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Colleen Schooley

Chief Flight Instructor
Commercial Pilot – CFII, MEI Airplane

Colleen began her journey in aviation as a high school senior and earned her private pilot license in Spokane, WA in 1998.  She then moved to Florida where she earned her ratings through certified flight instructor with Comair Aviation Academy and Jacksonville University.  Colleen returned to Spokane to work as a flight instructor while adding a multi-engine rating, MEI and CFII and completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.  The mountain lifestyle attracted her to the Tetons, and she eventually settled in Driggs. Colleen has been flying at Teton Aviation since 2005 and working both in customer service and as an instructor since 2008.

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Jacques Li

Commercial Pilot – CFII MEI Airplane

Jacques passion for aviation started at a very young age. Toy models gave way to RC airplanes which then turned into real airplanes. After completing his aerospace engineering degree at Virginia Tech he found his way out West and settled in Jackson Hole. Jacques splits his time as a copilot on a King Air 200 and giving flight instruction and scenic flights at Teton Aviation. On his off days he can be found flying paragliders in the sky, mountain biking on the trails, paddling down river, or skiing in the backcountry. Jacques enjoys sharing his love for flying any way he can.

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Luke Waters

Commercial Pilot – CFII Airplane

Luke began flying at the age of 16 and earned his private pilot certificate two years later in Montgomery County Maryland. After flying airplanes for years and attending Embry Riddle University in Arizona, Luke was drawn to the world of hang gliding. He moved to Jackson Hole in 2006 and began towing hang gliders seasonally in Wyoming and Arizona. Luke completed his airplane flight instructor certificates in Dallas, and began instructing with Teton Aviation in the spring of 2014. In addition to being an enthusiastic instructor, Luke is also a seasoned tailwheel pilot, so look for him towing gliders at the controls of our Aviat Husky.


Kristine Ciesinski

Commercial Pilot – CFI Glider

Kris started flying gliders in 1998. Having flown as a passenger all over the world in her career as an international opera singer, Kris moved to Teton Valley to enjoy the mountains and a different quality of life. She earned her private pilot certificate in the glider, and commercial and instructor ratings quickly followed.  Kris has since added a commercial airplane rating to her repertoire. With over 1500 hours of soaring these mountains, she still loves every flight and loves to show others the Tetons from the eagle’s perspective!


Sam Lea

Commercial Pilot – CFI Glider

Sam first acquired his private pilot airplane certificate here in Driggs in 2003 and added a commercial glider rating in 2005, and soon followed with a glider flight instructor certificate. Sam owns his own airplane and works in Teton Valley as a real estate professional. He has visited numerous glider ports around the U.S., including Marfa Texas, Ridgeland South Carolina and Logan Utah, but would much rather be flying gliders and airplanes right here in Teton Valley. Sam enjoys introducing students and visitors to the unparalleled experience of soaring in our spectacular Teton Mountains.


Gant Ginter

Airline Transport Pilot, Commercial Glider Pilot, CFII

Gant began his flying career at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire where he earned a degree in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. Twenty years and 10,000 hours later, we are pleased to have Gant towing or flying gliders for Teton Aviation when he’s not flying the heavy iron on his day job at NetJets.


Mark Hervig

Commercial Pilot – Airplane and Glider

Mark has been flying gliders for over 20 years in the Tetons and other mountain ranges in the west including Owl Canyon and Parowan. In addition to a commercial glider rating, Mark is a commercial airplane pilot and is part owner of a single engine Cessna. A resident of Driggs, Mark works as a contractor for NASA when he is not flying, skiing or hiking in the Tetons.

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