Teachers

Chris Knapp is a father, homesteader and environmental educator.  He is passionate about sharing inroads to place-connection and gratitude through hand craft, wilderness travel, and homesteading arts.  Chris began teaching and guiding at Kroka Expeditions where, for multiple years, he instructed on Kroka's winter semester for high school students.  Chris has taught experiential education from grade school to graduate school levels, and, since 2008, has been the lead educator for Maine Local Living School.  Chris holds a M.S. in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, is a Wilderness First Responder and a registered Maine Guide.

 Ashirah Knapp is an experiential  educator, homesteader of 20-plus years, goat farmer, Maine Guide, and mother.  She has worked in accounting and addiction medicine offices and enjoyed many years offering in-home senior care.  She runs Maine Local Living School's animal husbandry program and is finishing two novels  and several short children's stories.  

Ashirah and Chris with family on the homestead.

Emily MacGibeny is an herbalist, wild foods cook, experiential educator, holistic health practitioner, permaculturalist, gardener, and Wilderness First Responder. Emily holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and has 8-plus years of experience living, learning, and working on farms and intentional communities across the world. Emily is passionate about the power of body-connection, Earth-connection, and community-connection in empowering others to feel grounded, resilient, creative, and joyful in life. 

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Alex Ernst's passion for teaching extends from the classroom to the wilderness and all the places in between. After 10 years of teaching 3rd grade, he received a Master’s degree in mathematics education. He taught middle school math in Maine and 9th grade math in Sayulita, Mexico. Alex currently works as the Wilderness Trips Director for the Camping and Education Foundation. He enjoys solving difficult problems and shares his love of math to his students. He spends his free time skiing and biking with his wife and three daughters. 

Michelle Fournier is a student of living in right relationship to the world. She has worked for several years as a community organizer for justice movements, in particular climate justice. She has also worked as an environmental educator both inside and outside the classroom. Michelle is a lifelong Mainer who loves everything about food and being outdoors. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment / Environmental Justice.

Raymond E. Reitze, Jr. is a Master Maine Guide, author, philosophy teacher and guest elder and mentor for MLLS.  As a young boy in Buxton, Maine, Raymond spent countless hours being mentored by an elder from the Mi'Kmaq people who was living on the back acreage of the Reitzes' farm.  Those early years opened Raymond to a way of seeing and being upon the earth that has guided his life ever since.  He has run several businesses and guided countless people through the wilds of Maine and into “the silence.”  Raymond has dedicated his life to the teachings of love, and guiding people and children to their own hearts.

Jacquelynn Ward grew up running around the woods, eating herbs straight from the garden, and sleeping outside whenever possible. Since then, she has been exploring the ways in which language, land, work, and imagination help us to be fully alive on Earth. She is currently an educator, storyteller, shiatsu practitioner, gardener, and aspiring herbalist. For the past decade, she has worked for numerous wilderness schools in the Northeast, and pursued academic learning. She holds a B.A. in Historiography and Alternative Historical Narrative, and an M.A. in Viking and Medieval Norse History.

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