Jory chose the career of teaching instrumental music to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. He loved what he did for 27 years, and the kids loved him, too.
After retirement, he and his wife decided to give back to the National Park System for the years of enjoyment they shared with their two girls as they traveled the country camping in one national park after another. They became campground hosts through the VIP Program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each autumn they spend two months helping campers, answering questions and shooing black bears out of the campground area at Cade's Cove.
Since joining the team at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2010, Jory has donated nearly 800 hours of service in a myriad of disciplines, including helping at the welcome desk and in the lobby as a greeter, helping guests during special events at the ELC, and also at offsite outreach events. His customer service skills are top-notch, in fact, he has single handedly prevented the spread of the flu by his thorough cleaning of the front desk and boat each time he comes in!
Jory also has a fine eye for detail, demonstrating patience with tedious tasks and a desire to achieve perfection in everything he does. As an administrative assistant with Project Greenscape classes, he has consistently provided essential support and back-up that enables Greenscape staff to focus on the actual delivery of the class while he handles many aspects of logistics. Jory is considered to be a valued member of the Greenscape team.