Meet the Staff
The staff of Durango Mountain Camp are hand-picked professionals dedicated to the academic success and personal achievements of each student.
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 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Leber, Phd. – Director of Academics
Dr. Doug Leber offers expert support and instruction for students who struggle with school because of learning challenges such as dyslexia or ADHD. He is returning for his 5th summer at RMC as an academic tutor.
Contact Doug at 303-886-3996 or email@example.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.