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Academic Team

Summer Hornbeck, MAT

Summer Hornbeck, MAT
Academic Leadership Consultant

Summer has worked in education for the last 18 years, both in the wilderness and as a classroom teacher. She has earned her Bachelor in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and her Master in Teaching from Cardinal Stritch University. After graduating from Boulder, Summer was an outdoor environmental educator for Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail and collected data for a Lynx reintroduction. She has taught and mentored students at a boarding school in Alaska, which also encouraged adventure education. For seven years, Summer worked in one of the top rated districts in Wisconsin as a middle school classroom teacher. After moving her family to Oregon, Summer continued expanding her expertise while at New Vision Wilderness to include research and accreditations. Summer has facilitated multiple Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare and AdvancEd accreditations. Summer’s motivation is to help every student feel successful academically, because academic success leads to stronger mental health and greater opportunities. She leads an active life with her husband and two daughters. They spend their time camping, hiking, boating, and skiing.

Carla Silver
Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher

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Carla received her bachelor’s degree in literature education from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is certified in elementary, middle school, and high school language arts. Carla has been teaching elementary school for three years and helping students with reading challenges. She enjoys working with our students, rekindling their love of learning.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting and writing, as well as traveling with her husband. She loves to read, listen to music and spend time with family and friends.

James Becker
Science Teacher

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James earned his bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1999. After a decade in the business world, he attended UNC at Asheville to earn a North Carolina teaching license in comprehensive science.

James teaches all grade levels at Lake House. His passion for science and teaching is evident as soon as you step into his classroom. Surrounded by an inspiring natural setting, he believes experiential learning should be a facet of every lesson. James builds excitement for science with our girls by incorporating this philosophy for every grade level and subject.

Outside the classroom, James spends time with his wife and son. He also leads and organizes play for the Asheville Pathfinder Lodge as their Venture Captain.

Emily Shaw
History and Social Studies Teacher

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Emily Shaw teaches history and social studies at Lake House Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of North Carolina Asheville, and is certified by the North Carolina Public Schools system to teach grades 6 through 12. Most of her teaching experience comes from spending time in the great outdoors where she served as a lead field staff in a therapeutic wilderness program. She has also served as an adventure sports instructor for children with learning differences and ADHD, and especially enjoyed introducing them to canoeing and rock climbing. Emily takes a project-based learning approach and enjoys exploring interesting facts about both U.S and World History with her students and finding ways to spark curiosity. Outside of the classroom, Emily enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking, rock climbing, and engaging in all kinds of water sports.

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