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Meet Our Team
Alice has been working as an outdoor educator since her freshman year of college at Berry College. After earning a Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh, she worked for Shenandoah University directing their outdoor and sustainability program. She is currently a PhD student in WVU's Recreation Parks & Tourism program, where she loves learning about new ways to get people excited about nature. When she's not studying or working as a graduate assistant for the Science Adventure School, Alice enjoys spending time outdoors, knitting, making stain glass windows, and gardening.
Assistant Director, Strategic Youth Development
Andrew Hoover is the Assistant Director of the Strategic Youth Development Initiative at WVU. Andrew, a native of Bridgeport WV, is a graduate of the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor is Business Administration. He has been working in the field of STEM education and adventure programming since 2012 as the Program Director of the WVU Science Behind the Sport. In his free time, Andrew enjoys cycling (both mountain and road) and hiking with his fiancé Cheyenne and their dogs Kyra and Axel.
Ali began her journey in experiential and outdoor education in 2008 while pursuing her BA degrees at WVU in Environmental Geoscience and International Studies. Since, Ali has worked as a geologist, guide, and educator while pursuing her MA in secondary science education completed in 2018. Ali enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits, but her favorites are backpacking and canoeing. Her passions include using the outdoors to empower and inspire inquiry in young people and teaching science through experiential learning. She firmly believes that there is a scientist in everyone, and she’s determined to help our WV children discover this within themselves.
Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator
Megan Kruger is the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator for the West Virginia Water Research Institute where she works to develop and implement curriculum for outreach and educational programs. Megan attended West Virginia University where she earned her B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resource Management. During her time at WVU, she focused on environmental education, conservation, and wildlife biology. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in environmental education. Megan is a West Virginia native and has over seven years of experience teaching science. Her passion is to promote and encourage science understanding, awareness of local ecosystems, and citizen science.
Science Adventure School Project Advisor
Donna Peduto currently serves as Executive Director of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative. The WVPEC is a non-partisan collaborative of diverse state and national leaders championing awareness and support of public schools through outreach, innovation, and convening of stakeholders.Under Peduto’s leadership, the WVPEC has convened three Legislators’ Forums on Education and the Economy and the inaugural Focus Forward: Preparing Today for the West Virginia of Tomorrow summit. Peduto brings a vast background and extensive expertise in education to the Science Adventure School team. Please click on her name above to see her Full Bio.
Communications and Multimedia Specialist
Dan has been telling the stories of many departments at West Virginia University since becoming a Mountaineer himself in the fall of 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013. From the excitement operating a live camera on football and basketball game days, to producing content for student programs like the Carruth Center for student counseling, Campus Recreation, the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and Adventure WV, Dan has been a video and content producer for nearly a decade. After freelancing in the world of combat sports journalism, Dan returned to WVU to work with aspiring undergraduate communicators, and now to assist the efforts of the Science Adventure School.