Ground Ops, Climber, Lift Operator
BS in Environmental Science, University of Vermont
Ben, our newest climber, joined our crew right after graduating from UVM in 2022 with chainsaw experience gained through Game of Logging 1-4 and work as a forestry intern sawyer. Since then, Ben has become our resident expert operating the tracked lift, and he is building his tree-climbing experience from the ground up. Ben is known on the crew for his positive attitude and ready smile.
Consulting Arborist, Crew leader
ISA Certified Arborist
AS Forestry, Paul Smith’s College
Ben joined the Teacher’s Tree Service team in 2008 and has been integral to growing the company’s expertise, reputation, culture. A consultation with Ben is a private course on all things tree-related; you will have a much better understanding and appreciation of your trees and woodlot. In his spare time, Ben operates Open View Farm, producing some of the best maple syrup you’ll find in the state.
Ground Ops, Climber-in-Training
BA Philosophy, Kalamazoo College
Teague hired on with our crew the summer of 2023. He is building his expertise working on trees from roots to shoots: Teague frequently works on our tree- and shrub-planting crew, and is already a reliable member of our ground operations. Given his diverse- yet relevant- experience as a climbing wall instructor and floral design apprentice, we’re confident that Teague will soon join the ranks of our skilled tree climbers.
Ground Ops, Crew Leader, Safety Director
Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP)
Derrick joined our crew in 2020 with a background in professional wildland firefighting. He now leads our safety programs and new employee training. Derrick is one of our best sawyers, and he’s our ground expert on rigging techniques. Whether it’s blasting sea shanties, singing historic work songs, or playing the blues his harmonica, Derrick sets the beat for the crew every morning.
Ground Ops, Crew Leader, Equipment Specialist
Eric joined Teacher’s Tree Service in 2018. He’s best known for feats of strength and agility in our articulated loader, but he also excels in understanding and planning out the applied physics problem that every tree removal presents. The newest trick in Eric’s repertoire is dexterously removing trees from tight spaces with the grapple saw, our truck-mounted, remote-control articulated crane.
Owner, Consulting Arborist
ISA Certified Arborist
Greg started Teacher’s Tree Service in Minnesota with an old pickup and a homemade trailer in 1994 as a way to supplement his teaching income. He moved his family and the business to Vermont in 2003 and made arboriculture his full-time vocation. Over 20 years later, Greg continues to consult with clients, coach crews, and educate us all about trees. When he isn’t doing arboriculture work, he’s goofing off on his mountain bike, skiing, or otherwise exploring the great outdoors.
Plant Health Care tech, Ground Ops
B.S. Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy, Warren Wilson College
Lil moved to Vermont and joined our crew in 2022, bringing her experience in Plant Health Care and ground equipment operation. Particularly well-versed in signs and symptoms of plant pests and pathogens, Lil thoughtfully guides our clients in making sound management decisions that support the vigor and performance of their trees and shrubs.
Consulting Arborist, Plant Health Care tech, Fleet Manager, and All-around Troubleshooter
Matt joined the Teacher’s Tree Service team in 2020 and, by virtue of his desire to learn and be of service, he has grown his role to include a bit of everything. If there’s a client with a special request, equipment in need of repair, or a task to get done, Matt is our go-to guy. An autodidact of the best sort, if Matt doesn’t already know the answer to a question, he will track it down or figure it out.
Crew leader, Climber, Equipment Specialist
ISA Certified Arborist
BS Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Paul Smith’s College
Since he joined our crew in 2018, Matt has been a founding member of our Plant Health Care team, risen through the ranks of our climbers, and continues to serve as a leader in both technical skill and professionalism on the crew. He makes operating our biggest equipment – the bucket truck and grapple saw – look easy! In true Vermont fashion, Matt’s family keeps a laying flock of hens and harvests honey from their apiaries.
Plant Health Care tech, Habitat Enhancement Specialist, Ground Ops
BS Biology, Hobart College
Nick’s expertise and experience studying and restoring a range of native habitats make him a valued member of our Habitat Enhancement team. Even when he’s cutting back invasive buckthorn, Nick has an eye out for interesting or rare plants to point out to clients and his colleagues. During the growing season, Nick is often treating our native trees to protect against invasive pests and pathogens.
Operations Manager & Consulting Arborist
MS Natural Resources, University of Vermont
Sarah is responsible for day-to-day operations which includes everything from scheduling jobs to running weekly payroll. Her background in forest ecosystem health and management comes into play when she is working with clients to enhance their landscapes for humans and native wildlife. When she’s not at work, Sarah prefers to run, hike, and canoe in wild places.
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