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Assistant Research Professor and Director of Education, McCall Outdoor Science SchoolView Profile
B.S. Environmental Science, Spanish Minor, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Experience: Environmental Education Volunteer, Peace Corps, Nicaragua; Conservation Education Assistant, Morrison Knudsen Nature Center, Boise, ID; Spanish Teacher, Liberty Elementary School, Boise Elementary Spanish, Boise, ID; Daycare Volunteer, Learning Lab Inc., Boise, ID; Volunteer Coordinator, University of Idaho Sustainability Coordinator, Moscow, ID; University of Idaho Orchestra, Moscow, ID; Board Leader, Vandal Entertainment, Associated Students of the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID; Orientation Leader, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
B.S. Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, concentration in Wilderness Leadership, and Environmental Science minor; Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.
Experience: Assistant Camp Director and Program Assistant, Wilderness Experiences Unlimited, Southwick, MA; Water Resource Management Intern, Wilbraham, MA; Canyon Ranch Resort Outdoor Sports Intern, Lenox, MA; Advisor, Outdoor Wilderness Leaders Youth Group, Southwick, MA; Student Participant, National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educator Semester, Rocky Mountains; Tropical Ecology Short-Term Course, Costa Rica; Member Leader, Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod, MA; Outdoor Environmental Education Instructor, YMCA Camp Colman, Longbranch, WA; Substiute Teacher, Birchland Park Middle School, East Longmeadow, MA.
B.S. Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata CA Experience: Forest Inventory and Analysis, USDA Forest Service, Olympic National Forest, Olympia WA; Conservation and Land Management Intern, Bureau of Land Management Surprise Valley Field Office, Cedarville, CA; Great Basin Institute Research Associate Monitoring Crew Lead, Bureau of Land Management Bruneau Field Office, Boise, ID; Ecological Site Inventory Technician, Bureau of Land Management Vale Field Office, Vale OR; Volunteer Snowshoe Tour Guide, Discover Your Northwest Deschutes Children’s Forest, Bend OR.
B.A. Environmental Studies and Global Information Systems (GIS) University of Minnesota Duluth.
Experience: Watershed Intern, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Duluth; Remote Sensing Deforestation Study along the Belize/Guatemala Border, UMD 2014; District Representative-Water Quality, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Minnetonka, MN.
B.A. Journalism, Fine Arts Concentration, Indiana University Bloomington, IN
Experience: Adolescent Guide, Saint Catherine’s Montessori, Houston TX; Saint Catherine’s Montessori High School Curriculum Design Committee, Houston, TX; Citizen Research Projects, Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Costa Rica; Adventure Trip Leader, The Woods Project, Houston, TX; 5th grade teacher, Skipcha Elementary School, Harker Heights, TX; Adventure Bound Trip Coordinator, YMCA Camp Combe, Putnam Valley, NY; After-School Program Coordinator, Texas Rock Gym, Houston, TX; US Air Force Camp Facilitator, Destination Imagination, USA Japan, and South Korea; Lead Course Instructor/Trip Leader, Indiana University Outdoor Adventures, Bloomington, IN; Texas Teaching Certificate, Generalist EC-6 and 4-8; Association Montessori Internationale Orientation to Adolescent Studies Training, Huntsburg, OH; NOLS/WMI Wilderness First Responder.
B.S. Environmental Science, University of Idaho, Moscow ID.
Experience: Bridge and ELL instructor, Hillside Junior High School, Boise, ID; Title One Tutor, Whitter Elementary, Boise, ID; Regional Approaches to Climate Change, undergraduate researcher, Rural Sociology, University of Idaho; Wrestling Coach, Hillside Junior High School, Boise, ID; Anthropology and Ecuadorian Culture, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador; Volunteer, Centro Opción de Vida, Quito, Ecuador.
Experience: Recreation Survey Specialist for the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce; Curriculum Developer/Educator & River Guide with Wild Science Explorers, Boise, Idaho; Education Development Contractor with the Payette Children’s Forest/USFS, McCall, Idaho; Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resource Honor Society Member; Supervisor at Brundage Mountain Resort; Environmental Educator for two terms with Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute AmeriCorps, Moscow, Idaho; Outreach & Wilderness Intern at Friends of the Clearwater, Moscow, Idaho; Meditation Instructor at the Latah Recovery Center in Moscow, Idaho; Trail Crew Volunteer at Friends of the Scotchman Peaks, Sandpoint, Idaho; Conservation Volunteer during Speak for Wolves, West Yellowstone, Montana; Member of the City of Moscow Sustainable Environment Commission; Summer Storytime Intern at Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute; Resource Aide at the Idaho Department of Lands, Deary, Idaho; Horticulturist at Fiddler’s Ridge Garden & Nature, Potlatch, Idaho; Geological Lab Technician for I-Minerals, University of Idaho, Moscow; Horse Caretaker & Trainer for Orphan Acres, Viola, Idaho.
B. A. Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN.
Experience: Special Education Paraprofessional, Saint Clair, MN; Headguard and Water Safety Instructor, Saint Peter, MN; Physical Medicine Aide, Saint Peter, MN; Customer Service Manager, Mankato, MN; Lifeguard, New Ulm, MN; 4-H Camp Counselor, Cleveland, MN; Youth Faith Formation Teacher, Saint Peter, MN; Volunteer Brookings Regional Humane Society, Brookings, SD; Study Abroad Experiences: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, British Isles and Paris.
B.S. Fire Ecology and Management, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID; A.A.S. Wildland Fire Science, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT.
Experience: Range Technician, Bureau of Land Management, Worland, WY; Lead Firefighter, Team Rubicon 1, Fairbanks, AK; Range Technician, Bureau of Land Management, Battle Mountain, NV; Range Technician, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Elko, NV
Ileana M. Freytes-Ortiz
Ph.D. Candidate Marine Science, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
B.S. Integrative Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR
Experience: NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Fish Ecology Lab, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Marketing Committee Chair, St. Petersburg Science Festival, St. Petersburg, FL; Marine Science Instructor, Oceanography Camp for Girls, St. Petersburg, FL; Marine Science Instructor, Girls, Inc. of Pinellas, Pinellas Park, FL; Chesapeake Conservation Corps Fellow, CASA de Maryland, Hyattsville, MD; Undergraduate Research Assistant, Seagrass Ecology Lab, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL; Undergraduate Research Assistant, Symbiosis Lab, Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; PADI Advanced Diver Certified (2011), Chemistry Teaching Assistant, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR
B.S. Secondary Education Biology Concentration, Minor in Zoology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Experience: Instructor, McCall Outdoor Science School Adventure Day Camp Program, McCall, Id; Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Deer Creek High School, Edmond, Ok; Science Fair Coach, Deer Creek High School, Edmond, Ok; Teaching Assistant, Introductory Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Preservice Science Teacher Research Fellow, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Ok; National Science Teacher Association student chapter President/Vice President, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Ok.
Personal Interests: Natural resource management as it pertains to wildlife and Native American Tribes. I enjoy hiking, swimming in secluded alpine lakes, watching wildlife, listening to Nature, and playing with my puppies.
Ph.D Candidate, Geosciences, Water Governance in the West. M.A. in Environmental and Rural Development Sociology, both at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. B.A in Food Systems and Social Change, University of California Santa Cruz.
Experience: Research assistantships, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins, CO. Co-instructor for Integrated Natural Resource Management and teaching assistantships for various Sociology classes. Lead researcher with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Fort Collins, CO. Education Program Director with the Community Agroecology Network, Santa Cruz, CA.
B.A. International Relations and Spanish, minor in Latin American Studies, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Experience: Outdoor Educator, Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia; Membership Associate and Trail Crew Leader, Washington Trails Association, Seattle, WA; International Trip Coordinator and Guide, Sustainable Harvest International, Coclé, Panama; Bilingual Training Program Manager, Ventures, Seattle, WA; Community Environmental Educator, United States Peace Corps, Coclé, Panama; Conservation Crew Leader, Southwest Conservation Corps, Tucson, AZ; Teen Education Program Associate, Centro Latino, Tacoma, WA; Lead Backcountry Wilderness Ranger and Trail Crew Member, United States Forest Service, Skykomish, WA; Trail Crew Member, Northwest Youth Corps, Eugene, OR.
B.A. Education, California State University, Chico, Minors in French and Outdoor Education
Experience: Course Leader, National Outdoor Leadership School, International; Examiner and Clinic Leader, Intermountain Division, Professional Ski Instructors of America; Staff Trainer and Instructor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY; Leadership and Water Staff Trainer, Outdoor Pursuits, Johns Hopkins University, MD; International Leadership Instructor, World Leadership School, Belize; Program Coordinator for International School Outdoor Education Programs, Dragonfly, Hong Kong and China; Instructor for International School Outdoor Education Programs, Village Camps, France, Switzerland, and Austria
Outdoor Pursuits: Skiing, Whitewater Boating, Mountain Biking
B.S. Business Law, B.A. Economics, and minors in Spanish and Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Certificate in International Business, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, Rouen, France
Experience: Performance Analysis Consultant, UNO Charter School Network, Chicago, IL; Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow, Education Pioneers, Chicago, IL; Business Analyst, Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago, IL; Data Analyst Intern, US Forest Service, Ketchum, ID; Director, Indiana University Student Association Funding Board, Blooomington, IN; Operations Coordinator, Teach For America, Greenwood, MS; Business Development Intern, Global Mamas Fair Trade Organization, Accra, Ghana
B.A. Environmental Studies, B.S Business Administration, American University, Washington, DC.
Experience: Assistant to the Chief Education Officer, National Geographic Society, Washington DC; Financial Coordinator, National Geographic Society, Washington DC; Energy Fellow, University of Rhode Island Energy Center, Kingston, Rhode Island; Congressional Intern, Office of U.S Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Washington DC; Studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh
B.S. Environmental Science - Conservation and Restoration Ecology, UW, Bothell, WA.
Experience: Environmental Educator, Camp Sealth, Vashon Island, WA. Education and Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA), Salmon Valley Stewardship, Salmon, ID. Field Specialist (AmeriCorps), Our City Forest, San Jose, CA. Volunteer, Children's Garden Summer Camp Program, Seattle Tilth, Seattle, WA. University of Washington - Restoration Ecology Network [UW-REN] Student, project at Cotton Hill Park 2011-2012, Kirkland, WA. Study abroad, sustainable agriculture focus, Matsuyama and Kawanouchi Village, Japan. High school mentor, Everett, WA.
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, Earth and Environmental Sciences. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI | B.A. Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Experience: Research Assistant, University of Michigan, MI; Field Researcher, Narsarsuaq, Greenland; Field Researcher, Alberta, Canada; Graduate Student Instructor, Ann Arbor, MI; Graduate Student Instructor, Jackson, WY; Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Rifle, CO; Research Assistant, University of Colorado Department of Geological Sciences, Boulder, CO; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Boulder, CO.
B.A. Environmental Science, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Experience: Physical Therapy Aide and Aquatic Specialist, Providence Medical Center, Portland, OR; Conservation Education Coordinator, Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR; Field Science Instructor, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, Opal Creek Wilderness, OR; PSIA Certified Level 1 and Children’s Specialist Ski Instructor, Mt. Hood Meadows, OR; Stream Surveyor, United States Forest Service, Estacada, OR; Grassland Bird Surveyor/Research Assistant, University of Nebraska, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS; Volunteer, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
B.S. Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.
Experience: PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, Nebraska; Nebraska bat field research, Eastern Nebraska; Volunteer Research Assistant and Husbandry Worker, Callitrichid Research Center, Omaha, Nebraska; Fox squirrel field research, Omaha, Nebraska; Intern, Madagascar Reforestation Guide project, Conservation Fusion in collaboration with the Madagascar Biodiversity Project and the Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska.
B.S. Biology; Ecology and Field Biology, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Experience: Interpretive Specialist, Celebration Park, Melba, ID; Zoo Educator, Zoo Boise Zoo Teen Volunteer Program, Boise, ID; Biology/Chemistry Teacher's Assistant, George Fox University, Newberg, OR; Research Assistant, George Fox University, Patagonia, AZ and Maquipucuna, Ecuador; Wildlife Technician, Bureau of Land Management, Marsing, ID; Study Abroad Program, Creation Care Study Program, Santa Elena, Belize.
B.A. Environmental Studies/Policy Focus, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. Experience: Park Ranger, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue River, Merlin, OR; Recreation Technician, Bureau of Land Management, Smullin Visitors Center, Merlin, OR; Leave No Trace Educator/Trainer; Volunteer Educator, Snowschool, Boise, ID; Recreation Management Intern Owyhee River System, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
B.S. Environmental Science, University of Idaho, Moscow, Id
Experience: Youth Employment Program Leader, 3 years, Salmon, Id: Student Conservation Association Leader, Pisgah National Forest, NC; Northern Cascades National Park, WA; Rocky Mountain National Park, CO: Payette Lakes Community Summer science Camp Coordinator/Teacher, McCall, Id: Adaptive Wilderness Sports of McCall Summer Coordinator; Wilderness First Aid Certification, Basic, Advance and Rescue Diving Certifications, Research; Rainforest Regression, Intertidal Zones, Scientific Information’s Influence on Behaviors, Costa Rica’s Perception of Climate Change.