A Mountain Classroom – who we Are
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.
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.
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.
Audrey Springer, A Mountain Classroom Coordinator for the Highland Center and Cardigan Lodge
Audrey is from northern New Jersey and attended Southern Connecticut State University where she earned both a BS in Biology and a MS in Environmental Education. Before joining the AMC, Audrey worked as a course director for Outward Bound in the Boston Harbor Islands, an educator in Yosemite National Park, and at various environmental education camps in New Jersey. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Audrey has coached youth climbing teams and track and field athletes and is a passionate teacher of circus arts. In her free time, you can usually find her outdoors, looking for new adventures.
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.
Alice is a Texas native who enjoyed many summers traveling to different national parks and public lands before falling in love with the White Mountains and the north country of New Hampshire. She graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin with a B.A. in History and Geography and went on to coordinate youth education programs for the National Park Service and manage school-based programs and curriculum for a botanic garden in Boston. Alice also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University and previously worked for the AMC as a Field Instructor for two years for the Outdoors Rx Program. Alice has a passion for connecting young people and families with the outdoors and spends her free time cooking, hiking and exploring in New England.