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Meet the Team

Carly AlbeeCarly Albee

Math Teacher
Buncombe County
Hobbies: crossfit, quilting and live music
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: catching piranhas, spying river dolphins, bragging about the fish I catch and laughing hysterically with my new pals
 

James BradyJames Brady

Undergraduate Student
St. Lawrence County, NY
Hobbies: exploring nature, music, guitar
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: meeting new friends; experiencing a new and wonderfully unique environment; being able to share this experience with friends and other students of the environment
 

Rachel EarnhardtRachel Earnhardt

High School Student
Wake County
Hobbies: dancing, reading, photography, writing
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: seeing some magnificent plants and animals; bringing the knowledge back to my school and community
 

Matt FriedrickMatt Friedrick

Director of K–12 Education, Center for International Understanding
Wake County
Hobbies: biking, traveling, playing with my 3-year-old
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: seeing the rainforest; getting to know amazing colleagues from both North Carolina and Peru; learning more about the peoples of Peru
 

Sophie JordanSophie Jordan

Retired Elementary School Teacher
Currituck County
Hobbies: gardening, reading, identifying wildflowers
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: experiencing the rainforest canopy and the night hikes in search of all kinds of creatures
 

Rosemary KleinRosemary Klein

Retired Teacher
Mecklenburg County
Hobbies: running, reading, gardening, playing piano and recorder, hiking
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: exploring a new rainforest and a canopy up close; seeing the Amazon; new cool birds
 

Bob KluttzBob Kluttz

CEO, Quality Sprinkler Company, Inc
Mecklenburg County
Hobbies: nature study, gardening, fishing
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: new flora and fauna; local cuisine; new friends
 
 

Robert Kluttz, Jr.Robert Kluttz, Jr.

UNCW Student
New Hanover County
Hobbies: computer technology, nature study
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: celebrating my birthday in Peru and exploring Machu Pichu
 
 

Karen LinehanKaren Linehan

1st/2nd Grade Teacher
New Hanover County
Hobbies: nature study, guitar and singing, trail-running and biking
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: exploring the rainforest canopy and learning about the unique animals that live there; hearing the sounds of the Amazon rainforest, especially new bird songs!
 

Frank McKayFrank McKay

8th Grade Teacher
Wake County
Hobbies: running, hiking, boating, and exploring the world with my 2-year-old daughter
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: experiencing the rainforest at every level, especially the canopy; learning about different parts of the rainforest ecosystem and interacting with researchers on the ground and in the air.
 

Betsy RayBetsy Ray

6th Grade Science and Math Teacher
Buncombe County
Hobbies: running, knitting, hiking
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: traveling to a new place and learning about the animals and plants of the Amazon as well as having a clearer understanding of the research going on; bringing my experiences back to share with my students as part of our annual Amazon Rainforest unit.
 

Cathy ScottCathy Scott

Doctoral Student, UNC-Greensboro
Guilford County
Hobbies: gardening, hiking
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: meeting new people and seeing the wildlife of the Amazon
 
 

Carolyn SolomonCarolyn Solomon

Retired Teacher
Wake County
Hobbies: historic preservation, textiles, gardening
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: exploring a new natural environment, culture, arts and crafts; sharing this experience with organizations with which I volunteer
 

Dan SolomonDan Solomon

Dean, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NCSU
Wake County
Hobbies: gardening
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: learning about how to communicate science to the public
 
 

Linda YoderLinda Yoder

Science Lead Teacher
Lincoln County
Hobbies: pottery, gardening, travel, boating, yoga, learning new things about nature, challenging myself
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: conducting research and experiencing the rainforest canopy; fishing for piranha; boating on the Amazon; learning from other participants; bringing the experience back to teachers and students in my district
 

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Staff

Liz BairdLiz Denton Baird

Director of Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies:
anything that lets me spend time outside – boating, walking the dog, birdwatching, hiking, biking, photography
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: experiencing the canopy, seeing new species and using my knowledge of Central American species to identify some found in South America; seeing and experiencing the Amazon River; traveling with this exceptional group of people
 

Mary Ann BrittainMary Ann Brittain

Director, Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Wake County
Hobbies: playing the violin, pottery, reading, bird watching
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: seeing the incredible birds and insects, especially the gliding ants; reconnecting with friends I made during my long-ago first trip to Peru
 

Dr. Meg LowmanDr. Meg Lowman

Director, Nature Research Center
Wake County
Hobbies: bird-watching, cooking, photography, helping women in developing countries achieve their dreams
What I am looking forward to experiencing in the Amazon: Collecting some new data points; employing and empowering locals in sustainable vocations; giving back to the planet by sharing the Amazon with new people

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Carly Albee permalink
    July 1, 2011 11:37 pm

    Y’all look like the coolest group of people ever. I can’t wait to get to know you.

  2. July 4, 2011 1:57 am

    Right backatcha Carly!!

  3. Patricia Cramer permalink
    July 5, 2011 11:32 am

    Safe Travels! Can’t wait to see what you find!

    Patricia C.

  4. Wade Smith permalink
    July 5, 2011 9:21 pm

    I was at the Raleigh Durham Airport today to see them off. It is a wonderful group of people and we are so proud of them. Wade Smith

  5. LIZ permalink
    July 7, 2011 10:30 am

    U go Linda Lee bring us back some piranha.
    we r so proud to have our cuz as one of the group!!!! LUV ANN,Barb&Candy

  6. Doug Clark permalink
    July 10, 2011 8:26 pm

    Linda,

    Hope you have a safe trip. I can’t wait to see your pictures, hear your stories, and be taken to the rainforest without ever leaving. I also look forward to seeing what you catch!

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