Aaron Doering

With a passion for education and the environment, Dr. Aaron Doering is an adventure-learning pioneer who has transformed the landscape of online learning by literally bringing the world into classrooms around the globe.

Aaron has more than a decade and thousands of miles of experience skiing the circumpolar Arctic and delivering unique online learning experiences from some of the most remote communities worldwide. A full professor at the University of Minnesota, Doering is a laureate of the prestigious humanitarian Tech Awards, and a fellow for both the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He also holds the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and is the director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML). Doering has been named a top innovator in education by The Science Coalition, and a top modern-day explorer by Canadian Geographic.

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Jeni Henrickson

A creative professional, researcher, adventurer, and mom who is passionate about inspiring kids to #getoutside and #choose2care about the earth and its many diverse inhabitants.

Jeni is the creative director at the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) at the University of Minnesota, and mom to two awesome high school students. An outdoor and adventure enthusiast and ultrarunner, she is passionate about education, sustainability issues, global collaboration, and getting kids excited about learning and the outdoors. Her international collaborations include working with schools and individuals around the circumpolar Arctic, in Australia and Nepal, as well as managing logistics and relations for adventure learning expeditions worldwide. Jeni is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, with thanks to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and the Himalayan Medics team in Nepal.

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Chris Ripken

Family man, adventurer, geography teacher, dreamer and lifelong learner, Chris seeks to grow from the people he meets and through the places he travels.

As a high school geography teacher, Chris’s goal is to find ways to inspire his students to see obstacles as opportunities and to take ownership of their learning. Through the lens of a geographer, students in his class incorporate a personalized learning format to apply concepts to real-world situations. Chris has traveled the world as a team member of several Arctic expeditions, with the organization H20 for Life in Africa, sailing around Patagonia on a research vessel, and as a Boundary Waters Canoe Area guide in Minnesota, to name just a few. Chris was recognized as a TIES Exceptional Teacher in 2012 for his innovative work with technology integration in the classroom, as Teacher of the Year in 2009 for the Centennial School District, and as a semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2010.

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Matthew Whalen

Focusing on environmental conservation, Matthew’s filmmaking has always worked hard to tell stories of how our changing world affects those who inhabit it.

Before moving to Austin TX, Matthew found his calling in adventure filmmaking while living on the front range of Colorado’s Rockies. Most of his efforts focus on vérité style documentary filmmaking, and his talents have allowed him to collaborate with networks and companies such as Outdoor Channel, Nissan, BMW, Bravo, and NBC Universal. Comfortable with challenging locations, production work has taken Matthew’s camera from the subzero temperatures of the Arctic Circle to the rain-drenched forests of the Himalayas and beyond.

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