Molly Breslin

Molly Breslin helps WCO in many capacities. Molly helps moderate student and teacher comments, filter team member emails, and edit and publish content during our online expeditions. Molly has also contacted dozens of foundations, and helped us obtain our largest grant to date!

Adam Hansen

Started volunteering for WCO in the Fall of 2004 when he was in charge of state-side logistics and webmaster for the Rainforest Project. Then he joined us in the field for two adventures, the Boreal Forest Project, and Project Peru. Now Adam is now a lawyer, and volunteers as much as his busy schedule allows.

Ashley Pfannenstiel

Ashley Pfannenstiel is involved with marketing and public education for WCO. When she is not working for WCO, Ashley is managing the REI store in Chicago. With REI, she strives for environmental sustainability and giving back to the community. Ashley holds a degree in art and education and maintains an active outdoor lifestyle in her hometown of Chicago. She takes her camera and her passion for the outdoors with her wherever she travels. Ashley loves to share her knowledge of the outdoors with others.

John Thompson

John Thompson graduated from the Bradley University and the University of Chicago where he studied Ecology and Education. John has taught in Chicago, the suburbs, many of the area museums, and recently retired from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. As a teacher he led over 500 field trips with his students to more than twenty states and four different countries. Currently he teaches with the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. As a scientist and teacher, John has worked in the tropics, prairies and mountains. His work has been featured in books, videos, magazines and television in the United States, Korea and France. He has made over 40 presentations at conferences on teaching and learning and the use of technology in classrooms. John’s work as been recognized by several groups including as the Environmental Educator of the Year and Sigma Xi Outstanding Teacher.

Jessica Wallendal

Jessa has worked with WCO in a variety of capacities. Most recently, during the Trans-Amazon Expedition, she coordinated communication between the team, teachers and students. She also helps to create and edit curriculum materials. When not at work with the Birch Grove Foundation in Tofte, Minn., she can be found in a canoe, in the garden, or playing fiddle.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you are intersted in learning more about volunteer opportunities please contact us.


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