Grace Tirapelle

Student-Athlete Support Program Director

Grace was born in California and grew up between farm and forest, both of which instilled a love of being outdoors and a keen sense of the importance of land’s many uses. Growing up on a citrus ranch and exploring the national forests and parks of Central California fostered some of her lifelong hobbies: gardening, hiking, and backpacking. During her graduate-school years in Davis, CA, she explored more of northern California, venturing deeper into Yosemite and the national forests in the Lake Tahoe region. She has spent nearly two decades in education, during which she has worked as a researcher, writer, editor, and coordinator of academic and community events, and she has taught composition, literature, and history courses from the high school through university levels. In her research and in her courses, she has taken more theoretical approaches to her interests in environments and societies, exploring throughout US history and literature how social, cultural, political, and economic ideologies shape, and have been shaped by, built and natural environments. She is a lifelong learner and an enthusiastic teacher who returns to JHSC excited to reconnect with Club families and student-athletes, and to grow and foster snowsports education in our community. In her spare time, she enjoys river time in the summer, skiing in the winter, and reading any time she can.


B.A. History, B.A. American Literature and Culture; UCLA

M.A. English; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. English; University of California, Davis