Staff Profiles


Head of School

George “Jory” Macomber, Head of School, USSA TEAM Academy

Vice President of Athlete Career and Education, USSA, (435) 714-2970

Jory Macomber joined the leadership team at USSA in July of 2014 as the Head of School at USSA TEAM Academy and Vice President of Athlete Career and Education. Previously, Jory worked as the Associate Head of School/Dean of Faculty, (2003-2011) and Acting Head of School (2013-2014) at Holderness School in Plymouth, NH.  At Holderness he led the work of the administrative team, improved the faculty recruitment, hiring and retention matrix, increased responsibility for department chairs in conjunction with a more specific goal-driven evaluation program, increased the effective use of instructional technology, created new programs for humanities, honors thesis and advising, and refocused initiated a professional learning community model for teachers, coaches and dorm parents.  His year as Head of School saw a record year in the school’s Annual Fund. Jory has served as the Board Chair of Burke Mt. Academy. 
 As a J3/U16 ski coach at Holderness School, three of Jory's athletes competed in the Topolino games, and six completed in the Whistler Cup.  His athletes won 15 Junior Olympic medals over a 12 year span

Career Highlights:

Van Otterloo Chair Program, 2011-2012. Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Analyzed global education initiatives.
  • Performed NEASC accreditations and visited twenty international schools on four continents. Studied scholarly and professional works on the nature and future of global education. Presented findings at the TABS Global Symposium and NEASC conferences.

ISANNE New Teachers' Conference Director, 2002-2008


  • Columbia University, Ed.M., 2005. 
Klingenstein Center program in Independent School Leadership.
  • Brown University, MAT, 1991. 
Studied with the Coalition of Essential Schools.
  • Dartmouth College, BA, cum laude 1985, Government 
Alpine Ski Team Captain and NCAA All-American, competing in North America and Europe. Won the Cardoza Award: given to the “outstanding member of the class.” 






Julie Glusker, Assistant Head of School, USSA TEAM Academy, (435) 714-8581

Julie is a lifelong advocate of education; her 25 years of experience include classroom teaching, academic/college advising, curriculum design, coaching, organizational consulting, strategic planning, cross-functional team building, and project management in private and non-profit arenas. She graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A. English, lacrosse), trained with Patrick Bassett (NAIS President), earned a M.A. from Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English), and taught English/writing and coached soccer, swimming and lacrosse at Hackley School and The Masters School (both in NY).

Julie also worked as Director of Client Services for two world class ERP vendors in the education sector, Campus Pipeline/Sungard Higher Education (now Ellucian) and True North Logic (K-12) between 1999 and 2009. In 2009, Julie founded Aptitude Academics, a provider of academic services for students in grades 6-12.  Aptitude has served nearly 500 students and families in CA, CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, UT, and VT. Julie has lived in Park City since 1997 with her husband and three daughters, and she serves on the Park City Education Foundation Strategic Planning/Advisory Board, co-chairs and judges the Park Record Spelling Bee, and coaches lacrosse; she joined TEAM Academy in May of 2014.

Elaine Peterson – English and Writing Teacher, (435) 714-8239

Elaine Peterson has been teaching English/Language Arts and writing for nineteen years. She attended Denison University, then transferred to the University of Utah her junior year.  Elaine has been with TEAM Academy since its inception three years ago, and she enjoys working with and advising the Academy’s unique crew of student/athletes; she taught at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City before accepting a position at the Academy. She and her family live a few miles outside of Park City.

Joe Rhodes – Math and Science Teacher, (435) 602-9698

Joe grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Physics. He spent eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a tour of Iraq. Before coming to TEAM Academy, he taught Physics, Chemistry, and Science at Legacy Preparatory Academy in North Salt Lake. Joe now lives in Park City and joined the TEAM Academy in June of 2014.