Black Mountain Faculty

Ben Chamberlain, Head of School, B.A. Psychology, M.A.T. Mathematics

“Ben has been working with diverse learners for the past 15 years.  He believes that in each child is a wellspring of unique potential, and is committed to finding ways for these potentials to be realized.” 










Kelli Carmack, Head of School,

“Kelli Carmack has been supporting youth and young adults in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings for over 13 years.  She attended Wilmington College of Ohio where she was a member of the women's basketball team and received her BA in Social Studies Education.  ”











Geoffrey Buie-Collard, Mathematics Instructor, B.A. Mathematics

“Geoffrey’s greatest desire as a teacher is to awaken within each student the love of learning in general, and of math in particular.  Geoffrey’s greatest rewards come when his students share with him, “I used to hate math.  I was afraid of it, did not think I could do it.  But you make math fun and now I look forward to coming to your class.”











Mark Claibourne, Social Studies Instructor, B.A. History, M.A.T. Social Studies Education

“Mark seeks to deliver a strong, content-based curriculum while challenging students to think critically and draw their own conclusions from examination of primary sources.  He prides himself on his ability to reach each and every one of his students regardless of their learning profile.”














Jeff Thompson, English and Music Instructor, B.A. Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, M.A. Counseling Psychology

“Jeff has a deep love for music, literature, and theatre, and is passionate about finding commonalities between these fields in his approach to teaching.”





Heather Taddonio, Science and Creative Writing

"Heather teaches science from a student-centered perspective, tapping into children's innate curiosity about the world around them and their desire to more fully understand themselves and their surroundings."