Poudre Learning Center Staff

  • Poudre Learning Center Staff

  • Director


     Portrait photo of Sam smiling.

    Sam Dancis lives on a hobby farm in La Salle, CO that has 12 chickens, two ducks, a sheep and two goats. They have a Master's degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and have run non-traditional and experiential education programs for over ten years. Most recently they were the program director for the CU Pre-Health Scholars program at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and before that they were the education coordinator for Trio-High School Upward Bound at Metropolitan State University, Denver. Over the course of their career Sam has designed and implemented standards based curriculum plans, tutored and mentored students, trained volunteers, provided professional development for teachers, and so much more!  They are passionate about making sure ALL students know that environmental education, outdoor adventures, and careers in science are for them. Sam is an avid rockhound and a huge fan of Captain Planet.




  • Administrative Assistant


     Linda Sears

    Linda Sears is a proud Colorado native who recently moved to Northern Colorado from Denver and is thoroughly enjoying new adventures every day. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Colorado Denver with certification in Secondary Education. Her rich background includes corporate training, owning a childcare center, coordinating education programs for a world-wide veterinary association and being a children's librarian. She also started and ran a successful student senate program at a school for students with learning differences that earned her the Dave Saunders Never Forgotten Fund Teacher of the Year award in 2004. She has taught everything from preschool through high school. Whatever it looks like, education has always been at the heart of her career. Linda joins us at the PLC handling all things administrative from finance to rental agreements to teaching the occasional class. With her wife, Marina, and her toy poodle, Alexander Hamilton, there is something new to explore every day. You can reach Linda for general questions or rental opportunities at the PLC.



  • PLC Steward


    Jeremiah Sewald manages and maintains all the facilities and grounds on the PLC property.  He takes pride in making sure that everything runs smoothly.  Please contact Jeremiah if you have facility or grounds questions.



  • Program Specialist


    Animal Keeper



    Ivonne Morales was born and raised in Greeley and graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology from CU Boulder in 2017.  She first got involved with the PLC as a student in high school through the Field Experiences and Caring for Our Watersheds programs. Ivonne started at the PLC as an intern in 2017 and now helps run the Well Watch and Caring for Our Watershed programs.  She cares for the animal ambassadors and assists with field experiences.  Please contact Ivonne to discuss Caring for Our Watersheds and Well Watch opportunities.