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.

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. 

Brant Hylinski

Brant Hylinski

Field School Instructor

Brant Hylinski graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in History and Art History from the University of Delaware in 2007. After graduating, he was honored to serve as a health volunteer for the Peace Corps in Suriname from 2008-2009 where he was trained in health and nutrition, proper sanitation and hygiene, as well as how to spread HIV/AIDS awareness. After his time in the Peace Corps, he traveled to South Korea to teach English for six years. He moved back to the states to pursue a career in environmental education in 2017. He spent the last 10 months in Bellingham, Washington teaching salmon ecology, restoration, and stewardship for 4th graders and adults.  

Brant is pursuing his master’s degree in Outdoor & Environmental Education and earning a K-8 Teaching Certification in the process. He is an experienced educator spanning three continents and is extremely excited for this opportunity to learn and teach at the Kellogg Field School.  

His free time consists of practicing yoga, hiking, and playing ultimate frisbee. 

Josh Schrader

Josh Schrader

Field School Instructor

Josh Schrader was raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia where he spent time exploring, caving, and raising show-poultry on his family land with his ten brothers and sisters. He earned a B.S. in Outdoor Leadership and a B.A. in Creative Writing (with a focus on Nature Writing) from Young Harris College. He’s worked as an Environmental Educator at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute of Tremont, TN and camp helper in the High Sierras of Yosemite, CA before moving to Alaska. For the last two years he has meandered across the state, working as an interpretive hiking guide in Denali National Park and with the Tundra Tots program at the Denali Education Center. Josh was a winter tour guide in Fairbanks, built trails off the coast of Homer for the non-profit organization HOWL, and now educates at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer.  

Josh feels his vocation is to discover ways of converting fear of the unknown into curiosity and wonder. He says that once you have seen the magic in the world around you, you will want to preserve it – it is all just a matter of perception.  

Exploration remains his passion and he can often be seen wandering barefoot through the woods (weather permitting), as well as stargazing, reading, writing, and trying new recipes. 

Jillianne McCarson

Jillianne McCarson

Field School Instructor

Jillianne McCarson is originally from the north Georgia mountains where she attended Young Harris College and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in History. The highlight of her time in the mountains was frequent visits to Fire’s Creek in North Carolina and working at “Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi” a hiker resupply store and hostel on the Appalachian Trail. There she interacted with through-hikers and assisted them on their way to success. Since moving to Alaska, she has been a naturalist hiking guide in Denali National Park and volunteered at the Denali Education Center working their Tundra Tots preschool program.  Jillianne worked as an activity guide north of Fairbanks for the winter, built a trail on a remote island that was being donated to HOWL in Homer and worked as an interpretive guide at Palmer’s own Musk Ox Farm.  

In her free time, Jillianne loves to read, paint, and take pictures. Some of her passions are music and animals, her favorite animals being Lightning Bugs (fireflies), Pikas and Beluga Whales. She wants to learn as much as she can and get everything she can out of life. She will never say no to an adventure or a new experience. Jillianne is pursuing her master’s degree here at the Kellogg Farm as well and working towards her teacher certification, so she can teach kids and show them that they can always keep their childlike wonder.   

Jimel Lopez Montoya

Jimel Lopez Montoya

Field School Instructor

After graduating from university in Mexico in 2015, Jimel Lopez Montoya started work as a Field Instructor for the Ecology Project International (EPI) in Mexico. She first learned about EPI by taking one of their field courses on whale research in the Gulf of California and she was hooked. She worked her way up from volunteer, to field instructor, eventually leading multi-day trips for local and visiting teenagers, with a focus on conservation and sustainability. Through her time studying in the Teton Science School Graduate Program, she learned about the Masters of Outdoor and Environmental Education program at APU.  Jimel was inspired to learn more about teaching so that she can share her love of the environment with others. When she is not in class, you will find her exploring the area, hiking, climbing or doing art projects. 

 

Stephanie Rehak

Stephanie Rehak

Field School Instructor

Stephanie Rehak graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2011. After graduating, she worked as an Accounting Manager for the Biotech Company in Bothell, WA from 2011-2015. Then she and her husband and their 4 children moved to Wasilla. She was a stay-at-home mother until 2018, when she returned to further her college education at APU.  Over the past year, she has been a substitute teacher for the Mat-Su Borough School District which gave her experience teaching various elementary grade levels   

Stephanie is pursuing her Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education coupled with earning a K-8 Teacher Certification. She loves children and sharing her knowledge and skills with them. 

Allie Pratt

Allie Pratt

Field School Instructor

Allie Pratt obtained a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management from Western Carolina University. While at WCU, Allie served Campus Recreation and Wellness in various roles.  She has worked in Alaska the past two summer seasons.  Allie has experience in guiding a variety of outdoor pursuits including rafting, ice climbing, and dog-powered adventures on the Godwin Glacier.  

When Allie isn’t in class, she enjoys whitewater kayaking, ice climbing, bouldering, and adventuring with her partner Michael. 

Chris Paoli

Chris Paoli

Field School Instructor

Chris Paoli is an Alumnus of Alaska Pacific University (2007) where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Outdoor Studies. After graduating from APU he was a stay-at-home Dad for 7 years with his 4 children.  

Chris is originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a “Yooper” by birth. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army (Airborne) where he most notably served in the NATO Peacekeeping Mission (IFOR) in Bosnia/Herzegovina.  His love for adventure led him to explore 20 countries before finally settling down in Alaska 15 years ago. To fuel his desire to learn a trade, Chris entered into an apprenticeship with the International Operating Engineers Alaska Local 302 and became a Journeyman Heavy Equipment Mechanic.   

Chris is the consummate student of life, always challenging himself to learn and grow and help others as much as possible along the way.  He lives in Anchorage with his Fiancée Meda DeWitt and their 8 children. Chris loves spending time with them on the land hunting, fishing, and harvesting traditional edible and medicinal plants. 

Tammi (TJ) Klusewitz

Tammi (TJ) Klusewitz

Field School Instructor

Tammi (TJ) Klusewitz is a 1984 graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Education and minors in Math and Science. She began her teaching career as a classroom teacher in Maryland, before moving to Germany and working as a substitute teacher in the overseas DoDDs school on a military base in beautiful Bavaria. After leaving Germany, she and her family lived in a variety of US states as well as spending several years in Australia. During these years, TJ discovered the joy of home-schooling her own six children while she continued to work part-time in a variety of educational positions, including a teacher of Gifted and Talented Students. Now that her youngest child has left the nest, she has decided to further her education at Alaska Pacific University where she is working to complete her Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education. TJ is looking forward to sharing her love of science and the Alaskan outdoors with her students this Fall, always maintaining that children have been her greatest teachers. 

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