John E. Aldridge’s hometown is a little mountain community near Rocky Mountain National Park. He is currently taking online classes via Oregon State University, where his major is Forest Ecosystems and Society, with a minor in Natural Resources Management and Policy. He is also a recent graduate from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO. There, he earned his Associate's of Applied Science degree in Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources, and had a lot of fun tracking mountain lions, catching fish, and playing many outdoor games. His favorite hobbies include snowshoeing, painting, and singing. As a teacher’s assistant at his alma mater, he completed various tasks in the Natural and Environmental Sciences department, and had the opportunity to supervise the training of safe chainsaw usage. Finally, he worked in aquariums for many years at PetSmart, where he sold fish, provided information for healthy fish tanks, and promoted enthusiasm for responsible pet-keeping in his community. He is very much looking forward to working with teachers and students during the next several months!