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Meet the Staff

Our success depends largely upon the quality of our staff. CHOSS searches for individuals with a passion for working with children and a deep concern for the Earth. Our staff comes from many walks of life, and each individual brings his or her own unique knowledge to our program. Each staff member is trained in first aid and CPR, must be able to pass a complete background check, and participates in an intensive training program prior to working with students.

ADMINISTRATION

Peter

DIRECTOR

Cory

MEDIC

Gio

HEAD INSTRUCTOR & PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Hometown: Boyle Heights LA

 

College/ University Attended: East Los Angeles Community College

Major: Pokeology or N/A Undecided

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because… I like the interesting conversations you can have with them. And I also get a kick out of them when they actually learn something new.

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is… Going to Jalisco Mexico every month of May and having a blast in the river that ran by my parents house.

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because… I love the wonderful animals that live in the area because they are interesting to learn about, I also like the exercise I get from hiking, and I just simply like the landscape.

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is… Play basketball, swim, workout, play, with baby Gio, and catch Pokemon.

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is... I’ve been in an airplane more than 30 times and I can do the Spongebob Shuffle.

 

If I were a superhero I would be Goke or Dr.Manhattan because the are overly powered and with such power I would use it to make the world a better place, and to mess with people because I am mischievous that way =)

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Abby

INSTRUCTOR

Amy

INSTRUCTOR

Aaron

INSTRUCTOR

Hometown: Boston, MA

 

College / University Attended: Quinnipiac University

 

Major: Psychology

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…they are the most curious beings in the world. I love how they ask so many questions and are so inquisitive about life! They also bring about an energy that is infectious.

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…going to Disney World every year with my family!

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…I admire how beautiful the natural world is. It’s incredibly soothing and therapeutic to me.

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…read, backpack, travel, and any activity in the water!

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I almost always cry at baby animal pictures because I can’t handle the cuteness!

 

If I were a superhero I would be Aquaman because…I absolutely love marine life!

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

 

College / University Attended: Iowa State University

 

Major: Animal Ecology

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…I enjoy working with kids because they always look at world a little differently than I do and it’s fun to see the differences and challenge myself. Kids challenge me to maintain a sense of creativity and humor and remind me of what’s really important. Their curiosity and excitement never fails to amaze me.

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Making pillow forts with my sister and watching Disney movies all night.

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…I love the variety of activities being outside offers especially any water related activities. Being outdoors allows me to explore and find new places. It also offers fun physical challenges like climbing or hiking.

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…I love to cook new things that I’ve never had before.

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I lived in the rainforest in Panama for 4 months during an internship in college.

 

If I were a superhero I would be Aquawoman because I love to swim and being able to talk to the animals would be awesome.

Hometown: Pomona, CA

 

College / University Attended: Humboldt State University

 

Major: Political Science

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…They are full of energy and spirit! Makes for great learning

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Body surfing

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…It gives me a chance to feel alive without distractions of urban life

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…Read more books

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I have 17 aunts and uncles!

 

If I were a superhero I would be Superman because…I can fly to great heights!

Eric

INSTRUCTOR

Hannah

INSTRUCTOR

Jenna

INSTRUCTOR

Hometown: Tuckahoe, NY

 

College / University Attended: Purchase College

 

Major: Environmental Studies

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…Kids are our future. By showing them how important it is to take care of our planet, we can pass down this knowledge for generations. Also, children are hilarious and you can never predict what they will say.

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Exploring the great outdoors with my family, either with my homeschooling groups or on family hikes.

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…It’s absolutely breathtaking to see the majesty of nature every time you go outside. I have been everywhere from Canada to the island of Honduras, and no matter how varied the flora and fauna are, they are always equally fantastic.

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…Read or go hiking.

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I have a very active imagination. I’ve put that imagination to good use in my Dungeons and Dragons games, so I’m always willing to think a little bit outside the box. I also pursue this interest in LARPing games (Live Action Role Playing).

 

If I were a superhero I would be Batman because…I AM THE NIGHT.

Hometown: New Fairfield, CT

 

College / University Attended: Fairfield University

 

Major: History

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…I find that children are very authentically themselves. Especially when in an environment where they feel comfortable and have the freedom of expression I often find myself inspired by the interpersonal nature and empathy in so many of the children that I have been lucky enough to work in. Just as often as they are learning from me I am learning from them, if not more.

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…At the house in the Adirondacks where my extended family co-owns a house where we camp every August. My favorite day was the first time my grandparents let me drive their jet ski; we used it for so long that we almost ran out of gas.

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…The world is beautiful and I am always amazed by it. Even when it is something or somewhere I have seen before in nature scenery seems to be constantly changing, kind of like people.

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…To go on adventures and see places and people that I have never seen before, especially when I stumble across a destination that I wasn’t necessarily planning on going but end up loving.

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I worked as a historical interpreter (i.e. someone who dresses in period clothing and does live action role playing as a historical attraction) for a summer in Delaware.

 

If I were a superhero I would be the Hulk because…The hulk had to adapt an ability to control his anger and negativity in order to protect the greater good. Even beyond that he was able to channel his anger against evil and made himself a superhero even though he was an attempt to make a super soldier gone wrong.

Hometown: Rock City, IL

 

College / University Attended:

Iowa State University

 

Major: Animal Ecology

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…When you work with kids, you never know what they will do or say. They keep things interesting and they have an unfiltered view on life!

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Exploring my woods in my backyard with my siblings everyday after school.

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…It’s beautiful and full of life. The outdoors always helps me “center” myself. Being outdoors helps to put life into perspective.

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…Outdoor activities of any kind, read, bake, watch movies, pet all animals.

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I have a pet snake (thanks mom for taking care of her)

 

If I were a superhero I would be Spiderman because He has all the characteristics of a spider and spiders are cool.

Karen

INSTRUCTOR

Kevin

INSTRUCTOR

Shantel

INSTRUCTOR

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

 

College / University Attended:

St. Catherine University

 

Major: Environmental Studies

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…Their energy, honesty and natural curiosity is refreshing

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Annual get togethers with my cousins and family. Bonfies, tubing and card games!

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…The vibrancy, the smell, and the energy make me happy and relaxed

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…To listen to music and play with my dog

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...That I love puns and corny dad jokes!

 

If I were a superhero I would be Jack Jack from the Incredibles because…I think he has the potential to be awesome not to mention the shape shifting abilities are rad

Hometown: Mt. Greenwood, IL

 

College / University Attended: Western Illinois University

 

Major: RPTA(Therapeutic Recreation)

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…I enjoy seeing how engaged they become in their own curiosity and learning when I’m teaching environmental education and adventure recreation activities

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Camping with my family in the summer time

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…It gives me a sense of freedom and peace while being the best environment to help myself and others grow and develop

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…Exploring new places and traveling would have to be my most favorite thing to do in my free time

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I have been to 33 States in the U.S before I was 20

 

If I were a superhero I would be Captain Planet because…He helped kids defend the earth and always fought to defend the earth himself

Hometown: Chicago, IL

 

College / University Attended: Columbia College

 

Major: Instrumental Performance

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…They keep me youthful. I love teaching children. They teach me so much. I have a huge passion for working with children. I enjoy being a part of a child’s life and help them grow

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…Singing and dancing with my mom on video. We would dance to “Hold on to your love” by En Vogue

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…I love seeing the green area around me…it is very calming. I love breathing in fresh air and being in the sun. I love watching and listening to the birds and watching the outdoor animals

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…Make jewelry. Arts & Crafts. Play the drums. Design clothes and listen to music

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I like monkeys and I collect stuff animal monkeys

 

If I were a superhero I would be Batman because…He is still human and doesn’t have to have special powers to be a hero to help others.

Tytytana

INSTRUCTOR

Hometown: Victorville, CA

 

College / University Attended:

CSU San Bernardino

 

Major: Sociology

 

1 st yr working for CHOSS

 

I especially ENJOY working with kids because…As you are teaching them they are teaching you

 

My FAVORITE childhood memory is…My parents teaching me how to ride a bike and play soccer

 

I absolutely LOVE being outdoors because…Being outside you have more things to do

 

My FAVORITE thing to do in free time is…Sleeping or listening to music

 

One VERY interesting fact about me is...I am the fifth of seven kids

 

If I were a superhero I would be Flash because…He has the ability to go back in time just by running fast enough

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