Our Outdoor School Community

Our Outdoor School Community

 

The foundation of Echo Hill Outdoor School is our collaborative staff community. Directors, program staff and support personnel are all integral parts of this community which stresses genuine concern for others, cooperation, integrity, and enthusiasm.

Board of Directors

Richard C. Balaban
Director, Oliver Wyman
London, England

Bradley M. Campbell
Attorney, Bradley M. Campbell LLC
Lambertville, NJ

Rachel Skolnik Cogen
Associate Judge, District Court for Baltimore City
Baltimore, MD

Georgina Creamer
Special Education Teacher, Baltimore City School System
Baltimore, MD

Robert F. Creamer, Jr.
Professional Photographer, Artist in Residence ­ Smithsonian Institution
Baltimore, MD

Julia M. Hassett
Owner, Hassett Willis Company
Washington, DC

Leslie S. Morgenthal
Community Volunteer
New York, NY

Mel S. Rapelyea, M.D.
Contract Radiologist
Betterton, MD

Peter P. Rice, Jr.
Executive Director, Echo Hill Outdoor School
Worton, Maryland

Terry V. Rice
Partner, Birks and Rice, CPA
Rockville, Maryland

 

Directors

Echo Hill Outdoor School Directors are the core of our administrative staff. They are responsible for the planning, scheduling, and hiring as well as teaching classes. Their commitment to education and the environment sets the standard for the Echo Hill community.

 

  Peter Paul Rice Jr., Director
Peter Rice spent his childhood at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC where his father was Head of the Lower School. During their summers, Mr. and Mrs. Rice, Sr., operated Echo Hill Camp on the Chesapeake Bay, a highly regarded recreational summer camp. Peter began directing the successful Quaker based summer camp in the 1970’s and continues to lead the camp with passion today. Peter’s graduate work in outdoor education at Indiana and Northern Illinois University gave him the background and desire to start a non-profit educational organization. He did so in 1972, when he founded Echo Hill Outdoor School. Peter’s original vision of children learning in the outdoors remains at the core of the School’s existence. Peter is the president of the Board and is the School’s Executive Director. He lives on Still Pond Neck with his wife, Libby. Their children Katie and Julie live nearby with their families; Petey currently resides in New York City. At the heart of Peter’s passion lies his commitment to provide positive experiences in the out of doors to the child within each of us.
   
  Andrew R. McCown, Associate Director
Andrew R. McCown has worked with Echo Hill Outdoor School since 1977. He founded the School’s Summer Explore Trips program in 1979, and became an Associate Director in 1981. Andrew’s contributions to the school’s mission and methodology are instrumental to the programs’ effectiveness and success. As a senior trainer and educator, he consistently mentors the full program staff in Echo Hill’s teaching standards and quality of programming. Andrew is one of the School’s USCG licensed captains. He regularly teaches Bay Studies, aquatic ecology and the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. Andrew is a current and founding board member of the Chester River Association and he served on the board of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy for twelve years. Captain Andy worked as an oysterman for eight winters as he captained the Skipjack Elsworth, one of the last of the great dredge boats of the Chesapeake. In 2008 the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) awarded Andrew with the Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year Award. Andrew also performs with the critically acclaimed folk group, Chesapeake Scenes. Andrew and his wife, Betsy, live at the school with their two sons, John Andrew and Parker.
   
  Elizabeth Zelter McCown, Associate and Managing Director
Betsy McCown joined Echo Hill Outdoor School in 1979 after earning a B.S. in Community Leadership and Development from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. Diverse involvement in outdoor adventure pursuits during college coupled with many years at a recreational summer camp built her foundation for individual and group development. She became an Associate Director in 1981 and has continued to work full time ever since. Betsy oversees all daily operations, the professional training and development of personnel, coordinates the yearly calendar of attending schools and groups, and helps to maintain a high standard of quality programming. In September 2011, Betsy joined the Board of Trustees for Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland. At the heart of Betsy’s direction is her ability to facilitate personal growth and development and build a sense of community. Betsy is an involved and devoted educator, counselor, and parent. Growing up in rural western New York State instilled in her a keen appreciation for creative play in the natural environment. Betsy, her husband, Captain Andy and their sons John Andrew and Parker enjoy living on the Outdoor School’s nature preserve and appreciate the unique setting and community they call home.
   
  Deborah Grigsby, Assistant Director
Debbie Grigsby began teaching at Echo Hill Outdoor School in 1991 and became an Assistant Director in 1994. She attended the University of Virginia and has a B.A. in Environmental Science. Her love of the outdoors began as a young child spending cherished times with family in the countryside surrounding her Front Royal, Virginia, home. Debbie worked as a hydrologist in southern Florida for six years before deciding to direct her interest in the environment toward education. She actively directs Echo Hill’s challenge course, is one of the school’s USCG licensed captains, and teaches an array of classes. Debbie coordinates the weekly program schedule, assists with personnel and risk management, and is instrumental in helping to maintain our program standard in all areas. Deb and her charismatic son Benjamin are often seen maximizing activities in the great outdoors…. like puddle jumping !
   
  James A. Stone, Assistant Director of Facility Care
and Daily Operations
Senior Educator, USCG Captain
Jim graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Services. He joined the Outdoor School's full time teaching staff in 1997. As a senior educator and licensed USCG Captain, Jim frequently teaches Chesapeake Bay Studies aboard our lab vessels along with a variety of aquatic, history, and ecology classes. Jim oversees facility care and maintenance. His fair and consistent leadership style sparks a strong work ethic in fellow staff. Along with his wife, Tracy, and children Zach and Tory, Jim owns and operates the award-winning bed and breakfast “The Inn at Mitchell House” in Tolchester, Maryland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Support

 

  Pat Bjorke, School Secretary/Receptionist
Pat's love of children has woven itself throughout her lifetime, whether through volunteer work with Girl Scouts and other youth organizations, or in a professional capacity in public school systems and now as the school secretary and lead receptionist at Echo Hill Outdoor School. Pat grew up in eastern Pennsylvania in a family that enjoyed spending a great deal of time fishing, hunting, camping and skiing. But her favorite moments outdoors are walking in the woods during the changing seasons, messing around quiet backwaters in her kayak, or just being out late at night in the muffled stillness of a snowstorm. Curiosity about the human mind and psyche led her to a degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On a whim, she and her husband Clark wound up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland nearly 30 years ago and they have called it "home" ever since. Pat enjoys sharing her interests in gardening, crafts and cooking with her three daughters and granddaughter.
   
  Robin Whitney, Business Manager
Robin has been the Business Manager at Echo Hill Outdoor School since July 2013. Her over twenty-five years of business and management experience as well as her personal, professional and family ties to the School have prepared her well for this position. Robin is a native New Yorker and her business career began in retail management in Macy’s Herald Square. She and her husband, Chris, left city life behind in 1990 and have never looked back. After taking time off to raise their two young sons, Robin returned to work in an accounting firm, where she managed payrolls for clients in Maryland and Delaware. Her attention to detail and customer service provided the framework for strong professional relationships with all her clients. Robin handled Echo Hill Outdoor School’s payroll as well as accounting assistance and consulting when needed. She has now found her niche at Echo Hill and loves the non-profit world of outdoor education. Both her sons have attended the 5th grade program with Kent County Middle School, Summer Explore canoe and skipjack adventures, and high school orientation programs with St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, DE. Robin holds a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, and currently lives in Worton, MD with her husband and their orange tabby cat, Rocket J. Squirrel, aka Rocky.
   
  Ronnie Edelman, Grants Administrator
Ronnie is a grant administrator and writer for EHOS, who splits her time between Rockville and Galena, MD. Ronnie is retired from a 30-plus year career as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she held senior positions in the Criminal and National Security Divisions. Ronnie and her husband, Michael Hertz, and her children, Rachel and Jonathan, have had a close connection to EHOS throughout its 40-year history.

 

Program Staff

Echo Hill Outdoor School teachers and interns are highly qualified professionals and dedicated naturalists who communicate appreciation and respect for nature and people. Since 1972, hundreds of individuals have committed a part of their lives to teaching, counseling, and nurturing students at Echo Hill Outdoor School. Our instructors thrive on the flexibility and freedom of the School’s learning and teaching environment. They take initiative to design unique classes and they skillfully adapt their classes to incorporate teachable moments. Their energy and creativity engage students and make learning fun.

Qualifications
All teachers have experience working with children or working in the environmental field. These experienced outdoor leaders come from a variety of educational backgrounds including environmental studies, education, history, sociology, biology, and English. Our staff diversity adds variety and imagination to our classes and lesson planning. The School also employs interns each season to assist teachers and students. Echo Hill Outdoor School staff hold American Red Cross certification in First Aid and CPR. Additionally, a team of teachers with more advanced medical training oversees the health and safety of participants.

CORE TEACHERS

  Christopher Ebner, Senior Educator
When Christopher was a teenager he was an Echo Hill 5-day summer canoe trip participant. After graduating from Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Christopher spent 2 years working as a classroom teacher and 2 years working in the business world. Christopher has also enjoyed a number of other positions including an internship at the National Aquarium and work with WWII veterans. While working as a adjunct teacher/naturalist at Echo Hill, Christopher aspires to pursue his Masters Degree in English at Washington College.
   
  Shelby Feldman, Senior Educator
Shelby graduated from Temple University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. After undergraduate studies, she worked in Spain teaching English. Upon her return to the United States she was a nanny for a family for two and a half years. Shelby taught preschool for a little less than a year before coming to Echo Hill Outdoor School in the spring of 2014. She loves working at EHOS, and enjoys sharing her love of nature with many students. In her free time, Shelby enjoys running and biking around Kent County.
   
  Amanda Fry, Senior Educator
Between growing up in the Appalachians of Central Pennsylvania to spending her time in high school and college working as an Educator and Animal Caretaker at Catoctin Zoo, Amanda found a deep-seated love and respect for the outdoors and the wildlife that calls it home. She took this passion to Salisbury University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a focus on vertebrate biology. Reflecting on her time educating the public about animals at the zoo, Amanda discovered the benefits and enjoyment of non-traditional teaching. Taking this a step further she embarked on her first of two summers in England working with the summer camp Do it 4 Real, taking at-risk youth and youth with developmental disabilities from the cities to the countryside and immersing them in outdoors. Amanda has since returned to her “second home-land”, Britain, for a gap-year at Ochil Tower School in Scotland where she worked as a Residential and Classroom assistant for children with special needs. When she’s not singing songs or canoeing through the swamp at Echo Hill, you can find Amanda thrift-shopping, going on adventures to new places, sampling Asian food, crocheting, and going for hikes.
   
  Emily Grilli, Senior Educator
Emily, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, returned to the East Coast after working in Colorado on a variety of natural resources issues with the Western Hardrock Watershed Team. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s of Art in Environmental Studies and English and has a variety of education experience from her time spent at summer camp in New Hampshire, student teaching classes near the Adirondack mountains, and skiing in the Rockies. She joins Echo Hill Outdoor School and is enthusiastic about exploring the Chesapeake Bay watershed, teaching in an outdoor classroom, and connecting with a new landscape.
   
  Annie Rae Richards, Senior Educator
Annie has spent most of her life on the eastern shore of Maryland and its waterways. She first came to Echo Hill Outdoor School in 2008, and ever since has been empowered by and dedicated to their mission of education, investigation, and wonder. Annie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Anthropology from Roger Williams University. In her sporadic time spent away from EHOS, she has worked for a variety of sail training and leadership programs, accruing more than 10,000 miles at sea, sailing in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and New England. As a licensed captain, she holds a Masters USCG 100 Ton Inland license with an auxiliary sail endorsement. In addition to teaching, program oversight, and the training of EHOS staff, Annie works closely with Captain Andrew McCown in all aspects of the care and upkeep of EHOS’s historic fleet of Chesapeake Bay workboats. Annie is also a Wilderness First Responder and an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard.
   
  Hannah Richardson, Senior Educator
As a young girl born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Hannah spent several summers in New Hampshire sailing, catching turtles, hiking, and enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors. In the spring of 2003 she stayed at Echo Hill Outdoor School with her 6th grade class for a week; and in 2005 she signed up for a month of youthful ruckus at Echo Hill Camp. Echo Hill has now been Hannah’s summer place for the past 10 years. She has grown from a small camper who loved sailing, water skiing, swamp mucking, and dancing to Paul Simon on the Fourth of July, into an assistant director of the camp. Upon graduating from Dickinson College in May 2013, Hannah began a teaching career with Echo Hill Outdoor School. Hannah brings passion and love for outdoor pursuits to her work with participants each and every day. Her time here has defined her as a confident, gregarious individual who loves traveling, hiking, living by the water, running, water skiing, and exploring the ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. In the future, Hannah would like to obtain her graduate degree in environmental studies and to continue to teach outside.
   
  Sara Vogel, Senior Educator
Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sara first came to the eastern Shore of Maryland in 2009 to work at Echo Hill Outdoor School. While growing up, she spent her free time paddling on the Great Lakes and playing team sports – skills she now uses on EHOS’ challenge course and summer EXPLORE programs on the Chester River. She and her family live full time in northern Kent County, where they enjoy the Chesapeake Bay life and culture on a daily basis.

FIELD TEACHERS/STAFF NATURALISTS

  Zachary Cruz, Teacher
Zachary Cruz joined Echo Hill Outdoor School in Fall 2015 after graduating from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Zach has spent the past six summers working as a counselor and waterfront director at Echo Hill Camp. He is thrilled to join the EHOS staff and to contribute his knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding areas to visiting students. In his spare time, Zach enjoys listening to music, playing soccer, and reading.
   
  Starbuck Derderian, Teacher
Starbuck grew up messing around on boats on the east coast of Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she double-majored in Spanish and English, and minored in Entomology. She came to work at Echo Hill Outdoor School after living transiently on several boats. Her outdoor education experience comes from teaching sail training on sailing school vessels from the Great Lakes to Norfolk, Virginia. Starbuck can be found in her free time happily cultivating her virile vegetable garden, and a plethora of equally prolific fermented foods and beverages.
   
  Marcus Goldman, Teacher
Marcus Goldman was born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. He has lived and worked in numerous places including Indiana, the Catskills, the Berkshires, and Togo. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. Marcus has worked with a wide variety of students since high school, including rural, inner-city, and youth and adults with special needs. He led a summer camp for children with Tourette’s Syndrome, as well as a summer camp for adults with special needs who had aged out of their youth camps. Marcus loves being an outdoor educator, and feels he is living his dream job!
   
  Bradley Hirsh, Teacher
Bradley is a native of Kent County, MD, who has returned after 15 years of experiencing the world beyond the Chester and Sassafras Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Brad spent the first five years of his teaching career in public and independent school classrooms teaching English, ESL, remedial reading, and Honors English to middle and high school students. However, his passion for the outdoors drew him to Echo Hill Outdoor School where he could combine his love for teaching and the outdoors. In his travels and working from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts to Reno, Nevada, Brad discovered a passion for two ecosystems: the high desert and the Chesapeake Bay. In 2013 he began working full time at The Swain School, a K-8 independent school in Allentown, PA, as a Middle School History, English, and Philosophy teacher. In addition, he serves as Swain’s Outdoor Education Coordinator and 7th Grade Dean of Students. Even though he spends the majority of the year in Pennsylvania, he still thinks of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Echo Hill as his ‘primary’ home. During the Summer Explore season (and whenever he can during the Fall and Spring), he returns to Echo Hill Outdoor School to teach students about the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. When he is not teaching he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching movies and playing chess.
   
  Megan Leary, Teacher

A Kent County native, Megan is lucky to call the Chesapeake Bay region
home. Working at local summer camps and teaching swimming lessons inspired her to pursue a degree in Education. After graduating from Elizabethtown College in southern Pennsylvania, she returned home to Kent County. It was in the summer of 2014, when Megan’s love of the Chesapeake Bay, all things outdoors, and passion for working with kids, merged for an adventurous summer. After a year of teaching 6th grade Reading and Language Arts in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, Megan has returned to Echo Hill Outdoor School for a summer of sunshine and adventure. When she’s not outside in the sun, Megan is most likely reading the latest young adult fiction, running, swimming in the Chester, or enjoying home-grown Eastern Shore tomatoes.

   
  Rachel Levy, Teacher
This is Rachel’s first season at Echo Hill Outdoor School. In May 2015 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz. Having a love of the outdoors since childhood, Rachel became an active member of her school’s Outdoor Club, and decided that she wanted to share and educate others about the wonders and benefits of being outside. She has spent her summers leading backpacking trips, and teaching wilderness and survival skills at residential summer camps in Colorado and New York. As an EHOS teacher/naturalist, Rachel is excited about the opportunity she has to use nature as a classroom, and to work with a variety of students. In her free time, Rachel enjoys going on long bicycle rides, hiking, running, and skiing in the winter.
   
  Dan Primiani, Teacher
Dan comes to Echo Hill Outdoor School after spending three years working at St. Andrew’s Episcopal high School in Middletown, Delaware, where he served as a coach for the football, wrestling and baseball teams, as well as serving as an assistant dorm parent. Born and raised in Virginia, Dan graduated from Washington College in nearby Chestertown, Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. Dan has grown to love his new home in Chestertown, and has spent the winter as an assistant wrestling coach at local Kent County High School. When he isn’t teaching, Dan enjoys rooting for his old teammates on the baseball team at Washington College from his seats right behind home plate, catching a Washington Nationals game on TV, or picking up heavy things for fun! In the future, Dan hopes to continue his career in education and coaching.
   
  Peter Rice III, Teacher
After graduating from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Petey felt a strong desire to experience a bit more of the world. He accepted a job farming oysters in New York. Oyster farming was interesting, but he felt there was more to the world than the Long Island Sounds, so he accepted a position as a Course Designer/Supervisor for Tough Mudder in New York City. He proceeded to design and build challenging obstacle course races all over the world, and loved it. Throughout the next two and a half years he traveled extensively, all the while making time each summer to return to the place he loves most – Echo Hill. He then spent a year with New York Road Runners, a company that organizes and supports marathons. In 2014, Petey returned to Kent County, Maryland full time to be with his family, help run the best camp ever, and join the Echo Hill Outdoor School’s faculty as a teacher and USCG licensed Captain. In addition, Petey contributes significantly to the care and management of the campus and facilities as an Assistant Site Manager.
   
  Britain Scott, Teacher
This is Britain’s first season at Echo Hill Outdoor School. After graduating from Smith College with an Elementary Education degree and a concentration in English Language Learning, Britain worked as an educational consultant. During her time at Smith she worked as an aide in kindergarten and pre-school classrooms. In her senior year Britain taught second and sixth grades as well as working for the urban education initiative at the Brooklyn New School. Her summers were spent at North Fork Day Camp as a program director, lifeguard, and camp counselor. Throughout her life she has moved 23 times, but she is very happy to call Echo Hill home! In the upcoming years she hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail and to pursue her Masters degree in Liberal Studies.
   
  Laura Sears, Teacher
The Fall of 2015 is Laura’s first season as a Teacher/Naturalist at Echo Hill Outdoor School. Originally from New Jersey, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation and has been pursuing a career in the outdoors ever since. Laura is very excited to unite her passions for working with youth and the environment by using the experiential ideals upheld at EHOS. In her spare time, she enjoys music, swing dancing, reading, and laughing.
   
  Jacob Swane, Teacher
Jacob is a Vermont native who comes to Echo Hill Outdoor School pursuing his dream of being an outdoor educator. He has always had a passion for nature and exploring the world around him. Jacob graduated from Castleton University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and has studied abroad in Belize, Guatemala and Costa Rica. He spent one semester backpacking in the Mojave Desert in California. Jacob may hail from the Green Mountains, but he is more than happy to claim the Chesapeake Bay as his second home.
   
  Taylor Swanson, Teacher
Born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in the backwoods and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay, Taylor is as true a die-hard Marylander as they come. Whether it’s waking up at 4am for crabbing and fishing, or taking a long stroll through an ancient forest, nothing makes him happier than being outdoors. Since he was as little as he can remember Taylor has been as crazy as a cuckoo for wildlife, likely aided along by more than a decade of EHOS programming; as both a participant and an educator. That passion took him far north to the University of Vermont where he graduated in the spring of 2015 with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, concentrating in Ornithology. Now, Taylor spends his days in the land of pleasant living cultivating that same wonder and bewilderment that hooked him in his youth.
   
  Aaron Thal, Teacher
Aaron is a native of New England, graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Already an accomplished musician (playing the piano, cello, and guitar), Aaron then attended classes at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University so he could follow his passion for music. There, he learned how to record and mix sound, and also work on movie and television sound design. A lover of nature and the outdoors, Aaron was a lead member for the Connecticut Environthon team at his high school, as well as being a founding member of the “Woodsy Club”, a survival organization. While he finds terrestrial education great, his previous teaching experience has brought him up and down the East Coast on the decks of tall ships, teaching students seamanship as well as environmental science and stewardship.
   
  Rebecca Wadman, Teacher
While Rebecca’s family is originally from the Delmarva, she grew up with her ten siblings in Savannah, Georgia. She spent her summers camping and doing humanitarian aid work in countries all over the world, from Australia to Zambia. After graduating from Cedarville University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Science, she worked at environmental education centers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Delaware before coming to Echo Hill Outdoor School in Fall 2015. She is absolutely thrilled to be working here on the Eastern Shore, and especially somewhere so closely tied to the Chesapeake Bay. The most exciting part of Echo Hill for her is the swamp, especially because of her passion for herpetology and her love of freshwater aquatic systems. In her free time, she loves to read (especially history books) and take pictures of her pets Lemon Wimsey (a giant plated lizard) and The Most Beautiful Frog in The World (a White’s tree frog).
   
  Alex Walls, Teacher

Alex Walls is a Kent County native who has found his way back home. He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland where he studied Political Science and Public Policy Studies. Before coming to Echo Hill Outdoor School, Alex worked at the Sassafras Environmental Education Center and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy as a Program Assistant. Alex has been on staff at Echo Hill since Spring 2014 and he continues to find ways to bring an appreciation for nature into the hearts and minds of the students who spend time at Echo Hill.

   
  Coale Wilde, Teacher
Coale hails from across the Bay in Gaithersburg, MD, but calls the whole state home. He was lucky enough to have attended Echo Hill Outdoor School for three years as a middle school student at Friends Meeting School. Coale attended Hood College in Frederick, MD while pursuing his degree in Environmental Science. He was an active member of Boy Scouts of America, and is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to EHOS for his debut as an outdoor educator. In his free time, Coale loves to “get his nerd on” by playing tabletop games.
   
  Taylore Willis, Teacher
Taylore Willis, from Prince George’s County in Maryland, joined Echo Hill Outdoor School after working in Vail, Colorado as a Naturalist at Walking Mountains Science Center. She graduated from Stevenson University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Biology and Psychology. Taylore is most excited to be at Echo Hill Outdoor School living on the Chesapeake Bay, teaching residential outdoor education, and having tons of fun making new connections. She’ll meet you with a friendly smile and welcome to EHOS! In her down time, Taylore enjoys hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping and yoga.

INTERNS

 

Seth Betley, Intern

Seth is a Junior at Chesapeake College, majoring in math education, and is currently enjoying a gap semester working full time at Echo Hill Outdoor School. He has been involved with Echo Hill Camp since 2013 and Echo Hill Outdoor School since 2014. He has 8 years of experience as a farmhand at local Lockbriar and Colchester Farms. In addition to his busy work and student schedules, Seth serves as an instructor for Kent School’s chess club, and as a math tutor. Besides being a youth mentor, Seth’s other passions and hobbies include music, soccer, movies and cooking.
   
  Michelle Cane, Intern
Michelle joined Echo Hill Outdoor School in the Fall of 2015 for a gap year Internship. She will attend Ohio State University in 2016, where she will be studying environmental science and childhood education. Originally from Arlington, TX, Michelle is excited to be living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has worked at a music camp for pre- and elementary school children for eight year, and is glad for the opportunity to work with students outdoors. In her free time, Michelle enjoys running, playing the drums, and exploring Kent County and the surrounding area.
   
  Kaeo Clarke, Intern
Kaeo Clarke, who will be a high-school Intern for the 2015 summer at Echo Hill Outdoor School, is a graduate of the Gunston School in Centreville. He is planning to go to SUNY Maritime College with the ultimate goal of piloting research vessels. He has sailed close to 24,000 nautical miles through the Caribbean and along the Eastern Seaboard with his family, after growing up on the Chesapeake Bay. He loves anything to do with boats, is proficient in the games of Backgammon and cards (always willing for a duel in chess as well), and loves to meet new people.
   
  Zuzanna Myskova, Intern
Zuzana, a native of the Czech Republic, connected with nature at a young age by camping with her family and Scouts. After graduating with a degree in Biology and Ecology, she started her career working at a landscaping agency. A passionate and experienced traveler, with a wealth of plant and biology knowledge, Zuzana decided to pursue her dreams of traveling the world. To date, Zuzana has resided in Canada, South America, and all throughout Europe while working and discovering hidden treasures along the way. While in Central America, she passed her TOEFL exam and started teaching English. Zuzana joins Echo Hill Outdoor School eager to work with students while connecting back to her ecology background and traveling the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.

 

Listed below is a sampling of college affiliations of Echo Hill Outdoor School teachers and interns over the past ten years.

  • • Audubon Expedition Institute
    • Bard College
    • Boston College
    • Boston University
    • Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
    • Bowdoin College
    • Bowling Green University
    • Cape Cod Community College
    • Cape Fear Community College
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Castleton University
    • Cedarville University
    • Chesapeake College
    • Colgate University
    • College of the Atlantic
    • Columbia University
    • Connecticut College
    • Cornell University
    • Dartmouth College
    • Dickinson College
    • Duke University
    • Evergreen State College
    • George Washington University
    • Georgia College and State University
    • Gettysburg College
    • Goucher College
    • Grinnell College
    • Guilford College
    • Hampshire College
    • Harvard College
    • Hood College
    • Indiana University
    • James Madison University
    • Johnson State College
    • Karoli Gaspar Reformatus University
    • Lock Haven University
    • Masaryk University
    • McDaniel College
    • Michigan State University
    • Monterey Institute of International Studies
    • Montgomery College
    • Mount St. Mary’s University
    • North Central College
    • NW Missouri State University
    • Oberlin CollegeOccidental College
    • Pennsylvania State University
  • • Randolph-Macon College
    • Roanoke College
    • Saint Michael’s College
    • Saint Vincent College
    • Salisbury University
    • San Diego State University
    • Scripps College
    • Shepherd College
    • Smith College
    • Springfield College
    • St. Joseph’s University
    • St. Lawrence University
    • St. Mary’s College
    • St. Norbert College
    • State University of New York at New Paltz
    • Stanford University
    • Stevenson University
    • Union College
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Delaware
    • University of Georgia
    • University of Kansas
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    • University of Maryland, College Park
    • University of Massachusetts
    • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    • University of Michigan
    • University of New Hampshire
    • University of North Texas
    • University of Richmond
    • University of Vermont
    • University of Virginia
    • Vassar College
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Warren Wilson College
    • Washington College
    • Westfield State College
    • Wichita State University
    • Yale University
    • York College

 

Support Staff

 

  Catherine "Honey" Murray - Head Cook Emeritus
For the better part of four decades, Catherine Ann Murray has prepared meals for a dining hall full of hungry children and adults at Echo Hill Outdoor School and Echo Hill Camp. Better known as “Miss Honey,” she has mastered the art of cooking comfort food for up to 200 people at each meal. Over the years, she’s introduced thousands to her famous fried chicken and cornbread. Her friendship and camaraderie has counseled thousands of staff, visiting teachers, parents and children. Much of the spirit and heart of Echo Hill radiates from her gentle strength and joyous love for children experiencing the wonders of nature while on the campus. While Honey has retired from her everyday schedule cooking eleven to 21 meals each week, she is still present in the kitchen weekly. After all this time, Echo Hill is very much her home and the Echo Hill community continues to be her extended family.
   
  Cindy Jackson - Head Cook/Food Service Manager
In 2003, Cindy Jackson left the west coast of California with her three children, Eli, Moriah and Carter and relocated to Kent County, Maryland. During her job search, Cindy found her way to a kitchen position with Echo Hill Outdoor School in March 2004. Cindy rapidly became a valued member of our dynamic kitchen staff and is currently the Head Cook and Food Service Manager for Echo Hill Outdoor School and Echo Hill Camp. Her strong work ethic, passion for the arts and her pets coupled with a charisma for fun and friendship make Cindy a pivotal member of the Echo Hill community. Cindy’s spirit for life and love is best exemplified in her devotion as a mother to her three amazing children.
   
  Cheryl Torres - Kitchen Assistant

Cheryl has been involved with Echo Hill since she was eight years old when Miss Honey, her mother, began bringing her to Echo Hill Camp as a camper. She played and helped out in the kitchen from ages eight to sixteen. She left Echo Hill for a while to teach Spanish in Galena, MD, but returned to the Echo Hill family a few years ago. She enjoys cooking and helping students feel more comfortable at Echo Hill by making sure that they have full and satisfied tummies.
   

 

Personnel photos courtesy of Kaitlin Pope.