Founder: Ken George
With over 15 years in education, Ken is a former special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal. His wife, Jenny, serves as a 4K teacher and they reside in Greenville, South Carolina. Ken currently works with developing teachers at Anderson University in South Carolina. If you don't catch Ken in the classroom, you might find him sitting by a fire, playing sports with his two sons, Logan and Bailey, or watching hockey.
Education and travel are Ken's passion and Bookbag Tours, LLC was a long time in the making. He continues to not only run the company, but leads trips and communicates with every individual in the Bookbag Tours family.
"As I have taught and observed students learning, I believe now, more than ever, that the world is a huge classroom and the greatest venue to not only learn about ourselves but about the people around us!"
Social Media: Carolyn Barrett Guess
Carolyn attends the University of South Carolina and majors in Early Childhood and Special Needs Education. A member of Teaching Fellows and Alpha Delta Pi, she's a participant in Students Help Honduras. Some of Carolyn's favorite things to do include spending time at the lake, exploring with her friends, and traveling the world!
Carolyn's main passion is to help children with special needs. She wants to help them with simple tasks, like teaching them how to wash their hands, and difficult tasks, like helping them see a difficult math problem in a new way. Her goal is to be the positive influence in each child's life. As a special needs teacher, Carolyn wants to be the voice for her students, to help them when frustrated, and stand up for them when something happens out of their control.
"I feel that no matter their disability they should have that one person to help push them toward their goal and to be successful. I want to live out my passion for special needs students in my everyday live, so that students like them will change the world."
Blog: Victoria Foxx
Victoria Foxx graduated with a BA in Secondary English Education from Anderson University in South Carolina. She was one of the travelers on the inaugural Bookbag Tours trip to London, England, in the summer of 2017. As a 7th grade ELA teacher in Pendleton, South Carolina, Victoria loves sweet tea, chocolate, differentiated instruction, reading for fun, and impacting students as much as she can! Victoria hopes to use the Bookbag Tours blog to offer more insights into her experience with Bookbag Tours, current testimonies from trips, and interesting educational tidbits that could be helpful to any educators interested in improving their classrooms and continuing to learn!
Business: Whitney Storz
Whitney Storz attends Anderson University in South Carolina and is majoring in Business with concentrations in Marketing and Management and minoring in Public Relations. She holds certifications in multiple social media formats, Google Analytics and Adwords, Microsoft, and Hubspot Inbound Marketing. Whitney is fascinated with the personal side of business and loves to find unique ways to tell a story. She was drawn to Bookbag Tours because of the authentic experience received in other countries including locals opening up their homes. Whitney dreams of making a difference in the corporate business world and hopes to one day own her own event business.