As a faculty member at Teton Science Schools, Tanya works on both the Idaho and Wyoming sides of the Tetons creating and running educational programs for adults and coaching educators. She inspires her students to apply what they learn in the Tetons to engage more deeply in conservation in their home communities. She holds a master’s degree in environmental science from University of Massachusetts Boston, with a focus on environmental policy and economics, and a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester.
She has studied sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands and fisheries in the Atlantic; guided backpacking, canoeing, skiing and bicycling trips; taught aboard a boat that sailed around the world (twice!); taught study-abroad semesters in Central America, Ecuador and Thailand; taught at Central Wyoming College; and coordinated a graduate residency program in environmental education and nonprofit administration at the North Cascades Institute.
Tanya calls Teton Valley, Idaho, home. She served as the executive director of Teton Valley Community Recycling from 2012 to 2014 and continues to be a part of the zero-waste movement locally. She has also served on the board of the Teton Valley Hispanic Resource Center. You can find Tanya skiing, trail running and backpacking Idaho’s most beautiful places. She can also sometimes be heard practicing Japanese, Spanish and Thai, and competing in story slams.