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Our Team

Stevie Shickel Lee

Founding Director and Lead Instructor
Born and raised in Harrisonburg, Stevie's roots go deep in the Shenandoah Valley. She loves spending time with children and enjoys the wonder that kids bring to everyday life. She is a NOLS Outdoor Educator, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and Wilderness First Responder with CPR training for children. Stevie has over six years of professional experience in outdoor education. She has a bachelor's degree in Sport and Recreation Management and a master's degree in Sport and Recreation Leadership. She has worked as a climbing guide in West Virginia, as well as a crew leader for Appalachian Conservation Corps. With more than 400 days logged leading participants in wilderness recreation, you can rest assured that your child will be well cared for under her supervision. 

Courtney Ballou

Assistant Instructor
Courtney is from Virginia Beach, VA and moved to Harrisonburg in 2015.
She is an EMT and a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Courtney is also a Leave No Trace Trainer. In her spare time, she enjoys paddling, climbing, and hiking. Courtney's favorite part of working with kids is their natural curiosity and their innocent humor! 

David Lee

David has played a critical role in the planning, vision, and communication of Appalachian Forest School since the very beginning. David helps with bookkeeping, late night brainstorming, and ironing out the details!