Summer 2015
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DMC Staff  

DMC Staff  

The staff of Durango Mountain Camp are hand-picked professionals dedicated to the academic success and personal achievements of each student. The Directors of the camp are:
Joyce Bilgrav
Executive Director
Joyce Bilgrav, M. Ed.
Fellow: Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
Austin, TX

Mrs. Bilgrave's four decades of academic and camp experience span the United States. She is the co-founder and former Director of The Jemicy School of Baltimore, Maryland, a nationally acclaimed program of excellence for dyslexic students. She co-founded and directed Camp Bombadil, a day camp for dyslexic students, and Big Rock Creek Camp, a conference center and outdoor science program in the Angeles National Forest of southern California. More recently, Mrs. Bilgrave was instrumental in founding the Rawson-Saunders School for dyslexic children in Austin, Texas.

Zane Belgrav
Program Director
Zane Bilgrav

Zane Bilgrav is a co-founder of Durango Mountain Camp and works closely with the counseling and outdoor pursuits staff to coordinate a rich outdoor pursuit and co-curricular experience for all campers. Zane's professional passion has always been the marriage of scholastic endeavors with experiential programs. Prior to moving to Durango, Zane was a marine science faculty member at Hawaii Pacific University, co-founded and co-director of Pacific Quest Outdoor Adventures, and owned Pacific Quest Divers a scuba education, charter and retail company. Along with DMC, Zane currently teaches and coordinates marine education programs throughout the year.
M.J. Billgrav
Academic Director
M.J. Bilgrav
Certified AOGPE

Durango, Colorado.

M.J. Bilgrave is a co-founder and co-director of Durango Mountain Camp, and is certified by the Orton Gillingham Academy as an OG certified language therapist. Before moving to Durango in 1996, she was the co-founder and co-director of Pacific Quest Outdoor Adventures which specialized in group outdoor adventures and educational programs in Hawaii and the Pacific. M.J. has been teaching dyslexic students for the past 16 years. She is currently a faculty member of Grace Preparatory Academy of Durango where she teaches English and Algebra. She has a private tutoring practice working with dyslexic students. She has been tutoring at DMC for ten years.
Peter Kornoff
Peter Kornoff
B.A in History, B.S. in Kinesiology

Mr. Kornoff has worked with dyslexic students for 13 years as well as organized various outdoor pursuits for 18 years. He's been a teacher and coach at Littlerock High School in California for 10 years. Peter is currently DMC's Director of Outdoor Pursuits and is passionate in seeing kids reach their potential in academics, social skills, and self esteem by developing their skills in outdoor pursuits.

Tracy Brothers Tracy Brothers-B.S.
Orton- Gillingham Certification in process

Mrs. Tracy Brothers is an academic tutor at DMC. She has several dyslexic children and has experience in teaching/relating to their needs. This year is Tracy's second year with DMC, and she has a passion to see students grow in all aspects of their learning. She currently teaches Science at Grace Preparatory Academy in Durango, Colorado.
Andrew Costigan Andrew Costigan-B.A.
English, Religion, M.Ed. Human Development,
Educational Psychology

Mr. Andrew Costigan ,an academic tutor at DMC, will be starting to work on his doctorate degree this fall. He also does private tutoring. This is his seventh year with DMC. Andrew has worked at the Kildonan School for dyslexic students for two years and Rawson-Saunders School three years. He is very interested in teaching dyslexic students and is very happy to have had the opportunity to work with them over the years.
Beau Martin Beau Martin-B.A.
Russian Literature, M. Ed.

Mr. Beau Martin is also one of our academic tutors for DMC. He first learned the Orton-Gillingham technique for teaching dyslexics a decade ago at Delaware Valley Friends School and has taught at The Kildonan School. He's been tutoring with DCM for seven years and is currently a teacher at the Academy in Manayunk in Philadelphia, PA. DMC is the perfect working vacation for a teacher out in the picturesque San Juan Mountains.
Katie Cashette Katie Cashette-M.
Ed Cognitive Science in Education,
Teachers College- Columbia University

Ms. Katie Cashette was trained in Orton-Gillingham at the Kildonan School in upstate New York, where she taught for 2 years. In her 7th summer at DMC, she tutors 4 students and is a math instructor. She currently teaches gifted math/science and history and tutors language skills at Liberty School in Durango, Colorado. She thoroughly enjoys mountain biking, mountaineering, exploring and living in this gorgeous area of the country.
Pam Savage Pam Savage - M. A.
Ed. & PhD Candidate, Ed.

Mrs. Pam Sav age is an academic tutor with DMC. She's been with DMC for two years and is looking forward to refining her individual tutoring skills. Pam currently teaches at The Liberty School in Durango, Colorado working with gifted, dyslexic, and twice exceptional students. She loves the challenge of working with children of all ages and finding creative ways to meet their needs.
Elenn Steinberg Elenn Steinberg
Associates Fashion Marketing, B.A. Sociology, M. Ed in process

Ms. Elenn Steinberg is an academic tutor for DMC this year. It's her first year with DMC. Elenn also tutors, is a family advocate, literacy consultant, and speakers on the issues related to dyslexia and learning disabilities around the state and country. Elenn is the current president of the International Dyslexia Association Rocky Mountain Branch. She is also working with the nation organization of IDA creating a model for legislation on a state level designed as a prototype for all states and a handbook for change at any level for all communities. She's excited to have fun and see the kids make great gains this year.
Ann Webb Ann Webb
B.A. American Studies, MAT, Early Childhoo

Ann Webb is an academic tutor for DMC. She's been with the camp since the beginning. After 20 years at The Jemicy School, she currently teaches at Liberty School in Durango. She also has a small private tutoring practice.
Jenna Wright Jenna Wright-B.A.
Special Education

Ms. Jenna Wright is in her second year of academic tutoring for DMC. She is currently a special ed resources teacher for grades K-5 at a school in Durango, Colorado. Jenna is anticipating academic growth for campers and for herself.
Chris Glynn Chris Glynn-B.A.

Mr. Chris Glynn is a counselor at DMC for his 1st year. He currently is a ski instructor in ***. Chris is excited to explore the Durango area and enjoy spending most of his time outside playing in the beautiful scenery. He enjoys music, surfing, biking, rock climbing, and skiing.
Bobby Haynes Bobby Haynes-B.A.

Mr. Bobby Haynes is a 2nd year counselor here at DMC. He is currently as special education teacher in Knight High School in Palmdale, California. Bobbie enjoys history, dirt biking, heavy metal music, and teaching. He's looking forward to getting active and having a wonderful time with both staff and campers this year.