Faculty & Staff
Head of School
Rebekah Jordan has a Masters in Education and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Regis University in Denver. She received her Bachelors in Education and in Theatre from Smith College in Massachusetts. Rebekah believes that education can and should support students in their development as engaged learners and active members of the community; whether that community is Summit County or the broader world. Forging strong connections between the learning found in books and classrooms to current events, cultures, and the natural environment, enables students to be confident learners, teachers, and members of a global society. Grounded in a culture of mutual respect, this ensures students will have the tools they need to successfully navigate and thrive in all of their future endeavors.
In 2004, Rebekah founded Colorado Learning Connections (CLC). CLC provides tutoring, test preparation, college counseling, and individualized consulting, and was built with the mission of helping families best meet the academic needs and goals of their students by responding to today’s complex educational landscape.
Rebekah’s educational philosophy reflects her belief in fostering academic excellence through concept-based mastery and is closely aligned with that of the Coalition of Essential Schools. This philosophy was crafted in her years spent working in public, charter, and independent schools. During this time, she taught subjects ranging from middle school English to high school math in both multi-age and traditional settings. Outside of the standard classroom, Rebekah has led educational trips along the Eastern seaboard and through Poland, Prague, and Israel, as well as courses on outdoor leadership skills. Click here for the Head of School Message.
Dana Karin has a Masters of Arts in Teaching in secondary social studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and received her Bachelors degree in history from Barnard College in New York City. Dana believes that a humanities class gives students the opportunity to learn and use problem-solving skills so that they can move forward in their lives as critical thinkers and active citizens. In her classes, Dana coaches students to discover how they learn best and provides multiple opportunities for them to access material and demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
Dana’s dedication to education developed when she herself was in secondary school. As a high school student, Dana attended the Scarsdale Alternative School, one of the founding members of the Coalition of Essential Schools. The A-School offered Dana the tools she needed to become a successful learner and inspired her passion for education. After several years working in different education-related positions in both the non-profit and public school sectors, Dana believes strongly in the holistic approach to education provided by The Peak School, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Peak community.
Beyond the classroom, Dana has pursued her interest in health and nutrition in her studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. A recent transplant to Colorado, Dana enjoys soaking up the Colorado sun, skiing the Rockies, and sampling the Colorado-fresh foods at the Sunday farmer’s market.
Danny (or simply “Rudolf” to many students) was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was perpetually involved in music, sports, and many outdoor activities. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Minnesota in 2003, Danny moved to Colorado and has called the Rocky Mountains home ever since. Currently, Danny is pursuing a Master of Science in Science Education degree from Montana State, focusing on the effects of outdoor education methods and strategies on student engagement in science. When not busy with teaching or research, Danny can usually be found somewhere in the backcountry hauling around camping gear or touring on his telemark skis.
Danny has a wide range of education experiences: He has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Geology and Geophysics Department at the University of Minnesota, a lecture demonstration assistant in the Physics Department at Colorado State University, one year teaching in a high school chemistry classroom in Fort Collins, Colorado , 3 years as an 8th grade physical science teacher in Leadville, Colorado, a math and science instructor/tutor with Colorado Mountain College’s Upward Bound program, several seasons as Assistant Director of Camp Programs at Keystone Science School, as a ski instructor with Keystone Resort, and even as a volunteer “ski ranger” with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.
Jocelyn Subberwal received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language and an MBA with a focus on International Business from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During this time, she spent her junior year abroad studying Chinese in Beijing and Nanjing in China with Duke University. Since leaving Missouri, Jocelyn has lived and worked in China, Taiwan, India, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Jocelyn’s love for languages and international issues grew out of a trip around the world with People to People as a junior in high school. The trip included visits to France, Egypt, Israel, China and Japan. A long-time Summit County resident, Jocelyn looks forward to inspiring that same love for travel, language, and global citizenship in the Peak School students.
Nancy Branca has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts/ Dartmouth and holds a degree in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. Having taught high school for 15 years in both Lake and Summit Counties, students studied the fundamentals of art production, history, culture, aesthetics and art criticism. Leading Peak students down a similar path, they will also produce an array 2-d, 3-d and multi-media works.
Nancy can also be seen in other places about town. She is an art instructor at Colorado Mountain College, employed with CMC since 1998. You can find her facilitating numerous workshops for elementary children, teens and adults at the Breckenridge Arts District. A working artist as well, Nancy’s murals can be viewed in various places around the county.