ACES Education Team

ACES Education Team

Learn more about our Education Team!

Andrea Aust, Education Director

Andrea has been fascinated with nature and wildlife for as long as she can remember. After she graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science, she landed her dream job as a naturalist at ACES. That summer, she discovered she loved sharing her passion and wonder for the environment with others, and that set her down her career path in environmental education. Andrea taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs on Catalina Island and in the San Francisco Bay Area, and went on to earn her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Prior to returning to ACES in 2019, she worked at KQED, a public television and radio station in San Francisco, where she developed science education resources and provided professional learning for science educators for 12 years. On summer evenings and weekends, you’re likely to find Andrea out on a trail photographing wildflowers. In the winter, she’s on the slopes, constantly remarking about the beauty of this magical place. 

Denali Barron

Denali Barron, Senior Educator, Aspen Elementary School

Denali has been teaching with ACES for almost 10 years. This year she is working part-time, mostly as a mentor teacher in the ACES classroom at Aspen Elementary School. The rest of her days (and nights) are filled up with parenting an almost-two-year-old! Denali grew up in Boulder, Colorado with four siblings who are also named after mountains. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Princeton University. After graduation Denali moved to northern Thailand, where she worked for three years at an experiential education and team building company. Denali returned to Colorado in 2012 to work as an ACES Naturalist. She joined the education team the following year and has been teaching for ACES ever since, though she took a sabbatical during the 2016-17 school year to hike the Continental Divide Trail.

Alex Braiedy

Alex Braiedy, Educator, Aspen Elementary School

Alex grew up in Minnesota, where she spent plenty of time exploring the lakes and forests of the midwest. She graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Biology and spent time working in schools and coaching swimming. In search of more mountainous terrain, Alex moved to Yosemite where she worked as an outdoor educator and park ranger for several years before landing in the Roaring Fork Valley. Alex loves that Colorado lets her do her favorite outdoor activities - skiing downhill and nordic, trail running, and backpacking in beautiful places.

Jeb Hines

AO Forbes, Tomorrow's Voices Instructor

AO moved to Aspen in 1958 and started in 2nd grade at the Red Brick School. One of the first friends he made was Willard Clapper — and they spent some 55 years of fishing, teaching, skiing, river running together, including starting Tomorrow's Voices. AO went to college and grad school and taught in Boulder for 12 years before he came back to teach at CRMS, where he has been since 1986. He wrote a proposal to start a social justice center and started Tomorrows Voices a year later. He has loved being a teacher, and he is so grateful to have lived in this valley and to be able to continue to teach at ACES. He is a doting grandfather now and an avid musician hoping to play and record more. 

Christian Fowler

Christian Fowler, Educator, Basalt Elementary School

Christian grew up in the four corners region where the San Juan mountains transitioned into the high desert of the Colorado Plateau. This gave him many opportunities to connect with the land and to grow a love for the outdoors, a connection that has been further deepened by blending his Diné (Navajo) culture with ideas about the environment and education. While attending Colorado College and pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, Christian completed the Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) semester program his sophomore year and it sparked his passion for outdoor and environmental education. This is also where he discovered the work that ACES does in schools after he visited places like Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, and also stayed at the Catto Center at Toklat. After graduating from Colorado College, he returned to work with the TREE semester as a fellow and then shortly thereafter applied to ACES where he now teaches at Basalt Elementary School.

Julia Glassman

Julia Glassman, Educator, Crystal River Elementary School

Julia grew up right outside of Philadelphia and went to college in Ithaca, NY, and Ann Arbor, MI. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, creating art, and writing poetry. The students at CRES are incredibly hard-working, curious, and engaged individuals, and Julia is continuously inspired by their desire to learn and engage with the material in ACES' classes.

Will Hodges

Will Hodges, Field Programs Educator

Will was born and raised in Aspen and got acquainted with ACES at Hallam Lake in first grade! He studied Environmental History at Brown University and Education at the University of Arizona. He led river trips for Outward Bound on the Green and Colorado Rivers. He also led Outdoor Education trips for the Chadwick School in Los Angeles and was a naturalist for the WOLF School in Aptos, CA. He taught high school history for nine years in Tucson, AZ, and two years in Mexico City and returned to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2016. He also works for 350 Colorado, a climate justice organization, and enjoys skiing, biking, and backpacking.

Megan Lineweaver

Megan Lineweaver, Educator, Kathryn Senor Elementary

Megan was born and raised in Maryland a few miles outside of Baltimore. She found her passion for the outdoors and exploration from family outings and camping trips. Megan graduated from Frostburg State University with a double major in Wildlife & Fisheries and Interpretive Biology/Natural History and, since then, traveled around and went where the jobs took her. A few roles she held were shorebird technician, naturalist, and, eventually, an educator. In Ohio, working as an outdoor educator, Megan found her love for teaching and took the next step to get her Masters of Science in natural education from the University of Wyoming. In the last year, she has lived and worked in Wyoming and Wisconsin before finally settling in Colorado to work for ACES as an Educator. During her free time, she enjoys reading, kayaking, time with family, and exploring the outdoors.

Ali McGarigal

Ali McGarigal, Educator, Kathryn Senor Elementary School

Ali was born in Bend, OR, but her family relocated to Beijing, China when she was 10. She lived in Beijing and went to the International School of Beijing until she graduated high school and came back to the U.S. for college. Ali completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado College (CC) in Colorado Springs. She fell in love with the Colorado landscape and the field of environmental education while she was there. She worked briefly in Portland, OR as an AmeriCorps member working for a city's natural resources department on environmental justice and forest management. Ali realized she missed teaching, so she and her partner moved back to Colorado to help run an undergraduate semester program called Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE), which they'd both done while at CC. Ali was hired by ACES in February 2021 to help start full-time environmental education at KSE. Outside of work, she loves caring for her reptilian friends, cooking and baking, getting outside with human friends, and playing music. 

Phebe Meyers

Phebe Meyers, Community Programs Senior Manager

As the Community Programs Senior Manager, Phebe connects people of all ages to place. Born and raised in the hills of Bridgewater, VT nestled among ferns, hardwoods, and fresh produce, working in and building community around stewarding the natural environment was the lifestyle. After working in Vermont and Costa Rica in education, community engagement, and conservation post-graduation from Middlebury College, she migrated west with her life partner and joined the ACES family in 2013 as a Winter Naturalist. A geographer at heart and in training, Phebe follows the maps, clues, and rhyming riddles of life’s big treasure hunt and continues to discover and share. You can find Phebe dancing among the alpine wildflowers, coaching cross-country skiing, birding, or laughing over a shared meal.

Michael Michalak

Michael Michalak, Educator, Basalt Elementary School

Michael graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago. At Loyola, Michael founded YourFoodLoyola, a club to address food waste and insecurity on campus. He has extensive experience planning and leading outdoor trips, as he has worked as a camp counselor and led a 10-day backpacking trip in New Mexico. After graduating in 2019, Michael worked as a project manager for d+m Design and as an ambassador for Sofar Sounds, a music events startup. In the summer of 2020, Michael joined ACES as a naturalist. In the summer of 2021, he was hired as an ACES Educator.

Nick Molodow

Nick Molodow, Educator, Aspen Elementary School

Nick grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, only a few minutes from the water. Early on, he developed a deep love for the ocean through his passion for surfing. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Virginia, Nick split his summer between Italy and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In Italy, he worked as a counselor at an Italian summer camp, teaching English to middle school students. In the months following, Nick moved to the Outer Banks and worked as an instructor for Surf Hatteras, an overnight surf camp for kids. Nick now resides in Aspen, where he is a first-year educator at Aspen Elementary. Nick has loved becoming a mentor to students who one day will hopefully find their passions in the outdoors. Outside of work, Nick is an avid snowboarder, soccer player/fan, loves surfing (when he can) and all things Italian!

Casey S.

Casey S., Educator, Crystal River Elementary School

Casey is originally from New York where she got her B.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Since then, Casey has worked on an educational ranch in Southern California, directed a summer camp in Vermont, and led student groups in Yosemite National Park. What Casey loves most about Colorado is the color, the rivers, and the people, and what she loves most about being an educator is forming relationships with students. 

Emily Williams

Emily Williams, Field Programs Coordinator

Emily is the Field Programs Coordinator at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). She schedules and teaches field programs and works with educators to train and prepare them to teach field programs. Her favorite programs include Geology at the Maroon Bells or Snow Science in the Elk Mountains. She loves getting to know the students and teachers in our community and providing a fun progression of programs to explore our local phenomena year after year! Previously Emily has worked as a research scientist with the Ardoin Social Ecology Lab at Stanford University where she researched social emotional learning in residential EE, co-managed projects on environmental behavior change, and helped create an online course for environmental educators to learn about research. She has a B.S. in Geological and Environmental Sciences and a M.A. in Environmental Communication from Stanford. During her undergraduate studies, she researched Mid-Miocene volcanic systems in eastern Oregon and worked at the outdoor center and climbing gym. Outside of work Emily loves to move in the mountains. She loves the seasons we have in Colorado and is always excited to get out and ski, climb, bike or hike, especially if there are cool rocks to nerd out about!

Kitty Winograd

Kitty Winograd, Rock Bottom Ranch Community Programs Coordinator

Kitty grew up in the suburbs of  Littleton, Colorado, and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she majored in English Literature and minored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Kitty joined the ACES staff in the summer of 2014 as a Summer Naturalist. She returned in 2015 as an ACES Educator. For six years, she has been representing ACES in RFSD and RE-2 elementary schools. While at ACES, she completed her master’s degree in Public Administration and Environmental Management and Law through CU Denver. In May of  2021, she transitioned to her new role as the Rock Bottom Ranch Community Programs Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the biggest backyard she has ever had – the Roaring Fork Valley.

Kamille Winslow

Kamille Winslow, School Programs Manager

Kamille Winslow was raised in New Hampshire. She discovered her passion for teaching as an America Reads tutor in Florida and started her environmental career at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont. She connected her love of nature, art, science, and teaching in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. From 2019 to 2021, Kamille was an ACES Educator at Basalt Elementary School and, thereafter, became the School Programs Manager at ACES. She holds a B.A. in Geologic and Ecosystem Science & Policy from the University of Miami and a M.S. in Natural Science Education and Environment & Natural Resources from Teton Science Schools and the University of Wyoming. At the heart of her commitment to education is caring for student needs and curiosity to inspire their care for natural places. Kamille loves to hike, run, backpack and ski, and is always looking for the next mountain range to photograph, sketch or write about.