Izzy Janzen: Finding Her Way to Waypoint

Izzy Janzen: Finding Her Way to Waypoint

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Izzy Janzen joined the Chewonki Waypoint Program in September as the leader of the third cohort of Regional School Unit 1 (RSU 1) students to participate in this experimental program. Janzen is leading the seventh-grade cohort this year in extra-curricular activities designed to support them and help them develop high expectations of themselves. Janzen works closely with Chewonki Waypoint Coordinator Austin Muir, who is continuing to lead the first-cohort students, now high school freshmen.

Janzen grew up in Philadelphia but spent her summers exploring Maine’s rocky coastline with her family. A 2014 graduate of Hamilton College, she led fellow students there on hiking and backpacking trips. During the summer months, she also worked as a trip leader for teenagers in both Maine and Washington State.

She spent four years as assistant director with Apogee Adventures, a Maine outdoor adventure program for young adults, and has worked as a substitute teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels in Portland. She served as a volunteer mentor with Waypoint for the past two school years and is enjoying having a formal role to play in this innovative adventure for local students.

Janzen loves playing board games, cooking, and hiking. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder.