Yaeir Heber

Co-founder and Lead of The Field Semester

Paul Scott

Co-founder of The Field Semester and high-school history and philosophy teacher

Andy Spear

Co-founder of The Field Semester and high-school English, drama, and journalism teacher

MILLIE CHU BAIRD

Managing Director for the Office of Chief Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund

Peter COlby

California Lead, Western Rivers Conservancy

Lizette Ortega Dolan

Vice Principal for Mission and Community Development at Carondelet High School

Robert Oxenburgh

Retired Director of Finance and Operations at The Athenian School

Shree Jennifer Ram

Lead Student Support Coordinator at Leadership Public Schools


Yaeir Heber | co-founder

A former student of Paul and Andy at Head-Royce, Yaeir graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in World-Views and Sustainability—a degree he designed to examine the underpinnings of our society's unsustainable tendencies and how education can be employed to strategically address them. His research led him around the world, studying education systems in eco-villages throughout Europe, community structure, permaculture design, and earth-building in the Middle East, rain-forest conservation and agroforestry in Ecuador, and inner-city community farming in the US. Since graduating, he has worked as an educator both in and outside of the formal classroom. In Chester, PA for example, he was responsible for the Public Housing Authority's urban agriculture program—managing the community garden and its youth education program. Through his work with community agriculture in Chester, managing a challenge course in upstate New York and teaching in elementary school classrooms in Manhattan and Oakland, Yaeir has helped students cultivate a personal bond with the natural world through meaningful, experiential, outdoor education. Yaeir is an avid rock-climber and musician who loves to forage, cook, build, and spend time in the great outdoors.

Paul Scott | co-founder

Paul has been a dedicated educator for the past 23 years. He started working in New York City, first volunteering at the pioneering Children's Storefront School in East Harlem while getting his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, then teaching elementary students at the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. Paul moved to Berkeley in the early 90’s to get his Masters and Candidate in Philosophy Degrees in History at UC Berkeley, where he also taught several undergraduate seminars. For the past 13 years, Paul has taught Environmental Philosophy, Western Civilization, and Islam to juniors and seniors at the venerable Head-Royce School in Oakland. Three years ago Paul also joined the administrative team as junior class dean. When not burning the midnight oil grading papers and developing curriculum, Paul likes to travel, cook, garden, and surf in Bolinas with his wife Erin and kids Otis and Lilah. Having circled the globe three times, Paul brings a diverse and broad-minded perspective to his classroom and educational philosophy.

Andy Spear | co-founder

Andy has been teaching for over 20 years; during that time he’s taught students from 1st grade to undergraduates, and has taught courses in English, drama, journalism, and history. For the last ten years, he has also combined teaching with administrative duties—as a class dean, and Chair of the Head-Royce English Department. In the late 90s, Andy also spent his summers running residential educational programs, including the Actor’s Workshop, a summer intensive drama program which he created. Along with teaching, Andy holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Louisiana State University, and has published short stories, poetry, and had several of his plays produced. He’s also worked as a theater director and actor, and even radio show host. Most of his career has revolved around questions of storytelling, and working with students to tell the stories that matter to them. In the off-hours, if not reading or writing, Andy’s usually with his family, and ideally outdoors.

Millie Chu Baird

Millie is the Managing Director for the Office of Chief Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). During her tenure at EDF, Millie has managed numerous partnerships with corporations and led legislative climate campaigns. She started and led Climate Corps (a program that places trained fellows in corporations to identify cost-saving energy efficiency opportunities), staffed a partnership of energy and aluminum companies centered around strategically managing and reducing GHG emissions, and led the development and implementation of partnerships with food service and quick-serve companies to drive improvements in animal agriculture management practices. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Millie was a management consultant. Millie received a MS and BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Peter COlby

Peter leads land conservation in the state of California for Western Rivers Conservancy. Previously, he acquired and managed conservation lands for Save-the-Redwoods League and Contra Costa Water District. Peter practiced law for many years in the areas of environmental, real estate, and litigation. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Susan and is happy to have his two grown daughters in the Bay Area. When not working, Peter loves skiing, hiking, traveling, and cooking. Peter also writes for magazines on various social and political topics. Peter graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics and obtained his law degree from Berkeley Law, University of California.

Lizette Dolan

Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan has assumed the newly created position of Vice Principal for Mission and Community Development at Carondelet High School in Concord, CA. As a member of Carondelet High School's senior leadership team, Dr. Dolan assists in developing, implementing, and evaluating school-wide programs and policies, and creates outreach opportunities with other Sisters of St. Joseph schools around the country with the goal of creating stronger partnerships and a deeper understanding of best practices in Catholic Education. Dr. Dolan has served independent schools nationally since 1997. She has taught children from Kindergarten through 12th grade in boarding and day, Catholic and secular, public and for profit and has developed and executed countless out-of-the-box, cross-curricular programming. A native of San Francisco and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Dr. Dolan earned her Bachelor's in History and Dance from U.C. Berkeley, her Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College of California. Dr. Dolan regularly presents internationally, nationally, and locally on issues of teacher excellence, fostering systemic change, innovative teaching and learning methods, the recruitment and retention of historically marginalized people within white spaces, and cultivating inclusive learning environments.

Bob Oxenburgh

Robert has a wealth of experience in finance. From 2004 through 2013 he served as Director of Finance & Operations at The Athenian School, where, as well as finance, he focused on environmental sustainability of the 75-acre campus in Danville, CA. After working on power plants, deep sea oil production platforms, oil refineries, and natural gas pipelines, Robert spent 25 years in banking in London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.  He was very happy at Athenian to use technology and finance to enable Athenian to convert 75% of its power use to solar, reduce water use by 30%, gas consumption by 50%, waste diversion expense by 50%. Athenian earned many awards including national Green Ribbon status. Robert has an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a masters in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, England.

SHREE JENNIFER RAM

Shree is a Bay Area native and graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She worked in Arts Education outside of Philadelphia, as well as in the field of Adult Literacy in Chicago. Since schoolyear 2007/8, Shree has worked at Leadership Public Schools, a college-prep high-school network serving historically under-served students in Richmond, Oakland, and Hayward. She feels privileged to have worked at LPS Richmond for 11 years in multiple leadership roles, most significantly as the Head of Student Services for nine years. She is proud to have been on the leadership team that facilitated LPS Richmond's transformation and has earned the school Gold Status by U.S. News Best Public High Schools rankings since schoolyear 2013/14. Shree is currently the Network's Lead Student Support Coordinator and is committed to providing all students the individualized academic and socio-emotional support they deserve to experience school success. Shree prefers the printed page, in-person or hand-written communication, and re-adjusting her focus on the outdoors.