Field Education

Out in Nature, into Science

Our Current Team

  • Andrea Rios Dominguez

    B.S. Molecular Environmental Biology, University of California Berkeley

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Andrea grew up driving all over California to visit family with lots of pit stops along the way to look at tide pools, national forests, lakes, deserts, and other environments and parks. After completing her undergraduate degree she worked for a natural history museum in partnership with a conservation lab at UC Berkeley for two years. This position gave her the opportunity to work in Death Valley for a month or two at a time and to learn about the ecology there. Andrea is always eager to learn about new environments and the fauna that lives in them and to share that knowledge with others. She is excited about the opportunity to begin connecting children outdoors and encouraging a love for exploring and the outdoors at an early age. In her free time Andrea loves reading and hiking, and even more when she can hike to a great reading spot.

  • Ane Mommsen

    B.S. Animal Science, University of Wisconsin River Falls

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Ane is originally from Minneapolis, MN, but loves exploring new places and has been in Moose, Wyoming for the last two summers. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a degree in Equine Science. Ane has been riding horses since she was five, and being involved in the equine community has provided her with many opportunities, experiences and friendships. When she's not riding, you can usually find her traveling or planning her next adventure! Ane is excited to work at TSS and continue exploring her love of the outdoors/environment, meeting new people and teaching!

  • Isaac Newell

    B.S. Environmental Science, Western Washington University

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Isaac Newell was born and raised in Oregon, where he developed a love for seashells, big trees, and sandwiches. He was a summer camp naturalist on the Oregon coast, where for four summers he was afforded the opportunity to share his love of such spectacular things. Isaac attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he saw his first orca. After graduating, he found himself walking on the PCT and then moving to Texas. Now he can be found in Jackson, riding his bike and looking at rocks.

  • John Curnyn

    B.A. Environmental Studies, Ramapo University of New Jersey

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    John was born and raised in the forested hills located on the outer perimeter of the NYC suburbs, and spent much of his time growing up exploring and backpacking the surrounding area, and New England at large. Throughout his time at Ramapo College of NJ, he interned and worked at various outdoor education camps and schools, both in New Jersey and the GYE, which eventually led to his discovering Teton Science Schools. In his free time, he enjoys playing his banjo, and jumping into glacial lakes.

  • Julia Fisher

    B.S. Biology, Bates College

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Inspired by her love of the natural world, Julia completed a Biology at Bates College. During her studies, Julia contributed to research in tree ecology and physiology and worked as a teaching assistant in the biology department. Since graduation, she has continued to seek out work that builds connections between people and the environment, including teaching workshops for the Sustainable Living Center and instructing courses with the Voyageur Outward Bound School. A former college cross country and track athlete, Julia enjoys running and loves the opportunities for exploration that it offers. She is excited to expand her education skills and serve the greater Jackson community.

  • Maddie Taylor

    B.S., Biology, Pennsylvania State University

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Ever since her first taste of experiential learning through the National Outdoor Leadership School at age 15, Maddie has had a deep passion for learning outdoors. Maddie spent a semester at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colorado in 2013 and has lead two hiking/backpacking trips for Overland. Her passions for environmental science led her to study biology and work in a marine ecology research lab at Penn State. Maddie has completed global health fieldwork in Tanzania and volunteered at a home for girls in Kenya. Maddie one day hopes to work at the intersection of health, education, and the environment. In her free time, Maddie loves to exercise, do yoga, cook and eat good food, and adventure outside with family and friends. She is very excited to take her skills and enthusiasm to Jackson for the opportunity to build community and STEM literacy in the Tetons.

  • Michael Kasper

    B.S. Biology, Case Western Reserve University

    Teton Literacy Center AmeriCorps Member

    Michael graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biology. While in school, he developed an interest in place-based education through taking biology courses at a University in the Galapagos Islands. Michael chose to become an AmeriCorps member because of his interest in STEM education and the ability to give back to a community through the position. In his free time, Michael likes to play ultimate Frisbee and hike.

  • Ryan Zaremba

    B.A. Organizational Management, Ashford University

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Ryan has aspired to become a “mountain man” since he could walk. It wasn’t until he turned 28 that he quit the rat race and moved to Jackson, where he has been actively participating in outdoor recreation. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Ashford University and is nearing completion of his Graduate Degree. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Ryan has 7 years of business and procurement experience. He gave it all up to start a new life with his wife, Caroline, and his lifelong passion of sharing the outdoors with others. Because his background is in business, he decided to join the AmeriCorps team to get hands on experience in the field with others who share the same love for the outdoors. In his free-time, he likes to ski, run the river, rock climb, and explore new terrain.

  • Sam Pappas

    B.S. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Sam spent her formative years getting her hands dirty and watching the stars in the Great Lake Region. This connection with the earth inspired her to earn a B.S. in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. Sam has worked as an outdoor educator in the Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest and is excited to explore the GYE. TSS Americorps’ dedication to place-based education and community is what drew Sam to the program. She is fond of early morning climbing sessions, sharing baked goods with friends, and reading in trees.

  • Sarah Pruden


    B.S. Environmental Science and Policy, Minor in Sociology and Anthropology, Southern Oregon University

    Teton Raptor Center AmeriCorps Member

    Hailing from Alaska, and spending the last 15 years in Oregon, Sarah has grown up with a love for wild places. An avid outdoor enthusiast with a passion for environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation, Sarah attained her degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Southern Oregon University, with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. While creating an educational outreach program for a local wildlife rehabilitation center, and working with children in the classroom, Sarah recognized the importance of learning through doing, and place based environmental experiences, and made it a priority to get involved. This led her to find the Teton Science School field education programs, where they do just that, teaching through experiences! As part of the TSS team Sarah hopes to learn valuable skills from fellow experienced field instructors, as well as having an awesome summer giving kids unforgettable experiences in the beautiful Teton range and surrounding areas!

  • Sierra Derke

    B.A. Environmental Studies/Minor in Spanish, Fort Lewis College

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Sierra was raised outside of Seattle, Washington learning to love the outdoor world. She spent her summers camping in the beautiful Cascade mountains and the Oregon coast. Sierra attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish. She spent a semester abroad in Costa Rica where she studied Spanish and interned at a Marine Park rehabilitating sea turtles. Since graduating, Sierra has worked in the outdoor education field in California, North Carolina, Peru and most recently, Fiji. In her free time, you can find Sierra playing outside, dancing her heart out or cooking up some tasty chow.

  • Thomas West

    B.S. Earth and Environmental Science, University of Michigan

    Teton Science Schools AmeriCorps Member

    Tom was raised in Illinois and graduation from the University of Michigan with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, focusing on natural writing and natural resource economics. He is passionate about education as a tool for environmental advocacy and his prior experience researching the GYE brought him to TSS. His other experience includes pine forest restoration work with the Nature Conservancy as well as paleontological research at U of M. In his free time, Tom is a passionate fiction writer and an avid hiker.

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