Members of the ATEACH (organized South to North):
Sue Garcia is a science teacher for elementary grades 3-5 at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield MA. Pittsfield is the largest city in western MA. She teaches science through hands on experiences including taking her kids out on the AT. This is the first experience in the woods and out of a city for many of her students, even though she lives and works with in the Berkshires. Sue has been part of the advisory council for 5 years and has been a teacher for 25 years, in two states and 4 different schools, her focus has always been holistic authentic teaching of the whole child and outdoor education has been an essential pillar of her teaching.
As a Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) 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. I lead the CMC's education committee and a Youth Partner Challenge in North Carolina.
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!
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.
ATC New England Regional Office, White River Junction, VT