Riley Gardner - World Class Academy

Riley Gardner


Program: Kayak
Title: Teacher
Courses Taught: Government, History, and Literature of the Americas


B.A. in History – Gonzaga University

Originally hailing from Southern California, I grew up with all the classic “board sports” (surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding) and I developed a passion for fun at a young age; although I always knew Southern California was not for me. When I graduated high school, I left the desert for the Pacific Northwest to attend Gonzaga University. It was here that I fell in with the seasons and the mountains and rivers of the Northwest. During the summers I was at Gonzaga, I began to work at All Star Rafting in Maupin, Oregon. While working as a raft guide, I learned to kayak and promptly became absolutely obsessed with running rivers and the people and lifestyle that came along with it. I graduated from Gonzaga in 2012 with a degree in History and moved to Jackson Hole where I could snowboard all winter and kayak all summer. When I moved to Jackson I also started my career in education when I began working as a substitute teacher, and have been doing so for the last four years. When I am not teaching or kayaking, I also enjoy mountain biking, surfing (in the ocean or the river), skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing or some combo of all of them in one day. In addition to a B.A. in History, I am also currently working on my Masters in education and love pursuing knowledge in swift water rescue and wilderness rescue and medicine.

Through friends who attended and other friends who taught at WCA, I began to hear about the amazing experiences that lay within this institution. I realized quickly that working at WCA could help alleviate much of the jealousy i feel for students who get to attend it! I am so excited to be joining WCA for my first year and I cannot wait for all of the new rivers and experiences that lay ahead for the staff and the students.

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