Staffing & Logistics Associate Program Director
Anabell grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, enamored by nature and the great outdoors. She earned her undergraduate degree in Outdoor Studies and Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University, continuing into fieldwork and experience as an educator with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Sea Life Center. Her love of a patchy thermarest, a stinky sleeping bag, and the sweet embrace of her heavy old backpack while instructing a 25-day leadership backpacking course in the Talkeetna Mountains led Anabell to her career with Outward Bound. Here, she could have it all: a transient, outdoors lifestyle, and meaningful work as an educator for a value-driven organization.
In 2011, Anabell started at the Mazama Basecamp for the Northwest Outward Bound School in Washington as a Logistics Coordinator.
From there, she developed her roles and experience as an assistant instructor, lead instructor, course director and trainer, working in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Costa Rica and the Twin Cities.
The time came when she knew it was time to expand her comfort zone and practice what she preached on oh so many courses. In 2016, she applied to Teach for America and moved from her 100 square foot cabin nestled at the bottom of the North Cascades to a triple decker in South Boston. Laying the tracks as she drove the train, Anabell taught middle school science while simultaneously attending night classes, earning her Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Boston University.
Yearning to be “home” and near family, Anabell moved back to Minneapolis in 2020 and began teaching with Hiawatha Academies. She has always lived and worked along Outward Bound's values and is beyond excited to be back within the community, back once more flying the Blue Peter, back “home”, ready to serve, to strive and not to yield!