Emily Hammel

Hometown: Warren, Vermont
College: Middlebury College

Originally from the small town of Warren, Vermont, I 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, I graduated from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, I 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, I researched brain activity in patients with PTSD and those affected by other neural disorders. After college, I 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, I moved back east to teach at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire. There, I taught math, coached mountain biking and backcountry skiing, and oversaw a dorm full of high school girls. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking with my dog Nellie, planning adventures, and making slow progress on a good book.

I thrive on the energy of those around me and love the Overland community of leaders and students for their endless supply of positivity. In 2012, I led Vermont; in 2013, I led the American Challenge; in 2014, I led Virgin Island Service; in 2015, I led European Explorer; and in 2016 I led Field Studies Tanzania. 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.