• Ohio State University, M.A. and doctoral studies in Latin American Literature, Culture and Semiotics
  • B.A. Spanish

Gene’s love of the outdoors began as a boy in Argentina and was reinforced as a young man in the United States Marine Corps. Though his education was briefly interrupted for Desert Storm, he developed an interest in the teacher-student relationship, in both classroom and experiential learning fields.  In 2005, Gene taught at risk children in an alternative, sea-kayaking/academic program in Biscayne Bay.  This led to coaching a youth climbing team and leading expeditions through the Florida Everglades. He served a tour of duty 2010 – 2011 in Iraq as an Army Sergeant Combat Medic serving with Special Operations Command.

After positions at Stone Mountain School and Second Nature (Blue Ridge), Gene joined the Academy at SOAR in 2012. He holds Certifications in Emergency Medical Technician Basic/Combat Medic 68W-20, CPR, NCI, PCS. As “New Natives” in Appalachia Gene, his wife Kris and their two daughters Katharine and Rowan continue to explore these ancient mountains as they put deep roots into their chosen community.