has developed a liaison for students of diverse learning backgrounds through a hands-on support system designed and implemented by Michelle. A true educator at heart, she shares her educational knowledge via live educational workshops she has led through internet-based platforms. In her free time, Michelle enjoys the arts and the outdoor lifestyle of Colorado. You may see her hiking, biking, skiing or simply enjoying one of the many outside arts and crafts venues in the summer with her 3 children.
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Brian Smith

B.S. Illinois Wesleyan University
M.A. Colorado State University

Dean of Students

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As the Dean of Students, Brian Smith strongly believes in a community's ability to teach character development to the students at LWS.  In addition to his Dean of Students responsibilities, Brian is a Precalculus and Calculus teacher, and is committed to exercising in the LWS classroom the topic of his Masters of Mathematics research project: How to help students more efficiently and effectively communicate in mathematics. The graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University joined LWS in 2000 as a teaching/dorm fellow. He spent five years as a dorm parent in addition to his teaching duties.  Mr. Smith has lead LWS GIS trips to Costa Rica, Mongolia, China, and South Africa. He has also led many outdoor experiential trips for canoeing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding. A member of the Steamboat Rugby Club, Mr. Smith played Division III football in college and coached middle and high school wrestling for five years. An avid believer in personal fitness and the connection of mind, body and character, he assists in designing workouts for after-school activity called Outdoor Fitness.
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Pearson Smith

B.S. Communication

Director of Admissions

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After graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in communication, Pearson ventured to the wild, wild West of Lander, Wyo. to work for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She started as the public relations intern and moved up to full-time employee in the NOLS Marketing department. During her tenure at NOLS, she traveled throughout the U.S. to talk to potential NOLS students in all different venues. While living in Wyoming, she took advantage of the open spaces and never missed an opportunity for a new adventure, be it rock climbing, cycling, running, or skiing.
Pearson found The Lowell Whiteman School to be the perfect opportunity to continue to promote "top of the line" education to potential students. She arrived in Steamboat Springs excited to embark on her next endeavor and new adventure on campus and in the mountains, alike.
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Gina Wither

B.S. Illinois Wesleyan University

Life Sciences; Competitive Ski & Snowboard Program Coordinator

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Gina Wither plays a dual role at LWS as Life Sciences teacher and liaison for the school’s Competitive Ski & Ride Program with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC). She teaches Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Once the snow flies and the winter competitive season start, Mrs. Wither is busy coordinating academic and competitive schedules for athletes. She also accompanies students for extended training programs abroad. Mrs. Wither is active in local theater and a member of the professional juggling troupe We're Not Clowns. She lives on campus with her husband Scott, and their young son Owen. On many mornings, she loves to sled down a rather steep hill to school from the Lockwood Faculty House. She loves skiing, mountain biking, baking bread, and listening to John Denver.
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Andy Ziegler

Chef, Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program

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In his second year at LWS, Andy Ziegler will be managing the kitchen and starting the new Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP).  Andy began his cooking career in Madison, WI at L'etoile, a classical French restaurant.  Throughout his 15 years in the restaurant industry, Andy has cooked and studied in both France and Italy.  He has helped open four restaurants, including Nostrano in Madison, WI and the Laundry, in Steamboat Springs.  He also spent 3 years studying and becoming a Sushi chef. Andy's food history is extensive, and he is equally versed in areas of agriculture and sustainability.  He grew up on a small farm in Wisconsin where he learned about not only planting and farming, but also about the larger picture of a symbiotic ecosystem from his parents, who worked as a horticulturist and master gardner and a landscape architect. Andy's passion for growing and innovating stemmed from his family roots, and he has been able to apply principles from the family farm to SAP at LWS.  Andy tries to balance his love for cooking and growing with being an outdoor enthusiast.  In his free time, he likes: hiking; biking; boating; fishing; climbing; skiing; hockey; and cooking in the backcountry.