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.

Carly Tencza

Carly Tencza

Field School Instructor

Carly Tencza grew up in the high desert of New Mexico. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and studying abroad in Australia, she knew there was a bigger world out there and was determined to experience it. As a lifelong lover of nature and science, traditional school didn’t always work with Carly’s creativity and desire to explore. She has traveled to 15 countries and lived in five different states – all while working as an outdoor and environmental educator in seasonal positions. One of her favorite jobs to date was as the Educational Coordinator aboard a 55 ft M/V buy-boat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Since moving to Alaska two years ago, Carly has held a position at Alaska Botanical Garden (ABG) as an educator. She has taught at ABG’s summer camps for the past two summers, working in depth with ages 4-14. She has a true passion for teaching and bringing the joy and wonder of nature to everyone.

Carly is attending APU’s MSOEE program while simultaneously completing classes to receive her State of Alaska K-8 teaching certificate.

Dylan Manderlink

Dylan Manderlink

Field School Instructor

After receiving her BA in Theatre and Interdisciplinary Studies from Emerson College in Boston, MA, Dylan Manderlink joined the national public service program, Teach for America, to teach high school drama and technology classes in rural Arkansas. Through her two-year corps commitment in a state she had never been to prior, she not only discovered a love for education but for the outdoors as well since it was through visiting local state parks and forests that she got to know the Natural State and herself better. After Teach for America, Dylan taught first grade in Blanding, Utah for a year while living in and exploring the high desert of Moab. When the school year ended, Dylan decided to transition out of the classroom and into the outdoor industry. For nearly two years she worked as a wilderness therapy instructor in central Utah and became even more passionate about working with youth in nature. From there, she moved to Dubois, Wyoming and worked as a program instructor for a gap year program for 18-24 year olds – planning and going on two-week long expeditions around the western U.S. and facilitating adventure programming and life skill development the other half of the month at the nonprofit’s home base in the Wind River Range. After spending a memorable eight months in America’s least populated state, she headed to the boundary waters of Northern Minnesota to seasonally work at a fishing and boating outfitter and lodge. After it got too cold to fish and boat on the remote and very northern lakes, she headed to Seattle to work as a forest preschool teacher. Although it was tough to leave her kiddos in the PNW this past June, the river was calling, and she decided she must go…to Montana to work as a raft guide on the Clark Fork River before moving to Palmer to start APU’s Outdoor and Environmental Education graduate program. In her spare time, Dylan enjoys listening to lots of podcasts, finding fun and quirky roadside attractions, planning future road trips, bouldering, and watching any nature documentary she can find.

Ian Standard

Ian Standard

Field School Instructor

The journey and exploration of the outdoors started for Ian Standard early on. Eventually, this led him to earn a Bachelor’s in Environmental Education, pursuing a dream of teaching others to love the outdoors in the same way his heart has since birth. Ian’s path took him through several outdoor and environmental education programs spanning the lower 48, starting in Illinois, moving to California, Minnesota, and landing in North Carolina. It was there that Ian took a detour into the world of wilderness therapy. For three years, he worked alongside youth in North Carolina before moving up to do another three years in Southeast Alaska on Wrangell Island. Ian hopes to delve deeper into the educational side of being outdoors by pursuing his MSOEE from APU. While playing outside is his greatest passion, he tends to spend time with his dog and partner scheming up new adventures to pursue. Go looking for him near any thick forests or by the ocean, but if he doesn’t come when called, you will eventually find him curled up under a tree with a book in hand.

Will Hardwick

Will Hardwick

Field School Instructor

Will Hardwick received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University in 2019. Through their undergraduate studies, Will worked a wide variety of jobs with the intention of learning as many world views as possible. They’ve gained experience as a Camp Counselor at Sanborn Western Camps, USFWS Grant Data Specialist, USFS Wilderness Ranger, Pathways International Conference Planner and Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Ranger, and as part of a maintenance crew for the City of Fort Collins in both the downtown area and in Medians Operations. They enjoy learning how people think, act, love and develop values and beliefs. Their passion for education stems from a love of bright, creative minds and a belief that experiences lay the foundation for a long-lasting positive impact. Will hopes to leverage a Masters in the MSOEE program into a lifelong pursuit of creating incredible opportunities for youth navigating a changing world.

When Will isn’t busy studying, climbing or hiking, you can find them writing music or enjoying a cup of tea with something to read.

Holly Odegard

Holly Odegard

Volunteer Instructor

This is Holly Odegard‘s second year as a volunteer at Kellogg FIELD school. She brings over 20 years experience as a teacher of Physical Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Health, and years of coaching different sports. Holly was also part of and facilitated  Project Connect Outdoor Adventure program for her school and district . She looks forward to sharing her love for the outdoors with the students of Kellogg FIELD School.

Shannon O'Laughlin

Shannon O'Laughlin

Program Coordinator

Shannon O’Laughlin earned a BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential all from California State University Chico.  Additionally, she got a Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma from Rudolf Steiner College. Shannon began her work in education as an English Language Development Specialist for two year before she became a class teacher at a Waldorf methods charter school. Shannon carried a vibrant class of students for seven years from second grade through eighth grade graduation. Her vocation imbedded all core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Science, and History) in addition to lessons in watercolor, handwork, form drawing, sculpting, music/recorder, singing games, and movement activities as her students developed in their primary years into adolescence. Shannon fostered strong parent relationships and communication, and modeled how to blend State Standards with a balanced and holistic pedagogy. In 2013, Shannon traveled to Navi Mumbai and Hyderabad India as a Waldorf Education specialist in the Humanizing Education Conference, where she led workshops for classroom teachers and presented as a keynote speaker. Similarly, she became an Independent Contractor and Curriculum Consultant for the Blue Oak School and an adjunct faculty member for the Art of Teaching summer program at Rudolf Steiner College. For the past five and half years, Shannon has helped instill the excellence and wonder of Waldorf Education for over 400 students as the Education Director of the Blue Oak School. She has a special love for animals (especially her dogs), growing flowers, fiber arts, and swimming. She is thrilled to move into the next chapter of her life as the Kellogg Field School Coordinator. 

Axel Peterman

Axel Peterman

Field School Instructor

Axel Peterman graduated from Northland College on the shore of Lake Superior in 2018 with an MS in Outdoor Education. He has spent the years since then reading, writing, and teaching to students of a broad range of ages and backgrounds on the subjects of food, education, and environmental responsibility. He’s sad to be leaving his friends, his lake, and all of his favorite foraging spots in the Midwest, but is thrilled to be moving on to this next big chapter in his life, and expects great things of it.

When not studying for classes, Axel can often be found cooking, raiding public fruit trees, eating things that he finds on people’s lawns, or educating unwitting passers-by on any of the aforementioned subjects.

Heather Reiss

Heather Reiss

Field School Instructor

Heather Reiss graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Equine Studies from Shasta College in Redding, CA, and a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Geology from the University of Montana Western in southwest Montana.  Heather has filled a variety of roles in the environmental education and tourism industry including working as an Interpretive Park Guide at Big Hole National Battlefield in Montana; the Lead Interpretive Guide at the Kantishna Roadhouse in Denali National Park; and an Instructor for Road Scholar tours in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks.  She loves being immersed in the great outdoors and delights in helping others discover the intricacies of the natural world; fifteen years of joyful work in outdoor education have led her to APU to begin the Master’s Program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.  When she is not teaching, she can be found exploring the abundant wonders of Alaska with her son, Finnegan, and her husband, Roy.

Leah Lamdin

Leah Lamdin

Field School Instructor

Originally from western Massachusetts, Leah Lamdin’s parents were both classroom teachers and outdoor educators, instilling in her a passion and appreciation for transformative nature-based educational experiences with young people. She began her own work in the field of outdoor education at the age of 16 for the Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Massachusetts. After completing a NOLS semester in New Zealand and receiving her BA in Global Studies from Warren Wilson College, Leah found her way to Kroka Expeditions, a land-based non-profit expeditionary learning school based on a biodynamic farm in New Hampshire. At Kroka, she was the summer program director and guided backpacking, canoeing and ocean expeditions. After a summer in Alaska directing Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL), a non-profit outdoor experiential education organization, Leah moved to northern California where she founded and directed a west coast branch of Kroka Expeditions. In addition to her passion for outdoor education, Leah is committed to weaving in a social and environmental justice lens to her teaching. After over 15 years of creating, directing, and leading unique outdoor education programs, Leah is now pursuing a Masters in Outdoor and Environmental Education in combination with a K-8 Teaching Credential through Alaska Pacific University. She has had a life-long love for Alaska, growing up visiting her family in Homer, enjoys sea kayaking, backpacking, reading, dancing, and crafting, and is thrilled to have landed in Palmer with her husband Cooper and dog Vida.

Géraldine Walker

Géraldine Walker

Field School Instructor

Géraldine Walker earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Sustainable Agriculture and Ecogastronomy. During her senior year she studied the Slow Food philosophy at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo,  Italy. She was especially focused in learning about the complex and far-reaching links between food production and the act of eating. Post-graduation she relocated to Montana to work for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in rangeland management. For five years, she worked and played in beautiful southwest Montana – backcountry skiing, horseback riding, and ranching. Géraldine eventually moved back to her hometown of North Conway, New Hampshire and transitioned into working for Montessori schools and public schools – observing and learning from the teachers and students alike. Now, Géraldine is striving to connect her passions for education and agriculture by becoming a K-8 teacher focused in environmental sciences. In her free time, Géraldine enjoys whitewater canoeing with her partner, racing her dog down all kinds of trails, and relaxing with a good book.

Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson

Field School Instructor

Alex Wilson graduated from the MSOEE program in 2013.  She has taught the Magpies and Ravens classes and is excited to teach Wilderness Adventure! She is also Adjunct Faculty for the MSOEE program, teaching Learning Theory in Outdoor Education. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was in Wisconsin that she discovered her adventurous side–exploring trails, rivers and forests and learning how to rock climb. She taught ESL in South Korea where she brought her students outside as often as possible. After tutoring students for many years, working in nature centers, substitute teaching, and working on several small scale farms, she knew that environmental education was her calling.

Alex is a mother of four young girls (and some furry friends) who love to be outdoors testing their skills and getting dirty.  They delight in exploring mountain creeks, jumping on tundra tussocks, identifying forest finds, climbing everything, working in the garden, and the simplicity of finding adventure in their own yard.  She finds that kids (and most adults!) are their best when comfortable outside, especially in wild settings.  When she has free time, she enjoys yoga, running, hiking, rock climbing, writing, and cooking with wild and local goods.

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