Head of School

Mr. Patrick Berg

Patrick Berg is co-founder of Mountain Community School. Patrick has over 20 years in education including classroom, special education, instructional coach, alternative school, and school leadership. Patrick is passionate about educating the whole child and working with teachers to help them transition to a mastery, personalized approach so students can be successful in their chosen pathways. Patrick brings strength to Mountain Community School with his drive and vision for providing students better learning opportunities as well as his experience leading schools through shifts in educational practices, including mastery and place-based.

In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, paddle boarding, exploring the mountains and spending time with his family.

Director of academics

Dr. Jenny Schon

Dr. Jenny is a lifelong learner with a degree in Environmental Science, MS in Teaching, and PhD in Education and is the co-founder of Mountain Community School. After a decade of working on a Fire Ecology crew in the southwest, she decided to do the most meaningful thing she could think to do - teach! She started out teaching middle school science in Montana and later worked for the University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School, and then teaching all things K-12 at Meadows Valley School before leaving to open Mountain Community School. MCS has been a labor of love to re-envision education and what's best for our learners today in our community. She is beyond excited to be working with this team and your students!
When she's not teaching and training teachers she's busy chasing around her daughter, skilling, running, biking, gardening, or dreaming up of new places to travel.
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K-1st Grade Teacher

Ms. JoAnne Ryan

Ms. Ryan studied Secondary Education at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ. She spent her first few years in a high school science classroom, teaching everything from desert ecology, physical education, and marine biology to health science and creative writing. She returned to classroom teaching in 2019 after taking a break to start a family. During the 2109-2020 school year, she taught middle school ELA and history. Most recently, she taught all subjects to 4th and 5th graders at Meadows Valley for two years. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to spend this school year with our youngest learners in K/1! I can't wait to get a little messy, explore our beautiful mountain community, and learn right along with my students." When Ms. Ryan is not at school or planning for school, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and fishing with her family. She loves to read, write, and lift heavy things.

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2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Angela Isakson

Mrs. Isakson grew up in Lewiston, Idaho. She then attended Washington State University where she graduated with a BA in Communication. After living in the Boise area, her family of six had the opportunity to live overseas in Germany for ten years where she began teaching English to German teenagers at summer camps as well as teaching professionally online to English Language Learners. Her family returned to Idaho about three years ago to be closer to extended family. After substitute teaching for a few months, Mrs. Isakson soon started working full-time in Intervention at Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School in McCall, Idaho. While there, she worked with students from kindergarten to 5th grade providing targeted support in core areas such as phonics, reading, and math. She acquired her Idaho Teaching Certificate in K-8 All subjects while working full-time with this diverse group of students. Mrs. Isakson is excited to share her knowledge and love of learning with this year’s 2nd/3rd-grade students! When not teaching, she enjoys traveling and being in the great outdoors; gardening, hiking, biking, and skiing in the winter.

Bre Anderson
4h-5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Bre Anderson

Before joining the team at the Mountain Community School Ms. Bre has worn many hats. Most recently she served as the Children’s Librarian at the McCall Public Library where she focused on early literacy. Since 2019 Ms. Bre has been the Education and Programs Coordinator for Payette Children’s Forest. This outreach position allowed her to bring place based inquiry projects to classrooms all across in Adams, Washington, and Valley Counties. Since 2018 she has been the STEAM education specialist for the Cascade Cultural Arts Center, where she led project based afterschool programs ranging from kinetic sculpture creation to computer programing.

Ms. Bre is an East Coast gal at heart, growing up in Connecticut and attending the University of Vermont where she studied Fisheries Management. The wild landscapes of Idaho, and the fish that live in them, are what brought her to Valley County 9 years ago. After many wonderful years of backcountry fisheries research she decided it was time to follow her heart and pursue a career in education. In 2018 Ms. Bre received a Masters of Natural Resources, from the McCall Outdoor Science School, where her focus was place based environmental education. A winding path filled with hard work, amazing teaching opportunities, and a sincere love for our community eventually led her to the Mountain Community School.

She is beyond excited to join a school focused on place and inquiry. She believes in giving students autonomy over their learning and that there is no idea too big. With creativity, hard work, and willing educators, students have limitless potential. To be part of a team that shares these ideals is a dream come true! She can not wait to see where this school year takes her students! When not in the classroom you can find Ms. Bre guiding on the river, playing in the mountains, or relaxing with a good book. She is unbelievably excited to bring her enthusiasm and love of education to the Mountain Community School!

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6th-8th Grade Teacher

Ms. Sarah Lenda

Ms. Lenda graduated from Boise State University in 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in TESOL/ENL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). She has worked for the Boise School District for the last four years. Ms. Lenda taught first grade and fourth grade, and co-taught mathematics to grade levels k-6th. During her time with the Boise School District, she served on several teams including the IEP team, the leadership team, and coached for Girls on the Run.
Ms. Lenda grew up in McCall and graduated from McCall-Donnelly in 2010. She is excited to return to the community that raised her and to share the love and knowledge of her home with the classroom. In her spare time, Ms. Lenda likes to go snowboarding, go on hikes with her dog Reigna, and operate tours on her cycleboat in the summer.

office manager

Mrs. Heather Sprague

Heather has previously worked as a substitute Para Educator and substitute in the school office in Washington State. She and her family moved to Donnelly in July 2020  and fell in love with the area. "I am excited to work at Mountain Community School and watch not just my son, but all the children learn and grow  in our amazing environment." When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing and anything else that gets them outside.

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Para Educator

Mrs. Courtney Grogan

With a passion for education and a commitment to nurturing young minds, Courtney Grogan brings six years of experience as a paraprofessional and teacher's aide to her role. Her journey in education began with a unique opportunity to serve as a tutor for the children of migrant workers, where she not only facilitated learning but also embraced the diverse cultures, helping them integrate into the American educational system.

After a brief hiatus to support her husband's transition from the Marine Corps to a career into natural resources and recreation management, Courtney realized her calling lay in early childhood education and intervention. Motivated by her growing family and a desire to make a lasting impact, she made the decision to return to college in 2018 to pursue further studies in this field. In 2020 she received her associate in Early childhood education and intervention.

Courtney's approach to teaching is deeply rooted in the belief that every child is a beacon of potential, and that by instilling respect and nurturing their growth, we shape not only their future but also that of our country and state. She is dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment where children can thrive and develop into successful adults.

Courtney was thrilled to discover MCS and eagerly enrolled her three children in the school. She firmly believes that outdoor exploration and learning promote a better life, and she is excited for her children to experience the enriching educational environment provided by MCS. She firmly believes that teachers and students alike need support and intervention, which inspired her to become a part of the MCS.

In addition to her dedication to education, Courtney is an avid outdoor enthusiast. She loves hiking, riding dirt bikes and ATVs, snowboarding, kayaking, hunting, fishing and all things outdoors. Her appreciation for conservation and adventure enriches her understanding of the importance of outdoor exploration for children's holistic development.

As a paraprofessional, Courtney is committed to fostering a love for learning, empowering students to reach their full potential, and making a positive difference in the lives of those she serves. She is excited to work at Mountain Community school, loving outdoor education and the understanding that movement and exploration is extremely helpful in children's learning.