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Our Team

They were born for this role.
They have dedicated their lives to teaching, have traveled extensively, and want to share their passion for travel with the next generation.
Spend a minute with any member of our Program Director Team - ask them about their favorite spots, or their fondest memory of traveling with students - and you'll want to drop everything and go travel with them.

Abbie Andrew

Abbie Andrew traveled to Quebec as a high school junior, to France as a high school senior, and by sophomore year of college Abbie knew she wanted to be a French teacher.
She has been teaching French and Spanish at Goffstown High School since 1984 and has been traveling with her own students to France and Quebec since the early 90’s. Her students have come away from these trips with an appreciation of the region as well as the valuable skills of a traveler. The beauty of language and culture paired with new abilities in navigating previously unknown places is a lifelong gift Abbie is proud to share.
Abbie has traveled exclusively with Students Love Travel since 2012!

Cheryl Berman

A New Hampshire native, Cheryl began her World Language journey at a very young age. Her family has French (Quebec) and Greek (northern Greece) ancestry and language has always been a passion of hers.
In high school she studied French, Spanish and Latin and earned her B.A. in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. She continued her French studies post secondary and attended Rutgers University Summer at the Louvre Graduate program in 2007.
She has been teaching FLES grades K-6 in the seacoast SAU 50 for over two decades. She is NH certified in both Spanish and French and is recognized in the seacoast for her hands-on ingenuity in the classroom and on-site travel.
Cheryl is also a flamenco dancer and brings this Spanish art to classrooms throughout NH with her Artist in Residence Program. She has family in Spain and Peru and loves to visit schools and lead teacher workshops while traveling.
She will not miss a beat in making sure you receive a comprehensive educational field trip filled with travel savvy.

Colin Burke

Colin grew up in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire as an avid athlete playing golf, hockey and lacrosse. He attended the University of New Hampshire earning a B.A. in History with a focus on medieval and ancient Rome and a Master's in Education while playing on the school's lacrosse team.
It was not until after graduating that Colin caught a case of “itchy feet” and began expanding beyond New England. His love of history first brought him to Italy and then to many of Europe's major cities. A highlight of his travels was walking the Camino de Santiago through Northern Spain. More recently he has begun exploring Latin America. In April of 2013 he had the opportunity to volunteer with Project Eden in rural Honduras building a community garden in a village outside of San Francisco de la Paz. Colin is passionate about sharing his experiences with his seventh grade social studies students in Exeter New Hampshire where he has taught for the past nine years. His relationship with Students Love Travel began as a group chaperone with a Spanish language group to Puerto Rico.

Amber Burks

Amber Burks grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York and didn't start learning a second language until seventh grade when she fell in love with French. She continued studying French at SUNY Albany during which time she spent 3 months in Tours, France and came home wanting to see more of the world. So far she has traveled to Spain, Belgium, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, and Morocco.
She received her Bachelors degree in Math and French in 2001 and her Master's degree in World Language Secondary Education in 2006.o.
Certified in both French and Spanish, Amber has taught for 15 years at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and now teaches both languages at Falmouth Middle School. She is a past-president of FLAME, has served as a World Language Teacher Leader for the state of Maine, and has presented as "Best of Maine" at NECTFL.

Evan Czyzowski

Evan Czyzowski is a NH native and a first-generation American of Polish and French-Canadian decent. He teaches English, drama, and philosophy at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, NH. He graduated from UNH with a BA in English, minors in philosophy and history, and an MA in literature.
Evan lived and taught in Kraków, Poland from 2006-2007, and from 2009-2011 he was Co-Director of the Polish-English Summer Program in Krotoszyn, Poland. He has taught in China with the Sino-American Bridge for English and Health (SABEH) each summer since 2012 and is currently their Director of Education.
Since 2007 he has led student trips Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, and China.
A lover of food, words, music, and art, he is always ready for travel.

Robert Delorie

A New Hampshire native, Robert is a Co-Founder of Students Love Travel.
He attended Middlebury College where he studied German, French, Spanish, and Italian while earning his B.A. in German Language & Culture.
While pursuing a career in business management Rob lived and traveled extensively in Europe, but his favorite place will always be Germany.
Now, as a veteran of the educational travel industry and a former high-school French teacher, his favorite part of the job is sharing the joys of language and travel with the next generation.

Brad Johnston

World travel became a driving force in Brad's life beginning in elementary school when his family moved to Caracas, Venezuela and he has continued to explore the planet ever since - as a student, public health promoter and expedition leader.
While in college Brad moved to Spain for a year to study at the University of Barcelona and he traveled extensively throughout Europe. After earning a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, Brad joined Amigos de las Americas and carried out a variety of public health projects in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama and Mexico. Soon after, Brad became a field instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School and, over a ten year span, led dozens of kayaking, sailing and mountaineering expeditions in Washington State, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Chile and India.
Today Brad lives in New Hampshire and teaches Spanish at the North Hampton School while raising a family and coaching a variety of sports. For fun, he surfs, climbs and runs. Although Brad enjoys his work in the classroom, he knows in his heart that the best learning happens in the field, when perceptions are challenged and comfort zones are stretched. He is committed to experiential education and loves to help students discover the power of world travel.

Tracy Kuhn

Growing up in Chicago, I developed a passion for other languages and cultures. Studying Spanish Education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana provided me with an experience that changed my life: I spent six months living in Granada, Spain.
During that incredible time I developed a desire for travel and for having experiences outside the guidebooks. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, and have also traveled to Africa, Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Each experience has enriched my life.
I currently I teach ELL (English Language Learners) at a suburban high school near Chicago and my students enrich my life as we share cultures, languages, and a common passion for learning. I have traveled frequently with my students over the past 15 years throughout Europe - I have returned to my beloved España seven times!

John Maattala

Originally from the great state of North Dakota, John graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations.
During this time, he spent a year studying at universities in Chile and Argentina and continued to live, work and travel throughout South America.
John spent six years teaching Spanish in New England before joining Students Love Travel.
He now enjoys planning trips as our full-time Travel Operations Manager and occasionally serves as a Program Director where he can share his love of travel with a new generation of global citizens.
He also holds a Master of Tourism Management degree from Colorado State University and loves any itinerary that involves bicycles. Even as a long-tenured New England resident, he continues to root for his Minnesota sports teams.

Carolyn Nichols

Carolyn Nichols grew up in a lighthouse on the Massachusetts seashore where she developed a passion for the beauty of the natural world.
She circumnavigated the Caribbean Sea with Sea Education Association and graduated from Wheaton College (Massachusetts) with a double major in biology and fine art. Carolyn then earned a Master of Fine Art degree in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
She escaped from academia to southern Chile where she guided four-month sea kayak expeditions for Raleigh International to the San Raphael Glacier. During her time off Carolyn traveled extensively in Bolivia and Peru.
Carolyn and her husband, Chris, have traveled extensively in Alaska, Iceland, and Canadian Maritimes and currently reside in Brunswick, Maine. She works as a high school science teacher and teaches graduate courses for teachers on Burnt Island in Boothbay Harbor for the Department of Marine Resources.
Carolyn’s passion for the outdoors is palpable and her students (young and old) thrive with her creative hands-on learning environment in and out of the classroom.

Matt Pachniuk

Matthew Pachniuk is a Connecticut native and the History Department Head at the Oxford Academy in Westbrook, CT.
His zeal for soccer and literature cultivated a strong interest to travel at a young age. As an International Relations major at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Matt studied global politics and economics and was able to visit Italy and England with the Men’s Soccer team. Upon graduation, Matt backpacked the majority of Western and Central Europe. After living and working in Manhattan for a few years, the need to explore further became too much. Embarking on a four month trip around the world, Matt traveled to Japan, Thailand, Laos, Nepal, India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Europe. He has traveled to 28 different countries to date.
Matt holds an M.A. in Education from Fairfield University, a National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and is an AP European History teacher.
He has led students on trips to France, Quebec, and Italy and is constantly amazed how travel harnesses genuine enthusiasm, curiosity, and growth in young people. He is also an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C."

Chris Pomeroy

Chris Pomeroy grew up in and currently lives in the small town of Manistee, Michigan where he teaches high school.
He graduated from Central Michigan University where he majored in Social Studies and minored in History. While studying to become a history teacher, Chris decided that the best way to learn about the people, places, and ideas he was going to teach about was to go and see those places in person. His favorite book is On The Road by Jack Kerouac which was a driving force behind his move to leave Michigan on his own to teach in Virginia, where he taught World History for seven years. He was able to fulfill his goal of visiting the historical places he taught about after his second year of teaching when he travelled with a group of students and teachers to Spain, France, and Italy.
One of his goals while teaching history is to constantly encourage his students' sense of adventure and independence as they leave his classroom and explore the world on their own. He has chaperoned students on two trips with Students Love Travel; one to Paris, France and San Sebastian, Spain, and the other to Ireland.

Karalee Rocker

Karalee Rocker was born in upstate New York, raised in Durham, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Unable to go on the high school French trip with her class, she became determined to travel when she could. As one administrator put it, she was the only graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill to actually do two Junior-year abroad, one in Montpellier, France, and the other in Lima, Peru.
She taught Spanish in North Carolina for 3 years at a middle school, then she moved to Paris where she studied at the Sorbonne in Early Childhood Bilingual Education while teaching English and working as a Tour Guide for EF Tours. She led tours with American students through Paris, the Loire Valley, Geneva, Switzerland, and London, England.
On her return to the US she worked for four years at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. - including a mission trip to Antioquia, Colombia - before returning to teaching.
She's been a teacher for the last 11 years at Galileo Magnet High School in Danville, Virginia, and has taken her students on to London and Paris, then Spain, then Italy and southern France.
Recently she brought students on a trip to Paris and San Sebastian with Students Love Travel, and then a trip to Ireland. Delighted with the experiences, she joined the team!

Peter Schmidt

Peter grew up in New Jersey and Massachusetts where he developed a love for foreign language, travel and culture as a young child. He began his linguistic journey in nursery school where he was taught Italian. In school he studied French, Spanish and Latin.
Peter earned a BA in Business from Saint Anselm College with a minor in Spanish. He studied International Business at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain and then completed some graduate work at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica. Recently, he finished his M.Ed. in Educational Administration at Rivier University.
Peter is the Global Studies Coordinator at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire where he has taught Spanish and coached for many years. He was a recipient of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Fellowship where he conducted research in the field of Global Education before traveling to Brazil for a diplomatic teaching visitation. He was a participant in the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Think Tank on Global Education and a recipient of the Turkish Cultural Foundation's study-tour grant to Turkey.
His educational endeavors have recently brought him further afield to China where he taught American Culture and English at Pinkerton Academy's sister school in Tianjin.
Peter has traveled to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, China, Morocco, Canada, Turkey and much of Europe. He loves traveling and is passionately shares his love of cultures and languages with students.

Tove Stigum

Tove grew up bilingual (English/Norwegian) in an immigrant home where visiting grandparents meant regular flights to Oslo which she now considers her second home.
While in high-school she spent a few weeks of summer living with a family in Zamora, Spain where she fell in love with the language and culture. She now has a degree in Spanish from UNH and an M.Ed. from Antioch New England and has been teaching Spanish for 15 years.
Tove is always ready for the next adventure - she was one of the first teachers to visit Puerto Rico with us, she was the first teacher to visit Costa Rica with us, and she recently spent a year in Segovia, Spain with her two children (who attended public school).
Tove's feedback over the years has been invaluable and her skills as a teacher and mentor have been inspiring. She is looking forward to traveling with you and your students, and we're confident that when the trip ends parting ways will be difficult!

Jennifer Vogelsong

Jen's fascination with world cultures and travel kicked into high gear when she visited a pen pal in Spain during high school. It drove her crazy not understanding the language, and it blew her mind how different, yet similar, teenagers were in Europe. She returned home determined not to let her red hair and pale skin keep her from becoming fluent in the Spanish language and cultures.
While studying international relations in Washington, D.C., she spent a semester in Venezuela. She has also traveled throughout Latin America -- including Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
After a decade-long career as a journalist, she went back to school and became certified to teach Spanish. She took her first group of high school students to Puerto Rico with Students Love Travel and we stayed in touch. These days Jennifer runs a Pampered Chef business allowing her to grab every opportunity to travel as a Program Director.

Tad Williams

A native to the state of North Carolina, Tad studied French at East Carolina University.
In 1989 he had the opportunity of a lifetime:
He would live in Paris and study at the prestigious Sorbonne (University of Paris).
This time spent in the City of Light ignited a fire inside him for the French language and culture.
Tad received his BS in Middle Grades Education (French and Social Studies) in 1990 and has been a teacher for more than 24 years.
He helped to design an Elementary Foreign Language Curriculum for Portland City Schools in the late 90s as well as a new FLES program in the Kennebunk Elementary Schools.
Tad is currently teaching French at the Middle School of the Kennebunks in Kennebunk, Maine. Sharing his love for the French language and culture as well as his knowledge of and passion for the city of Paris brings Tad an amazing amount of joy - he has taken over a dozen trips to France with students!
Tad loves bringing the classroom to the real world and watching student’s faces light up with pride when they discover all that they really can do. Vive la France!