Gabby Brodek (Dixmont, ME) B.S. (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, Gabby spends her time in Northern Maine as a raft guide leading trips down Class IV and V whitewater. A year ago she was in Trinidad exploring the rainforest, eating mangoes and bananas off trees and participating in guppy research. Gabby worked as an educator at The Ecology School this past spring and is excited to be returning to share her passion for ecology and water with you (she also loves jokes, so share those too)!
Giovanna Bishop (Portland, OR) B.S. (2017) in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology and minor in Studio Art from Wheaton College (MA). Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Jo was never far from the woods. She has a true passion for botany; especially when it comes to mosses, lichen, algae and fungi. Jo loves playing lacrosse, gardening, and identifying plants. Having been a part of Outdoor School in Oregon as a kid and a field instructor as an adult, Jo is very excited to be getting back to outdoor education with The Ecology School. Jo plans on starting her PhD in Botany the fall of 2019 where she hopes to study moss and fungi community ecology.
Alex Chasse (Fort Kent, ME) B.A. (2017) in History and Secondary Education from University of Maine. 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. The past two summers he has worked at summer camps as a wilderness trip leader. Alex also loves to play Nintendo 64 cribbage, brewing delicious tea, gardening, and loves learning a lot about our world that we share. Alex was an educator at The Ecology School this past spring and is looking forward to meeting a bunch of new students and staff!
Nolan Crees (Hinton, IA) B.S. (2016) in Community Planning from Iowa State University. Nolan is from a small town in Iowa, where the corn grows tall. In high school, he enjoyed participating in debate club and choir, and playing video games. Nowadays, he likes maps, hiking, history, and exploring stuff that is hidden in plain sight. Nolan also enjoys cooking, riding his bicycle around town, chatting, and making things. He has taught trail building in Wisconsin and has worked in the canyons of Utah. He wants to learn more about sailing, woodworking, and welding. This year for his birthday, he would like a canoe.
Tessa Diehl (Charlottesville, VA) B.S. (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!) This will be Tessa’s third term as an educator at The Ecology School and she is excited to continue sharing her passion for ecology and the outdoors with students this fall!
Mallory Durkee (Lead Educator) (Ashburnham, MA) – B.S. (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 fourth term teaching at The Ecology School.
Chelsea Hubert (North Huntingdon, PA) B.A. (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 for her second term as an educator.
Ellie Johnson (Erie, PA) – B.S. (2016) in Environmental Biology and Secondary Biology Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Ellie is an avid traveler, a casual athlete and an amateur artist, who loves living outside more than in. Since graduating college in December 2016 she has lived in Summerton, SC, Canon City, CO, Phoenix, AZ, Idaho Falls, ID and now Saco, ME, working in various environmental and education seasonal positions. When she’s not assessing vegetation communities or telling kids how rad trees are, you can usually find her swinging in a hammock, climbing a mountain, chasing a Frisbee, or cuddling a cup of hot tea in the company of a good book. She’s fairly convinced that every dog is an angel and breakfast is the best meal of the day.
Alexandria Keith (Sanbornton, NH) – B.S. (2018) in Environmental Science and Anthropology from Drew University. Alli has traveled from countries in the Caribbean to South America studying the ecosystems and the relationships people have with their natural environment. In her free time Alli likes to hike, bake and knit. Alli is most excited about exploring the Maine Coast and sharing her love of nature with others at The Ecology School.
Maya Littlefield (Leland, MI) - B.A. (2018) in Art and Environmental Studies from University of Michigan. Maya grew up in Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan and in Vermont with the green mountains in her backyard. It was there that her love for nature and learning about plants began. In her free time, Maya enjoys exploring the outdoors, backpacking, climbing, farming, practicing yoga and cooking vegan food. Since graduating from college, Maya has been able to combine many of her passions while working for the Colorado Outward Bound School. Maya is stoked to be joining the team of educators at The Ecology School and to share her knowledge with others!
Josh Miller (Millford, MI) – B.A. (2018) in Biology and Psychology from Kalamazoo College. Josh grew up running around local parks with friends and family, looking for anything cool he could find under rocks and logs. He studied biology in college because of the memories he had of the critter he found. He has been a restaurant worker since high school and he loves cooking for himself and others. When he’s not outside or in the kitchen he can be found reading, playing games of all kinds with his friends, listening to music or watching movies.
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. This will be Leah’s second term as an educator at The Ecology School.
Molly Scanga (Chapel Hill, NC) – B.S. (2015) in Biology and Spanish from University of North Carolina – Asheville. Molly is an outdoor enthusiast and artist who is propelled forward in this world by her love of blackberries and squirrels. She is very excited about meeting and playing in the dirt with all of the fall 2018 Ecology School students!
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. This will be Miranda’s second term as an educator at The Ecology School.
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.
Since 1998, The Ecology School has brought innovative ecology education programs to thousands of children throughout New England and nationwide through overnight programs, field trips, outreach to schools, professional development and publications.
“A School Grows in Saco,” Maine Home + Design. January 2019
“The Ecology School prepares to build new home in Saco, and it’ll be among Maine’s greenest,” Portland Press Herald, December 24, 2018