Cameron was born in Olean, New York and grew up in Ogden, Utah. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in 2014. Cameron then worked as a rock climbing instructor for about a year before returning to school at Weber State University to get his teaching certificate in social studies.
Not only has Cameron's been teaching for several years, but he worked for the a few years with teenagers at a therapeutic boarding school that specializes in substance abuse.
Expeditionary learning excites Cameron because it offers the opportunity for real, hands-on experience, rather than learning only in a classroom. As a teacher of Utah Studies, he is excited to see the students get out and explore to discover what makes Utah special.
Cameron's hobbies include rock climbing, canyoneering, and hiking.
One of Cameron's favorite quotes is from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: "The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but cannot forever fence it out."
Mary Beth Farrer was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in Cache Valley. In her youth she enjoyed riding horses, playing softball, and reading. She earned her bachelor's degree from Utah State University. She also completed a master’s degree in learning and technology through Western Governor’s University in 2017.
Mary Beth has been teaching secondary English/language arts for over 15 years—over five years at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning, and the rest in the Box Elder School District.
Classroom discussion with students is one of her favorite aspects of teaching 7th and 8th graders because of their quick wits and interesting personalities! Watching students gain great skills in writing and analyzing written texts is her inspiration! She loves teaching at an expeditionary learning school because the learning is hands on and student driven. She enjoys guiding students as they become experts and create quality work all while developing positive character traits.
Mary Beth is a wife, mother, and grandmother and her favorite recreational activity is to spend time with her family. Family time is even better when they are all traveling together!
One of Mary Beth's favorite quotes is: “The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.” Lawrence Kasdan
Lisa Wells was born and raised in a small town in northeastern Ohio. After graduating high school, Lisa attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science, with a focus on water quality. She then earned her Master of Science degree in soil science, specializing in soil erosion and agriculture.
After college, Lisa worked as a Research Assistant at the USDA National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in West Lafayette, Indiana. After moving to Utah, Lisa worked as an Environmental Consultant doing wetlands work with land development projects.
Lisa decided to switch careers and become a science teacher because she loves explaining concepts to students and helping them learn how to think and work like scientists.
Lisa loves nature, travelling, music, hiking, biking, reading, and watching movies. She is married and has two children. She also has two golden retrievers who act like children.
7/8 Crew & Math
Nick is a dedicated husband and father of a 2-year-old girl. He loves learning and teaching, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Weber State University as top of his
class with the “Outstanding Graduate of the Year” award. During his time at WSU, he was a supplemental instructor for 3 years and earned the “Tutor of the Year” award his final year.
Since then, Nick has taught high school mathematics at a private school and STEM projects for 4th through 8th grade at a charter school that was located in Salt Lake City. He is also a published researcher in the “Journal of Mass Spectrometry” and has worked 5+ years in industry as a scientist/analyst. He hopes to bring real-life math experiences to the classroom in order to help students discover how math connects to literally everything in the world around them.