Teton Science Schools

Educating for a Vibrant World

The purpose of the Education Advisory Committee for Teton Science Schools (TSS) is to guide the growth of TSS’s education programming as TSS strives to increase learner impact through replicable models of place-based education.


  • Connect TSS to a national audience and high-level expertise.
  • Ground-truth TSS vision and educational framework within the national/international educational landscape.
  • Advise on how to capitalize on the synergy of the multiple TSS program areas to increase mission impact.
  • Support the evolution of the strategic vision.


  • Kate Muir Welsh (Chair): Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, Secondary Education Department Chair, & Social Justice Research Center Director
  • Carl Palmer:  CEO of the Legacy Works Group, former TSS graduate student and board member.
  • Milton Chen: Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Emeriti, at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF).
  • Nicole Ardoin: Assistant Professor, Stanford University, joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University
  • David Vela: Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park
  • Juan Martinez: Director of Leadership and Development, Children and Nature Network
  • Vanessa Torres: District Supervisory - Santa Monica National Recreation Area
  • Jean Jorgensen: Teton Science Schools Emeritus Board member
  • Camsie McAdams: Director, STEM Curriculum, Discovery Communications
  • Greg Smith: Retired Professor, Lewis and Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling
  • Tom VanderArk: CEO Getting Smart, former Education Program Director for Gates Foundation, former school superintendent, Highline Schools, Seattle.
  • Francisco Guajardo: Professor of Education, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Founder, Llano Grande Center
  • Teresa Patricia (Paty) Feria: Professor of Biology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Dave Brown: Investor focused on multiple sectors including software, business services, financial services, clean tech, social media, mobile software services, storage, wireless towers and cable
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