Hydrology, Whitewater guide
- BS in Hydrology, UC Santa Barbara
- MS in Water Resources, San Diego State University
Scott Valentine teaches a variety of whitewater-related courses at SNC, but also runs the Earth Sciences Department at Lake Tahoe Community College. Scott has a MS in Water Resources from San Diego State, a BS in Hydrology from UC Santa Barbara, and is currently working on his Doctorate. He has worked for over 20 years as a professional raft guide and was a US Forest Service Hydrologist prior to his teaching profession.
- MBA, California State University, San Bernardino
- MEd, Sierra Nevada College, Henderson
- BSCE, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Prior to joining the faculty at Sierra Nevada College, Mr. Van Stone worked as a Civil Engineer for 22 years in California and Nevada. During his professional years, he worked as a project manager overseeing multi-million dollar projects and progressed to Senior Vice President and Branch Manager. Mr. Van Stone is currently a math teacher in the Clark County School District and holds an administrative endorsement. He finds teaching to be quite enjoyable.
Mr. Van Stone spends his free time with his wife of 25 years and four college-aged boys. Hobbies include reading, camping, and coaching baseball.
Dr. Varner has extensive pedagogical experience, technical expertise, and a strong commitment and desire to serve the SNC community (including both traditional students and the online learning community). Dr. Varner has taught both face-to-face courses and online courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for over seven years. Dr. Varner also has extensive experience in the development of coursework, focusing on active-learning and critical thinking.
- BA Physiology and Cell Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara
- Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University in Seattle
Walker is a licensed naturopathic doctor with specialized training in integrative cancer care. She sees herself as the bridge between conventional cancer treatment and natural cancer support through the rational, safe, and evidence-based application of naturopathic medicine in the oncology setting. She spends part of her time seeing patients in private practice in Walnut Creek, California. She completed a two year integrative oncology residency in (2006-2008) at Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Midwestern Regional Medical Center in greater Chicago, IL. In her residency, Dr. Walker worked closely with both conventional oncologists and naturopathic doctors to provide naturopathic care for patients concurrently receiving medical, surgical, and radiation oncology treatment. She also completed clinical rotations in medical and radiation oncology, gynecological oncology, radiology, internal medicine, gastroenterology and emergency medicine and provided naturopathic wellness care for hospital staff.
When she is not hard at work, Dr. Walker is hard at play in the outdoors. She is an avid snowsports enthusiast and although she enjoys skiing in the resorts, her preference is to be “earning her turns” in the backcountry. During the summer months, Dr. Walker enjoys spending her free time rockclimbing. She also likes to hike, bike, water ski and dance.
- BS in Education, Central Michigan University
- MAT in Administration, Sierra Nevada College
Patti Wamsley serves as a Performance Zone Instructional Coach, Project Facilitator for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has attended the University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, Western Michigan University, and Central Michigan University graduate schools, where she studied brain research for language acquisition and literacy development.
BA, Political Science, University of Washington
MA, Education, Chapman University
EdD, Educational Psychology, University of Southern California
Dr. Weintraub has over a decade of experience in education as a second grade, fifth grade, and special education teacher. He has taught students with emotional disturbance, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, and autism. He currently works for the Clark County School District as a resource teacher, in addition to teaching at both the University of Phoenix and National University. Dr. Weintraub has taught a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Teaching, History & Social Science, Curriculum and Instruction II: Mathematics and Science, Fluency in Reading, Arts Health, PE, and Development and Learning.