The Catalyst Volume 8, Issue 3 - Page 24





Alzar School is so grateful for our staff and students who have both worked so hard to adopt protocols and make personal sacrifices in order to make sure an in-person semester happens this fall. Thank you all!

This school year, we are welcoming new and old faces back into the community as teachers. Here’s a bit about each of them:

John grew up exploring second growth forests and swimming in eutrophic lakes near his home in rural Connecticut. John has previously taught at Teton Science School, HMI Gap, at NOLS and at Alzar School from Semester 8-11. He is excited to be back in Valley County in the role of humanities faculty. In his free time, you can find John woodworking, rambling through mountains, or attempting to convince anyone that will listen that the completo is the ultimate food.

Gillian comes to Alzar School from a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She studied Neuroscience and Mathematics at Bates College and found a love for backpacking while studying abroad in New Zealand. In the search of an intersection between science, math, and the outdoors, Gillian obtained her Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) and has led various outdoor trips, taught outdoor education, and worked as a ski patroller. Gillian is excited to integrate science and math with outdoor exploration and cultural immersion at Alzar School.

Hallie was born and raised in southern Idaho and has traveled extensively. After graduating with dual degrees in Spanish and Biology, Hallie was a Teaching Fellow at Alzar School in the Fall of 2016. She has previously taught for Ecology Project International and McCall Outdoor Science School, worked as river guide and NOLS Instructor, and loves to travel on water in rafts, kayaks and canoes. When she isn’t in the classroom, you can find her paddling, skiing, reading a book, or playing with her dog, Nix.

Hallie Holland

Leadership Teacher

John Bengtson

English and Spanish


Gillian Wilcox

Math and Science Teacher