Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. Meaningful experiential learning opportunities are integrated into nearly every part of TA’s curriculum, allowing students to step out of the classroom and into the community and the natural world.

Students at TA participate in community organizations, solve social problems through engineering and physics, design and build real-world projects, and engage in scientific and personal discovery. Experiential learning builds confidence and skills, and whether learning to drive or leading a team hike, students have a wide variety of opportunities to learn by doing.

Experiential Faculty

Derek Burkins

Science

STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Marc Chabot, Dean of Academics

Marc Chabot

Dean of Academics and Science

Administration, STEM | Engineering & Technology, Outdoor Education, Science

Rose Dedam, Science

Rose Dedam

Science Teacher

Experiential, STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Bridget Dugan-Sullivan

Assistant Director of Development and Communications and Yearbook

Administration, Experiential | External Relations, Student Publications

Scott Ellis

Coordinator of Thetford Outdoor Program

Experiential | Outdoor Education

Gary Engler

Science

STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Jennifer Gernhard, Arts

Jennifer Gernhard

Culinary Arts and Health Education

Arts, Experiential | Culinary Arts, Physical Education, Health, and Wellness

Lynn Vesley-Gross

Library Assistant

| Library

Christopher Huling, Social Studies

Christopher (Casey) Huling

Social Studies

Humanities | Outdoor Education, Social Studies

Librarian Kate Owen

Kate Owen

Librarian

STEM | Engineering & Technology, Library

Robin Pettingell

Physical Education, Sports Medicine

Experiential | Physical Education, Health, and Wellness

Blendon Salls

Director of Athletics

Administration, Experiential | Athletics

Christopher Schmidt, Design Technology

Chris Schmidt

Design Technology and Outdoor Education

Arts, Experiential, STEM | Design Technology, Engineering & Technology, Outdoor Education

Melissa Thaxton, English

Melissa Thaxton

English

Experiential, Humanities | English, Outdoor Education, Student Publications

Mark Weigel, Experiential

Mark Weigel

Physical Education

Experiential | Physical Education, Health, and Wellness

Leonard Whitaker, Science

Len Whitaker

Science

STEM | Outdoor Education, Science