Janna Pistiner Ostroff (camp director) graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University in 2001, earning her BA in both chemistry and education. She received Colgate’s first Schupf Fellowship to attend St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, where in 2003 she earned her MSc in earth science for her geochemistry research on lithium isotopes, which is published in Geochemical et Cosmochemica, and an MSc in comparative and international education for her research on secondary science education in Mexico. Janna’s career at The Renaissance Charter School also began in 2003, throughout which she has taught chemistry, humanities, fitness, and general science. She served on Colgate University’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2006. For the 2006-07 academic year she worked at The Beacon School, teaching chemistry and biochemistry as well as developing and advising a climbing club.
Courtney Savage (coordinator) graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in recreation park management. Following college, Courtney worked as a natural history interpreter in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, and Everglades National Park, Florida. She also worked as a teacher for the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School, a one-week residential program for fifth- and sixth-graders. This position allowed her to work with youth of all economic and ethnic backgrounds, teaching topics related to geology, conservation, ecosystems, and plant studies. Students at the school are not only exposed to nature and science; they were also physically challenged every day by hiking on trail. Courtney’s current position at Colgate, HHMI project coordinator, includes assisting with planning, implementation, and assessment of the Colgate Science and Sports Camp. Courtney is a wilderness first responder and teaches women’s rock climbing classes for Colgate.
Science teacher/camp director:
Janna Pistiner Ostroff
The Renaissance Charter School
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