Hometown: Warren, Vermont
College: Middlebury College
Originally from the small town of Warren, Vermont, Emily Hammel gained an appreciation for the outdoors at an early age by skiing in the snowy winters, hiking the Long Trail and biking throughout the beautiful Green Mountains.
In February 2014, Emily graduated from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, she was an active member of the Alpine Ski Team and the Middlebury Ski Patrol, a volunteer group of medically-trained students at the college’s own ski area. As a neuroscience major, Emily researched brain activity in patients with PTSD and those affected by other neural disorders. After college, Emily moved to Colorado to pursue teaching and to coach young alpine skiers in Telluride. Two years later, after completing a teaching apprenticeship at the High Mountain Institute, Emily moved back east to teach at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire. There, she teaches math, coaches mountain biking and backcountry skiing, and oversees a dorm full of high school girls. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog Nellie, planning adventures, and making slow progress on a good book.
Emily thrives on the energy of those around her and loves the Overland community of leaders and students for their endless supply of positivity. In 2012, she led Vermont; in 2013, she led the American Challenge; in 2014, she led Virgin Island Service; and in 2015, she led European Explorer. She writes, “I love leading for Overland because the trips provide students with challenge and an opportunity to explore unfamiliar environments. The neatly crafted Overland group is the perfect setting for students to discover compassion, leadership, and lasting friendships.”