PLC Staff

Executive Director

Ray Tschillard is the Director of the Poudre Learning Center for the Poudre Learning Center. He has over 31 years of educational experience working with students of all age levels and has been active in developing and promoting science curriculum that focuses on inquiry based methods. Ray is passionate about the development of students through outdoor education.

He completed his MA degree in Earth Science at the University of Northern Colorado and received a bachelor's degree in Earth Science from Simpson College. He and his wife Debbie have two adult children and three grandchildren. 

Project Manager

Susan Payne is the Project Manager for the PLC and is able to help you with all your Field Experience scheduling at the PLC!  Susan and her husband, Rick, have three grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren: Kieran, Rowan, Hazel, Asa and Violet. 

Curriculum Coordinator


Amy Nicholl is the Curriculum Coordinator at the PLC. She has taught in the classroom for 34 years in Windsor and is now teaching at the University of Northern Colorado.  Amy has been involved in the Colorado science community for many years serving on state standards committees, providing workshops for teachers throughout the state, and serving as president and on the board of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers.  Currently, Amy is serving as the 2016 Conference Chair and Vice President of Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.   At the Poudre Learning Center, Amy gets to share her passion for outdoor education, science, and engineering as the InSTEM Curriculum Coordinator working with teachers all over Northern Colorado.  Helping teachers and students as they visit the Poudre Learning Center, is another part of the joy Amy finds working at the PLC. 

InSTEM Community Outreach VISTA

Roxanne Bumgardner

InSTEM Marketing and Volunteer VISTA

Ryan Brennan