Audrey Edinger

Seventh Grade

Long-term Substitute

Audrey was raised by wonderful parents in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. She spent many happy years exploring the woods around her house, collecting vintage garbage from a nearby swamp, weaving on a tiny loom, and making hundreds of lanyard keychains and friendship bracelets. Audrey attended Stroudsburg High School, where her focus on poetry led to a scholarship to Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts – a free, public summer arts school founded in 1973, and defunded by Governor Ed Rendell in 2009, after 36 years of operation.

A childhood interest in medicine and childbirth led Audrey to pursue her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Smith College (2010). However, her distrust and criticism of the patriarchy caused her to reconsider medical school. While attending college, her life was changed by the experience of hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.

She began her epic adventure career in 2010, with a hike of Vermont’s Long Trail, followed in 2012 by a northbound trek on the Appalachian Trail. She has since completed the Colorado Trail (2014) and the Pacific Crest Trail (2016). She loves hiking around Taos, and rafts the Rio Grande every chance she gets (even in winter!). Audrey shares her love of nature during the summers as an instructor for the Field Institute of Taos. Someday, she hopes to be an expert on western wildflowers.

While living in southern Colorado, Audrey worked on several organic farms, tutored college students, and had a brief stint as a biology professor at Trinidad State Junior College. She also worked with area high schoolers as part of the Upward Bound program. Upon moving to Taos, she worked at UNM Kids Campus and as a substitute teacher at Taos High School. She has worked at TISA since 2013, first as the After Care and Enrichment coordinator and later as an Educational Assistant. She enjoys the opportunity to be mentored by some of the excellent TISA teachers. Audrey loves knitting and textiles, and finds every opportunity to share the joy and serenity of crafting with people of all ages

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