Chelsea Hubert (North Huntingdon, PA) BA (2016) in Political Science and Geology from Allegheny College. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Chelsea was never far from nature, always exploring city green spaces and conquering the Laurel Highlands. Her passion for the outdoors stems from her obsession with rocks (ask her about her collection!) and her interest in Environmental Policy. Chelsea loves rock climbing, live music, and sleeping under the stars in her trusty hammock. Having taught outdoor programming for L.L. Bean and led outdoor trips for Camp Laurel, Maine holds a special place in her heart and she looks forward to returning to the mountains and the coast with The Ecology School.
Chris Emery (Cedar Rapids, IA) BA (2013) in Communication from Mount Mercy University. Coming to the East Coast from the land of corn and soy along the tributaries of the Mississippi, Chris has spent most of his life wandering through pockets of woodlands in the Midwest. After graduating college, he spent the past few years as a park ranger at Black Canyon National Park in Colorado, leading hundreds of kids and adults along the rim of the 2,000 ft deep canyon. Along with National Park Service, he has taught environmental programs at nature centers, summer camps and local parks, and to just about anyone else who wants to learn! When he’s not out “naturing,” Chris enjoys playing in bands on whatever instrument he can find, gardening (and immediately eating all the food with friends) and riding his bike everywhere. This will be Chris’s second term working at The Ecology School and he is happy to be “naturing” here with all of you!
Gabby Brodek (Dixmont, ME) BS (2017) in Environmental Science from Drake University. Growing up in rural Maine, Gabby instantly fell in love with the outdoors. She finds plenty of ways to get outside doing yoga, hiking, reading in the sun, and looking at aquatic insects. In the summers, Gabrielle spends her time in Northern Maine as a raft guide leading trips down Class IV and V whitewater. This past fall she was in Trinidad exploring the rainforest, eating mangoes and bananas off trees and participating in guppy research. Gabrielle is very excited to share her passion of ecology and water with you (but she also loves jokes, so share those too)!
Kaitlin Stiltner (Huntington, WV) BS (2017) in Environmental Science from Marshall University. Kaitlin hails from West Virginia and enjoyed working for Upward Bound while in college. Since August, she has been preserving plants at a herbarium and looks forward to sharing her love of the outdoors with students. In her free time, Kaitlin likes playing disc-golf with friends, scuba-diving, and napping in her hammock.
Katie Legnard (Lexington, MA) BA (2017) in Adventure Education from Green Mountain College. Katie has shared her love of the outdoors and teaching over the past few years in lots settings, including at Bryant Pond and Appalachian Mountain Club. She is looking forward to teaching at The Ecology School and exploring more of Maine’s coastal habitats. When not teaching, Katie loves drawing and reading and is always up for playing a board game.
Kristen Lynch (Fredericksburg, VA) B.S. (2017) in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University. Kristen, known by her friends as “Krissy”, has been an outdoor enthusiast since as long as she can remember. During her time as an undergrad, she spent six months tracking and tagging Green and Leatherback sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands. She also spent time in Discovery Bay, Jamaica conducting research on coastal water quality. Krissy first began her career in education as an Environmental Education Intern for CCU, where she provided educational presentations on watersheds and storm water for local schools and community events. Krissy enjoys hiking, scuba diving, practicing yoga, and playing ukulele. She is passionate about marine conservation and is eager to inspire and intrigue the mind of young learners.
Kyle Brooks (Athens, OH) BS (2017) in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from Ohio University. Kyle has always been interested in all things nature, from when he was four and catching bugs in his backyard, to the present day—where he still spends time catching bugs in his backyard. He became serious about the biological sciences in high school after he helped monitor Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow nest boxes. This experience drove Kyle to attend college for a degree in wildlife and conservation biology. Kyle spent much of his time at college involved in research, where he traveled to Arizona to catch lizards and run them down racetracks, found and poked salamanders across northern Ohio, and studied what the Red-Backed Salamander loved to eat (spoiler: they love eating springtails and mites). After college, he wandered the forests of southeast Ohio in search of animals for the United States Forest Service, and traveled to South Carolina to work as an educator at a nature camp. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys birding, drumming, and catching snakes.
Leah Mould, (Rochester NY) B.S. (2015) in Environmental Science in Research from University of Rochester. Growing up in Upstate New York, Leah often hiked state parks, camped and canoed. After graduating, she felt the urge to travel and has since helped grow oysters on Cape Cod in AmeriCorps, searched for endangered butterflies in California and visited the Grand Canyon. Last year, Leah was a tour guide at Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes, educating hikers along waterfall-filled trails about geology, climate change and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Leah loves bird watching, trying new vegetarian recipes, practicing yoga, drinking hot chocolate and singing.
Mallory Durkee (Ashburnham, MA) – BS (2014) in Natural Resources Conservation (Forest Ecology and Conservation) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mallory grew up with a fondness for the outdoors as she spent her days exploring the beaver dam habitat in her backyard and the extensive protected open space that surrounded her small town. Following graduation, Mallory spent two years working in nonprofit land conservation where she lead an after-school science club, built school gardens and worked to instill a love of the land in all of her students. For Mallory, an adventurous day is spent discovering the many small towns of New England and searching for the best Pho around. At home, Mallory enjoys cooking, embroidery, and getting spooked by Stephen King novels. This will be Mallory’s third term teaching at The Ecology School.
Miranda Wheeler (Washington, DC) Miranda grew up in Washington, DC but spent part of every summer on Mt. Desert Island, where she first came to love the Maine coast. Miranda recently moved to Maine full-time after four years in San Francisco studying photography, printmaking, and bookmaking. Before that she studied in New Orleans, where one of her favorite courses was an ecology class that involved lots of birdwatching and field trips to different ecosystems. She has taught in programs in DC, New Orleans, and southwestern Kenya. She loves cooking, music, art, pond hockey, animals of all kinds, climbing trees, getting lost and unlost, and scrambling around on big rocks, especially if they’re near the ocean.
Shenandoah Raycroft (Alexandria, Virginia) BS (2014) in Geology from The College of William and Mary. During college, Shenandoah realized that landscapes, gravity, and water are ALMOST as cool as whales… Since graduating she has bounced all over the planet teaching and doing scientific research, including sailing a tall ship in the South Pacific and researching Adelie penguins in Antarctica. Shenandoah enjoys breakfast – second breakfast even more so. She also thinks backpacking, tea, running, friends, laughter, and midnight snacks are most excellent. The past two years Shenandoah has been a marine science instructor at Catalina Island Marine Institute teaching 4th – 12th graders that the world does not end when they exit cell signal (and maybe a little bit about ocean science and island ecology too). Despite her jitters that a journey to Maine will jostle her temperate brain cells, she is jubilantly jumping for joy to join the Ecology School this spring and hopes her jolliness jinxes her students’ jitters so that they might jovially jaunt among the ecological jewels of the northeast.
Alex Chasse (ME) BA (2017) in History and Secondary Education from University of Maine. Alex is from the far, far north of Maine from a small town called Fort Kent. He grew up with the great Northern Maine Woods as a stomping ground to hike, nordic ski, canoe and kayak, play tennis, and golf. His favorite thing to do is travel the waterways near home and enjoy the easy flowing rivers and lush wilderness that surround his home region. He graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 2017 with a dual major degree in History and Secondary Education. Last summer he worked at a summer camp as a wilderness trip leader and is planning to continue that this coming summer at Chewonki. Alex also loves to play Nintendo 64 (consult internet if too young to remember what that is), cribbage, brewing delicious tea, gardening, and loves learning a lot about our world that we share. He is greatly looking forward to working at the Ecology School this spring and meeting a bunch of new students and staff!
Tessa Diehl (Charlottesville, VA) BS (2017) in Biology from William & Mary College. Tessa has been explorin’ and adorin’ the outdoors for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Charlottesville, VA she was never more than a few hours drive from a wonderful hike, river kayak trip, or day at the beach. Tessa is an avid fan of live music, witty puns, campfire conversations, and hearty belly laughs. (Strike up a conversation with her about any of these topics!) Tessa worked at The Ecology School this past fall and is excited to continue sharing her excitement for ecology and the outdoors with students this spring!
Philip Mathieu (Freedom, NH) BA (2017) in Physics from Brown University. Philip grew up hiking and skiing all over the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He has loved science and the outdoors for as long as he can remember. In college, he did research in a radio astronomy lab, built race cars and produced a handful of hip-hop mixtapes. Over the years, Philip has taught everything from improve to parallel skiing to electrical engineering. In his free time, he loves making music and eating good food.
Brody Todd (Sun Prairie, WI) BS (2017) in Marine Science. Brody has spent his life thus far trekking the world, working towards better understanding nature and all it has to offer. After spending time in the Indian Ocean working with local communities to improve marine conservation and aboard fishing vessels in the North Pacific as a fisheries biologist, he moved to the Northeast, to continue spreading his knowledge and passion for environmental conservation. In his free time Brody enjoys hiking the outdoors, diving along the coast, as well as traveling whenever he gets the chance!
Dawn Allison (Nurse) (Fort Valley, GA) – BA & RN (1990) University of Miami & Palm Beach State College in Florida. Nurse Dawn has been exploring nature most of her life from scuba diving and snorkeling in the Florida Keys, to horseback trail riding in Texas, Wyoming, and the Southwestern states. These days she tries for as many day hikes as she can wherever she goes. A camp nurse in Maine since 2012 she loves to travel, is a voracious reader, enjoys photography and crafts - especially cross-stitch, and absolutely loves a good joke or funny story. (If you have one, please tell her!) She has a grown daughter who lives in Wisconsin, and shares her year-round home in Georgia with her husband Dave, and son Zach. Two loopy Lab Retrievers and two crazy but cuddly cats (all rescue animals) round out the general mayhem there.
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