Staff

 

A Mountain Classroom's administrators and field educators are a dedicated group of professionals who have years of experience in the field of outdoor and environmental education.

Field Educators

Our field educators, many of whom have been with AMC for multiple seasons, are enthusiastic professionals who have chosen the outdoors and experiential education as their method for teaching students. They are college graduates with relevant degrees, field experience, wilderness medical certificates, and training in our program curricula, teaching philosophy, and White Mountain ecology. They share a commitment to the enrichment of students' lives and a desire to use the wonder of the outdoors to teach concepts.

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Staff

Andrea Muller, North Country Youth Education Director

Andrea holds a BS in Economics and Sociology from Mount Holyoke College, an MS in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University, and a Wilderness First Aid certification. Andrea’s past workplaces include the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, the Patriots Trail Girl Scout Council, and an experiential education organization in New Jersey. For the past 18 years however, the call of environmental education in the North Country has held Andrea at the AMC. After three years as an instructor, Andy became a program administrator and now directs AMC’s A Mountain Classroom Program.

Rachel Freierman, A Mountain Classroom Manager

Rachel hails from Cambridge, MA but left city life behind when she traveled north to attend Colby College in Maine where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies and minored in Environmental Education. Rachel began her employment at the AMC in 2007 working at Echo Lake Camp and has since worked for YOP, the Construction Crew, Teen Wilderness Adventures, and as an AMCR educator. She also coordinated the AMC’s Families Healthy Together project for two years and worked as an AMCR Coordinator before stepping into the Manager role. In addition to her work at the AMC, she has worked as an outdoor educator in South Africa, a ski patroller at Wildcat Mountain, and a soccer coach. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Away from the office Rachel enjoys backcountry snowboarding, hiking with her puppy, and traveling with her wife both locally and abroad.

Lucy Koup, A Mountain Classroom Coordinator for Pinkham Notch, Backcountry Huts & Southern Regions

Lucy spent her childhood exploring and adventuring in the mountains of the Northeast before heading to Villanova University in Pennsylvania where she completed her B.S. in Environmental Science. She is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Before arriving at the AMC, Lucy worked as an educator for an urban farm-to-school program in Philadelphia and leading backpacking trips and facilitating a leadership training program for a residential summer camp in VT. She worked seasonally as a field educator for AMCR before taking on her current role as administrator. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys cooking, crafting and adventuring in search of secret swimming holes in the White Mountain region.

Lisa Gilbert, Coös County Education Coordinator

Lisa is a New Hampshire native and a resident of Coös County. She has a BA from Green Mountain College where she majored in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Recreation and the Environment. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master Educator. Before stepping in to her current role, Lisa served for two years as the AMCR coordinator for the Highland Center and Cardigan Mountain Lodge, and worked seasonally for several years as an AMCR educator, an instructor for Teen Wilderness Adventures, a winter naturalist guide and a hut caretaker. When not at work, she can be found pursuing her passion for adventure, exploring the trails and wilderness of the White Mountains.

Craig Turner, A Mountain Classroom Coordinator for Highland Center and Cardigan Lodge

Originally from Virginia, Craig joined the AMCR team in January 2017. Craig has a BS in Geography with a Minor in Biology and Concentration in Environmental Studies from Radford University in Virginia and a MA in Social Science from Humboldt State University in California. In 2005 Craig set out to explore the world of Environmental Education and since then he worked as an environmental educator in Georgia & New Mexico, and program coordinator in California, a zip line guide in Minnesota, and a program development manager in New Zealand. Craig is passionate about environmental education and developing students into young leaders. While not at work, he enjoys road cycling, hiking, and birdwatching, with mountaineering and skiing being recent additions.

Dawna Blackstone, Piscataquis Education Program Coordinator

Dawna runs our Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment and brings outdoor and environmental education to the youth of Piscataquis County, Maine. A native of Greenville, Maine, Dawna is a certified teacher who holds a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Health Education. Prior to AMC, she served as a school health coordinator and part-time health and physical education teacher in Greenville for 8 years. In 2014, the Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District staff recognized her as Conservation Educator of the Year.