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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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