New Executive Director for Full Circle Education
Travis Gay brings enthusiasm to farm and garden education in Teton Valley
Full Circle Education is pleased to announce that Travis Gay has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Gay brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to Full Circle Education having lived, worked and raised a family in Teton Valley for over 20 years. Gay has been supporting children and families in Teton Valley and Jackson within educational settings for years and is looking forward to connecting with the community in her new role.
“I am energized by Full Circle Education’s mission and vision and believe that fostering deeper connections between people, the land we live on, and the food we eat will help us lead healthier lives while strengthening our community cohesion and resilience”.
Full Circle Education cultivates connections between land, community and health through hands-on experiences in gardens, farms, and wild places. Over the past 12 years, Full Circle Education has built comprehensive farm and garden programs at Tetonia Elementary School, Alta Elementary School, and Teton Valley Community School. Farm-based field trips, summer camps, and adult workshops round out Full Circle Education’s offerings.
Board of Directors Chair, Cindy Riegel, said, “We are very excited about hiring Travis as our Executive Director. Her excellent communication and organizational skills along with her commitment to community education and healthy living are a perfect fit.” Full Circle Education is working toward establishing an educational farm in Teton Valley where the public can actively participate in regenerative farming, animal husbandry, healthy food preparation, and sustainable living.
Program Manager and Educator
Haley moved to Teton Valley in May 2019 to work for Cosmic Apple Gardens. She had been working seasonally as a Field Instructor for Outward Bound in Moab, Utah, and as a dog sledding guide in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She is enthused to bring her background of hands-on, place-based education to the school garden programs. She is also very excited to get to know Teton Valley's local talent, and to share that wealth of talent to others that are eager to learn. Bringing together community members who are masters of their craft with others who are hungry to learn is what its all about! Haley can't wait to see Full Circle Education grow in capacity: to bring garden programs to every school in the valley and to help FCE reach its five year goal of owning and operating its very own micro-farm / hands-on learning classroom to base programs out of!