Andy Notopoulos

Semester Teacher and Wilderness Guide

Years with Kroka: 2

Narrative
ANDY NOTOPOULOS hails from Massachusetts, where she grew up filling her backpack with treasures from under the giant chestnut and maple trees that she would pass on her walk to elementary school. After finishing school in Maine, she and her bicycle headed to Wyoming and then to Idaho, working as a field technician for a wildlife biologist, a farmer, and an outdoor educator. She soon crossed into the heart of the Appalachians, where she worked at a mountain school while attempting to learn to call square dances in the mountains of West Virginia. The pull of snowy mountains then brought her to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked as a guide and a ski coach, and played by the light of the Aurora Borealis. However, with the coming of another autumn away from fiery maples and apple trees sagging with fruit, she decided that it was time to head back to New England. She has spent her recent days rediscovering the feeling of sphagnum moss squishing under her toes in the northern forest, leading school and camp programs with Kroka, teaching on the Vermont Semester program, and falling in love once again with the New England community.

Education
BA, Colby College; Waterville, ME, 2011
Apprenticeship in Guiding, Mahoosuc Guide Service; Newry, ME, 2009
Fieldwork Training, Round River Conservations Studies; Namibia, 2009
NOLS Alaska Course, 2007
Wilderness First Responder (WMI, WMA), Bicycle Safety Instructor (Bicycle Coalition of Maine)

Major Expeditions
Backpacking and Climbing in Alaska, Wyoming, Switzerland, Tanzania, Arizona, Colorado, West Virginia, and New England
Ski Touring in Alaska, Norway, Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia, and New England
Horsepacking in Colorado
Bikepacking through Eastern Europe to the Arctic Circle and within the US

Community
Bicycle advocacy in central Maine
Junior Nordic ski clubs