We ask clubs to reach out to TTEC teachers to assist them with TTEC curriculum. Also, TTEC teachers can contact clubs or the Advisory Council reps directly to ask for assistance. We aim to establish working relationships between the Trail Clubs and the TTEC teachers/alumni.
Members of the Trail to Every Classroom Advisory Council (organized South to North):
Sue Garcia teaches 4th grade at Undermountain Elementary in the Southern Berkshire Regional Schools in the south-western most district in Mass. She just joined the advisory council after participating in the TTEC program two years ago. Sue has always taught in and about the outdoors, but now has a very specific focus of using the AT, which runs right past her school. She has been teaching for 23 years in three different districts that fostered and supported teaching in an outdoors environment.
As a Carolina Mountain Club member and hike leader, I had the privilege to experienced TTEC in 2008 with 2 elementary teachers from Hendersonville, NC. Since developing and implementation of our curriculum, I continue to look for ways to encourage CMC members to connect with youth to get them on the trail. TTEC has expanded my view of the A.T. from just a "through hiker's path" to something much more compelling. Currently, I am working with another CMC member in developing a Youth Partner Challenge.
Tom Sewell, Southern Region Teacher Representative
I'm Ashley Duncan-Cannon, I live in Glade Spring, Virginia. I am currently as a physical education teacher in Smyth County Virginia, at Sugar Grove Elementary School and Atkins Elementary School. I got involved in TTEC because of a co-worker that I went through the program. I then started up a program at my schools to take the students on the AT for a hike/outdoor classroom every year. We just completed the 5th year. Ashley has inspired 16 of her students to thru hike the Appalachian Trail!
Barbara Wiemann, of Northampton, PA, is a member of the Allentown Hiking Club and Appalachian Mountain Club, Delaware Valley Chapter. She has served on the ATC Board of Managers and ATC Stewardship Council, and represents AHC on the Mid Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee. Barb joined TTECAC in spring 2013. She is an AT 2000 miler and currently is Corridor Chair for AHC.
Lana Bluege, New England Club Rep
Lana C. Bluege recently accepted the NERO AC Representative position with TTEC. She is the Outreach Coordinator and Trail Maintainer for the AMC CT Chapter and has been an avid hiker along the AT since she was around 10 years old. Currently Lana is working towards her Master Degree in Resource Management and Conservation at Antioch University New England. When Lana is not hitting the books, she can be found hiking with her two dogs or practicing yoga.
Julie Judkins, Education and Outreach Director
ATC Southern Regional Office, Asheville NC
Julie Judkins is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), working out of the Southern Regional Office in Asheville, NC. Julie joined the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in early 2004. She leads the Appalachian Trail Community™ and Trail To Every Classroom programs, and the Broader Relevancy work outlined in ATC's new strategic plan including diversity, inclusion, wellness and youth programming. Julie provides protection and sensitive stewardship of the Appalachian Trail footpath and associated resources through effective implementation of a cooperative management system involving ATC, Trail maintaining clubs, and public-agency partners. She also regularly contributes her time to the Partnership for the National Trails System, including conference and workshop planning.
Prior to working with ATC, Julie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia and with Hurricane Island Outward Bound in Key Largo, an at-risk program for youth. She has a BA in Communications from North Carolina State University, and a Masters of Environmental Management through Duke’s Leadership program at the Nicholas School of Environment.
Kathryn Herndon, Education and Outreach Coordinator
ATC Central and Southwest Virginia Regional Office, Roanoke VA
Kathryn Herndon is the Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Central and Southwest Virginia Regional Office in Roanoke, VA. She serves as ATC’s trail-wide coordinator for the Trail To Every Classroom program. Before joining ATC in her current capacity, Kathryn spent 5 field seasons on the A.T. as a Backcountry Caretaker in Vermont and a Crew Leader for the Konnarock and Rocky Top Volunteer Trail Crews in the south. In the winters, she worked as an after-school teacher in inner city West Philadelphia, and as a tutor and after-school group leader with the Boys & Girls Club in North Carolina. In her current position, Kathryn is thrilled to combine her passion for A.T. conservation and her conviction in the power of creative and engaging educational practices. She completed a thru-hike of the A.T. in 2006, and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010.
Karen Lutz, Regional Director
ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Boiling Springs, PA
Karen Lutz is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where she has enjoyed serving a 27 year tenure during which time she assumed increased responsibilities. Karen earned a Master of Science degree in Parks and Recreation from Penn State and Bachelors in Health Physical Education and Recreation from Lock Haven State College (PA). She completed hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 1978. Karen has extensive experience managing a wide variety of projects and programs for ATC and is a strong advocate for community outreach and education initiatives.
Katie Mann, Outreach Coordinator
ATC New England Regional Office, White River Junction, VT