Who We Are

Lynn Akers - 4th & 5th

lynnakersLynn Akers comes to SELS with an expansive resume of experience in the education field, including but not limited to teaching elementary education, leading teacher classes and field work, teaching the G.A.T.E (gifted and talented) program, teaching as a school-wide science teacher, special education paraprofessional, 504 coordinator, leading teachers in outdoor education workshops, board member of S.W.E.P (Sierra Watershed Education Program), successful collaboration in team teaching situations, administrative positions, and mentoring teachers in the preschool field.

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Reenie McMains - 6th

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From hunkering in bird blinds along the Platte River to night-hiking the Costa Rican rainforests, Reenie McMains has convinced hundreds of young people to come along on her learning adventures. Teaching at SELS is the highlight of her career - Reenie loves working at SELS! It allows her the freedom to create in-depth learning experiences for her students in an environment that emphasizes creativity, caring and adventure. She enjoys the deep involvement of parents and the investment of the entire SELS community in developing children with strength of character and a passion for learning. For her, work is play!

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Zach Williams - 7th

Zach Williams comes to Sierra Expeditionary Learning School with a wide range of experiences in education and the outdoors. Zach taught for several years in Oregon before moving to Truckee in 2011.  He spent the 2011-12 school year as the reading specialist at SELS before moving into the 7th grade classroom.

Zach grew up in Ashland, Oregon and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education at the University of Oregon. He has also coached ski racing for eight winters and has been a raft guide for four summers.  Zach’s love of the outdoors and his passion for hands-on instruction make SELS a perfect fit.  He hopes to combine his youthful sense of adventurism with his zest for expeditionary learning to create acurriculum that is both exciting and engaging to his students.

Mr. Williams and his wife Maggie moved to Truckee in fall of 2011 and are excited to be a part of this amazing community. In his free time, Mr. Williams will be exploring the numerous nearby ski runs, white water rapids, hiking trails, fishing holes, and camping spots that the Tahoe area has to offer.

Alexis Prochko - Phys. Ed.

AlexisAlexis is our enthusiastic and proactive PE teacher. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness. Although she is new to SELS, she has had over 12 years of experience working with children. She has coached sports, run children's fitness programs, and been actively involved with the YMCA.  For two years, she worked with the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, facilitating education and sports programming through AmeriCorps. Hoping for kids to adopt a healthy life style, Alexis finds creative ways to get kids active and moving. She loves the energy of the kids and has a great time making jokes a part of daily activity. She truly feels lucky to be a part of such an amazing school and leaves each day smiling!

Tiffany Connolly - Reading Specialist

Tiffany Connolly is excited to join the team of exceptional educators at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Tiffany earned her Master's Degree in Education and her Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University and she completed her undergraduate work at UCLA. She has been working in education since 2008. Tiffany has been a curriculum coordinator for ski athletes, and has a background teaching 2nd grade. A Southern California native, Tiffany moved to Truckee in 2009 in order to enjoy an active lifestyle. She loves spending time snowboarding, trail running, mountain biking, and enjoying the outdoor life that Truckee provides.

Denise Strecker - Reading Specialist

denise Denise Strecker joined the Sierra Expeditionary Learning School crew as a part-time Reading Specialist. Her background is in education and counseling and has been teaching children and families since 2000. Over the years, she has worked in numerous schools and homes, at a variety of grade levels and age ranges, while serving diverse populations in San Diego and Marin Counties.

At the start of her career, Ms. Strecker provided in-home parent education to low-income, at-risk families on early childhood development and behavior modification. She served as intermediary between clients and community resource providers while facilitating behavioral intervention plans, role modeling, and counseling. In 2005, Denise obtained her Master’s Degree in School Counseling fromthe University of San Diego.

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On top of all the teaching and learning, I'm struck by the joy in the faces of all the children as they go about their quest for knowledge. Thanks to all the courageous and energetic people who had the vision to make this school a reality. With all the challenges the world faces today and predictions of disaster, these committed teachers/staff, these engaged families, and these beautiful children are a beacon of hope.

SELS embodies everything that I feel is important in my child's education and I am so grateful that she has the opportunity to learn in such an enriching environment. Teaching our children how to think and how to treat others is critical to their future success. I am thankful every single day for all the wonderful staff at SELS.

What an amazing place. It has been everything for my son that I had hoped he could experience in school. Great teacher, stimulating learning environment, and a deeply caring and nurturing place.

I am grateful that my child is encouraged to interpret concepts and think about how they apply to his life, not just memorize and repeat material. I love that SELS asks kids to think about who they are and how they contribute to the community, locally and globally.

I greatly appreciate that SELS is a heart-centered school that teaches ethics and values along with academics. That approach makes SELS a unique and special place.

I appreciate all the teachers and staff and their responsiveness. I also appreciate all the work the staff are doing to help the kids figure out how to fill each other's buckets!

Our son is bubbling over with excitement for learning. This environment is gifting him with life long skills to succeed. We are so thankful for this school.

All the Adults and students challenge each other the THINK!

SELS is amazing in the way they teach topics hands on and allow the children to learn in practical settings. We couldn't be happier seeing our son flourish so much! Thank you.

I am very grateful to the SELS staff for offering my 5th grader their hearts, as well as their knowledge. Better yet, they make learning fun and adventurous! My youngster is THRIVING at your wonderful school!!

We are thankful for many wonderful ideals and principles at SELS, but what really brings those into reality is the caring, hard-working teachers and staff. We wouldn't have thought that someone else would care as much about the whole education of our daughter as much as we do, but there is a whole team of such people at SELS.

I am so thankful that my 5th grade daughter is a member and student of this beautiful community and school. She is receiving a fantastic education with hands on learning, caring, understanding, creative, out of the box thinking and intuitive teachers. She feels included, important, confident and is growing tons in her knowledge and place in this wonderful community. Thank you SELS for being an amazing part of my daughter's education and Life!

I truly appreciate all the staff, students, parents and families at SELS. It is these people that make SELS so wonderful.
This has become a new 'family" for us!

I am so grateful for the amazing staff; they are the most amazing guides. It is an inspiration to watch them help our children learn and grow into thoughtful, independent, productive human beings!
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