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Meet the Team

Julie AllenJulie Allen

2nd grade
Irwin Intermediate – DODEA
Cumberland County
Hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, traveling, running, biking, yoga, teaching…anything that gets me outside and moving!
Looking forward to: Collaborating with other educators, learning about connections between the local ecosystem and economy, cultural experiences, and learning about self-reliance.

Tarina ArgeseTarina Argese

6th–8th grade Spanish Language
Mills Park Middle School
Wake County
Hobbies: I like to travel, play sports, crafts, and spend time with friends and family.
Looking forward to: Meeting other teachers and establishing connections with them. I am excited to visit Ecuador and speak with natives, work in the schools, practice my Spanish, and experience Ecuadorian cuisine. I am very much looking forward to the knowledge I will gain and bring back to enhance my classroom activities!

Tara HammondTara Hammond

5th grade Math and Science
Hillandale Elementary School
Henderson County
Hobbies: read, run, mountain bike, road bike, hike, playing with my dog
Looking forward to: Exploring many new habitats, working with local school children, and learning about the local culture!


Leslie HooperLeslie Hooper

9th–12th grade Science
Surry Central High School
Surry County
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, traveling, & doing most anything outdoors.
Looking forward to: I am excited to experience the Ecuadorian culture, visit Heifer International and, hopefully, see whales!!! Additionally, I look forward to sharing time with the people of Ecuador and my amazing travel companions!

Cindy KendallCindy Kendall

6th grade
Kings Mountain Intermediate School
Cleveland County
Hobbies: Reading, boating, fishing, anything near the beach or water, eating ice cream, drinking Sundrop, and being with my family and friends.
Looking forward to: Learning about the culture, the landscape and wildlife; making new friends and memories.

Megan LobsingerMeghan Lobsinger

Director of EcoVillage
North Carolina State University
Wake County
Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, kayaking, nature- and people-watching
Looking forward to: Exploring a continent I have yet to set foot on, working with people from another country and culture, gaining experiences and knowledge to bring back to my students, and the scenery/ecology/wildlife.

Lindsay MayLindsay May

2nd grade
Central Park School for Children
Durham County
Hobbies: Knitting, listening to music, thrift-store shopping and gardening.
Looking forward to: Visiting Ecuador and seeing Heifer’s work up close. I am excited to visit the school and teach the children there.

Emily MorenoEmily Moreno

5th grade
Angier Elementary School
Harnett County
Hobbies: Hike with my dogs, camp, take nature photographs
Looking forward to: Seeing a new country and culture as well as meeting locals. I am also looking forward to seeing diverse landscapes and ecosystems.

Melissa RussellMelissa Russell

5th grade
Bugg Elementary School
Wake County
Hobbies: Travel, cooking, reading (preferably in a hammock)
Looking forward to: Collaborating with other educators and partnering with Heifer International in seeing the effects of their nonprofit on the community at large.

Kate WernersbachKate Wernersbach

9th–12th grade English
Havelock High School
Craven County
Hobbies: Go to the beach, read, workout, create art, spend time with family, friends and my dogs, and travel
Looking forward to: Experiencing a new culture, meeting new friends and colleagues, breathing in the mountain air, and having an amazing learning experience that I can share with my students and fellow teachers.

Kim SmartKim Smart

Prairie Ridge Ecostation, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, gardening, hiking, traveling
Looking forward to: Getting to know new friends, meeting up with Ecuadorian buddies, having a rewarding school workshop day, visiting a new páramo & alpaca project, practicing Spanish, seeing new plants and animals.

Christy FlintChristy Flint

Micro World Investigate Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: Reading, watching soccer, traveling
Looking forward to: Immersing myself in the culture and ecology of Ecuador, making new friends, working with Ecuadorian school children.


Meet the Team 2012

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay Pickett permalink
    June 19, 2014 9:50 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I am a friend of your mother. This sounds like a wonderful experience for you and your team.
    Kay Pickett

    • Julie Allen permalink
      June 28, 2014 9:51 pm

      Hi Kay!
      It was an incredible experience. It exceeded my expectations! It was also a phenomenal group of educators. Next time I am in San Diego I will have to share more about it!

  2. Judy Davis permalink
    June 21, 2014 6:49 pm

    Hi Julie, I hope this is the right place to type a comment. What a great experience to share with other teachers. Are you at high altitudes? That can be an adjustment too! Have fun!! Judy Davis

    • Julie Allen permalink
      June 28, 2014 9:53 pm

      Hi Judy!
      It was so fun to hear from you during our trip! Hopefully I will be able to share my photos with you at some point this summer. We were at high altitudes. I think somewhere in the 13,000 ft. range was our high point. The altitude I am used too. It’s the boat rides that get me!

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