Meet Our 2019-2020 Academy & GAP Instructors!

by Andrea Wackerle

We are so excited to introduce the 2019-2020 Academy and GAP instructors!  Both programs are underway and we are so excited for all the adventures to come! To learn more about each staff member click here!

Quick facts about the 2019-2020 instructors:

  • Average age: 25
  • All instructors are WFA and CPR certified
  • 14 states represented
  • Degrees including Outdoor Leadership, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education, Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Education, Psychology, Public Relations, and more!

Academy Feild Instructors:



Academy Campus Instructors:


GAP Year Instructors:


The Academy at SOAR field instructors will be with students while they are on expedition phase. They will travel with the students and do activities like backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and much more while helping as they continue their studies in the field. Campus Instructors are with the students while they are on base. They will be teaching electives throughout the semester and helping coordinate local community service opportunities for the students.

GAP Year instructors help our gappers as they develop independence in a small group environment, explore the western United States, and help teach participants how to develop life skills through expedition planning, independent living, and community involvement. We are thrilled to have such a wonderful group of people working with our students and gappers.