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Michael Barger has shared the title “sons of nerds” with his brother since infancy, witnessed intense riots of jealousy over his locks of red hair from older women since birth, and found true love as a child in the wilds of Arkansas: the Natural State. After graduating college he floated out onto the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota as an Environmental Educator escaping to Flagstaff just before winter to begin work with the National Park Service as a School Group Coordinator. To appease his addiction for travel and to avoid the adult workforce he began working as a Guide for school group tours around the southwest United States and China interspersed with substitute teaching. Calling Flagstaff home while teaching a diversity of subjects from how to roast fresh pig testicles in China to explaining the mysterious rings orbiting Uranus; Michael has found himself a niche in the world of outdoor education. 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
John Raymond

John Raymond

Director of Sales and Marketing
John is in charge of the sales
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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

Dave joined Grand Classroom in 2004 and hasn't looked back. He heads Read More
Steve Raymond

Steve Raymond

Director of Customer Service
Steve comes to Grand Classroom with fifteen years
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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
Greg Mondello

Greg Mondello

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

Billy Payne

Growing up on the south shore of Long Island NY, I gained 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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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
Mary Ann Chapman

Mary Ann Chapman

Mary Ann graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2015 with a degree 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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