We are excited to announce the arrival of our new CEC Director! Lauren has a B.S.E. in Elementary and Collaborative Education and a M.S.E. in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University. She has formerly worked as an elementary school teacher in Anniston, AL and has been involved with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley since being a summer camper at Gulftreat. Lauren believes the opportunity to educate as many children and adults about the impact the Cahaba River has on Alabamians and vice versa is an essential mission for the CEC. She will be joining us at the beginning of the new year, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome, Lauren!!
Mallory Pendleton Program and Education Coordinator
Mallory calls Alabaster, Alabama home sweet home. She spent much of her childhood around the freshwater lakes and meandering rivers in the south, thereby sparking her interest in the great outdoors. From then on she knew that she needed to spend her life exploring, learning, and sharing her love for the environment. Mallory obtained a Biology and Marine Science degree at The University of Alabama (you can hear her yell “Roll Tide” frequently…) and quickly moved into the Environmental Education field. She first started her adventures at Seacamp in the Florida Keys where she was able to snorkel and scuba dive with campers on a daily basis. Hello, talk about a marvelous tan! From there she moved to YMCA Camp Thunderbird in South Carolina to teach EE in an opposing terrain from the Keys. Most recently in 2015, Mallory found herself on the ocean side working at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, VA. You just can’t keep this southern gal away from the water. Now, she has made it back to her old stomping grounds and has joined the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River family to teach participants all about the Cahaba River watershed! Roll Tide.
Born in Georgia and raised in Alabama, Shannon has always called the south home. A childhood filled with playing outside and catching tree frogs and lightning bugs on summer evenings instilled a lifelong curiosity about the environment. She attended Samford University, where she was a Geography major with a double minor in Biology and Spanish. Soon after, she moved out to the McDowell Environmental Center. After two and a half years of teaching and learning there, she moved a little further south to work as a guest naturalist for an environmental center near Córdoba, Argentina. For the next few months she lived, worked, and traveled around Argentina, working on her Spanish and trying every new food she could get her hands on. Now she's back in the Alabama woods, ready to share all of the hidden treasures here with the students that come. In her free time, Shannon may be found reading in her hammock, playing the violin, baking biscuits and cookies, or lying on the ground trying to get the perfect picture of a bug or a dew drop.
Justin grew up just outside the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, he started working at a summer camp called Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, located in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. It was there that he instantly fell in love with working in the outdoors and being able to teach campers of all ages. He served as the Summer Camp Program Director for two summers there. Now, he's moving to Alabama to work at the Cahaba Environmental Center, excited for the chance to help children explore nature and find new ways to learn!
Matthew is a proud Alabama native with a passion for working with young people and a fullhearted belief in the healing power of laughter. In recent years, he has worked as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in the mountains of Georgia, served as co-director for a social justice leadership camp in central Alabama, taught US History for a traveling school in New England, and co-founded a nonprofit in Birmingham, Alabama that aims to provide easy access to social emotional learning opportunities. While in college, Matthew also served as an AmeriCorps member and traveled to local schools to facilitate discussions on dating violence prevention and crisis management. In his free time, he enjoys digging in the garden, exploring the great outdoors, and working on renovations to the hundred-year-old mountain top bungalow that he calls home.
Cahaba Environmental Center 2021 Living River Parkway Montevallo, AL 35115 Email: email@example.com Phone: 205.208.0035 x3