Trip Leaders

Quiddity Tours was created by Greg Woodruff and Lisa Phillips, both life-long educators, travelers and perpetually curious folks.  Details are below.  As a team, they've run 'Camp So Cool' for the past seven years, an interdisciplinary summer program for young people focusing on wide ranging topics such as game design, NYC infrastructure, How to be a Knight, Sickness and Medicine, Philosophy, Architecture, Water and the ever-popular LKI (Little Kid Interpol).  Combining their talents, Quiddity Tours takes experiential learning to a new level—bringing in all creative and intellectual senses while engaging with the core ideals of our history, democraticracy and arts.  They've completed a number of adventures with students to Greece and England—all successful and safe.  Their most impressive accomplishments to date include two daughters, 27+ years of marriage and still laughing at each other's jokes.


 Greg and daughter in Rome

Greg and daughter in Rome

Greg Woodruff, Teacher:  Montclair HS

A teacher for 18 years at Montclair High School, Mr. Woodruff won the 2009 NJ Council for the Humanities Teacher of the Year award for his work in teaching 'Humanities: The Western Tradition in Literature and Art.'  The Council wrote in their press release:  "His interdisciplinary approach sparks his students into making the connections among all aspects of the humanities and to their own lives."  He also teaches his self-designed course Philosophy and Composition and an AP Literature and Composition class in the Civics and Government Institute at MHS.  His department chair has described his teaching styles this way:  "Starting with what students know and wonder about, Mr. Woodruff provokes students to shape richer questions about aesthetic values, reason, morality and human behavior."

His passion and infectious enthusiasm for the humanities was evident in every class. The breadth of material covered was astounding, yet he managed to make every concept accessible. [When] he directed the Drama Club’s production of Waiting for Godot, he broke down a text so complex, so seemingly unattainable, into a comprehensible, comedic play, all the while taking the actors’ opinions into consideration. It is impossible to overstate the impact Mr. Woodruff had on me.
— Naomi Klein, Student

 Lisa and greg in Peru

Lisa and greg in Peru

Lisa Phillips: Trip Leader, Experience Designer

Lisa is an experienced educator, travel guide and entrepreneur.  She was a tour operator for adults and middle school kids, and served as educator/guide for over 15 trips to the Peruvian Amazon and the Galapagos for International Expeditions for which she also created the curriculum.   She has served as the Head of Education and Public Programs for the Whitney Museum of American Art; Director/Founder of the Media Workshop New York, a professional development organization for NYC schools focusing on media education and technology integration.  Currently, she's Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Flex School. 

Ms. Phillips’ planning was impeccable, she was funny, engaging and on top of everything. I would love to go on another trip that was developed by her! It was my first chance to really experience another culture without worrying about travel plans, where to eat that night, or where to find the best tour guides. I had a blast seeing all of the sights that Ecuador and the Galapagos had to offer without me over exerting myself or having nothing to do. It was my first experience traveling with anyone outside of my family and I felt safe with the group even though I was only in 8th grade.
— Nash Collings-Miller

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page
— St. Augustine