Home » About » Our Instructors

Our Instructors

INSTRUCTORSWe like to call them life-changers!

At InspireOut, we look for staff that cultivate inspiration through their passion for learning and their confidence to shine their brightest each day.  Our staff are avid explorers with years in the field and we are grateful for their dedicated work to support youth and adults as they discover the many benefits of the great outdoors.


MELISSA AMACHER

NATURE NAME: BUCKEYE
HOMETOWN: MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA
OCCUPATION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHER, OUTDOOR EDUCATOR, AND ADVENTURER
EDUCATION: MASTER'S IN EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (16), B.A. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (07'), NOLS SEMESTER IN THE ROCKIES (FALL 05’)
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR
FAVORITE FOOD: KALE CHIPS AND CURRIES

While I have faint memories as a three year old playing in the countryside of the state of New York, most of my childhood memories begin as a Californian living along the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area… (Click here to read more)


JUSTIN SMITH

NATURE NAME: SWIFT
HOMETOWN: JACKSON, CALIFORNIA
OCCUPATION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHER, OUTDOOR EDUCATOR, AND ADVENTURER
EDUCATION: MASTER'S IN EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (15), B.A. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ (04')
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR, EAGLE SCOUT, USA SWIMMING COACH
FAVORITE FOOD: SHRIMP BURRITO, WAFFLES

I grew up on 7 acres in Jackson, CA where I had the freedom to roam and discover, I hiked the hills, building tree-forts and climbing trees, hanging out outdoors until sunset … (Click here to read more)


KATE HOWARD

NATURE NAME: TURTLE
HOMETOWN: ARLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
OCCUPATION: OUTDOOR EDUCATOR, HERPETOLOGIST, STUDENT/EXPLORER/RESEARCHER OF EARTH, AVID TRAVELLER
EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE (06),
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR, TEFL
FAVORITE FOOD: FIGS

Hello friends! I am Turtle and I hail from just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  I have lived all over California (and the world for that matter)… (Click Here to Learn More!)


DESIREE GANT

NATURE NAME: TUMBLEWEED
HOMETOWN: ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA
OCCUPATION: OUTDOOR EDUCATION ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, AVID SURFER & EXPLORER
EDUCATION: MASTERS IN EDUCATION LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY (08), UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ (06)
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR,
FAVORITE FOOD: FRIED CHICKEN, MASHED POTATOES, AND GRAVY!

Hey there! I am Des, Tumbleweed, or as many call me, “TW.”  I love exploring the coastal mountains of California, and I am always down for a surf session with friends!  … (Click here to read more)


ALEX BRANDT

NATURE NAME: SILVER FOX
HOMETOWN: SALEM, OREGON
OCCUPATION: OUTDOOR EDUCATOR, AVID TRAVELLER, NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT
EDUCATION: MA INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK; BS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR, GLOBAL SAFETY & SECUIRTY
FAVORITE FOOD: NEW YORK PIZZA

Alex, a.k.a., “Silver Fox,” grew up in Salem, Oregon. He is a passionate outdoor enthusiast, international traveler, mentor, and overall fun guy to be around … (Click here to read more)


GEORGE CROCKER

NATURE NAME: POLAR BEAR
HOMETOWN: DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA
OCCUPATION: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST, TEACHER
EDUCATION: PHD UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS (13), B.S. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ (05).
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR, OPEN WATER DIVER, SWIFTWATER RESCUE
FAVORITE FOOD: CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER

Hello, my name is George and I am still in search of my nature name. I grew up in Del Mar, a beach town north of San Diego. I enjoy the life aquatic: swimming, surfing and SCUBA diving… (Click here to read more!) 


CYNTHIA COULTHARD

NATURE NAME: MOONDANCE
HOMETOWN: REDDING, CALIFORNIA
OCCUPATION: PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION AND HEALTH POLICY PROFESSIONAL
EDUCATION: MASTERS IN HEALTH NUTRITION UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (11), B.S. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (06).
CERTS: FIRST AID/CPR
FAVORITE FOOD: BROCCOLI AND KALE

I first fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age, living in the woods in Oregon when I was five.  At the time I didn’t know what was wrong with that; I got to play in the river and catch crawdads!… (Click here to read more!)http://inspireout.org/about/bios/cynthia-coulthard/