Our Team

You have to be a little crazy to work at Schoolhouse. The hours are long, the sun is hot, and the salary isn’t going to build a big bank roll. But the privilege of introducing kids to nature, helping them discover how capable they are, and watching them grow in confidence every day is absolutely worth it. And the hugs don’t hurt either. Here’s our team who is dedicated to nurturing curiosity, celebrating courage, and most of all, caring for the whole of every child.

Wendy Tonker (2011) 

Executive Director

Email: wendy@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Wendy has 25 years experience as a nonprofit director and organizational development consultant. She joined the Schoolhouse staff in August 2011, after one year of service on the Board of Directors and three years as a camp parent. Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Wendy finds joy in spending time with her family or seeking out hunting and fishing adventures. “My hope for kids that join us at Schoolhouse is for them to feel loved and supported to discover, fully embrace, and express who they are.”

Meg Gulledge (2014)

Wake County Site Manager

Email: meg@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Meg Gulledge is originally from the village of Misenheimer in Stanly County, North Carolina. She attended college in the mountains where she worked two years at the Environmental Leadership Center and two years at Buncombe County Child Services’ afterschool program while going to school for art. Meg says she is excited about combining her outdoor adventure skills from working 10 summers at a Girl Scout resident camp with the environmental and administrative skills she obtained from working the past 6 years at the Town of Cary’s Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to bring the Schoolhouse mission to Wake County. I can’t wait to get to know this new group of kids and parents.”

Marty Jorgensen (2016)

Orange County Site Manager

Email: marty@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Marty grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and spent her childhood rambling around, snowshoeing, and climbing trees on her family’s land on Casper Mountain. Inspired by her time outdoors, she decided to follow her passion for being outside and graduated from Green Mountain College with a degree in Adventure Recreation. Marty has worked for a number of summer camps and outdoor organizations and is excited to bring that experience to Schoolhouse of Wonder. In her free time, she likes to grow food, play ukulele, make inventions, and generally goof around. New to North Carolina, she’s already enjoyed her first Cheerwine and is excited to see all that the area has to offer!

Pam Andrae (2017)

Durham Program Coordinator

Email: pam@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Pam is originally from Virginia but made her way to NC when she attended ECU (go Pirates) for Psychology and Art. She also worked for the ECU Adventure Program, leading rock climbing, sea kayaking, and caving trips. That lead to another guiding opportunity leading trips all over the country. Exploring places like Yellowstone, Tetons, Yosemite, San Juan Islands, the Kenai Peninsula, and the Black Hills Pam honed her skills for teaching the different culture, history, and flora and fauna of all of these unique and breathtaking places. Pam is excited to bring her skills back to her community, here in Durham. When Pam isn’t shaping young minds, she can be found riding her bike long distances with too much stuff strapped to it, practicing yoga, kayaking where she hasn’t been yet, or planning the next adventure. Pam also enjoys playing in the dirt, “gardening”, construction projects at home, and playing trivia with her friends. Pam believes in connecting with Nature can foster a better sense of self-efficacy in children and adults and spur an appreciation for our planet, the only planet we have.

Abby Grewe (2018)

Durham Program Coordinator

Email: abby@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Abby is originally from the Wisconsin, where she grew up playing, swimming, and camping in the lakes, forests, and rivers of the beautiful Northwoods. She attended college in Portland, OR where she studied Biology and Hispanic Studies. During that time, she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and moved for a few years to Seattle, WA where she both worked at an elementary school and led youth backpacking trips in the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Mountains during the summers. All of these experiences have led her to love outdoor education, and finding ways to get youth outside. When she isn’t working with youth, you can find her reading a good book, cooking, hiking, playing with dogs, and road-tripping to new places. She is excited to explore North Carolina and learn about her new community in her favorite way- through the outdoors!

Brittany Ballentine (2018)

Wake Camp Coordinator

Email: brittany@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Brittany is a Raleigh native, and a recent graduate of Shaw University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. Her passion for both the outdoors and working with children has allowed her to work as a recreation leader at the Walnut Creek Wetland Park and as a site coordinator for a YMCA afterschool program. Although she was not a very outdoorsy type of child, her love for the environment bloomed much later in life. She is the co-founder and president of Shaw University’s very first Wildlife Biology Club. Being able to teach and mentor children, while in an outdoor environment, has been a dream of Brittany’s. Joining the Schoolhouse of Wonder team is a dream come true. There’s no better classroom than the outdoors. Brittany enjoys music, reading, camping, hiking, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends

Jill Ullman (2019)

Development Director 

Email: jill@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Jill joined Schoolhouse of Wonder on February 1, 2019 as its first development director.  A fundraising veteran with 16 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, Jill is the parent of two former Schoolhouse campers, is a former Schoolhouse board member, and a proud Schoolhouse donor. A native Durhamite, Jill is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro. Her two cats, Leo and Smokey, are the boss of her.

Meagan Wilson (2016)

Administrative Coordinator

Email: schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Meagan grew up in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania and spent most of her time climbing trees, picking berries, looking for spiders, going on explorations in her forested backyard, and building epic snow forts. Her passion for the outdoors continued to grow after spending several summers as a camper at an environmentally focused resident camp on the shores of Lake Erie. She studied Chemistry at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and was involved in several campus organizations with a community service focus including Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the Centre Science Club. When she isn’t studying for her M.B.A. program, Meagan enjoys gardening, cooking, reading on her porch swing, hiking the local trails, visiting any and all bodies of water, going to museums, and discovering the beauty in everything. She also has a soft spot for her two cats, EV and Ollie, and her “better half” Jon. Meagan loved being a Lead Counselor in Wake and is excited for a new adventure as the Administrative Coordinator.

Hannah Glatz (2016)

Administrative Assistant

Email: hannahg@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Hannah is from the Midwest and has lived all over the United States. She started working at Schoolhouse in the summer of 2016 as a Durham camp counselor, and now works in the office cheerfully answering phones, emails, and problem-solving for our camp families. When not puttering around the Schoolhouse office, you can find Hannah climbing trees, planning adventures with her wife, or napping with her dog. Hannah is passionate about mermaids, social justice, watching women’s soccer (Go Courage!), and beekeeping. 

Kasey Sorrell (2017)

Summer Staff Photographer

Kasey is a recent graduate of University of North Carolina at Asheville. She worked at Schoolhouse of Wonder as a counselor in Summer 2017, and will be returning as Staff Photographer for Summer 2019. She has had a passion for photography and other arts since her education at Durham School of the Arts. In addition to photography, Kasey enjoys hiking, cooking delicious meals, and making pottery. She is looking forward to exploring the Eno River and splashing around in endless art of candid photography.



Kaylyn Braga (2018)

Durham Camp Lead and Field Trip Instructor

Email: kaylyn@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Kaylyn is originally from North Carolina, and after working outdoor education jobs in both California and West Virginia over the past two years, she is super excited to move back to her roots and work at Schoolhouse of Wonder again. She first worked at Schoolhouse of Wonder in the summer of 2017 and fell in love with all that West Point on the Eno has to offer to the people who work there and visit. She loves that this job gives her the opportunity to get paid while doing the things that she enjoys doing anyway. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, floating in a multitude of bodies of water in a multitude of vessels, and hanging out with her dog. She can’t wait to play in and around the Eno River with some of the best kids in the world again!

Jenna Engelking (2018)

Durham Camp Lead and Field Trip Instructor

Email: jenna@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Jenna Engelking is originally from Northern Illinois.  She grew up on a farm where she spent her childhood exploring the woods around her home, catching snakes in the creek, and raising various farm animals. She received her degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University where she enjoyed being active in Amphibians and Reptiles club and studying abroad in Ecuador.  Since college, she has been teaching kids to love the outdoors all around the country at different outdoor schools and camps. She especially loved spending a year in Cuenca, Ecuador teaching English. When she is not educating through nature, she enjoys reading, playing music, and exploring new hiking trails with her boyfriend and dog. She is very excited to continue to inspire kids  through nature!

Matt Walters (2019)

Durham Camp Lead and Field Trip Instructor

Email: matt@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Matt grew up in New England where he spent most of his free time wandering through Connecticut’s state park systems searching for solace in the woods. An avid fan of all things wintry, he loves skiing, sledding, ice fishing, building epic snow sculptures, and will never pass on the opportunity for a good snowball fight. Having spent several years working as an environmental educator for state and national park systems, schools and nonprofit children’s museums, he founded his own company in Washington, D.C. that facilitated outdoor recreational outings for children with Autism. After returning to Connecticut he worked at a private boarding school to develop an outdoor educational program for high school students. Matt’s favorite pastimes include kayaking, climbing, writing haikus, and playing the guitar.

Trina Aiken (2019)

Durham Summer Camp Lead 

Trina grew up in Durham North Carolina, where she developed a fondness and passion for working with kids. Trina graduated from East Carolina University where she majored in Family Community Services with a concentration in Child Development. After working with the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corp she learned how much she loved being outdoors and camping. During this time she was able to learn about trail building, conservation, and how to put up a tent. She has worked with children for many summers through day camps in Durham and three summers at Camp Lurecrest, a sleep-away camp in Lake Lure, NC. She is excited to share her knowledge of friendship bracelet making, games, bright personality, and overwhelming love with all the campers this summer. 

Bev Medina (2018)

Durham CIT Mentor

Beverly is a recent transplant to North Carolina from sunny Florida, where she spent her childhood exploring beaches, forests, and swamps. She is an environmental engineer who just completed her M.S. at UNC, and rejoined the Schoolhouse team so that she could do something meaningful with her summer by mentoring Counselors in Training while getting her hands dirty and feet wet! She owns six string instruments and loves distance running, hiking, and her corgi mix Tesla.


Jalen Adams (2019)

Durham Summer Counselor

Jalen was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and is a senior at Riverside High School. Outside of school, he enjoys playing basketball, football, wrestling, and telling dad jokes. Growing up he enjoyed any outdoor activities with his family. This Hall he will be attending North Carolina A&T studying mechanical engineering. Jalen is looking forward to working as a camp counselor this summer and meeting all of the campers. 



Meredith Alling (2018)

Durham Summer Counselor

Meredith was born & raised in Durham and is working on a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University. This is her second year as a counselor with Schoolhouse and she is PUMPED to hang with the coolest kids ever at the best park ever for another summer. At any given moment, Meredith is probably reading, telling a joke, going for a walk, or thinking about dogs. Maybe all four–you never know.


Jackson Beck (2015)

Durham Summer Counselor

Jackson grew up in Durham, where he spent many of his summers attending Schoolhouse of Wonder as a camper. He currently attends Appalachian State University in Boone, where he is studying to be a teacher. Jackson has worked at Schoolhouse for several summers already and is excited to come back and show a new generation of campers how much fun the outdoors can be. In his spare time, Jackson loves to hike, swim and play basketball.



Asante Boler (2018)

Durham Summer Counselor

Asante is a Durham, North Carolina native. He grew up playing inside but once he went outside he didn’t want to go back in. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and playing games outside. Asante thinks that Schoolhouse of Wonder is a great place for people to come and learn something about nature.




Ebony Green (2018)

Durham Summer Counselor

Ebony is an upcoming junior at East Carolina University. GO PIRATES! She is a public health major with a minor in Spanish. One day she hopes to be a physical therapist for a major sports team. When Ebony is not studying, she’s probably eating. Ebony LOVES food…. unless it’s peanut butter. Her two favorite hobbies are eating and dancing. Ebony enjoys having fun adventures surrounded by her favorite people!

Anna Joel (2017)

Durham Summer Counselor

Anna moved to Durham when she was 7 and has attended Schoolhouse of Wonder ever since. She spent her early years in Florida with an array of peculiar pets. Anna is a senior at Durham School of the Arts and in the fall will be a freshman at UNC-Asheville, with a major in Biology. She loves hiking, ultimate frisbee, photography, and creature hunting with her family. Anna also likes to go foraging for mushrooms and other edibles with her father. When Anna is not outside in the wilderness, she is baking, reading, and traveling. She is eager to share the awesome experiences and adventures she had with the campers.

Carson Lehmann (2017)

Durham Summer Counselor

Carson is from Greensboro, NC, where he spent his days as a kid exploring forests, creeks and anything else muddy. Carson now attends UNC Asheville, where he is working towards his Political Science and Spanish degrees. Last year, Carson spent a semester in Ecuador learning about biodiversity and eco-tourism, while getting lost in the rainforest. Carson is more than excited to return to Schoolhouse this summer for many more adventures on the Eno. In his spare time, Carson loves hiking the Blue Ridge, with a good book and hammock in hand.

Kelse McAdon (2019)

Durham Summer Counselor

Kelse was born and raised in Durham, NC, and grew up spending more time in the woods than he did inside. As a child, he loved climbing trees and building forts with spare wood, nails, and fishing wire. He graduated from North Carolina School of Science and Math, where he cultivated his love of science, nature, and environmentalism. He is currently enrolled in UNC Chapel Hill, where he plans to study biology. He has 18 summers of experience hiking the trails on the Eno, and doesn’t plan on stopping. In his spare time, he writes poetry, paints portraits and landscapes, and loves reading books.


JP Osagie (2019)

Durham Summer Counselor

JP is a Durham native. He is currently just finishing up his freshman year at High Point University, studying Exercise Science, with the hope of one day becoming a physician. He’s played basketball all through middle and high school and was even a team captain for a few years. He has learned to work with kids and be a camp counselor by working with his mother. JP enjoys playing basketball, working out, traveling, and hanging out with friends. His favorite part about working with kids is their unique personalities and their curiosity. They are always full of energy and ready to learn.


Joe Pirani (2014)

Durham Summer Counselor

Joe has loved nature from a young age and will take any opportunities he can to go hiking, backpacking, or camping. He also enjoys canoeing, archery, and gem mining in the great outdoors. When he is not outside he likes to work on art projects, play video games, and hang out with his friends. Joe is currently working on an earth science degree from UNC Asheville where he is finishing up his senior year. Joe hopes to make a difference in the world by working to clean up water pollution and prevent our water sources from being polluted in the future.

Julie Salemi (2019)

Durham Summer Counselor

Julie was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently an undergraduate student at UNC Chapel Hill and working towards a Human Development and Family Studies degree. She grew up around the Eno as well as at stables and farms all over Durham and is excited to get back outside and into the woods. When she isn’t at school or work, Julie lives at home with her five cats and two dogs, reading fantasy novels, and trying to keep up with her pets.



Natasha Waters (2017)

Durham Summer Counselor

Natasha is a returning Counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder this summer and just graduated from Riverside High School. She loves being outside and has been coming to camp since she was five. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, writing, and taking naps. Natasha is thrilled to be back helping kids explore nature at Schoolhouse of Wonder!


Erin Andrews (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Born and raised in the Raleigh area, Erin began attending camps at Schoolhouse of Wonder at the age of 10. She enjoys theater and dance, and is passionate about social justice and learning. In her free time, Erin watches Netflix comedy specials and YouTube videos of dogs. She has two cats who like the smell of fish and one brother who does not. Erin speaks German and is looking to pursue a career in childcare/education or the arts.

Haley Carpenter (2018)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Haley is a senior at Riverside High School and a Durham native. She has grown up playing at the Eno River in her backyard. She loves to hike and to explore new trails. In her free time, you can find Haley hanging in a hammock at the Eno or swimming at Sennett’s Hole. This is her second year as a junior counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder. She previously was a CIT for two years.




Lucie Ciccone (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Lucie attended Schoolhouse as a camper from when she was four to when she was thirteen, and she is excited to return as a junior counselor. This fall she is going to attend NC State University, where she plans to major in conservation biology and design. She loves hiking, birds, and exploring new places.


Ben Davis (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Ben was born and raised in Durham, right next to the Eno River. He first came to Schoolhouse when he was 6 years old as a camper, and fell in love with the outdoors. Ben loves to hike, play sports, and search for all kinds of wildlife. He can’t wait to get started at Schoolhouse of Wonder and is looking forward to sharing a fun experience of adventures with all of the campers.




Macon Hubert (2018)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Macon is a Durham native and has been a part of the Schoolhouse of Wonder community for over a decade, first as a camper and now as a junior counselor. Macon is a confirmed nerd (ask him about glaciers) and is proud of it but loves running around in the woods more than life itself. He is also a Boy Scout and has picked up woodcarving and fire building along the way. This summer Macon can be found at West Point on the Eno, other NC parks, or even hiking around in New Mexico for a while. His favorite part of being at Schoolhouse is the people he meets and the stories they have to share.


Quinn McGuire (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Quinn is a many-sided young woman, she spends her time doing everything from modeling and wearing heels to hiking the Appalachian trail and playing in the mud. She spends her downtime curled up with her two cats and a good knitting project, or, giving her chickens snacks. She has loved teaching kids about nature since she was one, someday she hopes to be a teacher of environmental science or something like that. A dedicated girl scout, backpacker, and nature lover, she makes it her duty to protect and teach about the natural world. Quinn is super excited to return to Schoolhouse for her first year as a junior counselor, but her ninth year with Schoolhouse counting camper and CIT years.


Claire Rusconi-Warner (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Claire is a Durham native and has been going to Schoolhouse of Wonder every summer since age 7. She’ll be a junior in high school next year and has played on her school’s basketball and ultimate teams for 2 years. As a little kid, she loved to play outside whenever she could. Now, she loves the forest and often spends her free time outside whether it be relaxing or running with her dogs in the woods. Claire loves all of the stories she hears from the campers and is really looking forward to more this summer.



Mir Starr Samuels (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Mir has been attending Schoolhouse since she was a little kid, first as a camper, then as a CIT. She’s excited to come back this summer as a Junior Counselor! Mir’s favorite parts about Schoolhouse are the games, spending the day in nature, and hanging out with campers all day. When she’s not at Schoolhouse, Mir likes to play guitar, hike, and play softball.




Callie Williamson (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Callie grew up in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently a student at Orange High School. She spent her early life camping and fishing with her dad, then fell in love with Schoolhouse as a CIT. Callie now spends her free time hiking, catching snakes, or acting.





Emma Williamson (2019)

Durham Summer Junior Counselor

Emma is a Durham native who attends Orange High School in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and she is super excited to be a junior counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder this summer! She loves to share her enthusiasm about nature with everyone around her. She enjoys learning new things and is passionate about everything outdoors, including running, hiking, climbing, playing sports, and exploring the wilderness around her. She jumps on every opportunity to experience new places and meet new people because it is the best way to grow.



Pat Beezley (2018)

Orange Camp Lead and Field Trip Instructor

Email: pat@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Pat is originally from a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, but has been moving around the country since graduating college. Pat has worked for outdoor recreation organizations including Raleigh Parks and Recreation, wilderness therapy programs in Utah and Georgia, several environmental/adventure education jobs, a climbing/whitewater rafting guide in the New River Gorge, and as a Traveling Trainer for Leave No Trace, touring the country with his wife teaching outdoor ethics while living out of a Subaru. Pat received his Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation from Southeast Missouri State University and his Master’s Degree in Recreation Resource Administration with an emphasis in Recreation from the Southern Illinois University. Pat is so excited to be apart of the Schoolhouse of Wonder team and loves teaching and guiding kids in the outdoors. When Pat is not working he is spending time outside climbing, paddling, surfing, hiking, and biking with his wife and dog.

Natasha Schwade (2019)

Orange Summer Lead 

After years in Asheville, NC, Natasha has recently returned to her hometown of Durham, Bull City. She graduated from UNC Asheville with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2015 where she gained a deeper appreciation for the environment, nature, and just simply being outside. Her passion for children and the environment, and desire to be outdoors have led her to the Schoolhouse of Wonder. She believes that being outdoors offers so many new experiences to learn from and opportunities to teach others. In her free time, Natasha can be found doing yoga, reading, hiking (with the secret intent of finding trees to set up a hammock or climb), or having fun with friends and family.


Maya Marin (2017)

Orange CIT Mentor

Maya recently graduated from NC State University with a degree in Science Education with a concentration in Biology. This will be Maya’s third summer at Schoolhouse. Maya loves camp because it has all of her favorite hobbies including catching snakes, looking for critters in the creek, crafts (especially if they involve mud), and teaching campers how to respect themselves and others. Maya is excited to work with the CITs this summer as their mentor.



Donovan Corbett (2018)

Orange Summer Counselor

Donovan is back for his second summer as a camp counselor. Her is a native of Cedar Grove, North Carolina. Donovan is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He looks forward to his second year of working with the campers and introduce new fascinating things about nature to them




Will McKiver (2017)

Orange Summer Counselor

Willard McKiver is returning this summer as a Camp Counselor after being a Junior Counselor and CIT. He is 18 years old and originally from Durham, NC.  He has attended Southern High School.  In his free time, Willard likes to read, write, play sports, and play games. Outside of school, he enjoys modeling, acting, and playing the piano.




Christine Schedler (2019)

Orange Summer Counselor

Christine is a native North Carolinian, born in Greenville. She is currently a full time student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying sociology. Christine grew up a girl scout and has a love for the outdoors. When she is not studying for school, she can be found taking hikes in the woods (rain or shine), reading, or enjoying the outdoors with her friends.




Ben Throckmorton (2018)

Orange Summer Junior Counselor

Ben was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Durham, North Carolina and is a rising Senior at Charles E. Jordan High school. Ben enjoys hiking, taking pictures, and traveling. Last summer he thoroughly enjoyed being the Photo Intern for Schoolhouse of Wonder and is excited to get Dirty, Tired, and Happy again as a Junior Counselor this year.




Sophie van Duin (2019)

Orange Summer Junior Counselor

Sophie was born in New York and moved to North Carolina when she was 10 years old. She attended Schoolhouse as a camper and a CIT before becoming a counselor, and loved running around, telling stories, and playing games. She is so excited to make camp as fun for new campers as it was for her.




Frank Barnett (2016)

Wake Camp Lead

Email: frank@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Frank is a native Central Floridian who grew up backpacking through the Ocala National Forest and through the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Sociology in 2013, and in 2015, he went on a 2000-mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He currently lives in Cary, North Carolina, pursuing his love of environmental education with Schoolhouse of Wonder and hopes to enrich the lives of young outdoor enthusiasts. Frank has been a part of numerous outdoor youth camping experiences through his church and is excited to be leading the next generation of campers today. In his spare time, he loves to do yoga, read good books, hike, and play instruments.

Kailey Palazzi (2019)

Wake Camp Lead

Email: kailey@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Kailey spent the last 13 years of her life living in western Massachusetts, before that Michigan and Virginia. Spending the majority of her days as a child exploring the outdoors. As a teenager, she found her love of hiking and climbing mountains. While at U Mass Amherst, she studied Biology with a focus on plants, animals, and the environment.  Outdoor facilitation has been a passion for the past two years. During her time as an instructor in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, she had the opportunity to work and travel in New Zealand for six months. Backing packing and exploring throughout the north and south islands.

Ryan Phillips (2019)

Wake Camp Lead

Email: ryan@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte! He loves music, tree climbing, traveling the world, fishing, sports, and the outdoors! Ryan grew up in Raleigh where he went to Leesville Road Elementary, Middle, and High School. He is an Eagle Scout with over 15 years of camping experience and wilderness survival. Ryan has backpacked the mountains of New Mexico, scuba dived the ocean floors of the Bahamas, and canoed through the Great Lakes in Minnesota and Canada. He’s excited to share his love for the outdoors with everyone and looks forward to having fun at Schoolhouse of Wonder! Ryan hopes to help everyone gain a greater appreciation for nature and its beauties. He’s also looking forward to playing some games and sports!

James Scott (2018)

Wake Camp Lead

Email: james@schoolhouseofwonder.org

James was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he lived until age 6. He moved to Northeastern PA where he fell in love with being outside and attended a camp at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Eventually, James went on to work as both a camp counselor and an environmental educator at PEEC, teaching a diverse range of ages (three-adult) and backgrounds (local and inner city). James’ camp counselors were huge role models for him and he wants to give others the same great experiences that he had as a kid. In James’ free time you can find him wandering through the forest with a guidebook identifying and studying local flora and fauna, working on his photography, backpacking, or fishing.

Maddie Rossie (2016)

Wake CIT Mentor

Email: maddy@schoolhouseofwonder.org

Maddy Rossie is a Cary, North Carolina native who grew up here in the woods and creeks in Wake County. She graduated with a Theatre degree from Adelphi University in New York but was drawn back to here to her real home. Inspired by her years as a Girl Scout, she returned to the outdoors where she found Schoolhouse of Wonder. Schoolhouse has given her so much and she is excited to share what she’s learned and more with the next generation of leaders!


Anna Andersen (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Ana is a North Carolina native who grew up in Elizabeth City, NC. She spent her time as a kid wandering around in corn fields, climbing trees, and looking at the writing spiders in her yard. She recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Wildlife Science. In her spare time, you can find her reading a book, gardening, bird watching, hiking, or hanging out with her cats and guinea pigs. She is very excited to share her love of nature and the environment with others!


Kam Brock (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Kam is a New York City native and a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. He is also a trained choreographer in the areas of Hip-Hop and Jamaican Dancehall. He started working with the youth at the age of fifteen starting as a junior youth counselor and has continued to make a difference in this field even until this day. His passion for both the arts and working with the youth has led him to make a difference in many children’s lives in multiple states. He is new to the team and is looking forward to his very own Schoolhouse of Wonder Camp Experience.


Brent Callaway (2014)

Wake Summer Counselor

Brent grew up climbing trees, sledding in the heavy snows of West Michigan, and playing imaginative games in the woods with his brothers. After earning his B.S. in Biology from the College of William & Mary, and pursuing various biotech work, Brent fell in love with camp counseling during his first season with Schoolhouse, in 2014. When he is not running through the forest with children, Brent works as a teacher and is completing a science teaching masters program via NCSU. Brent loves wordplay, storytelling, and singing, and is thrilled to be back for the summer. “Schoolhouse of Wonder is a dream job for those seeking meaning in their daily work. I look forward to inspiring kids and being inspired by kids.”

Cole Farmer (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Cole is a dedicated student who is currently attending UNCP for a major in music theatre. He has lived near the Eno river since he was a kid and enjoys trips to the river. His goal is to make sure everyone has a fun but safe time.




Carter Hodl (2017)

Wake Summer Counselor

Carter was born in Seattle, WA but grew up in Raleigh, discovering his love for all things nature at a very early age. Bouncing around the woods in his backyard looking for any critter he could find, he developed a strong passion for all wildlife (especially any and everything aquatic!). Carter has spent several years at Schoolhouse providing hundreds of animal facts and goofy stories throughout the days. He currently attends Appalachian State University, where he spends his free time hiking, snowboarding, fly fishing, and playing guitar.


Carl Jamieson (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Carl was raised on a Christmas tree farm in a small no-streetlight town in Upstate New York. By helping his parents hand plant the once puny trees that now shade the majority of his home, he learned that a positive effort made for the environment early will always pay off in the long-term. With a background in camping as an Eagle Scout, and an innate passion for hiking, he has had the opportunity to trek through nearly half of the National Parks in the United States while also finding time to pursue his desire for Higher Education. Carl also possesses a background in Summer Camp Counseling from his over 5 years’ experience staffing and leading an N.Y.L.T. (National Youth Leadership Training) program near his home town. Having recently moved to the Triangle area, his main hope is that he can inspire his love for nature in others and deliver on Schoolhouse of Wonder’s guarantee of sending everyone home “Dirty, Tired, and Happy.”

Charmaine Pedrozo (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Charmaine recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master of Science in Natural Resources. She is originally from Florida where she studied Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Charmaine has always loved learning about animals and the environment ever since she was young. Her passion grew even more as a college student when she got the opportunity to explore more of the outdoors. She is very excited to foster a similar passion within younger children! In her free time, Charmaine enjoys hiking, playing with her cat, traveling, and playing tennis or badminton. However, she also really enjoys learning or trying something new.


Michelle Pendergrass (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

A Raleigh native, Michelle has always loved exploring the various landscapes of North Carolina, whether it be the mountains, the sea, or a hike at a local park. While earning her degree in Textile Design at NC State University, Michelle got involved in volunteering with several local organizations, and has since devoted her career to helping others in the nonprofit sector. After 5 years of working to promote local volunteerism with Activate Good, Michelle is ready for her next adventure, and is excited to help children build confidence and a love of the outdoors with Schoolhouse of Wonder!


Elena Sanchez (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Though she moved around as a kid, Elena calls North Carolina home. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, she has worked in education and lived in South Korea, Spain, and Scotland. In every place she has lived, she has found a welcoming community with the local hiking groups. After realizing she could combine her passions for both working with young people and the outdoors, she returned stateside to work as an environmental educator in the mountains of northern Georgia. Elena feels incredibly fortunate to have found a place with Schoolhouse of Wonder that allows her to lead young people in an outdoor setting. Outside of work, Elena enjoys spending time with loved ones, keeping her Spanish sharp, painting, and planning her next trip.

Zari Tracy (2019)

Wake Summer Counselor

Zari is from Atlanta Georgia but grew up in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying Biology and hoping one day to attend graduate school for genetic counseling. Zari loves traveling and has spent time in places like Europe and Africa. She enjoys museums, especially art museums, and music. She loves kayaking and walking the greenway around Wake County. She also volunteers at pitbull rescue centers and loves anything pitbull related. She’s excited to become a part of the Schoolhouse of Wonder Team and have a great summer outdoors!



Maddie Fan (2018)

Wake Summer Junior Counselor

Maddie is currently a student at Enloe High School. She loves to spend her time hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors. She really enjoys working with campers from Schoolhouse of Wonder each summer and being a part of such a fun, loving community. In her free time, Maddie loves to dance, play music, and hang out with her friends and family.



Emma Gan (2019)

Wake Summer Junior Counselor

Emma was born in Ottawa and moved to Cary when she was three. Her family has gone camping since she was young and enjoyed taking walks around nearby parks. Emma has a German Shepherd dog, Ginger, who likes to play with pinecones and take walks. Emma heard about Schoolhouse of Wonder after her brother was a CIT, and was enthusiastic to join. She was a CIT for 3 years, and is excited to come back as a Junior Counselor!



Robert Gan (2019)

Wake Summer Junior Counselor

Robert is from Cary but was born in Ottowa. He loves hiking, traveling, and exploring nature. This is his 5th year with Schoolhouse of Wonder, previously as a CIT, and now he is super excited to continue as a Junior Counselor!


Noah Lindenberg (2018)

Wake Summer Junior Counselor

Noah is a junior at Apex High School who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. Noah enjoys sports and loves to hike and explore. He never passes up a good game of chess or freeze tag and is interested in studying Political Science and Law in college. Noah has worked as a CIT and Junior counselor at Schoolhouse in the summer and as a YMCA after-school counselor during the school year. Noah also works as a volunteer for his local fire department.



We also count on our wonderful board of directors to help round out the team. We’re grateful for the dedication our staff and board demonstrate every day. It shows up in big and small ways, and we couldn’t do it without them. 

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