"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."
~ Rachel Carson
The magic of a great outdoor education program does not come from the place or the curriculum but from the people that make everything happen. The ACOS staff teach, mentor and support students during their camping experience, allowing them to create life long connections with the natural world and their peers.
Outdoor Education instructors
Kelly Wood – Executive Director
Kelly draws on 15 years of experience at Chapel Rock to work with staff and guests to create outstanding educational and retreat experiences. Kelly graduated from Prescott College with a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Program Administration, started working on the ropes course and has never looked back. In his current role he manages staff, supervises summer camp, helps with ACOS, and ensures every guest has a great experience. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Favorite Quote: "We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– e.e. cummings
Sarah Vincent - Program Coordinator
Sarah is an east coast transplant, who grew up with an appreciation for the out of doors, a natural affinity for science, and the support of amazing communities. With a B.S. in Earth Science from George Mason University, six years of teaching and facilitating in the field of outdoor education, and over 300 nights spent out under the stars of the Southwest; Sarah is excited to share her enthusiasm with visitors. Whether it is working with the Aspen Creek Outdoor School, facilitating on the ropes course, or just saying hello in the dining hall, Sarah enjoys seeing and fostering the connections made at Chapel Rock. Connections made with the outdoors, each other, and within us. Sarah likes bluebirds, dragonflies, ice cream, campfires and spending time with loved ones.
Meghan Myrick – Challenge Course Manager
Originally from Southern Maine, Meghan received a Bachelor's of Science in Ski Area Management from Lyndon State College in VT, and a Masters of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Meghan’s love of the outdoors began at a leadership camp in Maine at the age of 12. She has pursued a life in the outdoor field taking her to far away places. Meghan brings over a decade of outdoor education and wilderness experience with her Chapel Rock. Everything from leading a variety of outdoor trips, and managing an indoor rock climbing wall, to accompany a group of researchers to Botswana Africa as their camp manager, cave, and vertical rope expert. Meghan loves it here in Prescott, AZ and is very excited to be taking on the role of Challenge Course Manager.
Justin Corbull - ACOS Staff
Justin Corbull is a natural-born native to the Prescott Area as well as an Outdoor Educator for the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Ready to begin a new chapter in his life, Justin joins the Chapel Rock team with a high level of enthusiasm, commitment, and of course a passion for the outdoors! "Honestly, there is just something unique about the outdoors that makes me wander endlessly and explore further" he says, "everything is interconnected in some way or form, so recognizing this can open you up to a fresh perspective on the world." Prior to becoming an ACOS leader, Justin worked at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, where his "fire for helping others was lit." Faith, food, fishing, and friendship are what's most important in Justin's life.
Krysta Marie Curry – ACOS Staff
Krysta is native to Prescott, returning after many years of school, work, travel, and fun exploration to be closer to family. While she was away, she earned a B.S. in Secondary English Education from NAU, taught in Flagstaff, AZ, studied Massage Therapy at East West College of the Healing Arts, substitute taught in K-12 classrooms, and mentored students at Rock n Roll Camp for Girls and OTI’s Pathways to Success Program in Portland, OR. Until recently, Krysta has been residing part time in Seattle, WA and traveling the globe with her bands. She is excited to return to beautiful Arizona and join the ACOS team!
Christian DeVille – ACOS Staff
Christian P. De Ville is passionate about two things: the outdoors and history. More than anything else though, Christian is enthusiastic about both teaching what he knows to others, and continuously learning new things. With a degree in education and a diverse scattering of experience–from ropes courses and implementing lessons in local high schools, to working on archaeological digs in Ireland and backpacking through various regions of Arizona–Christian brings an assorted background of education and adventure to the table. Christian ardently believes in facilitating educational experiences pertinent to his clients as opposed to teaching a set array of “facts.” As a historian and archaeologist, Christian relishes the opportunity to connect seemingly disparate ideas together to draw ever-developing conclusions.
Bryann Hoffman – ACOS Staff
Bry has worked in the recreation field for a number of years especially with young children and adolescents. She has had a wide variety of experience ranging from working with teens as an outdoor education director in the jungle of panama to guiding students of all ages as a Recreation Advisor. She has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management from Coastal Carolina University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Art Degree in Adventure Education with a focus in Recreation Program Administration from Prescott College. After she graduates she plans to become a professor and hopefully one day open her own adventure camp with her family. The outdoors is her life and she enjoys teaching and sharing experiences related to our natural world. On her free time she likes to play sports, hike, snowboard, and hang out with her dog Jake.
Joshua Jackson – ACOS Staff
Josh was born and raised in Los Angeles, but has been coming to the Prescott area for as long as he can remember. From a young age his parents would take him hiking and camping, so he finds a tent in the wild as normal as a house in the city. Josh graduated with a degree in Japanese language and culture, and while abroad taught English to Japanese university students. Now he can combine both the joys of teaching with the love of being outdoors.
Carlos Kuesel – ACOS Staff
Carlos recently graduated from Universidad Latina in Costa Rica with a business degree. He is really excited to work at the outdoors camp after spending his past 4 summers working at a summer camp in northern Wisconsin. Originally from Wisconsin, Carlos grew up in Costa Rica where he had various outdoor experiences, including leading different hikes and overnight trips. In his spare time Carlos likes to play just about any sport but mainly soccer. He also loves to play guitar and relax.
Julie Polovitch – ACOS Staff
Julie saunters through meadows, humming catchy folk songs, simultaneously identifying flora and fauna. A lover of creeks, hikes, road trips, poetry, and pizza, she greets the world with positivity and care. Julie is a Prescott College graduate and has taught in multiple adventure and environmental education programs. She loves being an outdoor teacher/facilitator because she gets to share her admiration for nature with others.
Paul Roberts – ACOS Staff
Paul has been facilitating and teaching in some shape or form for the last 5 years. He has worked with a vast array of diverse populations and loves helping people create understandings; whether it be about solar energy and macro invertebrates here at Chapel Rock, or about Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity he's psyched. Paul has taught in classrooms, in outdoor education settings, ropes courses, rock walls, outdoor climbing etc. When Paul is not here at Chapel Rock facilitating 6th graders you'll find him adventuring around rock climbing areas across the world, as well as teaching young climbers about the mental side of climbing.
Jono Ruf – ACOS Staff
Jono has been working to help others for well over a decade. He has spent time working with at-risk youth at an outdoor camp, he has worked with persons of all ages experiencing disabilities, and has also worked as a teacher's assistant in a college setting. Jono grew up on a farm and has worked on various types of farms throughout his lifetime. Jono greatly enjoys spending time outdoors, especially when on a bicycle. Other interests include about anything involving water and cooking.
Andrew Zapushek – ACOS Staff
Andrew hails from the land of Wisconsin, but has been happy to call Prescott his home off and on for a nice chunk of his life. He has spent the last couple of years working in Utah serving as a wilderness therapy field staff, where he mastered the art of bow drilling, hand crafted oodles of spoons, and most important, built meaningful relationships with others and the desert. He is excited to share his love of the outdoors and experience working with others, with the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Andrew enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and soccer.