Our Staff

Micheala PrecourtCrew Leader, Grades 1-6

Michaela Precourt

Ms. Precourt grew up in New England exploring the snow-capped mountains, rocky ledges, and beautiful shorelines. Teaching has been part of her life since she was young; in addition to school, she has taught swimming, life guarding, and various outdoor activities. She graduated with honors from Prescott College with a Bachelor of Arts in Adventure Education and a minor in Snow Science.

Through her years of traveling and studying, Ms. Precourt realized that Expeditionary Learning and Waldorf education supported and aligned with her goals in teaching about awareness of self, others, and nature. She took the plunge back into higher education to attend Antioch University in Keene, NH.  She graduated with a Masters in Elementary Education and earned her Waldorf Teacher certification. In her eyes, each child comes into this world with many gifts. Teaching is about helping guide and instruct that child to their full individual potential. She is excited to be teaching at the Methow Valley Community School, where she can bring her passion to teaching and community-minded projects to the Valley!

When Ms. Precourt is not teaching, she is often busy planning big expeditions to remote parts of the world. She also enjoys yoga, backcountry snowboarding, painting, and climbing trees and rocks.

David LaFeverCrew Assistant

David LaFever

David LaFever is an ecologist and educator who loves combining those two worlds into educational journeys. David studied Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at both Virginia Tech (B.Sc.) and Texas A&M University (M.Sc.), and received a Teaching Credential and Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Texas A&M University as well. During that time period he also taught 8th grade science, coached high school soccer, and taught university ecology classes. He has studied wildlife conservation in Kenya, conducted reptile and amphibian surveys in Costa Rica, measured and monitored rattlesnake populations in New Mexico, investigated the effects of sea-level rise on endangered species in Florida, and tracked burrowing owls in California. He and his wife were Peace Corps Volunteers in the Eastern High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where they promoted sustainable community development and environmental education. Prior to moving to the Methow Valley in 2017, David worked at restoring old-growth redwood forests in Northern California. He currently works at the Methow Valley Community School and as a Senior Biologist for an environmental consulting company.

When not doing either of these jobs, he can be found running, biking, skiing, backpacking, writing poetry, or spending time with his family. He is so happy to call the Methow Valley his home and is thrilled to be working at the Methow Valley Community School!


Kelsey McGill

Crew Assistant

Kelsey McGill

Kelsey is excited to be at the Community School, where two of her passions come together: the outdoors and working with students! She has been a lead instructor for Outward Bound in Mazama and an assistant instructor in San Francisco. An avid rock climber and snow boarder, she has led outdoor adventures in both and is a Wilderness First Responder. Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Expeditionary Studies from Plattsburgh State University in New York.

Kelsey is also an after-school care coordinator for the Methow Valley School District and volunteers for Classroom in Bloom, Red Shed, Room One, and the Methow Recycling Center.