Our Outdoor Education Team

Outdoor education at Gateway extends far beyond recreation. It is a critical element of our therapeutic approach.

Trever Waage, M.S.

Trever Waage, M.S.

Outdoor Experiential Education Manager

"My job is to inspire understanding and confidence within our students. These things come from self discovery, and self discovery comes from facing great challenges, perhaps failing, learning from our experiences, and trying again until we have accomplished our goal. Then we can have an understanding of ourselves and the confidence that comes from doing what was once "impossible". If our students can be shown what they are truly capable of, my hope is that they will never be able to settle for less."

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Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from San Diego State University
  • Masters of Science (M.S.) in Experiential Education from University of Utah
  • Experience in outdoor recreation leadership and programming since 2004
  • Experience in wilderness and residential therapeutic programs since 2009
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

Philosophy

Trever believes that physically and mentally challenging experiences in the outdoors, when facilitated in a safe and supportive way, can help students to discover and develop their strength of character and empowerment to pursue other aspects of their life with a greater sense of confidence and integrity. Trever understands that through a progression of role modeling, practice, and reflection students can expand their notions of what is possible, translate challenging life experiences into positive personal achievement, and emerge as confident and compassionate individuals. Through his work with the young men at Gateway Academy, Trever is personally inspired to push himself to act with excellence and integrity.

Professional

Trever has been involved with outdoor recreational leadership and programming since 1997, with years of experience in wilderness and residential therapeutic programs. He has worked as a professional rock climbing, mountaineering, and kayaking instructor and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Personal

In his personal time Trever enjoys backcountry skiing, alpine climbing, fly-fishing and canyoneering with family and friends.

Creating Student Success

Trever recalls a young man’s reluctance to rappel from the top of a cliff. After weeks of anxiety and multiple false starts, the student was able to face the fear of rappelling and overcome it. While this was a feat in itself, the real learning was the young man’s realization that difficult situations do not always equate to bad situations. And by transferring his experience of rappelling to other components of his life, this young man was able to more confidently and comfortably address his relationship with his family.

 

Kelly Means, L.M.T.

Kelly Means, L.M.T.

Outdoor Experiential Education Manager

“There is a lot that goes into what we do as outdoor educators. We are not only mentors, but also role models and I believe that it takes much more than outdoor technical skills to be successful at what we do. It takes genuine caring individuals who know that there is purpose behind what we do and believe that it makes a difference. One of the best parts of my job is seeing the boys become successful in their relationships and achieve the goals that once seemed impossible to achieve.”

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Credentials:

  • Nationally Licensed in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Wilderness First Responder   
  • AASI Certified Snowboard Instructor 
  • Experience in outdoor education, recreation and leadership since 2002
  • Experience working in wilderness therapy & residential treatment programs since 2003

Philosophy:

As a mentor Kelly believes that building a foundation of trust and emotional safety comes first through listening, compassion and consistency. She uses creative teaching methods that support the auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners to experience individual success. Kelly understands that the young men who come to Gateway need positive role models and she believes that staff participation has a major influence on the boys experience and plays a key part in what they take away from it. She see’s the technical activities as opportunities to teach leadership and communication skills, as well as helping to build confidence and self-care.

Professional

Kelly has over ten years of experience working with adolescents in outdoor youth programs and she has been part of Gateway’s Outdoor Education Program for over six years. Prior to joining the Gateway team, she worked as a Snowboard Instructor, Wilderness Instructor/Mentor & First Responder. She has since attended Massage School and is Nationally Licensed in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Personal

Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring Utah’s backcountry and playing her guitar. She is always on the lookout for her next adventure and she loves experiences that challenge her to grow. Kelly is currently looking to pursue a degree in Clinical Social Work.

Student Success:

Kelly recalls a visit from a young man who she had worked with several years before. He stopped by Gateway as he was passing through town on his way home from college for the holidays. She was blown away when he asked about staff members that he hadn’t seen in years. What stood out to Kelly as he shared with the boys about his experience was his, “self confidence” and “humility.” “There was an instant connection- a mutual respect between he and the boys. It was very exciting to see the self assured young man he had become.”