green Kellogg FIELD School Staff

Steve Rubinstein

Steve Rubinstein

Director of MSOEE

Steve Rubinstein is the Director of APU’s Graduate Program in Outdoor and Environmental Education. He received his M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, a B.S. in Psychology from Guilford College and a Certificate of Outdoor Leadership from Seljord Fork College. Steve has extensive experience in the field teaching and directing programs since 1987, including his work as Faculty and Program Director in Outdoor Education at MT Hood Community College in Oregon, Program Director at Northwest Earth Institute and Education Coordinator & Asst. Director at Northwest Service Academy.

Megan Rock

Megan Rock

Program Coordinator

Canuck Megan grew up in the interior of Ontario, Canada. Early canoeing, backpacking and hiking experiences in the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park sparked a deep love of nature within this adventurous soul. With her degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa, Megan set forth on an international teaching career that began in Ontario, Canada continuing on to South East Asia, Taiwan and landing her here in Alaska where she has taught within the Mat-Su Borough School District. This program coordinator of Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg F.I.E.L.D. School strives passionately to ensure the children enrolled at KFS receive dynamic early childhood education concentrating on all aspects of our natural local environment. Megan’s dedication to fitness, participation in numerous sporting activities and proper nutritional values are all visible attributes helping to instill like values in the young minds and hearts at KFS.

Robin Lockwood

Robin Lockwood

Field School Instructor

Robin Lockwood is a current graduate student at APU in the MSOEE program. She recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a B.S. in Marine Science and a Certificate in Education. While in Hawaii, her research focused on the genetic similarities of coral colonies, and the applicability of using certain coral species as an indicator of excess nutrients. During the past three summers she has worked with different science centers and national parks around the state of Alaska developing educational curriculum. She is originally from Ester, AK and is excited to be back in the state full time. She is delighted to get out and explore nature with the Ravens this year!

Erin Moriearty

Erin Moriearty

Field School Instructor

Erin Moriearty is originally from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin and is new to Alaska as an MSOEE student at APU. She has a B.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Erin spent the last year and a half in Madison, Wisconsin working with non profits serving as an instructor in kids gardens and working with educational farms. Additionally, she served a year as a Farm to School AmeriCorps Member, helping to procure local foods for schools and teaching elementary school students about food and nutrition. She also spent a year as garden teacher at an elementary school. Erin loves gardening, kayaking, and going on adventures. She is very excited to explore Alaska and instruct the Magpies at FIELD school.

Chris Eversman

Chris Eversman

Field School Instructor

Born and raised in the heart of the Interior, Chris Eversman is no stranger to the joys and perils of the Alaskan outdoors. After graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he taught mathematics at the UAF Community and Technical College for three years. He is no stranger to the classroom, but all things being equal, he’d rather be outside. Chris has hiked nearly every trail in the Fairbanks area, skied nearly every slope, and flipped a canoe in nearly every river and stream. Chris is an avid runner and fisherman, and while he’s known to huff and puff through the woods and—indeed—loves the taste of salmon, he is, in fact, not a bear.

Chris lives in Palmer and is currently a graduate student in Outdoor and Environmental Education at the Alaska Pacific University.

Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins

Field School Instructor

Patrick Higgins is a graduate student at APU in the MSOEE program. Patrick received his BA in Geography at the University of Iowa and studied Outdoor Leadership and Experiential Education at Mt. Hood Community College. Before moving to Alaska, Patrick was a Programs Coordinator at Next Adventure Paddle Sports Center and an instructor for Otter Bar Kayak Lodge teaching whitewater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and sea kayaking in Oregon, Washington and California.

In his free time if he isn’t on the water, he enjoys doing anything outdoors from skiing or snowboarding to rock climbing, mountain biking or fishing!

Lynda Jones

Lynda Jones

Field School Instructor

Lynda Jones is a graduate student at APU in the MSOEE. Raised in Alaska, Lynda received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Lynda has worked with the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game assisting the Education Specialist, Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve and currently works programming outdoor education with the Girl Scouts of Alaska. Lynda is an avid fisherwoman, backpacker and runner. She is excited to start her new adventure at FIELD School!

Elisha Riesterer

Elisha Riesterer

Field School Instructor

Elisha Riesterer is a graduate student in the Alaska Pacific University MSOEE Outdoor and Environmental Education Program. She is from Zion, IL and received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. Elisha has spent the last year teaching at her local high school for the special education department and enjoys volunteering for a camp that provides a safe place to be a normal kid for children who have or are in remission from life threatening illnesses including brain tumors, leukemia, and various other cancers. Her hobbies include crafting, water sports activities, and traveling.

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