Our Staff

Ms. Jessie Adams-Weinert, Lead Teacher

Jessie was raised with one foot in Southwest England and the other in Arizona. She spent most years outside with her dogs and at the ice rink practicing for competitions and coaching young skaters. After high school, she received a BA in Family Studies and Human Development while tour guiding in southeast Alaska. After college she made the move to Haines permanently, and currently is pursuing an MA in Early Childhood Education. She also works as a yoga teacher and hopes to encourage all she meets to become their best self.

Ms. Jasmine Taylor-Bryant, Assistant Teacher

Jasmine was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She moved to Haines in 1995, when she was 16, with her mom and younger sister and has been here ever since. She and her teenage daughter Willow live with their dog Tahkin and enjoy hiking in the woods, playing at the beach and reading an infinite number of books. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and English from University of Alaska, Southeast and has worked with children on and off since her daughter attended CVP 10 years ago. She has also worked in kitchens around town as a baker and barista, with elders at the senior center, and advertising at the local newspaper. Her favorite part about working with children is watching their creative minds and sense of adventure make every day a bit brighter as they learn and interact with the world around them.

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Mr. Mitch Smith, Executive Director

Mitchell was born and raised in Colorado. Growing up he could be found either playing sports or just enjoying the great outdoors. He graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with his Bachelor's in Science with a secondary in Ed. endorsement. He has been in education for more the half a decade, and have taught middle and high school science in Colorado and South East Alaska. Mitch and his wife moved to Haines in the summer of 2021, with their two little girls. He look forward to becoming a part of the great community that Haines has to offer!