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 a STEM concentration. While at NC State, I student taught in a number of schools and age groups. During my senior year, I taught fourth grade full time at A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary in Raleigh. Throughout college, I worked with Read to LEAD and Community Hope, volunteer programs that encourage and develop reading skills of elementary-age children from low socioeconomic backgrounds. I was nominated for an internship at the Poe Health Center in Raleigh, where I designed, updated and implemented family health programming. During college, I assisted a local occupational therapist, teaching swim lessons to children with sensory and learning disabilities. After graduation, I moved to Wyoming to work for the Teton Science School. I was fortunate enough to work with a highly motivated and passionate team recognized for their innovation in place-based and project-based learning. Currently, I am pursuing graduate studies and teaching second and seventh grades 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. I love working with adventurous, hard-working Overland students, who inspire me with their willingness to challenge themselves and build community.