Camp Director

Camp Director James R. (Randy) Monroe has spent his science teaching career as a knowledgeable and competent up-to-date Scientist, embedding and integrating cutting-edge science technologies and techniques in to processes and topics covered through a standardized Earth, Life and Physical Science curriculum.

Monroe has received a Bachelor of Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Science Authorization, a Single Subject Earth and Planetary Science and a Master's of Science in Technology Leadership from California State University East Bay (CSUEB) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). He also served for a decade as a board member of the Contra Costa Science and Math Education Association.

Monroe has relationships and collaborates with many of the leading local, state, and national scientific organizations, institutions and businesses. This includes a Native Cold-blooded Critters Program developed with the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, the Desert Tortoise Society and California Fish & Wildlife. He is both a New Horizon Educator (Pluto/Charon: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab & NASA) and MAVEN Educator Ambassador (Mars Atmosphere Volatile Evolution Lawrence: Berkeley National Lab & NASA).

Monroe's step-father James Christy's discovered Pluto's largest moon Charon in 1978, naming it after Monroe's mother Charlene. He has also served over summers for Industrial Initiatives for Science and Math Educators (IISME) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems as an Engineer in missile defense studying infrared technologies, focal plane arrays and cryo-stats & cryo-coolers.

Through his fascination with hydrothermal vent ecology and astro-biology, Monroe served as adjunct faculty for two years at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA as part of the Microbial Ecology Program (MEP) through both Lawrence Livermore National Labs and IISME.

Monroe has directed coordinated and facilitated scores of field/study trips; both for his former and current middle school sites and collaboratively with all 9 (10) MDUSD middle school GATE Programs. The Lassen trip has been in operational since 2001 with the exception of 2013 and scheduling difficulties.

Camp Co-Director

Mr. Jackson is a 6th-grade middle school Earth, Life, & Physical Science/Engineering/Robotics/Environmental Sustainability Coordinator/Teacher at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, CA. Mr. J. has been with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) for over 7 years. He has a BA in Liberal & Civic Studies and a MA in education from St. Mary's College. His Masters focus was in outdoor education (informal) versus the traditional (formal) indoor science classroom with his thesis aptly titled, The Value of Supplementing Science Education with Outdoor Instruction for Sixth Grade (Middle School) Students. The study seeked to gather evidence of increasing levels of engagement & content knowledge retention for students in an outdoor school-yard environment. He incorporates Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & Common Core State Standards (CCSSs) along with the Environmental Principles & Concepts (EPCs) and having the highest of expectations for his students, believes they learn and retain more when learning content and skills sets in a hands-on, inquiry-based, collaborative working environment as "Citizen Scientists".

Mr. Jackson's love of science was inherited from his father; a retired top official at the Center for Disease Control. Mr. J. considers being "green" and "outdoorsy" a fundamental aspect of his personality, actions, & daily life. He has a strong connection, passion, & bond with nature, the environment conservation and sustainability. As an outdoors enthusiast, active environmentalist, & Sierra Club member, Mr. Jackson spends many hours and days in our local, state, & national parks. He goes for hikes with his wife & daughter. He co-founded the SF Bay Area Young Sierrans section of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Mr. Jackson has attended Sierra Club hikes around Mt. Diablo and many other SF Bay Area Parks. He has also attended several professional development workshops in the Marin Headlands, Point Reyes, & Yosemite National Park through the John Muir Society. And, in 2004, he and his family (wife & daughter) traveled across the America visiting: Kings Canyon/Sequoia, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Acadia, Great Smokey Mountains, and the Appalachians

As the lead Environmental Sustainability Coordinator & Staff Advisor for the Environmentally Concerned Kids (ECK) Club at Foothill Middle School, it is Mr. Jackson’s responsibility to ensure that all of the adults & students are trained, supported, reminded, & guided on how to lead an environmentally aware & sustainable life on campus. In May 2018, under Mr. Jackson’s leadership Foothill was awarded a Bronze level Green Ribbon School (GRS) award from the CA Department of Education & received a Waste Busters award for 75% Waste Diversion with a future goal of Zero Waste. He is a Climate Reality Leader (Understanding Global Change & Global Climate Change/Global Warming), under former Vice President Al Gore and author of An Inconvenient Truth. Mr. Jackson’s personal & professional goals are to increase student content knowledge and appreciation of the sciences; in particular the area of climate change including potential solutions. He continues to seek the ultimate goal of achieving zero waste at Foothill Middle and as a life-long learner, continues the pedagogical journey seeking out new approaches and methodologies for the science classroom.

Camp Manager

Sue Hinchcliffe has a Master’s Degree in Education and has taught middle school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for the past 14 years.

A believer in hands-on, experiential learning, Sue is the teacher – leader for the Eighth Grade Spring Break Trip to Washington, DC for her school. She is an active, outdoors person and trains year-round for triathlon events. She is a lover of the changing night sky; when her three boys were younger, many summer nights were spent watching the sky from the backyard trampoline. Another activity her family enjoys, camping, now includes the youngest member of the family, Sue’s first grandchild.