Flagship Admin Team:
Nicole Mitchell, Program Manager
Nuts & Bolts: creative and enthusiastic, with a background in art, anthropology, and education.
Fundamentals: spending time with family and friends.
Depth: yoga, hiking, skiing, art, culture, and being outside.
YDC: A Youth Development Coordinator who is dedicated to one school site, developing unique programs and coordinating Flagship's 700+ volunteers.
Flagship Elementary Team:
Sam Garetson, Hawthorne YDC
Be: We all deserve an opportunity as humans to experience life to the fullest, be it rain or shine. All are teaching moments for how to contextualize life and, when appropriate, simply let the great world spin. I want to facilitate these experiences for others.
Here: Community is first and foremost the most influential aspect in our daily lives, therefore, by thoughtfully investing in an immediate sense of place we can improve the lives of our neighbors, retroactively improving ourselves and our environments.
Now: Time to take action. Be self-aware and stay woke.
Flagship Core Teacher at Hawthorne Elementary
Mix together in a large bowl: Passion of a preschooler, education of a master, and experience of someone in-between
Slowly stir in: classroom size sets of Fitzgerald, Eliot, Hopkins, and Keats
Garnish with: detritus found on a lazy weekend nature walk
Flagship Core Teacher at Franklin Elementary
Shaped by: time spent with family, adventures with friends, diverse experiences teaching in Montana and abroad
Inspired by: smiles, nature, conversation, travel
Always striving to: be active and present, listen, try new things, make a positive impact
Flagship Middle School Team:
Linds Sanders, CS Porter YDC
Inspiration: Summiting mountains, searching for ferrets sleeping in my clothing drawers, playing Mah Jongg, and saying "yes" to what scares me.
Practice: Asking, "What's been the highlight of your day?" and then listening deeply.
Action: People won't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Flagship Core Teacher at CS Porter Middle School
Practice: Patience and understanding can go a long way.
Action:The outdoors is its own classroom, and I attend regularly!
Fun Fact: When i am not teaching I am a ski instructor and fishing guide!
Flagship Core Co-Facilitator at CS Porter Middle School
Inspiration: I like to draw large and small mandalas and paint body positive watercolor portraits and get inspired by other artists on Instagram.
Practice: Anytime it crosses my mind I’ll bring my focus back to my breath.
Action: Everything I do is centered around creating unity; whether I’m in a Flagship club, mentoring a middle-schooler, or riding my bike around Missoula.
Fun Fact: My name is Hebrew and means “sweet-scented spice.”
Flagship High School Team:
Melissa Madsen, Willard Alternative YDC
Head: culture is food, art, music, writing, theatre...always hungry for more.
Heart: family, friends and neighbors...we all fall down but we all help each other up.
Core: life is gravy...I don't mind the lumps.
Our Flagship crew