Who We Are


Rebecca LaScolea

Co-Founder / Board Member

I am a native Coloradoan and, true to my roots, definitely a “mountain girl.” The mountains are a place of peace, joy and rejuvenation for me. It is my love of the mountains and the outdoors where I have found some of my most joyful experiences as a child, partner and mother.

I graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. In addition, I completed a year of graduate school in Clinical Social Work in New Mexico. It was during this year that I discovered a very strong drive to explore some more entrepreneurial passions.

These passions led me to buy a restaurant in Leadville, Colorado. In time, I also added a yoga studio and organic coffee and juice bar. The town of Leadville inspired me as it was a training mecca for ultra endurance athletes and was also famous for its “Race Across the Sky,” and the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike and Running races.

I have competed in a number of ultra races including The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race,The Hemet Double Century Race and the Breckenridge Mountain Marathon which were all physically challenging and also great teachers in perseverance. It is this inherent love for the outdoors and my journeys as an entrepreneur that compelled and inspired me to help create a school where children can enjoy the outdoors while also developing a love and passion for learning.



Kary Bennett

Co-Founder / Board Member

My exposure to alternative education began when I was 4 years old and entered Kindergarten at Hilltop Montessori School in southern Vermont. I have such fond memories of my time at Montessori, where I learned through exploration and discovery. As a young adult, I was drawn back to Montessori programs as a camp counselor, art teacher and assistant teacher. My time with Montessori taught me the importance of a child’s sense of autonomy in his/her own learning process, and the importance of respecting a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

My exploration of these components of human development continued when I attended graduate school at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. There, I studied Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and began to dive into what it meant to be whole and balanced as individuals and within systems. As an experiential, holistic program, Naropa taught me the importance of integrating one’s mind, body, and spirit within a supportive learning community.

Drawing from these experiences of alternative education, being a parent, and as a mental health professional, I felt compelled to start a school in our community that created the space for nurturing each child as a whole. With the goal of affording children the opportunity to be balanced individuals that celebrate their innate passion for learning through curiosity and creativity, while also instilling a deep love and respect for our planet.

I have spent over 20 years working with children, adolescents, and adults as an educator and counselor. I feel honored to bring this experience to the creation of the Mountain River School. It is exciting to offer this alternative program that is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and compassionate environment for intellectual, social, emotional, physical, creative, artistic and spiritual growth that celebrates all of the dimensions of being human.



James LaScolea

Co-Founder / Board Member

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Anna Barrett

Board Member

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The Mountain River School, LTD. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.