Our academic coaching team is comprised of social workers, former school counselors, school administrators and early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teachers.  These diverse backgrounds provide a dynamic support model for our clients.  Using best practice methods and a strong team approach, our coaches and therapists work together to develop and implement plans to support you and your family.

Favicon   Travis Gay, Ellie Finnegan, Boots Knighton and Smith Maddrey are

leading our Academic Coaching/Counseling team

with the following services:

TravisTravis has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading intervention, Lively Letters, Sight Words You Can See, and Lindamood-Bell: Seeing Stars.  She teaches executive functioning classes for children and adolescents in the classroom, small groups and 1:1 settings.

Travis is originally from South Carolina and moved to Teton Valley in 1998. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Walla Walla University and has been serving children, adolescents, and families in Jackson and Teton Valley for almost 20 years.

Travis has dedicated her work to providing academic and social- emotional support to students and their families within educational settings and at home.  Travis specializes in working with children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, executive functioning challenges, highly gifted students and other learning disabilities as well as providing support to empower parents at home.  Travis is a mother of three and enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking, music, and reading books at home with her children and husband.

IMG_5510_Ellie_websizeEllie applies skills learned as a life-long student into academic coaching and Executive Functioning workshops for adolescence.

She grew up on the west side of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming and attended middle and high school in Jackson.  She earned her B.A. in Biology from Whitman College with a double minor in Chemistry and Fine Arts.  Since returning to the Valley, Ellie has spent her time supporting children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including academic support and healthy living. 

In the summer months, Ellie enjoys educating visitors to the Tetons on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Ellie’s many passions have guided her interest in teaching.  From fieldwork on Idaho stream ecology to working with children in Teton Valley.  


Boots is has completed training with Lindamood-Bell and Reading with TLC, both programs are focused interventions for various learning challenges.  She has taught every level of school from Pre-K to the university level.  Boots has experience in both private and public schools.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these services or our other counseling services.

Smith has taught English for the past ten years at the Jackson Hole Community School.  Before that, he taught at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, worked as a freelance writer, and spent many years in the field as an outdoor educator.Smith_5560_web

His multiple years of instructing for Outward Bound and NOLS enable him to bring experiential-based approaches to his teaching style.  Smith values his connections with students and implements creative approaches to make the learning process more authentic and engaging.

Smith moved to Teton Valley, ID. in 2008.  He spends his free time exploring the Teton backcountry and adventuring with his family.

More about Reading with TLC Reading with TLC is comprised of 2 creative programs, Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See. Lively Letters improves phonemic awareness, speech production, and phonics, while Sight Words You Can See facilitates the training of abstract sight words that don’t follow the rules of phonics.

These programs were designed specifically to target students who have or seem to be developing reading disorders, including dyslexia. These unique programs benefit students with various learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, or developmental delays, as well as those who are learning English as a second language (ESL, ELL students).

Because Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See are multisensory approaches that incorporate imagery, hand and body cues, music, humorous stories, and mnemonics (memory tricks), students with different learning styles are able to use their strongest modes of learning to access and hold on to the information they need to acquire. The programs are structured with sequence of skill development that is flexible enough to accommodate students’ varied learning speeds. The flexibility of the programs also lends them to be easily combined with, or followed by, most other reading programs.