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Michaela grew up in New England, exploring snow-capped mountains, rocky ledges and beautiful shorelines. Teaching has been part of her life, even at a young age, teaching swimming, life guarding, and various outdoor activities. Michaela continued to pursue a passion in teaching through the outdoors she went on to study and then graduate with honors from Prescott College with a Bachelor of Arts in Adventure Education, and a minor in Snow Science.

She has traveled the world, leading various expeditions in the wilderness. From backcountry snowboard guiding in Alaska, to outdoor educating in Australia, the U.S and China, Michaela is comfortable with the unknown. She saw a missing link in many of her students; a disconnect with the world around them, themselves, and how to work with other people. She decided going back to school and studying children would give her insight on where these disconnects may be happening. She yearned to be a part of instilling hope back into education.  Michaela attended Antioch University in Keene, NH, and graduated with a Masters in Elementary Education. She then earned her Waldorf Teacher certification. In her eyes each child comes into this world with many gifts and it is about helping guide and instruct that child to their full individual potential.

When she is not teaching, she is planning big expeditions to remote parts of the world. She also enjoys going to yoga, backcountry snowboarding, painting , and climbing trees and rocks. Michaela is excited to build an authentic connection between the outdoors and children across the world.  Being able to embark on this journey that will test her, encourage her, and inspire her is just what she needs to continue to give those students a love for learning. 

Media Productions 


Jon Mancuso

Based in the outdoor playground of Sun Valley, ID, Jon specializes in adventure story-telling through video and still photography. He has worked on assignments across the globe, on expeditions across 5 continents, and throughout the US. He has served various roles such as Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Director, In- Field Editor, and Still Photographer.

While Jon enjoys the challenge and rewards of working with professional athletes in their environment, his real passion lies in projects that shed light on unique human stories and/or social issues. Jon has BAs in Digital Media from the Academy of Art University and Political Science from the University of Arizona. This background gives him a unique perspective in his work. His clients have included Conde Naste Entertainment, Microsoft, Eddie Bauer, ESPN, Nat Geo Adventure, Outside TV, Huffington Post, Conde Naste Travel, and Rolling Stone Online.


Gabe Rogel

For more than fifteen years, Gabe has been shooting adventure sports, packing camera gear up steep couloirs with skis, photographing climbing while dangling from foreign cliffs, eating canned chili on portaledges and zipping up in a sub-zero sleeping bag, dark at four p.m., putting himself in harm's way of a skier, mountain biker, snowmobiler, in perpetual search of light and focus, horizons and spray of snow, the blur of the ordinary behind the crisp punctuality of an athlete in motion, searching to distill action; the residue of vigorous motion photography. Moving forward, Gabe is excited to be working on projects with conservation values in mind.

Without trying, as much as Gabe is an artist, he is a bright and goofy nut, that ends up entertaining the crews he travels with and the sometimes strangers he happens upon. His photos are often successful because his subjects are laughing at him... or with him, no one is ever sure. 

Gabe has an associate's degree in photography from Colorado Mountain College and has shot assignments for companies and publications such as The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Nat Geo Adventure and Outside Magazine.

Behind the Scenes


Ashley Ryan- Marketing

Throughout her career leading, guiding, and teaching in the outdoors, Ashley saw the small businesses she worked for advocate for the environment and help communities flourish. She became passionate about the psychology of marketing and helping people see business as a way of advocating for the things you value (brainwashing vs. educating!). Currently residing in Bend, Oregon, she has since done marketing for several start-ups and small businesses, leading her to Down to Earth. Her focus lies in helping develop businesses that focus on social, environmental, and philanthropic initiatives. Down to Earths style of education, adventure, and outreach provide a unique opportunity to spread ideals that resonate with her. When she's not nerding out with marketing, you can find her exploring mountain spaces, running rivers, snowboarding, and learning new thangs.


Rhiannon Williams- Resident Artist and Logo Designer

Rhiannon is a van dwelling artist who aims to capture and express her adventures with pen and ink. When she’s not doodling, she’s running around on her hands, climbing, or making a pie. She’s spent the past four years pursuing outdoor adventure, working with kids in the wilderness and traveling the world. She hopes that she can continue to find ways to sustain a creative and passionate lifestyle.

Gates of the Arctic, Alaska Crew 2018

Iceland Crew 2017