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.

Sophia May

Sophia May

Program Coordinator

Sophia May is the Program Coordinator for the Kellogg F.I.E.L.D. School. She received her M.S. in Natural Science Education from the University of Wyoming, a certificate in Place-Based Teaching and Environmental Science Practices from the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools, and a B.S. in Peace Studies from the College of Saint Benedict. Born and raised near Fairbanks, Sophia is a passionate educator, a lively outdoor enthusiast, and can imagine no classroom better than Alaska.

Amethyst Harmston

Amethyst Harmston

Field School Instructor

Amethyst Harmston is a graduate student in the Master of Science Outdoor and Environmental Education program at Alaska Pacific University. She is an educator at heart. After earning her B.A. in History Education at Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2008, Amethyst has worked in various positions of education in Idaho, Utah, Missouri, and Alaska. Her favorite position has been working as an ELL Social Studies and a Study Skills long-term substitute teacher at Anchorage East High School, the most ethnically diverse high school in the country.

Raised on a small vegetable farm in northern Missouri Amethyst spent her childhood exploring the woods, creeks, ponds, meadows, rivers, and cliffs of the Midwest. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves hiking, fishing, camping, and canoeing with her husband. Amethyst is excited to bring her education background and her love of the outdoors to the Kellogg FIELD School!

Luke Hyce

Luke Hyce

Field School Instructor

Luke Hyce was raised in Alaska and spent his childhood hiking, gardening, riding horses and running around the Mat-Su Valley’s forests. He moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he earned a B.A. in Journalism and Media Communication with a minor in interdisciplinary environmental affairs from Colorado State University and improved his outdoor leadership skills in the Rocky Mountains. Since graduating Luke has lead students in 11 different countries on trips that focused on culture, agriculture, and ecosystems health.

Because of his strong bond with the place that raised him, Luke moved back to Alaska to pursue a career and place-based education to provide experiences that promote self-leadership and environmental awareness.

His list of free-time activities is long but includes skiing, backpacking, guitar strumming, and photography.

Duc Ngo

Duc Ngo

Field School Instructor

Duc Ngo was born and raised in one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia, Vietnam. His family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana when he was 13 years old. Duc attained his B.S in Kinesiology at Indiana University Bloomington in May 2015.  Before becoming a MSOEE graduate student at APU, Duc was a group leader for YMCA Camp Erdman in Hawaii, Outdoor Education Group in Australia, and field instructor for SOAR-ADHD/LD. He enjoyed his time facilitating low and high ropes courses, rock climbing initiatives, environmental education lessons, canoeing and backpacking expeditions, and many fun outdoor activities with youths.

When he isn’t busy entertaining kids, he enjoys a backpacking trip or finds himself learning new outdoor activities!

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