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. 

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. 

 

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. 

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. 

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