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Having spent over two decades in a "normal" career knowing that his true calling was not in the confines of corporate America but out in the wild, Marty decide that Grand Classroom would be his home. At a very young age, whether playing sports, exploring, enjoying the waves, fishing or riding bikes, he was always outside. He started camping with family and friends before he was seven and this continued on into the Scouts including several extensive hikes on the A.T. and extended cycling trips around the United States. The first things he did with his own beautiful four daughters (Ryan, Anna, Lindy and Bailey) was introduce them to this outside world in the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mtns and other state parks in Florida and Virginia. Marty has traveled a fair amount over the years including four months in India, the Philippines and Thailand, just to name a few. Based on his love of kids, teaching, the outdoors, and being active, Grand Classroom was a natural choice for his second career. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

J.T. Maxwell, Founder

J.T. Maxwell, Founder

J.T. Maxwell practically invented student travel to National Parks. He has been Read More
Steve Raymond

Steve Raymond

Vice President
Steve comes to Grand Classroom with many, many years of
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John Raymond

John Raymond

Director of Sales and Marketing
John leads the sales effort for Grand
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Jon Taffe

Jon Taffe

Jon has spent his entire ten-year career in student travel, and is Read More
Dave Henley

Dave Henley

Director of Operations
Dave joined Grand Classroom in 2004 and hasn't looked
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Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz

Eric has been working with student groups and travel for most of Read More
Donna Hargett

Donna Hargett

Donna, a native of central Virginia, has a diverse background in marketing Read More
DeAnna Robertson

DeAnna Robertson

DeAnna Robertson cheerily works with teachers planing trips as an Account Manager.

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Greg Mondello

Greg Mondello

Greg started working with Grand Classroom shortly after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth Read More
Billy Payne

Billy Payne

Billy joined the Grand Classroom crew as a seasonal guide in 2011 Read More
Naomi Beck

Naomi Beck

Born to a couple of free spirited hippies in California, Naomi was

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Jay Richardson

Jay Richardson

They say the Grand Canyon changes lives, and that’s what it did

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Sue Forrest

Sue Forrest

Sue is a tree-hugger, ocean-lover, beach bum, bird nerd, forest friend, and

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Cesar Perich

Cesar Perich

Cesar's love for the outdoors began during his time living in Las

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Marty Dunstan

Marty Dunstan

Having spent over two decades in a "normal" career knowing that his

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Laura Friedman

Laura Friedman

Laura has over 10 years experience in higher ed and has taught Read More
Helen Raymond

Helen Raymond

I was definitely a late bloomer to travel. It wasn't until I Read More
Jake Slade

Jake Slade

Since moving to Northern Arizona in 2006, Jake's love for the Grand Read More
Adrian Montenegro

Adrian Montenegro

Adrian Montenegro grew up on a banana plantation Costa Rica. As a Read More
Michael Barger

Michael Barger

Michael Barger has shared the title “sons of nerds” with his brother Read More
Adrah Parafiniuk

Adrah Parafiniuk

Adrah was born the oldest of 8 children and knew he was Read More
Gregg Wachtelhausen

Gregg Wachtelhausen

Gregg Wachtelhausen is a teacher, traveler, outdoorsman, and self-admitted “geo-nerd.” He studied Read More
Eric Retterbush

Eric Retterbush

Eric currently resides on planet Earth and doesn't plan on moving from Read More
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