Kirstin Corbett is a 3rd grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She has a bachelors degree in communications and a maters degree in education. Kirstin has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts for 12 years, and is also a youth outings leader for the Sierra Club. During her free time Kirstin is either hanging from a climbing wall or sitting around the campfire.
Jean Dalleska is a technology educator in Glencoe, IL working with students in grades five through eight. Jean's classes provide students with integrated technology experiences to develop and demonstrate technology skills in a variety of contexts and across all areas of the middle school curriculum. Jean has a Master's degree in Math and Computer Science Education from Concordia University. She has been teaching for 25 years.
Dr. Henry Freeman
Henry Freeman began his management and fundraising career at Yale University where he served as Executive Director of Dwight Hall, the center for volunteer and community service at Yale. During his thirty-five year career he has served on the governing boards of more than 25 institutions and agencies ranging from private secondary schools to international non-profit organizations. Immediately prior to establishing his consulting firm H. Freeman Associates, in 1993, Dr. Freeman served for six years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Earlham College. The primary focus of his work as Vice President was the planning and implementation of a $37 million capital campaign and oversight of all fundraising, marketing, and communications activities for the College.
Eric graduated from Ohio University where he studied Education and English. He has taught students from Preschool to High School in a variety of subjects. Eric took a long leave of absence from being a classroom teacher to found the Wilderness Classroom and worked developing curriculum, participating in 6 learning adventures and running the Wilderness Classroom as a volunteer and an employee between 2001 and 2008. In 2008 he returned to the classroom full time, but continues to help the Wilderness Classroom as much as he can.
Tammy Haggerty Jones
Tammy Haggerty Jones received her M.A.T. from National- Louis University and her B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. She spent 15-years in the advertising/publishing industry before following her dream of becoming a teacher. Haggerty-Jones has been teaching at CCSD 168 for ten years. She believes in the benefits of museum education and has served on the advisory boards at John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum of Chicago for nine years. Haggerty-Jones received the Disney Hand Teacher Award, the Japan Fulbright Award, NLU’s Career Achievement Award, and Teacher of the Year from the Kids in Need Foundation. She has incorporated Wilderness Classroom expeditions into her curriculum for the past six years and teaches that Dave & Amy are the Lewis & Clark of today.
Bryan Hansel is a photographer, writer and a sea kayaking instructor. Additionally, he runs one of the most popular paddling blogs on the Internet. Over the years, he has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, paddled the entire U.S. shorelines of Lake Huron and Lake Superior, climbed extensively in the Midwest and Colorado and bike toured once to visit his parents. He currently lives in Grand Marais, Minn. where he takes pictures, teaches photography workshops and writes. Hansel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and religion from the University of Iowa.
Adam Hansen first joined WCO as a volunteer in 2003, participated in groundbreaking journeys through Costa Rica, Canada, and Peru. In 2005, Adam, seeking life's big next adventure, enrolled at the University of Minnesota Law School. After graduating in 2008, Adam worked for the Minnesota Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Adam currently works for Nichols Kaster, PLLP, in Minneapolis, where he represents individuals and classes in employment and consumer disputes.
Erik participated directly in the WCO adventures in Costa Rica and half of the Brazil leg of the Trans-Amazon Adventure. Erik is an independent real estate developer and investor working primarily in the Burlington, Vermont area. Erik has completed several historic rehab projects in Burlington and he is currently managing a major redevelopment effort on the TD Bank Block among several other active projects. Erik earned a Masters degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in the City of New York and served as Class President. Erik is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he earned dual Bachelor of Business degrees in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics and Finance, Investment & Banking. He is a founding member and on the advisory board of the Vermont Green Building Network. Erik is also a founding member of the Old North End Arts & Business Network in Burlington and active in other neighborhood efforts.
Joy Kubarek-Sandor hails from the frozen tundra that is Superior, Wisconsin. Pursuing her lifelong love of nature and science, Joy has her B.S. in Biology, M.Ed. in Environmental Education, and is currently working toward her PhD in Science Education. From working as an Interpretive Naturalist with the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board to designing programs at the Great Lakes Aquarium and now overseeing a team of educators at the Shedd Aquarium, Joy has worn many hats in the field of environmental education. She first worked with WCO through their partnership with the Shedd Aquarium and has continued
that partnership both professionally and personally, even dogsledding with Dave in the cold forests of Ely, MN. She looks forward to the next great adventure WCO embarks on!
A polar adventurer, dog musher and educator, Eric Larsen has spent the past 18 years traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth.In 2006, Eric and Lonnie Dupre completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. In 2010, Eric completed another world record - first to the South Pole, North Pole and the summit of Mt. Everest in a 365-day period. Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others. As an educator, Eric strives to connect people to places and issues. In recognition of those efforts, he was elected as one of Outside Magazine's Eco All Stars in 2008. He was also inducted as a member of the Explorer's Club based in New York City. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and is currently planning his next adventure.
Scott McPherson is founder and President of Midwest Public Affairs Group, a fullservice public relations firm based in Chicago. He is a founding sponsor of the Wilderness Classroom Organization and has been privileged to join WCO teams on two wilderness adventures. Scott has a Bachelors Degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Science in Communications from Northwestern University. He resides in La Grange, Illinois.