Christi Thompson

Christi loves being a part of the Syringa Mountain School team. She has lived in the Wood River Valley for the past 15 years. She has 4 boys and was first introduced to the Waldorf method when she enrolled one of her sons into the school. Christi’s superior organizational skill set helps the school excel to greater heights.

She was raised in rural southeastern Idaho before getting married to Bradley Thompson and becoming a full-time mother. After her children, all were in school before she returned to the workforce.

She has her AAS Administrative Assistant/Office Manager Degree and BA in Applied Management from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has currently enrolled in a Masters’s program in Leadership.

Kristin Funk

This native Idahoan, Kristin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho. She taught for the Twin Falls School District for 12 years. Additionally, Kristin has developed curriculum and taught undergraduate math, reading and basic computer courses for the College of Southern Idaho. She volunteered for the American Red Cross teaching lifeguarding, water safety instruction, and CPR/First Aid courses. Now, inspired by the teachers at The Mountain School and Syringa Mountain School, Kristin eagerly adds the Waldorf philosophy to her ongoing educational instructional development. She is pictured here with the after school knitting club. Kristin is such an asset to SMS in every area she is supporting behind the scenes for us.

Nigel Whittington

Nigel was born and raised in England (hence the different accent) and began his teaching career in England. He holds a UK teaching credential from Oxford University, an Idaho Teaching credential, and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Idaho. Nigel has been a school administrator since 1987 but has always had a teaching role in any school he has worked. Nigel has worked in many different school settings from a boarding school on the East Coast to International Baccalaureate Schools in the Caribbean. Nigel, however, considers Idaho his home.

Nigel first came to Idaho as the Middle School Director for the Community School in 1990. His love of the outdoors and his belief that the some of the best classrooms don’t have walls helped him transform a junior high school into a cutting edge middle school. After 17 years Nigel left The Community School for a year in the Caribbean helping transform a local Island school into an international school. Since then, Nigel has run a high performing environmental charter school in northern Illinois and helped restructure a struggling school in Oakland, California. However, at every opportunity, Nigel returned to the Wood River Valley.

Nigel continues to dote on his wife and two children but also takes the opportunity to find solace in the great outdoors in all seasons in Idaho. He looks forward to learning something new each day and is excited about collaborating with the parents, students, faculty, staff, and Board at Syringa.