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Meet the Team 2012

Cindy ApplebyCindy Appleby

5th Grade Teacher
The Raleigh School
Wake County
Hobbies: reading, running, yoga
Looking forward to: I have always dreamed of going to a national park out west and experiencing the beauty of the wilderness.  I am looking forward to seeing the sky at night and animals in the wild that I have never seen before!

Carla BillupsCarla Billups

5th Grade Teacher
Jonathan Valley Elementary School
Haywood County
hiking, yoga, working out, reading, quilting, photography, and flat water kayaking
Looking forward to: I am so excited to just return back to Yellowstone in a different season! Seeing the change in the ecosystem in the winter is the main thing I’m looking forward to along with more active wolf action!!! I can’t even imagine the thermal features in the winter versus the summer. Finally, I’m looking forward to really trying to include our students (Michelle Knapik is my teaching partner) while we are on this trip. I hope our plans for our website will be able to be met!!

Bob BraymanBob Brayman

Director of Instructional Technologies
St. Mark Catholic School
New Hanover County
Hobbies: hiking, camping, boating
Looking forward to: I’ve had the opportunity to spend several months in Yellowstone, all during the summer months. The diversity in flora, fauna, and geology is truly amazing. It’s been my dream to return during the winter months to experience this wonder in a blanket of white and without the presence of hordes of tourists.

Rachel ChildsRachel Childs

4th Grade Teacher
Jones Dairy Elementary School
Wake County
Hobbies: reading, crocheting/knitting, traveling
Looking forward to: Seeing the winter landscape of Yellowstone, the night sky, and wildlife. I want to absorb all there is around me from this wonderful experience.

Terry Anne DennyTerry Denny

K – 5 Music Teacher
Lacy Elementary School
Wake County
Hobbies: fossil Collecting, wildlife and bird watching, walking, reading, sewing, beachcombing
Looking forward to: Discovering what it is like in the winter season in Yellowstone.  Having been there in summer, I am anticipating the quiet beauty of the winter with fewer people and a different looking landscape covered in stark white snow.  I look forward to reconnecting with a land that now feels like an old friend.

Sarah HarmonSarah Harmon

Science Teacher
Western Alamance High School
Alamance County
Hobbies: hiking and camping, playing with my dogs and bunny, baking, photography, reading
Looking forward to: Seeing the beauty of Yellowstone covered in snow, quiet, hopefully seeing the wildlife in a different setting, and experiencing new things like snowshoeing.

Michelle KnapikMichelle Knapik

5th Grade Teacher
Jonathan Valley Elementary School
Haywood County
Hobbies: reading, writing, hiking, and enjoying the wilds of the world
Looking forward to: Experiencing the grandeur of a snow covered, natural wonder.  I have been to the park in the summer, but I look forward to feeling the frozen spirit of the land.

Michelle PearceMichelle Pearce

Early Childhood EE Specialist
The North Carolina Arboretum
Buncombe County
Hobbies: knitting and crafting, birding, mushroom identification, hiking with my husband and with my dog Walter
Looking forward to: I am really looking forward to everything! I have never been to Yellowstone, or even west of the Mississippi, so this will be an exceptional and exciting experience. I can’t wait to learn more about the geothermal features, the amazing landscape, and all of the wildlife that can be found in the park.

Erin StevensErin Stevens

Science Teacher
Cary High School
Wake County
Hobbies: camping, hiking, running, biking, yardwork, basically anything outdoors!
Looking forward to: I’ve never been to Yellowstone and am so excited to have the opportunity to see it in winter!  I know the white background will be quite the contrast for the sights that we will see!  I’m excited for the wildlife and the overall geology and wonders that make Yellowstone such a unique place.  I have my fingers crossed that will get at least one day of very cold weather so the air is crisp and clear!

Andi WebbAndi Webb

Title I Remediation Teacher
Alderman Road Elementary School
Cumberland County
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, spending time with my family and friends
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to going to a place that is new to me. I have read stories about Yellowstone and seen pictures but I am excited to experience it for myself. I love moose so I hope to see at least one!

Trip Leaders

Mike DunnMike Dunn

Senior Manager of Outreach
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: nature photography, kayaking, woods-watching
Looking forward to: Getting back to my favorite place at my favorite season – the wildlife, the quiet, the beauty, and the friends that help make our trips so special.

Melissa DowlandMelissa Dowland

Teacher Education Specialist
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: camping, hiking, kayaking, nature photography
Looking forward to: Reconnecting with my favorite place in the world and with park staff and local friends. Sharing the magic and wonder of Yellowstone in Winter with an amazing group of educators, and inspiring them to connect their lives and their teaching to the natural world.

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