Beth Shoemaker

Educator

Always eager to learn and grow, Beth has dedicated her life to education and adventure. She earned both her BA in Sociology and Public Policy, and her Teaching Certificate in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Denver. Between her college experiences she spent a semester in Alaska with NOLS; taught skiing in Aspen; worked at the Aspen Institute; and completed an Outdoor Educator’s course in Colorado with Outward Bound. Beth fell in love with middle school kids while teaching math and social studies at the Aspen Middle School. There she had many opportunities to lead backcountry trips and saw positive growth in her students from being challenged outdoors and connecting genuinely with each other. Beth continued her education by attending an Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University in Boulder. She used this new knowledge to help lead local educational improvement efforts and serve on several school boards. When it came time to settle down, she and her husband designed and built a passive solar, straw bale house in Carbondale, CO. Now the mother of two daughters, Beth is thrilled to be practicing Girls Leadership skills daily and sharing her knowledge with others.