Kathy Conroy is a teacher with many years of experience working with children. She enjoys being able to integrate the outdoors into her students’ school day. She has worked on development of her elementary school’s outdoor classroom and developed grants for staff development for using the outdoors in education. Kathy has extensive hiking and backpacking experience across the United States (including Alaska) and Canada. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at St. Lawrence University in northern New York, her home state, and her Gifted Certification/Masters in Elementary Education at Georgia State University, her second home state. Kathy currently lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina and is thrilled to be able to share with youth the many natural treasures of North Carolina as a member of the 2015 Family Nature Summit.