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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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