Field Education

Out in Nature, into Science

Faculty & Staff

  • April Landale

    Vice President of Field Education
    Overseeing Graduate Program, Teacher Training, Field Education
    M.S., Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, NH
    B.S., Biology, University of New Hampshire

    April joined Teton Science Schools' faculty in 1993. Before coming to Teton Science Schools, she was the Academic Director for an ecology study abroad program in Cairns, Australia. She holds an M.S. from Antioch/New England Graduate School in Natural Resources Management and specializes in water quality issues.

  • Joe Petrick

    Senior Director of Field Education
    M.Ed., University of Washington
    Certificate in Education, Environment and Community, Islandwood Graduate Program
    B.A., History and a Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate, 
    University of Mary Washington

    Joe leads a team of passionate educators who customize field science adventures for groups of all ages. He joined the Teton Science Schools family in the spring of 2007. Prior to Teton Science Schools, Joe worked as an administrator, classroom teacher and outdoor educator in Washington, California, Virginia, Maryland and South Africa. Joe spends his free time exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and traveling to other inspiring locations.

  • Melinda Galleher

    Lead Field Education Faculty
    B.S. Biology, Ecological Emphasis, The University of Findlay
    Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools

    Melinda also known as Minnie developed a love of teaching environmental education in residential education organizations in Minnesota and Indiana before coming to Teton Science Schools' Graduate Program. Since finishing the graduate program she has worked in a variety of capacities for Teton Science Schools. Minnie enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

  •   Emily Stirr

      Lead Field Education Faculty
      M.S., Natural Science, Environment & Natural Resources minor, University of Wyoming
      Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools
      B.S., Biology, University of Puget Sound


    Emily is enthusiastic about adventuring outside and investigating the natural world with students of all ages.  Emily's wide range of teaching experience includes student teaching high school biology and chemistry at the Journeys School of Teton Science Schools, instructing a life science seminar at the University of Wyoming, and leading extended wilderness trips with NOLS.  However, Emily is most at home exploring biology and life sciences in the Jackson Hole valley.  Her favorite outdoor activities include trail running, skiing, and paddling canoes long distances.

  • Rachel Felous

    Field Education Faculty
    M.Sc. Conservation, University College London
    B.S. Business Administration; minor in Environmental Natural Studies, University of Southern California

    Rachel developed a love for wildlife and the outdoors at a young age. Growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH she actively spent her time fishing, hiking and playing sports. Since then, Rachel has shared her passion for the environment in a multitude of capacities: as program director at Camp Mishawaka in Minnesota, as an environmental education intern at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and most recently, as an AmeriCorps volunteer and field instructor here at the Teton Science Schools. She loves exploring the many natural wonders of the GYE and in her free time you will often find her on the waterfront, hiking, or rollerblading the Valley’s many bike trails.

  •   Katie Hoskinson

      Field Education Faculty
      B.S. Geology, St. Lawrence University

    Katie grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Prior to Teton Science Schools, she has explored her love of the natural world through studying modern reef environments in the Bahamas, to North Dakota investigating 500-million-year-old rocks, and paddling the whitewater of Northern Quebec. During her time at Teton Science Schools, Katie has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Field Education Instructor, and Lead Instructor. Katie is excited for her new role as AmeriCorps Hub Site Coordinator working with community partners and AmeriCorps members to build capacity for science literacy in the valley. Katie enjoys hiking, skiing, paddling and exploring the Tetons with her dog Tupper.

  •    Reid Bauer

       Field Education Faculty
       B.A. Biology, Grinnel College

    Before his arrival at Teton Science Schools in 2012, Reid has been teaching and coordinating environmental education trips since 2001.  He started out teaching at YMCA camps in Ohio and Michigan before moving to the Catskill Mountains.  He then spent eight years at Frost Valley YMCA, where he served as an instructor, trip leader, coordinator, maple producer, and education director (not all at the same time).  When he has some free time, Reid can be found skiing, rock climbing, or trail running.

  • Colby Mitchell

    Field Education Faculty
    M.Ed. Environmental Education, Western Washington University
    Certificate in Leadership and Non-Profit Administration, North Cascades Institute
    B.S. in Biology with an Environmental Concentration, St. Michael’s College


    Colby found inquisitiveness and a love for the natural world in the tide pools and salt marshes near his childhood home in Southern New England.  After completing his undergraduate study of Biology in Vermont, Colby moved to the Midwest where he discovered a passion and career in teaching at Shedd Aquarium while coordinating onsite, community-based, and field-based programming for teens.  This experience was recently complimented with graduate study and a professional residency at the North Cascades Institute of Washington.  During this time, Colby focused on learning theory and created tools that support the reflection and development of Environmental Educators.  Any hesitation to leave the verdant woods of Western Washington is quieted by the allure a new place to discover.  

  • Patrick Leary

    Field Education Faculty
    B.A. Anthropology/Archaeology, Willamette University

    Patrick joined Teton Science Schools in 2013. Prior to arriving at TSS, Patrick worked as an environmental education instructor and as an assistant director for the outdoor education program at YMCA Camp Colman in Washington. He has also worked as a coordinator for a teen volunteer program in Missoula, Montana, as a seasonal employee of the United States Forest Service and as a backpacking guide in Guatemala. During his time as a member of the TSS community, Patrick has served as an AmeriCorps intern with the Field Education department, as a field instructor and as a biologist with Wildlife Expeditions. Most recently, Patrick has taken on the responsibility of managing the newly built Doug Walker Challenge Course located on the Jackson Campus of TSS. He is thrilled to integrate the challenge course into the culture of TSS and he is excited to utilize it as a tool for creating profound educational experiences for others.

  • Tanya Anderson

    Field Education Faculty
    M.S. Environmental Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    B.A. History, University of Rochester

    Tanya has been working in the field of environmental and experiential education since 1996. In that time she has taught natural history in a variety of environments, guided backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and biking trips, sailed around the world twice, studied sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands, led study abroad programs in Latin American and Asia, and coordinated a graduate residency program in environmental education at the North Cascades Institute. Most recently, she directed a local nonprofit and taught at Central Wyoming College. Tanya enjoys reading, skiing, practicing Japanese, and checking out scat and tracks while cross country skiing and trail running.

  • Naomi Heindel

    Field Education Faculty
    MESc, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    BA, Environmental Earth Science, Dartmouth College

    Naomi joined the Teton Science Schools' Field Education team in the spring of 2015. Previously, she worked as a field educator for NatureBridge Yosemite, as an assistant camp director for the Chewonki Foundation, and as a researcher for a consulting environmental history firm. She has led wilderness trips and environmental education experiences in the Green Mountains of Vermont, on the rivers of northern Canada, and on the lakes of Maine, among other places, and is excited to explore the Tetons and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.


  • Katie-Chloe Stock

    Field Education Program Administrator
    Bachelor of Business Administration, Major: Marketing Communications, University of Mississippi

    Katie-Chloe joins Teton Science Schools' Field Education team as Program Administrator after learned experience in travel & tourism PR and time spent in a managerial role in the hospitality industry. While working with many local organizations in the PR industry, she helped clients to obtain their public relations goals as well as supported other team members in tailoring specific strategies to accomplish their objectives. With a passion for learning and a great love of the outdoors, Katie-Chloe is excited to tackle her new position. The mountain lifestyle has become ingrained in her after her to move from Mississippi to Jackson after college. Katie-Chloe enjoys taking part in the wide-range of outdoor activities including skiing, biking and hiking with her Bernese mountain dog, Finley.

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