Emily Krall Osterman, Founder and Director of BookTrails
Emily graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sociology. A native of Steamboat Springs, she moved to Boulder after graduating from college to work at Natural Capitalism Solutions (http://natcapsolutions.org/), an environmental non-profit that provides green solutions to businesses. Wanting the opportunity to work with children, Emily started as an intern for Thorne Ecological Institute (http://www.thorne-eco.org/) before being hired as a teacher at Thorne Natural Science School. While at Thorne, Emily found her passion for teaching environmental education to children.
Before founding BookTrails, Emily held the position as Outreach Development Coordinator at INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research http://instaar.colorado.edu/), a research institute of CU. At INSTAAR, Emily created an outreach program for biology professor Tim Seastedt that included developing and directing field trips for elementary-aged students to a remote research site. She also developed middle school science curriculum at Manhattan Middle School to teach students about CU biology research and the importance of a college education. Emily’s experiences at INSTAAR encouraged her to found BookTrails, an organization that provides both reading and science enrichment for students.
Emily’s past research includes an independent study as requirement for the School of International Training (SIT http://www.sit.edu/) in Argentina, The Impacts of Ecotourism on the Patagonic Community of San Martin de los Andes. She wrote her undergraduate thesis for Whitman College (http://www.whitman.edu) titled, The Impacts of Losing a Forest: A Case Study of Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Emily is an avid outdoorswoman and loves to explore the Colorado backcountry. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling. She has extensive traveling experience in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She also loves to cook and spend time with her golden retrievers, Eddy and June. Emily's husband, Jordan, is also a big supporter of BookTrails and can often be found fixing things at camp! Emily and Jordan welcomed their son, Griffin, in January of 2018. Her family owns Off the Beaten Path bookstore in downtown Steamboat Springs. Off the Beaten Path is a supporter and partner of BookTrails.
AnnMarie blodgett-- Admin Director
Annmarie was born and raised on the coast of Maine. After graduating high school she went off to Rhode Island to attend Providence College. There she studied Health Policy and Public and Community Service, graduating with a Bachelors of Science. Since graduating college Annmarie has served several terms with AmeriCorps. Her experiences range from serving as a VISTA at a school-based health clinic and community health clinic, working on a trail crew in southwestern Colorado, and currently as a School-Based Mentor at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Annmarie has also worked as a Summer Reading Coach at a charter school in Maine. In her free time Annmarie enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, biking, camping, and reading in her hammock. A summer in Steamboat seems like the perfect setting to do all of these activities she loves so much. Annmarie is very much looking forward to working for BookTrails this summer to continue following her passion of working with kids, reading, and the great outdoors! This will be Annmarie's third summer with BookTrails.
Michelle Nedeau- Assistant Director
Hello there! My name is Michelle and I am from Denver, CO where I have been a preschool teacher for the past two years. I am so excited to work with all the BookTrails kiddos in Steamboat this summer and escape the inevitable Denver heat! I graduated from Colorado State University back in 2015 with a degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism and am currently finishing up my master’s degree with Colorado Christian University. Apart from this, I have worked for a lot of summer camps leading youth backpacking, rafting, and biking trips locally and as far as Nova Scotia! I even got to spend a season working for Rocky Mountain National Park as an interpretive ranger! I am a huge fan of anything and everything outdoors but my favorite activities include hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and reading by alpine lakes. I am looking spending my summer being in one of the most beautiful places on Earth with all of the amazing BookTrails campers and staff!
My name is Chris Brizzolara, from Cleveland, OH. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Real Estate and Construction Management. After graduating, I moved to Steamboat and have been working and living here since 2014.
This September, I will be attending Universita di Sapienza in Rome, Italy for a Master's in Architecture. I've been working construction since I was 16, and I always take my summers off to enjoy the season, and I have been working at summer camps for over 5 years. I worked 2 summers in Yosemite, 1 in the Catskills, another outside Golden, and spent the past two summers teaching teenagers construction, and leading backpacking trips on Native Reservations in Montana. I love camping, teaching, and the summers so I am very happy to be spending this summer working at Book Trails.
Allison Hanson- Lead Teacher
Allison hails from Minnesota, where she grew to love lakes and all four seasons (but mostly winter). She attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Biology. She went on to spend a few years working in the field of psychiatric research. She yearned to travel though, so then she went on a year long solo adventure around South America, learning Spanish, new hobbies, and eating empanadas. Free education didn't exist there, so upon returning stateside, she felt a pull to work in education. Allison began to serve with AmeriCorps - Colorado Reading Corps in Loveland. For the past two school years, she has been a literacy intervention tutor for grades K-3 and has led different after school clubs. In her spare time, she has been soaking up all Colorado has to offer. She can be found admiring the mountains, hiking, taking photos, camping, fishing, reading in a hammock, knitting, doodling, listening to music, or dreaming of new places to travel to. Allison is excited to spend the summer with the campers experiencing two of her favorite things - the outdoors and books!
Rachel Jackson- Lead teacher
Hello! I'm Rachel! I grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan
State University with a degree in journalism. After graduation, I
lived in Washington, D.C. where I worked for several media
organizations, and I also lived on an Indian reservation in Minnesota
and learned about the Dakota Sioux culture. In 2015 I moved to
Steamboat Springs to work as an AmeriCorps school-based mentor with
Partners in Routt County, and I immediately fell in love with the
Steamboat area and have been here ever since, working with local
schools and youth programs. Most of my spare time is spent either
reading or writing—I never go anywhere without my journal and a
book—but I also love exploring and hiking. I'm very excited to bring
all of my passions together this summer with BookTrails!
Emma Hultin- Teacher
My name is Emma and I grew up in Virginia Beach. I quickly developed a love for anything that would get me out on the water and also enjoy rock climbing, photography, and all things artsy. I am currently studying biology at Virginia Tech where I work for the school's outdoor program getting to combine my love of the outdoors with education. I can't wait to spend this summer exploring the Rockies and getting to connect kids with literacy and the environment.
Andrew arisso- teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Arisso, and I'm a staff intern for BookTrails this summer. I attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying Environmental science, and am originally from Milwaukee. I enjoy hiking/camping, anything related to music, and, evidently, reading! I believe strong literacy and environmental appreciation are more valuable than ever for youth, so I'm excited to share these passions with campers this summer!
Jake Sawyer- Teacher
Jake Sawyer is a student, hiker, and voracious reader from Mena, Arkansas. Jake is a sophomore at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas, where he is studying English and Sustainable Agriculture. Outside of classes, Jake often spends his time wandering through the Ozark mountains, usually with book and walking stick in hand. His other pastimes include watching movies, writing for pleasure, and swimming in any available body of water, all of which he plans to draw on during this summer’s camps.