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 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."
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.