Our Staff

Meet the Staff

The staff of Rocky Mountain Camp are hand-picked professionals dedicated to the academic success and personal achievements of each student.

 

Joyce Bilgrave

Joyce Bilgrave – Founder
M. Ed Fellow: Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Mrs. Bilgrave’s four decades of academic and camp experience span the United States. She is 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. In addition, Mrs. Bilgrave was instrumental in founding the following schools for dyslexic children: Rawson-Saunders School, Austin, Texas; Durango Mountain Camp and the Liberty School in Durango, Colorado.

 

 

M.J. Bilgrav

M.J. Bilgrav – Executive Director
B.A., B.S. Certified: AOGPE, Certified IDA Language Therapist, Durango, CO

M.J. Bilgrav is a co-founder and the executive director of Rocky Mountain Camp, and she is certified by the Orton-Gillingham Academy as a 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 adventure education programs in Hawaii and the Pacific. M.J. has been teaching dyslexic students for the past 25 years. Until recently, she taught English and math at a small private high school that boasted a 60% dyslexic population. She is currently head of the OG tutoring department at The Liberty School in Durango where she also tutors. She has been                                   tutoring at RMC since the beginning.

                           Contact MJ at 970-385-1778 or mj@durangomountaincamp.com

 


Academic Staff


Kevin Mebust

Kevin Mebust – Director of Academics, Rocky Mountain Camp

M.A.; Certified ALTA Academic Language Practitioner; Certified IDA Dyslexia Practitioner; Colorado Department of Education Reading Specialist Endorsement

Since 2001, Kevin has served as a middle school Special Education Teacher in Englewood, Colorado where he has taught both math and reading intervention classes. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Colorado-Denver where he was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate of his program. He completed his Literacy Intervention Specialist Certificate in 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association.                                          When not teaching, Kevin enjoys bicycling, studying Norwegian, and traveling with his wife.

                               Contact Kevin at 720-226-8004 or kevinmebust@gmail.com

 

 

Barbara Moskal, Phd. – Science Outdoor Pursuit Coordinator

Dr. Barbara Moskal is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and the Director of Educational Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines. She has been active in K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for over fifteen year and is well published in the academic literature addressing learning, with over 100 peer reviewed publications. Her primary discipline is mathematics, but she has completed research in how students learn across STEM disciplines and is a senior editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, the premier journal in how students learn engineering concepts.

 

 

Morgan Hill – Academic Tutor / Outdoor Pursuit Staff
Morgan will be returning as a tutor this summer with RMC.  Morgan was born and raised in San Diego, California and is going into her final year of teacher training/Primary Education degree at York St. John University in York, England. Morgan will be specialising in additional educational needs and physical education. Morgan is also a member of her university’s climbing team, and has a passion for taekwondo.  Morgan has been practicing taekwondo for 12 years and 5 years ago became an instructor at her dojo.

 
 

Ann Cannon

Ann Cannon – M.Ed, Santa Fe, NM

Ann has been in education for 22 years as an elementary teacher, administrator, Curriculum and Professional Development Director, and literacy tutor. She currently teaches in Santa Fe Public Schools and is pursuing certification as an Academic Language Therapist and a graduate certificate as an Educational Diagnostician. This is her second year as an academic tutor for RMC. She loves working one on one with the kids and using the OG approach to help them make gains in both literacy and confidence. Outside of camp, she loves to hike, camp, and explore the beautiful mountains.

 
 
 

Mindy Russell

Mindy Russell M.A.; Curriculum and Instruction, B.S.; Special Education, O.G. Tutor

This will be Mindy’s fourth year as an RMC tutor. She is one of the devoted teacher’s at Vertical Skills Academy, a private teacher-run school in Evergreen, Co that services students diagnosed with dyslexia. She is currently enrolled in graduate classes to gain a second Master of Arts degree to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Her goal is to become a Qualified Instructor so she can train teachers. Her dream is to change schools so they adopt O.G. practices and train their teachers to the level of effective application across all subjects. Her superpower is, of course, dyslexia.

 
 

Julia Boldrin B.S.; Human Performance & Sport, Metro State. O.G. and Advanced O.G. Training
Julia is a Montessori teacher with a passion for hands on learning, experiential education, and a love of adventure. After teaching preschool, she has been teaching at the elementary level for 8 years and has found a niche in the upper elementary grades. After coaching various sports for many years, Julia realized that sport fields and courts were really like classrooms without walls and pursued Elementary Education, as well as Montessori credentials in both Lower (grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (grades 4-6). Outside of academics, Julia enjoys photography, being outdoors, and spending time with her dog, Charlie. Each month she seeks new learning and experiences through doing or learning something brand new. This keeps life exciting and interesting, as well as, providing opportunities to bring new learning and experiences into the classroom. This will be Julia’s third summer at RMC and she looks forward to sharing her OG knowledge with students in order to build growing confidence and a sense of comfort with language arts areas.

 
 

Bethany Chamberlain

Bethany Chamberlain B.S.; Child Development. O.G. Tutor

Bethany is an educator and knew at a young age that she wanted to work with kids that struggled in school as she too did in elementary school. She grew up in South Dakota and received a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Child Development. She went on to get her fifth year teaching credential in California and taught fourth grade in the South Bay for eight years took. She took time off to raise her four children and devoted five years as a founding board member of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen. She pondered why some kids pick up reading quickly and others must work so hard. She decided to learn more about reading struggles and became OG trained with Ron Yoshmoto and Jocyce Bilgrave and was an academic tutor in 2013 at RMC. We welcome her back this year. Currently she is a private tutor, a real estate broker, and teaching skiing at Keystone. In her free time she likes to spend quality time with her family and husband tromping outdoors, mountain biking, running, and horse back riding.

 

Visit our associated sites: Wolf Creek Camp and Durango Mountain Camp

Rocky Mountain Camp
Mailing Address: 44000 Hwy 550 N., Durango, CO 81301
Contact: MJ Bilgrav at 970-385-1778, Email, Lisa Bilgrave at 303-483-1999, Email or Kevin Mebust at 720-226-8004, Email

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