Andrew grew up near New York City and founded Academic Expeditions in 2003 after working with many different educational travel tour companies and international schools over the years. He realized that there was a real need for a company that offered high quality travel experiences delivered with integrity and a focus on the clients needs. Andrew is proud of what he and his incredibly talented staff at Academic Expeditions have been able to create, and the team’s commitment to providing exceptional educational travel experiences for each and every client.
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Managing Finance Director
Kara grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia. Kara spent 9 years working as an underwriter for a large insurance company. After being introduced to educational student travel she decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a career as a financial officer with Academic Expeditions. Kara and her family reside in central Virginia where they can be found spending time between the beaches on the Eastern Shore and the Blue Ridge Mountains near their home.
Director of Systems, Guide
While Isaiah grew up in rural Oklahoma, curiosity for the larger world was planted in him. In college, he earned a BS in Elementary Ed and a Masters in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, and found the global education of travel and cultural exchange. His experiences abroad include working in the UK, Peace Corps in the Marshall Islands, recreation work in Japan, and cultural explorations of Latin America. These have inspired him to both plan and guide relevant travel experiences for others for over 20 years. Isaiah, his wife and son live in Asheville, NC where they enjoy being outdoors, playing music with friends, and partaking in the creative vibe of the area.
Managing Director of Logistics
Rebekah grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She is a 2006 graduate of Peace College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Leadership Studies. Rebekah has 5 years of corporate experience in marketing and operations. However, travel has always been a large passion in her life and has led her to pursue her interests by joining Academic Expeditions. Rebekah currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Managing Program Director & Guide
Tracy was born in Washington, DC and now resides in quiet Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Tracy started out in the group travel industry right out of high school by working at her family-owned motor coach company. She later became the operations manager and after 22 years she decided to pursue her love of Washington and American history by becoming a DC Tour Guide. She loves sharing her love of history and the city with groups of all ages! When she is not guiding, you will find her at home with her sweet Golden Retrievers, Kirby & Murph.
Aaron grew up in very rural Northern Wisconsin, an hour south of Lake Superior, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After teaching middle school social studies for six years, he successfully transitioned to tour guiding which quickly became his love. After being a tour director for more than 10 years, which included being a licensed guide in Washington, DC, he was seeking some balance in his life. He was excited to join the Academic Expeditions team as a Director of Program Development and share his passion. Aaron, his 4 kids and their weiner dog, Oscar, currently reside in Hudson, WI.