Sophia Harnew-Spradley

An Oregon native, Sophia traveled to Tennessee to study at The University of the South, where she minored in music and received her B.S. in neuroscience. In college she worked in behavioral and clinical research labs, was active in her university’s outing program, and played music in various folk-rock and bluegrass bands. Since graduating college she has cycled from Seattle to San Diego to raise awareness of sex trafficking in the States and taught English in Spain. Her belief in the mental health benefits of being outside, and in the importance of personal bonds with nature in fighting the climate crisis, led Sophia to Teton Science Schools. She hopes to apply her knowledge of neuroscience and teaching to helping youth foster a connection with the environment and grow as individuals. In her free time Sophia enjoys playing guitar and mandolin, singing, reading, and doing just about anything that gets her outside.