A native Virginian, a lifer, and the third of five Naegele boys to graduate from The Heights, Elias first pursued his love for all things wild to Wyoming following his graduation from the University of Virginia. After a time spent guiding doctors, lawyers, and business executives on snowmobile and ATV tours in the verdant valley of Jackson Hole, Elias returned eastward, where he taught lower school Natural History, and middle and upper school math at The Avalon School outside Washington, D.C. Still scratching the interminable itch of the untrodden path, he trekked up the coast to help found Sparhawk Academy, teaching fifth grade homeroom and engaging in the innumerable tasks required of a founding faculty member. Yet while the ancient Appalachians were never far off, the craggy peaks of the west continued to call, and Elias returned west once again, where he worked in admissions at Wyoming Catholic College and met his beautiful wife, following in the footsteps of Owen Wister’s The Virginian. He enjoys reading, dabbles in writing, and if not readily available, has likely ditched the pre-packaged life of suburbia for the open road on yet another adventure with his young family and trusty Irish Setter, Rosie.
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