Spirit is the Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Coordinator for the OSU Extension Outdoor School Program. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Critical Sociocultural Studies in Education in 2017, an M.A. in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies from OSU, and a B.S. in Political Science with a focus on Environmental Justice from UO. As an educational researcher, Spirit is committed to decolonizing research practices and committed to social and environmental justice. She has two children: Cosmo and Fiona and spends whatever free time she has outdoors exploring Oregon on the back of one of her two mules.