Staff Bios

Spencer Palmer 

Currahee Primary 

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Spencer Palmer
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Spencer Palmer is Primary for our Currahee group, partnering with Sandra Campbell to lead that team. Spencer was previously our Evening Shift Floor Manager, and has also served as Treks Manager and as a Trek Counselor during his time at our school. Spencer has excellent skills challenging and counseling our students.

Spencer joined the Treks team at Cherokee Creek Boys School in September 2012 having just finished a summer stint as an expedition leader for Deer Hill Expeditions in the Four Corners area of Colorado. While in Colorado, Spencer led extended backpacking and rafting trips with adolescent clients. He’s a 2012 graduate of Toccoa Falls College, with a major in Outdoor Leadership and Education.

Spencer’s involvement in the outdoors has been lifelong. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was an avid hunter and fisherman growing up in the Toccoa area with his two brothers. At the local Y Camp near Tallulah Gorge, Spencer was assistant adventure director, working with campers on outdoor trips and rope course activities.

In 2008, Spencer “thru hiked” the Appalachian Trail, taking just under five months to traverse the mountains from Georgia to Maine. “Thru hikers” usually adopt a nickname for notes and sign-ins along the trail. Spencer’s moniker was “One Flop”. Since he is a stickler for details (something that continues to shine through in his work at Cherokee Creek), he walked every foot of the trail and made sure that every side trip began and ended at the same spot on the “AT”.

Spencer also brings a love of wild water to complement his overall love of the wilderness. He’s an experienced kayaker, paddling Class IV water all over the Southeast. He shares his organizational talents with the paddling community by helping to organize festivals on the Tallulah River in Georgia and the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

We have been blessed that Spencer is able to bring all of these talents and passions to bear on the whitewater canoeing program at Cherokee Creek.

Spencer has also been instrumental in integrating our “PATH” work into the outdoor curriculum. Also, he instituted new methods of staff training and development so that everyone involved with the Treks program is on a continuous path of self-improvement.

Let me share a middle school story…

“One of my favorite memories of middle school involves playing on the soccer team. Our team was lucky to have never been beaten the two years I was competing. I specifically recall winning the regional championship my 8th grade year. This game was tied and went to penalty kicks to decide the winner. I remember running across the field with all my teammates and sliding/diving in to a huge pile where we all were screaming and hugging! It was a great experience that I relive with those same guys a few times a year when we see each other crossing paths in our hometown for holidays.”

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