Kaitlyn was first inspired by transformative experiences in the outdoors and through travel during her time at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she studied Outdoor Education, Deaf Studies, and Environmental Science. In addition to a semester of field study in Patagonia through the National Outdoor Leadership School, she developed a passion for activities including backpacking, rock climbing and mountain biking through Hampshire’s outdoor program.
After graduating in 2006, she led adventure-based trips for teens including ropes/challenge courses, rock climbing, backpacking, community service, ecological restoration, surfing, sailing, rafting and SCUBA diving in California, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. She then directed the recreation department at the Tennessee School for the Deaf where she coached the climbing and track teams and oversaw middle and elementary school athletics and recreation activities for the residential students.
Kaitlyn then went to Smith College to pursue her Master’s in Education of the Deaf. She worked as a Teacher of the Deaf at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, MA for three years while starting the program, “Linking Up!”, which continues to provide social opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children and teens including a summer program for deaf teens. Kaitlyn continues to incorporate travel into her life, most recently touring Iceland on a mountain bike.
Kaitlyn first became involved with No Barriers as an expedition leader on the Leading the Way trip for teens of various hearing abilities at the Grand Canyon. After seeing youth transformed by the No Barriers curriculum and journey, she was inspired to lead a No Barriers life. She is thrilled to help connect others with No Barriers through our specialty programs!