Meet our Apprentices


Meaghan Allyn, History Apprentice, first experienced ‘trail magic’ as a college student backpacking through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She grew up swimming and kayaking on the shores of Skaneateles Lake in Upstate New York, and actually enjoyed the winter season through skiing and ice hockey. She was active in several community service groups as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Geography and Neuroscience. She honed her passion for mission-driven education at Year Up Greater Boston, working with students from a diverse array of socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds. She took a break from city living to fulfill a childhood dream of roaming through ‘Middle Earth,’ backpacking through the South Island of New Zealand for three months in early 2018. Her time in New Zealand, coupled with her previous work with students in Boston, inspired her to seek out opportunities in experiential education. The High Mountain Institute’s deep and rich approach to education appeals to Meaghan’s personal conviction in thoughtful, community-based learning. She feels incredibly fortunate to be able to learn alongside HMI’s incredible students and faculty this semester.  Meaghan believes in the power of listening, asking questions, writing postcards, and afternoon dance parties. 

Klaus DeBoer, Science Apprentice, was raised on a farm in NW Iowa.  He had an upbringing close to the land, eating home-grown vegetables, and harvesting wild game.  From this upbringing, his passion for outdoor life grew, and his sense of adventure drew him away from the Plains.  He studied Natural Resource Stewardship at Sterling College in Vermont. These studies spurred him to passions for natural history, culture, birding, and wilderness travel.   During breaks between school, Klaus worked for 4-H camps in Maine, teaching ecology while leading backcountry hiking and canoeing trips. After college, his efforts have focused on conservation research, primarily in avian ecology, which has allowed him to experience unique cultures and ecosystems, notably those of Hawaii, Ethiopia, and Alaska.  He’s excited to share his wonder for the natural world both in the backcountry and in the classroom and most looks forward to living and growing with the sense of community that HMI fosters.

Sophie Faxon, Wilderness Apprentice, grew up on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island but found a home in the mountains. Exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pacific Northwest, Sophie learned to appreciate all the teachings the natural world has to give. Her experience as an HMI student during Summer Term 2013 encouraged her to take a gap semester after high school. She spent a month in the Wind River Range with the National Outdoor Leadership School, traveled the United States working within various communities, and journeyed throughout Costa Rica. Following the great adventure, Sophie attended Elon University where she majored in Environmental Studies. Her focus on sustainability and food systems allowed her to delve into the relationship between humans and the natural world through various lenses. She graduated from Elon in the spring having spent her time on the frisbee team and trip leading for Elon Outdoors. She is thrilled to encourage students to examine and stoke their relationship with the world around them while taking advantage of the lessons the natural world has to share.

Lucy Iselin, Humanities Apprentice, says that her grit can be traced to a childhood in Brooklyn, New York, however, she credits her gumption to summers spent scraping her knees on rocky beaches, exploring tidal pools and sailing off of North Haven, an island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. Lucy was pushed and supported by a loving family to discover the magic of summer-camp, the power of big mountains and the immense capabilities of those around her. After a whirlwind of growth spurred by incredible high school years at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware and a National Outdoor Leadership School course backpacking through Wyoming’s Wind River Wilderness, Lucy graduated from Ohio’s Kenyon College with a major in sociology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. While studying at Kenyon Lucy ran on the cross country and track teams, and led trips across the Eastern United States for the Outdoors Club. She fell in love with dirty fingernails while working and studying on a local sustainable farms. Having caught the Rocky Mountain bug in high school, Lucy spent summers leading backpacking and horse packing trips for Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Wyoming’s Northwestern mountain ranges. After graduation, Lucy spent nine months immersing herself in regenerative ranching practices as a New Agrarian Apprentice at the San Juan Ranch in Colorado’s San Luis Valley with few people, two dogs, and lots of cattle. After recharging her spiritual batteries backcountry skiing, practicing yoga, backpacking, climbing, biking, trail running and making food with friends in Jackson Hole, Lucy is unbelievably excited to read books, write poems, paint, run, explore and grow with the students and staff at HMI.

Charles Nunziato, English Apprentice, was born and raised in New York City. He grew up visiting Colorado frequently, where he developed a deep appreciation for the Colorado wilderness. He attended HMI as a member of Semester 26, where, in addition to exploring the canyons of Utah and shredding the nearby slopes, he fell in love with the school and the opportunities for immense growth that it offers. After graduating from high school in Connecticut, Charles took a gap year, during which he worked with horses at Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO, studied and trekked in Nepal with Where There Be Dragons, and traveled around Australia and New Zealand. He recently graduated from Reed College, where he studied Comparative Literature, served as a housing adviser, and got to explore the city of Portland, OR. As this semester’s English Apprentice, Charles is excited to share his love of literature, the outdoors, and the American West with students.

Hannah Perry-Zeik, Math Apprentice, spent her childhood in New York state, and as such enjoyed rowing on the Hudson River, running and hiking through many beautiful state parks, and often taking advantage of the 45 minute train ride to New York City. Despite continuing to foster a deep love for her home state, she ventured inland after high school, and attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. There, she majored in mathematics with an English minor, as well as running track and cross country, singing in a music group, and leading trips for the Outdoors Club. She also worked at Kenyon as a tutor for different math classes, and a senior fellow for the Admissions Office. Most recently, Hannah spent the summer leading backpacking trips for a camp in Wyoming, where she has worked the past three summers. Although she currently remains convinced that Wyoming is the most beautiful place in the world, she is open to the adventures in store at HMI changing her mind. She is very excited for this opportunity to combine her academic passions with her love of the great outdoors, and is sure that by the end of the semester, each and every student be at least as excited about math as she is!