Education Philosophy

I believe that education should be exciting, fun, and challenging. I have found that many of life's greatest lessons cannot be learned in a traditional classroom. With this in mind, I help students of all ages develop and practice the skills they need to safely live, learn, and play in the outdoors. In my classes, students learn by confronting and overcoming real challenges in a safe and controlled environment. We will respect the environment, ourselves, and each other. My motto is, Get Outside and Get Dirty!

Leadership Philosophy

I believe that leadership is a skill that can be learned and practiced. With both students and volunteers, I encourage the evolution of leadership through physical and mental challenge, practical experience, and constructive feedback from both instructors and peers. I value integrity, accountability, a positive attitude, and humility in a leader. I stand by the statement, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Mission Statement

I am committed to inspiring my students to love and protect the natural world around them by having fun exploring it. My mission is to awaken the sense of wonder in my students by developing their understanding of leadership, teamwork, and challenge. A strong emphasis on wilderness ethics, environmental conservation, natural history, and technical skills are also par the course. I believe that, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".

The Experimental Education Learning Cycle