walkabout faculty


upper school


Ashlee Osteen - director of Walkabout/english teacher

Baylor graduate '00

Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, raft guide, and fishing guide

- 17 years of kayaking experience in USA, Costa Rica, India, and Ecuador.

- Happiest human being on the planet

- experienced raft guide/manager

- many years of experience raft guiding for Walkabout in India

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)



Untitled photo

Bett Adams - director of Camp Walkabout

Baylor graduate 02'

Walkabout Guide Focus – FUN at Camp!

- 17 years of kayaking experience in USA, Costa Rica, India, Panama, BC, Grand Canyon.

- Multi day self-support kayaking and canoeing trips.

- Experience trekking in the Rocky Mountains

- Vice president North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, a non-profit organization supporting access, protection and education of one of Chattanooga’s most precious watersheds.

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

Untitled photo

Heather Biebel - history teacher/Baylor exchange program coordinator

Walkabout Guide Focus – backpacking, ski/snowboarding, and paddle boarding  

- 22 years experience guiding a variety of trips for Walkabout 

- Guide and group leader for Cottonwood Gulch (trekking in Utah/Colorado) 

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA (Wilderness Medical Associates)

- Mountaineering and trekking in Africa, Ecuador, Wyoming, California and Colorado



Version 8

Jen Clemmer - science teacher

Walkabout Guide Focus – rock climbing, afternoon Walkabout, surfing

- 9 years rock climbing experience in Wyoming, South Dakota, California, Nevada, and India

- 9 years experience as a rock climbing guide on the Baylor Senior Trip

- trekking experience in the Appalachians and Indian Himalaya

- rock climbing guide in Hampi, south India

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates


Version 4

Kurt Emmanuele - dorm parent/math instructor/volleyball and track coach

Walkabout Guide Focus – backpacking, photography, and flat water canoeing and kayaking

- 34 years experience guiding backpacking for Walkabout 

- Multi–day Walkabout backpacking adventures in Arizona, Utah, Texas, and many adventures throughout the southeast

- Skilled photographer whose images have been used by Baylor, Backpacker Magazine, The Sierra Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy calendar and magazine cover, and the Tennessee Native Plant Society book of wildflowers 

- Guided wildflower trips for The Tennessee Aquarium, The Tennessee Native Plant Society, and the Georgia Botanical Society 

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)


Version 5

Tim Laramore - english teacher/director of global scholars program

Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking and foreign travel 

- 21 years of whitewater kayaking experience. Rivers in Chile, Costa Rica, India, and Panama. 

- 15 years of surfing experience. Surfed in Panama, South Africa, Oregon, California and Baja Mexico. 

- Experience trekking in the Rocky Mountains, Morocco, and India. 

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)


Untitled photo

Tim Williams - assistant director of Walkabout/eastern religions teacher

Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, rock climbing, foreign travel 

-30  years experience guiding for Walkabout 

- 36 years kayaking experience - kayaking guide experience in Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Chile, and Panama. 

- 32 years experience as a rock climbing guide 

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates) •

- Guide for religious/cultural study and treks  in the Himalayas of north India - Sikkim and Ladakh

- travel and study in China, Korea, Borneo, and Japan

- Executive Director of the Taraloka Foundation - a non-profit organization supporting a girls home in north India


Untitled photo

middle school


Bo Chamberlain– American Studies teacher/MS Walkabout Director  

Walkabout Focus: Getting kids outside to experience the great outdoors!!

- 30+ years of enthusiastically experiencing the wonders of nature

- Whitewater river rafting guide and kayaker

- Current Wilderness First Responder

- Retired Critical Care Paramedic

- Backpacking, hiking, and camping in the Southeast

- Snorkeling and shelling enthusiast

- Sea kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboard guide

- Ultimate and Disc golf disciple

- Lover of Yoga

Untitled photo


Ann Katharine Taylor - college counselor/dorm parent

Walkabout focus: Enjoying the outdoors while having fun and learning with the students

- mountaineering in the Alps

- trekking in Peru

- backpacking in Colorado

- surfing in Costa Rica

- backpacking with students on the senior trip

Untitled photo

graduate guides

Troy Leach

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)


Aaron Thomas

- Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)


Untitled photo

India Guides:


Gelek Gyatso

Untitled photo

Lalit Prakash

Version 6