Summer Staff

Al Whitted
Al WhittedDirector
BA in Philosophy from Elon College
“Nature Al” Whitted created the Walk Your Path Well program, combining his passion for the outdoors and his love for teaching. The program developed through his experiences as a teacher, a camp counselor, and as a long-distance hiker.

Al has taught in a variety of different settings and environments. He started his love of camps by working for Camp Riverlea as a counselor in college. After the trail he moved into a cabin and began teaching canoeing, hiking, and nature skills at Camp Thunderbird for 5-18 year olds. After receiving a certification from Tom Brown’s Wilderness School, Al became the lead nature counselor at Camp Riverlea, and created a skills program for children around shelter, water, fire, food, awareness, and philosophy. Later, he returned to Tom Brown’s school as a volunteer instructor. Al eventually felt the call of the Wild West and moved to California to start a young naturalist course for an after school program that met in a large Navajo teepee to begin their classes.

Al eventually moved back East and has taught science, social studies, and math at Woodlawn Middle School, emphasizing environmental science in his classroom, and conducting nature walks. He and his wife Megan worked as the Program Directors at Camp Riverlea, a summer camp for children in northern Durham County, before beginning Walk Your Path Well eleven years ago.

Megan Whitted
Megan WhittedAdministrator
Masters in Arts in Teaching UNC CH
As the administrator for the Walk Your Path Well program, Megan Whitted keeps records and maintains communication for the program.  Megan loves the beauty and harmony of the outdoors and believes in giving children every opportunity to experience nature.

“Musical Megan” works at the Duke School as the music teacher for the elementary school. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also taught music at McDougle Elementary School in Chapel Hill. She is the Music Director at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and a collaborator in the church’s recital series. She is an active performer and singer/songwriter and teaches piano lessons in Hillsborough.

Megan has served as a Program Director along with Al at Camp Riverlea.  She has been working at summer camps since 1994, assisting with programs for the Center for Peace Education and most recently at Camp Riverlea.

As a fan of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings series, Megan brings “Ring Lore” to the Walk Your Path Well adventures. She has collected poems from Tolkein for dramatic readings, transcribed songs from the movie soundtrack, and coordinated dramatic performances. With a love of storytelling and adventure tales, she brings stories to life for children.

Shannon Kirk
Shannon KirkWilderness Guide
Shannon was born in Durham, North Carolina, but has lived in Georgia the past 10 years. She was raised with a sincere respect for the environment and love for the outdoors. She often spends her time hiking, climbing, and searching for wildlife. She believes that education, curiosity, and adventure are the key components of a positive outdoor experience.

Shannon worked as a music teacher and professional musician in Atlanta throughout high school and well into college. She received a BSFR in Fisheries & Wildlife with an emphasis on aquatic sciences from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. While attending college, she worked as a boxing instructor at the school’s recreation center and taught self-defense classes to various student organizations. She also acted as a volunteer docent at a local zoo, teaching visitors about native Georgia wildlife and their habitats. During her senior year, she began working as a research technician in Warnell’s Forest Hydrology Laboratory and continued in that role after graduation. She assisted with graduate student research related to water use, wetland conservation, and stream quality. She plans to return to school in the fall to obtain an MS in aquatic sciences.

Iain Wright
Iain WrightWilderness Guide
Iain was born in Chapel Hill and has lived in North Carolina ever since. Iain began as a camper and has experienced almost all of the different outdoor adventures that Walk Your Path Well has to offer. He has since returned to the camp as a counselor in training for multiple years and relishes the opportunity to share his love for nature with the campers in the same way that Walk Your Path Well inspired it in him.

Iain recently graduated from 12th grade at Cary Academy and is excited to begin his studies of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada this fall. Iain has had the pleasure of being a counselor in training at Walk Your Path Well, and he worked as a research assistant at Cornell University last summer. He has had the opportunity to experience nature through camp as well as multiple backpacking trips through the outdoors club at his school. While attending high school, Iain has also volunteered at the Triangle Sportsplex where he has coached ice hockey with his dad for the last four years. Iain is excited to play games with campers while also passing on his survival skills and his love for the outdoors.

Anderson Proescholdbell
Anderson ProescholdbellWilderness Guide
Anderson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but has grown up and lived in Durham, North Carolina for most of his life. Anderson visited different points on the Eno almost every weekend when he was younger and has acquired a great respect for the woods over the years. He attended every Walk Your Path Well Eno camp that he could as a camper for six years and then as a counselor in training for two. Anderson hopes to help campers have the same great experiences he had by mixing playing creative games with learning wilderness skills.

Anderson will be attending 11th grade at Carolina Friends School for the 2017-2018 school year. While in high school, Anderson has played Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Basketball. Most days, he can be spotted walking his dog Amigo around the neighborhood or taking him to the Eno to swim. Anderson has developed conflict resolution skills by negotiating peace between Amigo and his two cats. Anderson aspires to assist campers in learning outdoors skills while keeping everything fun by playing games.

Tracy DeVoe
Tracy DeVoeWilderness Guide
Originally from the Shenandoah mountains of West Virginia where she grew up just 3 miles from the Appalachian Trail near Harper’s Ferry. She moved to WNC back in 1998 in order to explore the mountains, paddle creeks and rivers, and attend school. She became a steward of the Wilderness Education Association and began leading climbing, caving, and backpacking adventures throughout the mountains of WNC.

After receiving a BS in Parks and Recreation at Western Carolina University, she went on to pursuing outdoor education through raft guiding and attaining her ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and Swift Water Rescue certifications in order to begin a professional career in teaching whitewater kayaking.

Tracy moved to the Piedmont 4 years ago to join teams with the City of Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Nature Programs and began her work in environmental education in addition to guiding on the Haw River. After one year of teaching and directing nature programs, she began working with a local non profit as their watershed education and river watch coordinator where she devoted the next 3 years of her career in conservation work coordinating with local citizen science volunteers and supervising a unique three-week riverside educational program that gets kids outside into nature and having fun exploring and learning about the forests they live in and near, watershed and storm-water education, stream steward practices, their ecological address, and river monitoring.

Tracy has spent much of her time teaming up with 4th and 8th grade public science school administrators, teachers and students implementing watershed sciences, river monitoring and time out of the classroom connecting children with nature. Tracy feels that the disconnect between the world’s youth and the natural world needs to be one of the primary focuses of today’s environmental movement and is now working towards finding new ways to implement the classroom back into nature. She is very excited to be joining the team at Walk Your Path Well this August.