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Adrah was born the oldest of 8 children and knew he was born to lead but he didn't know where to lead; not then. When not working for non-profits or teaching, Adrah is found in the garden, in the woods with kids and wife, on the trails with family, friends, and Grand Classrooms, or in the air with his mountain bike following close behind. During the school year, Adrah teaches each morning at a Jail for juveniles who are charged as adults (teaching everything 1 room schoolhouse style.) To find balance with less naughty children, Adrah teaches Spanish to 1st thru 6th graders at a Montessori school in the afternoons. Be aware, Adrah likes to climb rocks, play guitar, and occasionally break into song on the trail (spirituals, blues, and old-tyme country are most frequently reported.) While not dangerous, Adrah has been known to talk extensively when presented with topics such as history or edible plants of the Southwest. Adrah has been hiking and camping in AZ most of his life and can't wait to lead you out into the wild and beautiful Southwest.
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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