Meet Our Instructors
Chadwick’s Outdoor Ed instructors are incredibly passionate people who have dedicated their lives to experiential environmental education. In addition to teaching survival skills, instructors act as emotional anchors for students as they navigate increasingly challenging endeavors out in the wilderness.
Outdoor courses present unique opportunities for students to experience powerful teaching moments that couldn’t possibly be mirrored at home or in the classroom. Using small group adventure as a vehicle for learning, Chadwick Outdoor Education instructors engage students in developing trust, critical thinking, community, independence, communication and an appreciation for nature.
As they advance through the grade courses, instructors thoughtfully encourage students to take physical and emotional risks while keeping actual risk to a minimum. As a direct result of these challenges, they return home having transformed their relationship to themselves, their environment and to each other.
Instructors follow a written syllabus for each course and adhere to a detailed set of risk management policies designed to keep students safe. All instructors have CPR and Wilderness First Responder certifications.
Drew Aaron is passionate about facilitating character development, leadership and outdoor competencies and creating safe opportunities for students to reach their full potential. He came to Chadwick as an outdoor education instructor in 2011 and has lead teams of Middle and Upper School students in hiking and climbing. On every trip, Aaron is dedicated to facilitating Chadwick’s primary learning objectives and ensuring the safety of students. He has also instructed for the Crossroads school, has experience guiding students through mountaineering and whitewater courses, and has previously lead clients on multi-day trips through ice, snow, rock, and glaciers. He is currently certified as a WFR (Wilderness First Responder), an LNT (Leave No Trace) Trainer and a SRT (Swift water Rescue Technician). He also possesses an AIARE Avalanche level II Certification and an SPI (Single Pitch Instructor) certification with AMGA.
Bill Bjornstad joined the Chadwick Outdoor Education program in 2014 as an Instructor and Climbing Specialist. He has worked in the Outdoor Education field since 2004 and currently works half of the year as a Park Ranger in Joshua Tree National Park. One of his favorite parts of the Outdoor Education trip is unplugging the students from "screen time" and plugging them into the natural beauty of their backyard in California's deserts, mountains and coastal environments. Bill is certified in wilderness medicine as a Wilderness First Responder and in rock climbing as a Single Pitch Instructor. In his free time, he enjoys exploring wild places, traveling internationally, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Bri lives in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico in an old mining town-turned-tourist destination called Madrid, just south of Santa Fe. Bri is a certified yoga therapy teacher and she and her mom run a custom jewelry and clothing boutique. She worked in Wilderness Therapy for over a decade before starting her own company, Deva Healing Center. Each summer, her instructor teams guide groups of teen girls on three-week expeditions called SoulJourneys that incorporate yoga, creative arts and self-expression, backpacking, and multi-day rafting. Bri has worked with Chadwick since 2014 and enjoys traveling with groups through epic desert terrain and stunning glacial mountain landscapes. Her favorite thing about Chadwick trips is hanging around camp sharing stories and laughing hysterically at nothing in particular.
Keo Boulton has worked for Chadwick Outdoor Education since the fall of 2014 and is excited to be the program’s new logistics coordinator. Boulton’s love for the outdoors started at an early age growing up in Connecticut and enjoying a childhood of fishing, rock climbing, and team sports. After graduating high school, he decided to pursue Outdoor Education at Prescott College in Arizona, a school known for its commitment to the environment, experiential education, and human development. Keo currently lives in Hayward, California, and enjoys spending his free time gardening, rock climbing, fishing, and surfing (not much has changed since childhood). He is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at a school like Chadwick and looks forward to helping the program and its students grow in the future.
Danner Bradshaw grew up in lower Alabama where he spent most of his childhood roaming the forests and beaches along the Gulf Coast. At the age of 15, he moved to the mountains of Vermont and attended the Putney School, which has many similarities to Chadwick. There he fell even more in love with the outdoors and began leading orientation trips for incoming students. After going to college to study fine art photography, Danner realized that his true passion was for outdoor experiences and in helping others discover the beauty of the natural world. As an extension of this passion, Danner became fascinated with birds and natural science, and ultimately ended up majoring in ornithology. He moved to Joshua Tree in 2005 to begin his career in outdoor education, working for many of the schools in the Los Angeles area, and in the summers he would travel to work avian research jobs at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming or Acadia National Park in Maine. In 2013, Danner began working at the Chadwick School and has worked nearly every Chadwick trip since then.
Having grown up in the backwoods of Vermont, Jonas Cole developed a love for the outdoors at a young age. In 2008, he unearthed his passion for outdoor education, after completing a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School in New Zealand. After five years spent living in Washington state, Jonas migrated to Southern California and began leading trips with the Boojum Institute before joining the Chadwick Outdoor Education team in the Spring of 2016. His favorite part of working with Chadwick OE is seeing students progress year after year and helping them develop into thoughtful, competent leaders of their community. When he is not hiking, skiing or climbing, Jonas enjoys seeing live music and making feasts with friends.
Along with his work with Chadwick, Dom leads wilderness courses for Outward Bound, both in California and Washington. Other chapters of Dom's life have included playing varsity golf at Stanford University and working as a software engineer at a solar finance company. He is an avid rock climber, and is passionate about the power of meditation and contemplation to change lives.
Maura Goldstein came to Chadwick School in 2014 and has since facilitated curriculums around community, sense of self and the natural world. She supervises students in grades 7-12 while hiking, rock climbing and backpacking on courses in the Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree National Park and California’s Central Coast. Goldstein built and maintained trails for a year with the Washington Conservation Corps and has worked for a variety of schools and nonprofit organizations as an outdoor and experiential educator. She has led students on trails throughout California, Wyoming, Washington and Idaho. Goldstein completed her bachelor's degree in Health and Societies at University of Pennsylvania in 2011 before moving west to pursue her long-held dream of working as an outdoor educator. She continues to be inspired each day by the enthusiasm of Chadwick’s students and the settings in which she gets to work and play.
Anna Greenberg began working with the Chadwick community in 2016. Although born and raised in Washington, D.C., Anna comes from a large California family and has spent most summers of her life exploring her beloved Sierra Nevada. Between childhoods spent seeking alpine lakes and a few formative years at a nature awareness camp in West Virginia, she developed a passion for wild and beautiful places, outdoor adventure and conservation. After graduating from Harvard University in 2007 with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, Anna was burning to adventure so she set off on a "stint" of traveling and seasonal work. That stint turned into more than a decade of exploring and teaching in the great outdoors, including leading canoe expeditions on desert rivers, backpacking trips in the mountains, and snorkeling and kayaking around various islands. In 2019, she completed a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon, a wonderful program that allowed her to study such diverse topics as bicycle infrastructure, sustainable materials management and public lands leadership. In her free time, Anna continues to explore the great outdoors, travel and connect with friends and family. Passionate about sustainable living, she has studied, resided in and helped build a number of natural buildings and eco-communities. She also enjoys cooking, art, running, costume parties and singing with her band, Cactus Alert.
Mary Kate grew up in Northern Alabama in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She lived there until 2015, when she graduated from college and moved out West to begin working as an outdoor educator. MK has been working in the outdoors ever since, connecting people to nature from the California deserts to the Alaskan fjords. Her favorite parts about this work are being able to share beautiful experiences with others, seeing the nature-inspired wonder and awe come alive in her students, as well as helping people grow and reach their potential. She wholeheartedly believes the outdoors is a great classroom to develop character, community and an intimate understanding of the world around you. When not at work, MK enjoys living on the road, traveling to foreign countries, climbing, backpacking and cooking feasts with friends. MK is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Advanced Open Water Diver. Lastly, she is immensely grateful to be a part of this community and working with Chadwick students.
Alyssa Grove has been growing and working in the outdoor/experiential education field for the last 10 years. Starting with education-based internships with both the National Forest Service and National Park Service, her path took off from there. Her passion for conservation and place-based education has led her to work throughout California, Oregon, North Carolina and Wyoming, as well as abroad in New Zealand. Alyssa spends most of the year coordinating and leading environmental education field experiences in Bend, Oregon and in her free time she loves to hike with her dog and study plants, canoe lazy rivers, adventure Nordic ski, and garden. Alyssa holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Biology, and joined Chadwick in Spring 2019 where she is excited to inspire and lead students in Outdoor Education.
Geoffrey Journeay-Kaler has worked at Chadwick since the fall of 2013. He loves being outside, being part of the learning process and getting to witness the experiential outcomes Chadwick students get on Outdoor Ed trips. He also loves bringing his music to the trips and getting everyone singing (including himself) out in the silence of the wilderness. Journeay-Kaler is passionate about creating an environment where students can really be themselves. He graduated from Naropa University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in music. He has extensive experience teaching students ages 12-18 in outdoor skills, natural science and team building activities. He earned a Wilderness First Responder Certification and an Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management Certification.
Ari grew up in a small mountain town in Northern California where her love for the outdoors was nurtured from a young age. After graduating with her B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems from UC Davis, she found herself drawn to the world of outdoor education and has worked as an instructor and course director with Outward Bound since 2015. When not leading white water rafting, rock climbing or backpacking trips for Outward Bound, she works as a trip leader for Unschool Adventures, an organization that facilitates domestic and international trips for self-directed young adults. She joined the Chadwick team of instructors in the Spring of 2019 and feels incredibly fortunate to continue sharing her love and curiosity for the natural world with Chadwick students.
Nature has always been central to Matt Lounsbury's life. Growing up in a small village of a few hundred in rural Vermont, life was dictated by the seasons and full of hunting and fishing. Following a degree in Psychology and Fine-Art Glassblowing, he left the northeast to search adventure in the greater world. This led to work in places such as Mexico, Peru, India and Belize, guiding a host of different outdoor sports, an adventure sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, and extensive time working with disadvantaged youth from Alaska's most remote villages. This has afforded Matt a life of continual learning and adventure. In his free time Matt enjoys rock climbing, exploring whitewater, taking classes and making art with his homemade metal foundry. Matt feels incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Chadwick community and to share his passion for our natural world, simple living and creativity with the future leaders of America.
Through his own experience as a student on an outdoor education semester program, Ryan experienced firsthand the incredible growth that comes from confronting challenge in wilderness settings. In 2014, Ryan moved from Maryland to the West Coast to pursue a career in outdoor education. He went on to gain experience as an educator by leading students of diverse ages and backgrounds on trips in course areas spanning from the Mojave Desert of the Southwest to the Cascade Range of Washington and British Columbia. A student of art, Ryan is passionate about bringing students’ creativity and individuality into their interactions with nature. Ryan has instructed for Chadwick’s Outdoor Education Program since 2017 and feels incredibly privileged to continue to grow through fostering students’ understanding of themselves, their communities and the natural world. Ryan has received training and certification from NOLS, the LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics, the AMGA, and AIARE.
Roddy McCalley grew up in Palo Alto, way before Google. Family vacations were mostly spent backpacking — spring and fall in the Coast Ranges, and summer in the High Sierra. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in biology, Roddy spent most of a decade working as an outdoor educator, with no fixed abode and all his worldly possession in a Toyota Corolla. It was during these years that he became hopelessly obsessed with rock climbing. In 2009 he settled in Joshua Tree, California, where he works as a rock climbing instructor during the fall-winter-spring season. Summers are time to leave the desert and go play in the mountains — recent summers have included trips to the mountains of Wyoming, Colorado, British Columbia, Washington, Idaho and of course (still best of all) California’s very own High Sierra. Roddy suspects that if every person found a passion such as climbing — something that makes you want to be strong and healthy and engage in positive ways with other people — we would have far fewer problems in the world, and far healthier people.
Ari Migdale is excited to be working his first season with Chadwick Outdoor Education! Hailing from the rolling East Bay hills, he graduated from UCLA in 2016 with degrees in Biology and Spanish, and worked for the UCLA outdoor leadership program. Since college, he has instructed multi-week outdoor expeditions in California and the Northwest, in the summers working for Outward Bound California. Having spent extensive time studying and living in Latin America, Ari has also directed a cross-cultural immersion program, Amigos de las Americas, in Ecuador. In the winters, Ari works on ski patrol in Lake Tahoe and is a Wilderness First Responder and EMT. With a passion for sharing his love of the ecology and history of the American West, Ari is looking forward to facilitating powerful community-building and outdoor experiences with Chadwick!
Nate hails from the small state of Rhode Island and grew up playing in the lush mountain ranges of New England. In 2004, Nate moved to Vermont to attend the University Of Vermont. Upon finishing his B.A. in Sociology and Community and International Development, he moved to California to begin what became a career in Outdoor Education. Over the past 12 years, he has worked for a number of outdoor programs and has now found a home with Chadwick. Nate loves inspiring his students and helping them connect to the natural world through natural history, rock climbing, and backpacking. Between Chadwick Outdoor Education trips, Nate works as a rock climbing guide in Joshua Tree National Park. He currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA and goes to play outside whenever he’s not working.
Erin Rush grew up in rural Kentucky and developed a love for outdoor adventure at an early age. She earned a degree in Hospitality/Tourism Management and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Kentucky. Soon after her graduation in 2008, Erin began leading groups of teens on canoe and backpacking trips in national parks and forests throughout the western United States and Canada. She's been involved with outdoor education ever since, in the role of instructor, guide and program coordinator. She is passionate about creating a sense of community and connection among students and with the natural world. Erin is a Leave No Trace trainer and is Wilderness First Responder and CPR certified.
Liz Sequeira has always found her own peace and independence through a life outside, and loves bringing that to her work here at Chadwick. She grew up exploring the hills in Northern California and going on camping trips with her family. Since then she has found a home working in the outdoor industry as a guide and educator across multiple states, from Alaska to Virginia. Liz graduated cum laude with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Recreation in 2013 from Humboldt State University. Liz now spends her time balancing jobs at Outward Bound California, Naturalists at Large and Chadwick School. Liz loves sharing the diversity and beauty of her home state with students. Whether it be hiking through coastal sand dunes, Sequoia groves or Joshua trees, Liz feels at home and loves sharing what the outdoors has to offer with students of all ages.
Shane Stump grew up in Santa Barbara, California and graduated from St. John’s College with a B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics. He has a passion for coaching and mentoring young people, and for the last 15 years has been applying that passion as an outdoor educator, teacher and athletics coach. He has worked for numerous outdoor leadership organizations and guided trips all over the U.S and internationally. He currently works as an Instructor and Course Director for Outward Bound California, leading backpacking, mountaineering and rock-climbing courses. He also teaches part time in the Adventure Education and Environmental Studies departments at Prescott College in Arizona. He has been part of the Chadwick Outdoor Education Program since 2012.
Dayna Vogt is a lover of all things outdoors. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2014 with degrees in Global Economics and Psychology, and after a brief stint working in finance, she moved her office outside. Since 2015, she's instructed for school groups all over California doing hiking, backpacking and canoe trips. In the summer, she works for the North West Outward Bound School in Oregon, leading trips rafting, mountaineering, backpacking and rock climbing. Additionally, she's worked as a mountain guide, adaptive ski instructor and ski patroller. She believes being in nature provides the best classroom for learning about ourselves, each other and the environment. Dayna loves to share her passions for outdoor adventure, natural history, and fun and games with Chadwick students!
Frankie is a first generation Blaxican-Hapa American who works at the intersection of revolution, environment and diversity. She aims to create a community of Q/POC in the outdoors by hosting culturally-relevant spaces, fostering leadership development and providing a platform for stories and untold herstories. A graduate of Cal State Los Angeles, Frankie earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in gender/class/race studies and Studio Ceramics. She also holds an Associates in Science degree in Forestry & Wildland resources from Citrus College.
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