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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.

Leah Shorb

Leah Shorb

Academic Teacher

Base Camp: Massachusetts
Fall Semester, Western US 2021
Spring Semester, Western US 2022

Leah’s educational and career path has been filled with travel and experiential education, both as a student and an educator. She has spent four years in Spanish-speaking countries: studying as a high school and then college student, living with host families, and teaching English Language Learners. After two-and-a-half years teaching in Guatemala she was inspired to learn more about Education which led her to major in Education Studies at Brown University. For five years she has worked as an outdoor and experiential educator, leading leadership and adventure trips both internationally and domestically for high school and gap year students. Her passions and joys include playing ultimate frisbee, practicing Transformative Justice, cooking vegan, and doing yoga. After a successful, fulfilling, and adventure-filled fall semester with TTS Leah is excited to return for another one this spring!

Meredith Nass

Meredith Nass

Academic Teacher

Base Camp: Colorado
Spring Semester, Western US 2022

Recently graduated with her Master’s in Education from CU, Boulder with a focus on Ethnic Studies and Educational Policy – Meredith has spent the last many years tackling critical questions related to justice work, focusing her efforts on reimagining the roles of transformative educators. Throughout her time in Boulder, Meredith worked with various local organizations as a grassroots organizer and outdoor educator. Most recently, Meredith worked as an experiential educator with recently graduated high schoolers taking a gap year on a farm in rural New Hampshire. Meredith is a dedicated mentor and finds peace utilizing her time in the realm of social justice connected to the land by inspiring young people in the outdoors and on farm projects. Meredith loves to dance, bike, ski, practice Spanish, garden, cook, read, and spend time in the mountains and desert landscape of her home in the Southwest.

Heather Weas

Heather Weas

Academic Teacher

Base Camp: Montana 
Spring Semester, Western US 2022

Heather left the United States for the first time as a TTS student in the fall of 2007 on the Southern Africa semester. Her semester was a transformative experience, with teachers who reignited her passion for learning and served as role models for the type of educator she wanted to be in the future. When she attended Montana State University, Heather studied abroad in Morocco and France and worked in the study abroad office as an advisor to outgoing exchange students. Heather went on to live and work in China and the Western U.S., leading outdoor education programs and furthering her passion of understanding the natural world through hands-on experiences. From teaching geology on spelunking expeditions through karst formations in China to exploring the impacts of climate change in a remote mountain village in Morocco–her teachings have centered on environmental science, climate, and cultural preservation. Heather has spent the last six years as a Program Director for Putney Student Travel, where she helped develop and implement waste reduction and climate change curriculum for the organization, managed health and safety of students and leaders, and coordinated short term middle school and high school experiential education programs all over the world. She has led student programs in China, Morocco, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Heather is proficient in French. She is a proud public land owner and part-time baker who can often be found hiking or biking the trails near her home in Helena, Montana.

Eileen Mahler

Eileen Mahler

Academic Teacher

Base Camp: Colorado
Spring Semester, Western US 2022

Eileen grew up in San Diego, California, and graduated from Pomona College in 2020 with a B.A. in English. They played NCAA DIII Lacrosse with Pomona-Pitzer and began coaching high school teams throughout Southern California. Eileen spent the fall of 2021 at the High Mountain Institute (HMI) in Leadville, Colorado as the Semester 47 English teaching apprentice. They taught high school juniors in Literature of the Natural World, co-led backpacking trips throughout Colorado and Utah, and supported student life on campus. Eileen loves to explore the natural features of the U.S. and is looking forward to helping guide TTS students through an exciting and challenging semester. 

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah White

Sarah White

Maya von Wodke

Maya von Wodke

Eula Yancey

Eula Yancey