Meet the team

Arron Wood

Kids Teaching Kids Founder and Ambassador

Arron Wood co-founded the Kids Teaching Kids program together with his father, Richard Wood, in 1999. He was the managing director of the program until 2021 and remains an Ambassador for the program. 

  • 2001 Young Australian of the Year (National Environment Winner)
  • 2006 Winner in the United Nations World Environment Day Awards – Individual Outstanding Service to the Environment
  • 2006 The Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment, awarded by the Governor-General
  • 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award
  • 2007 Melbourne Award for Contribution to the Environment
  • Top ten education leaders nationally in 2009 as part of The Weekend Australian Magazine

Michelle Tripp

Executive Director - Education

  • Bachelor of Media & Communications – University of South Australia
  • International experience managing & facilitating youth development & recreation programs
    – New South Wales & Victoria, Australia
    – Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
    – Woodside & Tahoe, California, United States
  • National experience directing corporate events & facilitating team building programs & workshops
  • Developed & delivered STEAM  & enquiry based in-school enterprise education projects
  • Data collation & research for Stanford University Challenge Success – measuring 21st century skills & promoting healthy child development, effective education, strengthened sense of self & positive mindsets


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Danielle Thuringer

Education Manager

  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences-Colorado State University, USA
  • Post-baccalaureate Secondary Science Education-University of Northern Colorado, USA
  • Experience teaching and developing science curriculum in schools-USA and Vietnam
  • Experience teaching and coordinating environmental education programs-Denver Zoo and Great Plains Zoo, USA
  • Program Coordinator for non-profit travel organisation for students with disabilities; focused on science, service, leadership and culture-Colorado, USA
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and international teaching experience
  • Earth Expeditions Advanced Inquiry Program field study in Belize: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship-Miami University, USA
  • International Baccalaureate certificate in teaching and learning-DePaul University, USA
  • Wilderness First Responder certified

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Earthwatch Team

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