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Traveling School faculty – past and present – are amazing! They break the mold of traditional teachers and inspire the next generation of changemakers because they are changemakers. Our faculty are just as passionate about diving into dense subjects, asking questions and learning as they are about grabbing a paddle, hiking mountain passes and telling campfire stories. They create the magic in and out of the classroom to make us all want to be life-long learners and sheroes.

Madeleine Colvin

Madeleine Colvin

Program Coordinator & Lead Teacher

Base Camp: Seattle, Washington
Fall Semester, Western US 2022

Madeleine was born and raised in the Seattle area, on Duwamish land, and feels most at home in a light drizzle. She graduated from Pomona College in 2016 with a B.A. in International Relations. After college, she lived in China for four years, where she conducted research in tourist villages and led experiential study abroad semesters for American high school and college students. Her time in China, especially time spent living in villages, provided an education beyond anything the formal education system could offer: it was there she learned about the importance of community, how to slow down and drink tea, the life cycle of rubber trees, and how to sharpen a pencil with a machete, among many other things. Madeleine has also worked in a variety of outdoor leadership and environmental education settings in the U.S. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and a graduate certificate in Education for Environmental and Community.  

Madeleine strives to teach for joy and justice. She is passionate about learning that is cross-cultural, place-based, and culturally sustaining. In addition to her work in education, Madeleine is also enthusiastic about baking bread, drinking tea with loved ones, cooking meals that take several hours, identifying new plants, self-publishing zines, and spending time with her 86-year-old grandmother. 

Becky Fitzpatrick

Becky Fitzpatrick

Logistics Coordinator & Lead Teacher

Base Camp: New Mexico
Fall Semester, Western US 2022

Becky fell in love with the landscapes and organisms of the western United States when she studied Natural History and Ecology at Prescott College in Arizona. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, Becky worked as a wildlife technician on a bear nutritional study in Yellowstone National Park, a trophic cascade study in Waterton Lakes Park, and a bison management study in Montana. She then began teaching wildlife science programs to high school students in the Yellowstone area, which grew into a love of teaching and place-based outdoor education.

Becky returned to the southwest and worked for a conservation corps building trail and working on invasive species projects. Becky does her best to balance indoor and outdoor work and to include the use of both her brain and her body.  This balance has led her to work as an outdoor educator with Outward Bound, a Wilderness Ranger in the southern Rockies, and in the classroom with the High Mountain Institute, the Alzar School and teaching Natural Science for The Traveling School.

She currently spends her time in New Mexico with her hands in the dirt building soil in her backyard and her intellect at work mapping Accequias, New Mexico’s community built irrigation ditches. Her love for wild places began young, and has continued to grow the more time she spends mentoring and teaching students within it. She has found no better teacher. 

Biz Osborne-Schwartz

Biz Osborne-Schwartz

Academic Teacher

Base Camp: Salt Lake City, Utah
Fall Semester, Western US 2022

Biz Osborne-Schwartz (she/her) is a citizen of the world who’s lived on three continents and was raised in sunny southern Florida. She has worked for four years as an outdoor guide with middle, high school, and college-age students all over the rocky mountain west, pacific coast, and Alaska. Biz has taught at Montessori schools in two states, been a first responder as an EMT, and was briefly in the Peace Corps in Madagascar.  

Biz grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and from there when to high school in New Delhi, India, and university at Bard College in upstate New York receiving a Bachelor’s in Biology. She was an avid athlete competing in swimming, cross country, and track & field for all four years of high school and college and even participated in two Ironmans! In her free time- Biz likes to snowboard, explore the desert, and write poems on her typewriter.  

Biz currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is so excited to travel the West with amazing students this fall. This semester, Biz hopes her students get to experience amazing morning sunrises, summit high peaks, and overcome physical and personal obstacles, all while laughing and making life-long friendships on a high school semester they will never forget. 

Malia Bertelsen

Malia Bertelsen

Academic Teacher

Base Camp: Bozeman, MT
Fall Semester, Western US 2022

Malia grew up in Bozeman where she was lucky to spend most of her time outdoors with her family. In high school she spent a semester in Southern Africa with The Traveling School which impressed upon her the importance of experiential education and the need to critically engage with our surroundings. After high school, Malia went to the University of Vermont where she received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a minor in math and geography. There, she gained a deeper appreciation of fall colors, maple syrup, and Cabot cheese. Malia further cemented her love for place-based learning when she spent a semester of college with the Wild Rockies Field Institute where she backpacked and canoed through the Colorado Plateau while engaging with educational themes of resilience and revolution.

After graduating from Vermont last May, Malia decided to return to her community in Bozeman and has been instructing with Montana Outdoor Science School for the past year. Additionally, she spent the last four winters as a ski instructor at Bridger Bowl and has been a math tutor for students around Bozeman since 2019. Malia will also be guiding backpacking trips on the Olympic Coast with Alpengirl this summer. She believes outdoor place-based education is one of the best ways to form a connection with the land, people around us, and can be a transformative space if we choose. In her free time, Malia enjoys skiing, trail running, floating down rivers and reading books that she seldom actually finishes. 

Past Faculty

Meredith Bannon

Meredith Bannon

Beth Billington

Beth Billington

Ali Brooks

Ali Brooks

Dawn Card M.

Dawn Card M.

Victoria Cavanaugh

Victoria Cavanaugh

Morgan Comey

Morgan Comey

Morgan Comey

Morgan Comey

Morgan Comey

Morgan Comey

Lander Cooney

Lander Cooney

Autumn DeMet

Autumn DeMet

Allegra Fisher

Allegra Fisher

Becky Fitzpatrick

Becky Fitzpatrick

Heather Foran

Heather Foran

Caroline Goodman

Caroline Goodman

Anna Graves

Anna Graves

Megan Hardy

Megan Hardy

Gennifre Hartman

Gennifre Hartman

TTS Founder & Former Executive Director

Jen Sarna Herdina

Jen Sarna Herdina

Drew Higgins

Drew Higgins

Claire Hirschmann

Claire Hirschmann

Abigail Hunter

Abigail Hunter

Bekah Hykan

Bekah Hykan

Shannon Jakes

Shannon Jakes

Maddie Johnson

Maddie Johnson

TTS Marketing & Recruiting Coordinator

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Savannah Johnson

Savannah Johnson

Brenna Kelleher

Brenna Kelleher

Leah Knickerbocker

Leah Knickerbocker

Cara Kropp

Cara Kropp

Whitney Lonsdale

Whitney Lonsdale

Allie Mack

Allie Mack

Liz MacNeil

Liz MacNeil

Clara Maeder

Clara Maeder

Eileen Mahler

Eileen Mahler

Laurel Major

Laurel Major

Emily Mallory

Emily Mallory

TTS Board of Directors - President

Quinn Mawhinney

Quinn Mawhinney

Rhea Maze

Rhea Maze

Jenae McCarroll

Jenae McCarroll

TTS Board of Directors

Phoebe McGuire

Phoebe McGuire

Kate McMahon

Kate McMahon

Maria McMorrow

Maria McMorrow

Lauren Miranda

Lauren Miranda

Ariane Mohr-Felsen

Ariane Mohr-Felsen

Chrissie Monaghan

Chrissie Monaghan

TTS Board of Directors

Samantha Mora

Samantha Mora

Mary Reid Munford

Mary Reid Munford

Meredith Nass

Meredith Nass

Shannon Ongaro

Shannon Ongaro

Heather Politi

Heather Politi

Julia Reich

Julia Reich

Linnaea Renz

Linnaea Renz

Danika Robison

Danika Robison

Cara Rosingana

Cara Rosingana

Jennifer Royall

Jennifer Royall

TTS Executive Director & Head of School

Katelin Ryan

Katelin Ryan

Erin Schaberg

Erin Schaberg

Sarah Schuh

Sarah Schuh

Melissa Seehausen

Melissa Seehausen

Sylvia Segar

Sylvia Segar

Leah Shorb

Leah Shorb

Arden Simone

Arden Simone

Thea Sittler

Thea Sittler

Tory Smith

Tory Smith

Gaby Stablein

Gaby Stablein

Kate Steckmest

Kate Steckmest

Anna Taft

Anna Taft

Aunge Thomas

Aunge Thomas

TTS Academic Dean & Program Director

Elsie Thomson

Elsie Thomson

Dr. Genevieve Walsh, Ed.D

Dr. Genevieve Walsh, Ed.D

Heather Weas

Heather Weas

Sarah White

Sarah White

Maya von Wodke

Maya von Wodke

Eula Yancey

Eula Yancey