Summers Eatmon Williams
Summers graduated from Black River High School in 2002. At BRHS she played softball, was on the varsity ski team and was a part of the National Honor Society. She participated in OMARA for 5 years starting at age 9. After a short classical ballet career, she enrolled in the National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS, for a semester program in the desert Southwest and Mexico. After returning home from NOLS she began her studies at Castleton State College majoring in Theater Directing and Business Management. She began teaching in 2005 and co-directed the theatre department at Fair Haven High School for two years.
In 2008 she accepted a job with Eckerd Youth Alternatives at camp E-Wen-Akee in Benson, Vermont. There she worked specifically with adjudicated youth ages 13-18. The program focused on a holistic approach to education, physical wellbeing, group participation, and personal accountability. In 2011 she became an instructor for NOLS in Lander, Wyoming. She is now a Senior Field Instructor and leads 1 week to 3 month-long expeditions in backpacking, canyoneering, canoeing, backcountry skiing, and snowboarding from Alaska to New York. At NOLS she has worked with students from all over the world and has led trips specifically for the US Naval Academy, US Merchant Marines, Archer School for Girls, Summer Search and Gateway Partnership students.
Summers also works for The Athenian School, which was founded in 1965, in the San Fransisco Bay area. She became a Field Instructor for their required month-long backpacking courses in 2012. In 2016 she became a Course Director for the school and twice a year oversees many of the infield operations for 45 students and 10 instructors on courses in the High Sierras and Death Valley. Athenian is a Round Square Conference school whose curriculum heavily influences Summers' contributions to the Black River Independent School's Vision, Mission, and Educational Pillars.
She has served on the Board of Directors for the NOLS Instructor Association since 2014 and was elected Vice-President in 2019. There she has had the opportunity to work closely with the NOLS Board of Trustees and President.
Summers grew up in Mount Holly and now resides in Andover, VT. Her wide range of experience and expertise has encouraged her to join the Black River Independent School Committee. She is completely dedicated to helping found the new chapter of education in the Okemo Valley and helping to put education back at the heart of the community.