SSCV Academic Staff

Brittany Bruhn

RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator & Advancement Associate
Brittany Bruhn

RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator & Advancement Associate

Brittany grew up in Brighton, Michigan where her family owned Mt. Brighton before Vail bought it in 2012. She has been snowboarding since she was 3 years old and has loved the sport since day one.

She started out with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail a few years ago as a snowboard coach and is now our Red Sandstone Elementary School/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator and also an SSCV Advancement Associate. Before coaching for the club, Brittany spent her days managing properties all over Colorado for a property management company and also hosting events for a company based out of Leadville.

The last 10 years she has been living the dream in Vail, Colorado, “everyday I am so thankful for this life and I love working with the kids!” Brittany loves being part of the SSCV community and is excited to take on this new role.

Seth Farmer

Academic Coach
Seth Farmer

Academic Coach

Seth brings a life-long love of skiing and more than 20 years of public education experience to the Vail snowsports community.

Born and raised in the Mount Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire, Seth earned a journalism degree from Syracuse University in 1996, and then spent five years in Jackson Hole as a full-time PSIA ski instructor and outdoor educator. He returned home to New Hampshire to complete his M.Ed. in secondary social studies from Franklin Pierce University, and spent two decades in public education, mostly as a social studies teacher, in a rural high school of about 400 students. His passion for history inspired many students, and he also taught government/civics, economics, psychology, and geography. As a teacher, Seth spent countless hours helping students with essay writing, supporting arguments with evidence, and honing writing skills to pass their AP exams.

This Academic Coach position is a perfect melding of all of his interests, and Seth is excited to share his enthusiasm for learning, skiing, and life with VSSA student athletes.

Taylor Farquharson

Academic Coach
Taylor Farquharson

Academic Coach

Born in Toronto, Canada, Taylor spent most of her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. During her junior year of high school, she had the privilege of serving as a page for the House of Representatives. Following this, Taylor chose to spend her senior year as an exchange student in Southern Norway. These formative experiences instilled in Taylor the importance of diverse learning opportunities and settings.

While completing her bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech, Taylor discovered a passion for teaching through her job as a swim instructor. After graduating in 2014 she moved to Colorado where she pursued a master’s in education from Adams State University. For the past seven years she has worked in Colorado public schools. First as a language arts teacher and later as a special educator. Throughout this time, Taylor has continued to find joy as a part-time swim instructor.

Excited to join SSCV, Taylor brings with her years of experience helping students achieve their goals both in and out of the classroom. Her background as a special educator provides the unique skill set required when coordinating with classroom teachers to support students with organization, academic skill, and grade level content. Taylor is driven by a desire to help students grow into happy, healthy, and successful adults.

Edward Lerner

Academic Coach
Edward Lerner

Academic Coach

Edward joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in 2022. As an Academic Coach, he works with Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy students on high level STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math), and success strategies for continuing their education throughout their lives.

Edward, with over a decade of experience in education, brings a diverse set of experiences to his work at SSCV and VSSA. His background in outdoor education and ski race coaching helps him to understand his students' passion for the outdoors and physical challenges. Experience teaching in a formal classroom, including AP level sciences, allows Edward to work with students and teachers on high level concepts. Edward also operates a small business, SNO Education, that offers private stargazing and other educational consulting in the High Rockies of Colorado.

David Levitsky

Academic Coach
David Levitsky

Academic Coach

Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, David honed his skiing on the "big" hills of suburban Detroit. When the snow stopped falling, he spent his summers as a lifeguard/swim instructor at youth camps in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Education his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe. After a few incredible seasons in Tahoe, David began a corporate career in operations and logistics management which led him to San Diego, CA and then on to Austin, TX. He found his way back to the mountains in 2012 and has been here ever since!

After spending the last few years in hospitality managing properties in Vail and Keystone, he rediscovered that he wanted to pursue a career that utilized his background in education, specifically for an opportunity to work with developing athletes.
David looks forward to using his broad skill set and experiences to assist VSSA students in achieving success in and out of the classroom!

Renee Porter

RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Assistant
Renee Porter

RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Assistant

Renee Porter is the Red Sandstone Elementary School/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Cooperative Program Assistant.

Renee has a background in education. She has taught 3rd grade and currently homeschools her 8 and 10 year old boys. Renee has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Special Education. Her and her family have just moved back to the valley from Florida and are here full time. Renee is so excited to be part of such an amazing program like SSCV and the opportunities it provides for our future generations!

Fun Fact: When moving back out to Colorado in October, they drove with both boys, 2 dogs, Auggie and Daisy, and a tortoise named Rocky! It was quite an adventure!

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