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.

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. 

 

Megan Worthington

Megan Worthington

Field School Instructor

Megan Worthington graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sound Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. After school she moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in theatrical and entertainment sound and lighting design. From a young age she had a growing curiosity for the outdoors which she pursued with the Girl Scouts of America as well as through family and self-exploration. She first visited Alaska in 2014 where she fell in love with nature all over again. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Outdoor and Environmental Education program at APU and hopes to pursue a career with the National Park Service as an Interpretive Park Guide. She hopes to share her passion for the environment with curious young minds. Some of her favorite activities include camping, hiking, kayaking, and cooking with fresh produce from her garden.

Shannon Conway

Shannon Conway

Field School Instructor

Shannon Conway graduated from High Point University with a BA in Human Relations in 2017, before taking a summer job in Sandwich, MA at Camp Burgess. Here she facilitated team building, led nature retreats, and got her first taste of outdoor education. After her summer at Camp Burgess she moved to Costa Rica where she was able to learn about new ecosystems, improve her Spanish, and lead a group of high school students in environmental volunteer work for a two-week trip. Her passion for Outdoor Ed brought her to Los Angeles to work for Community Nature Connection, a non-profit that focuses on providing access to the outdoors for inner city communities and POC. As an Outdoor Educator, she taught 5th and 6th graders in subjects such as Adaptations and Ecology, Watershed Ecology, and Outdoor Skills. Shannon has also gotten to work with the Boston Park system, work at a surf camp in Portugal, and is currently working towards her Masters in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Alaska Pacific University.  In her spare time Shannon loves going to the beach, hunting for mushrooms, and hula hooping.

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. 

Brandi Heasley

Brandi Heasley

Field School Instructor

Brandi Heasley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Baylor University in 2013. After graduation, she volunteered with different education programs in the Texas State Parks Department. She went on to gain employment with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a Park Ranger filling various roles such as: fee collector, interpreter, and eventually superintendent. Brandi has worked with a wide range of age groups leading recreation programs including archery, biking, fishing and camping. She also led guided hikes, wildlife programs, and brought more formal environmental science lessons to local schools. Brandi has experience working on a trail crew in the Adirondacks and Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

She has been living in Anchorage for a year now and when she is not working, Brandi can be found biking, hiking or backpacking with her dog Annie. Brandi is excited to begin earning a master’s degree from APU in Outdoor and Environmental Education to continue to inspire others to love and support nature.

Lilly Gritsavage

Lilly Gritsavage

Field School Instructor

Lilly Gritsavage graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education and Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While at ESF she took numerous field courses in the Adirondack Mountains, as well as completing research for the Adirondack Ecological Center. Lilly has spent her summer working at various summer camps creating a variety of outdoor experiences for all ages. When Lilly is not in class, she enjoys hiking, traveling and downhill skiing.

Anna Tobin

Anna Tobin

Field School Instructor

Anna Tobin received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College. Her focus is on international environmental conservation and she has traveled to over 40 countries. She has worked in three different zoos as an educator and helped spearhead a new education campaign on wildlife trafficking for USFW at the Oregon Zoo. Her passion for wildlife conservation and education has led her to work with a variety of ambassador animals from an aardvark to a peregrine falcon. Anna loves to continuously learn and grow so she is excited to pursue the Outdoor and Environmental Education Master’s program at APU. She wants to develop as an educator so she can become a better advocate for conservation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, bouldering, baking new recipes or being curled up with a history book and cuddling her cat Lady Grey.

Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Field School Instructor

Emily Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salisbury University and a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Environmental Sciences from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2017. After graduating, Emily worked with the National Park Service as a seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger and then continued her passion in environmental education with the Baltimore Parks and Recreation Department and the National Park Foundation to provide the “Every Kid in a Park” program for Baltimore City children. During this time, Emily developed a love for connecting young minds with the natural world and wanted to explore other opportunities beyond the east coast of the United States. In 2018, Emily moved to Alaska and started as the Camp Coordinator at the Alaska Zoo. During this time, she connected with Alaskan wildlife to empower others to preserve and protect wildlife’s wonders. Emily also spent time in Churchill, Manitoba to study wild polar bears and how to communicate climate change in a positive, community-based solution method. She is a Climate Alliance member with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and an Arctic Ambassador for Polar Bear’s International. Her experience in Churchill has pushed her to further her education and become a leader in the outdoor and environmental education field. 

Emily is pursuing her Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Alaska Pacific University. She feels that the future lies within our children and hopes to continue to foster the imagination, inspiration and curiosity that will change our world.  When Emily is not in class you can find her with her dog Clover outside taking photos, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping. 

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