Anna Mairs

Hometown: New York, New York
College: Mount Allison University

In Tualatin, Oregon, I am a Teacher Resident at the Arbor School where I co-teach a K/1 primary class while pursuing a MAT and state licensing.

Born and raised in New York, New York, I graduated in 2017 from Mount Allison University where I was a geography major and a biology minor. I ran on the club cross country team, was an ecology lab assistant and co-led the local elementary school’s outdoor after-school programming. During my junior year, I spent a term on Haida Gwaii island, British Columbia, learning about rainforest ecology and First Nations studies. In my senior year, I created an independent study where I taught place-based activities in a first grade class, and I completed an honors thesis writing about this experience. Last year, I worked for a small green business in Portland, Oregon, circulating reusable takeout containers downtown by bike and trailer. In my free time, I enjoy book-making, biking across bridges and road tripping with friends.

A four-time Overland student, I participated in Vermont, Nova Scotia & Acadia, Alaska Explorer and Field Studies Thailand. In 2014, I worked on Overland’s Support Staff; in 2015, I led Cape Cod & the Islands; in 2016, I led New England Coast; in 2017, I led the European Challenge; and in 2018, I led the American Challenge. Overland students possess unparalleled enthusiasm and capacity to grow. My favorite part of every summer is watching students’ personalities unfold and their confidence build as the group bonds and completes the trip together.