Bridget Whalen

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
College: North Carolina State University

As a student, I participated in five Overland trips—Blue Ridge Explorer, Rocky Mountain Explorer, Alaska Explorer, Appalachian Trail Challenge and the Teton Challenge.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, I graduated from North Carolina State University in 2016 with a degree in elementary education and STEM concentration. I student taught in a fourth grade classroom at A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary in Raleigh. At A.B. Combs, I collaborated with a small team in response to the School Improvement Plan in order to support the growth of high-need students in the fourth grade. In college, I worked with Read to LEAD, a volunteer program that encourages and develops reading skills of low-income elementary-age children; Y-Learning; Community Hope; and ELMO, a student organization that develops leadership and motivation in future teachers. I have worked as a tutor and swim instructor with a local company that serves children with sensory and learning disabilities. I was nominated for an internship at the Poe Health Center in Raleigh where I taught informal science and health to the community. After college, I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to work for the Teton Science School where I was fortunate to work with a highly motivated and passionate team of teachers in supporting the discovery and learning of students in grades K-8. As a co-teacher in first and second grade and fifth grade math, I was able to see and practice research-based strategies implemented effectively and innovative place-based education techniques. I have since been pursuing graduate studies and living in Raleigh. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, studio cycling and writing.

In 2013, I was a member of the Overland Support Staff; in 2014, I led Berkshire Adventure; in 2015, I led Sierra Adventure; in 2016, I led Maine Adventure; in 2017, I led Alps Explorer; and in 2018, I led Northwest Expedition. While leading, I encourage my campers to take time to value the beauty of our surroundings and our group experience.