Graduate Program

Teach. Learn. Lead.

Current Students

  • Brooks Taylor
    B.A., History, Gettysburg College

    Born and raised in Nashville, TN. Brooks gained a love through the outdoors spending summers with his family and grandparents on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. Brooks went on to play soccer and study civil war era history at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. After school Brooks went on to a five year career as a trip leader for the active travel company Backroads. Spending five years traveling and leading biking and hiking trips across the US. Brooks became more interested in combining activity, the outdoors, and education. During time off from leading trips Brooks went on trips of his own, as well as spent winters living and skiing in Jackson Hole. Brooks and friends biked across Europe from Greece to Spain. Two years later Brooks and the same friends paddled a homemade wooden canoe from the source of the Missouri River in Montana to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. While reading the journals of Lewis and Clark on the Missouri River, Brooks was inspired to pursue place based, experiential education. This led him to TSS.

  • Colton Lewer
    B.S., Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University

    Colton's biggest influence to come to TSS is many years of exposure to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as a snowboarder and fly fisherman with an affinity for the splendor and solidarity of wilderness. He is committed to sharing the treasures that lie in these places and hopes that the Teton Science School will hone his knowledge and ability to spread stewardship. The Yampa Valley, which he calls home, is similar to Jackson Hole, both being ski resort mountain towns situated in valleys with deep ranching history.

  • Jackson Ray
    B.S., Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo

    Growing up in Portland, Oregon was influential in Jackson's love for the outdoors. As a kid he spent most of his days trying to get to the tops of the Douglas firs, building forts in the brush or observing the wildlife around him. Couple this with regular visits to see his Uncle in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the pursuit of outdoor recreation and the enjoyment of the natural world were always driving factors in his life. As well as his passion for the outdoors, Jackson has always enjoyed working with, teaching and learning from kids. Graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014 where he studied Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Jackson is excited to further his development as a naturalist and field educator at Teton Science School, while enjoying the perks of living in Grand Teton National Park.

  • Jimel López Montoya
    B.A., Alternative Tourism, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur.

    After graduating from university in 2015, Jimel started to work as a field instructor for Ecology Project International. She first learned about EPI by taking one of their field courses on whale research in the Gulf of California and she was hooked. She worked her way up from volunteer to field instructor, eventually leading multi-day trips for local and visiting teenagers, with a focus on conservation and sustainability. Through her mentor she learned about the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program and was inspired to learn more about teaching so that she can share her love of the environment with others. When she is not in class, you will find her exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and taking photographs.

     

  • Katie O'Connell
    B.S., Environmental Studies and Elementary Education, 
    Northeastern University

    Katie graduated from Northeastern University after completing a major in Environmental Studies with a minor in Elementary Education. After her undergrad years she leaped right into the outdoor education world, but in the uncommon urban setting. Her task was teaching kids of all ages in the greater Boston area how to be an Urban Farmer! With the kids and vegetables by her side Katie grew to love the outdoor teaching setting and yearned to know more about place based education. She is very excited to be a graduate student at TSS. One place that has influenced who Katie is today is the 55th street shore of Ocean City New Jersey. It is there where Katie spent most of her childhood summers turning pruny in the salty water (pronounced "wood-er") of the Atlantic Ocean and exploring with all the sand critters willing to play.

  • Kyle Covell

    B.S., Psychology -  Kansas State University

    After graduating from college, Kyle went to work and volunteered for a wide variety of environmental and conservation groups. He spent as much of his time packing around the intermountain west as he possibly could, and soon discovered the Tetons and the Murie Ranch which inspired him to take several trips citizen lobbying on behalf of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Washington D.C. He has worked in the solar industry, taught Energy Analysts and energy conservation methods for various buildings and structures in north america.  His connection to the Murie ranch and his lifelong love of nature and science has led him to the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program where he hopes to inspire younger generations the way the Murie’s inspired him.

     

  • Leanne Clark
    B.A., Environmental Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University

    Growing up in Tampa, Florida provided Leanne with a genuine love for the environment and all that it had to offer. She decided to go for a degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast Univeristy in Ft Myers, FL. During her undergrad she worked at Naples Botanical Garden, where she enjoyed teaching young minds about natural Florida ecosystems, botany and the native animals. In addition to working at Naples Botanical Garden, she volunteered with Lee County Parks and Recreation and at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree, she worked in education at the Florida Aquarium where she was fortunate to work with many incredible animals and teach the public about the importance of coastal ecosystems. While Florida is close to Leanne's heart, Montana and Wyoming have always been a "home away from home" and she is incredibly excited to dive deeper into education and to spend a year learning about the land, history and uniqueness of this place.

  • Melissa Cusanello
    B.S., Environment Studies and Government & Legal Studies, Bowdoin College

    Born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Melissa developed a love for the outdoors after spending summers in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont as well as on the National Seashore of Cape Cod. This passion for the outdoors lead her to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she lead student trips for the Bowdoin Outing Club, played Ultimate Frisbee, and pursued a degree in Enviornmental Studies and Government and Legal Studies. During college, Melissa spent a summer interning for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the Boston Harbor and sharing its resources with the surrounding waterfront communities. There, she learned about the importance of environmentalism and realized how valuable nature can be to a community. In addition, Melissa's two summers spent as a camp counselor at Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Dubois, WY has instilled in her a great love for comradery, living simply, and the great outdoors, and has strongly influenced why she has returned to the Tetons immediately after graduating from college.

  • Paige Fery
    B.S., Environmental Studies, Santa Clara University  

    Originally hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Paige was first introduced to Teton Science Schools as a student during a high school program visit. This experience at TSS sparked her curiosity and passion for the environment, leading her to the environmental science and studies department at Santa Clara University with a concentration in green business. Since graduating, Paige has worked in the environmental non-profit world researching best practices for climate communications and conducting research projects that develop communication on climate in relation to our health and local communities. Paige is thrilled to share her knowledge and passion for the Jackson Hole area through the graduate program. 

  • Seth Eastman
    B.S., Biology, University of Wyoming

    Seth grew up in Mississippi where he obtained a genuine love for the outdoors. Soon after high school he moved to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biology. While in pursuit of his diploma he embedded himself in the outdoor community in Laramie. Having grown up in a hot climate like Mississippi, winter quickly became his favorite season. Skiing and mountain biking are his two favorite past times along with the occasional fly fishing outing. Seth attended the TSS Winter Ecology program in 2015 and knew that he wanted to share his love for the outdoors with others via the graduate program.

  • Taylor Majewski
    B.S., Biology, Rhodes College

    Taylor graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee after completing a major in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. While at Rhodes, Taylor had the opportunity to study ecology at TSS. During her time at TSS, Taylor fell in love with the Jackson Hole area and hurried back as fast as she could! While the mountains are now her home, the flat plains of Texas are what have really influenced Taylor's life. From a young age, growing up in Texas has helped Taylor to really appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, even when it is 110 degrees outside. Taylor is very excited to be a part of this year's graduate program!

  • Tracy Jacobs
    B.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

    After graduating from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies. Tracy first fell in love with the outdoors growing up going to her grandparents cabin in Canada where there was no electricity or plumbing. Tracy participated in an internship with trail restoration and conservation stewardship. She then went on to become a ski instructor where she fell in love with teaching. Tracy would love to spread her passion for the environment through teaching.

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