What makes us special?

We are a community of learners who respect each others' rights to be part of a safe, democratic and caring environment.


  • Self-directed learning
  • Democratic empowerment
  • Mixed-aged learning
  • Low student-to-staff ratio
  • Wonderful outdoor facilities
  • Caring & cooperative environment
  • Highly motivated & experienced staff
  • No religious or political affiliation

We believe

In 2005, at the 13th International Democratic Conference in Berlin, Germany wrote the following resolution which we, at Glacier Lake School have adopted:


Our Staff

Carolyn Hidy

We welcome Carolyn as our new member staff for 2017 - 2018    Bio to follow


Ben Kestner - Staff Member/Co-Founder

Ben has been a teacher & principal for 18 years in England, Germany and Belgium. He has been an advocate of alternative forms of education which focus on personalized and supportive approaches. He writes a popular blog and has co-organized TedXkids Brussels and was a speaker at TedX Brussels, the world's largest TedX event. 

Lisa Pavlock - Staff Member/Co-Founder

Lisa has been a teacher and coach for 18 years in the USA, India, Germany and Belgium. She is a language specialist who led her department in a number of the schools in which she taught. She also enjoys coaching soccer and basketball teams at all different age levels. 

Hope Litzinger - Volunteer

Hope is a retired reading specialist and teacher and comes in to volunteer at our school for three days a week. She loves being with our kids and learning from them each day!

Michelle Burton - Grant writer and Marketing

Michelle has been writing grants for non-profits for the past 6 years. She recently moved to Montana from Florida to build a cabin in the mountains and find a slower pace of life. She enjoys yoga, science fiction, and spending time with her family. 


We believe that, in any educational setting, young people have the right to decide individually how, what, when, where and with whom they learn; to have an equal share in the decision-making as to how their organizations - in particular - schools, are run, and which rules and sanctions, if any, are necessary.