Classroom Instructors

Katie Stagliano

Founder, Chief Executive Gardener & Teacher

“Katie’s Krops started in my backyard and has now grown to over 100 gardens growing across the United States in 30 states. Every Katie’s Krops Garden is youth-run. Thousands of children across the country are getting their hands dirty working to end hunger in their communities.

Thank you to everyone who believed in my dream and has supported the efforts of our young Growers, our Katie’s Krops Dinners and our Outdoor Classroom. Together we are a powerful force and have made a tremendous difference in the last 14 years. I am so excited to see what the future holds for us and to continue our fight to end hunger, one vegetable garden at a time!”

Read more about Katie and the story of Katie’s Krops here!

Molly Jones

Teacher (4-H Youth Development Agent)

“It is such a pleasure to be in partnership with Katie’s Krops outdoor classroom! We are thrilled to provide hands-on “learn by doing” 4-H educational opportunities for the youth in Dorchester County through Clemson Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Programming. Katie’s Flagship Garden is truly a magical place buzzing with life and possibilities. We strive to “Make the Best Better” through youth-centered class offerings and enrichment opportunities.”

Lisa Turocy

Master Gardener, Teacher and Board Member

“Education is one of the primary tenets of being a Master Gardener.  I am more than overjoyed to be able to share my Master Gardener knowledge with both the youth and adults in our community through the curriculum I have created and the range of classes that I teach in the outdoor classroom.

Since 2008, I have been volunteering in Dorchester County as a certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener.  Since 2009, I have had the pleasure of working with Katie’ Krops, volunteering in the Katie’s Krops gardens, and assisting the Katie’s Krops Growers both locally and nationally.

 I am honored to be one of the original Katie’s Krops board members.  It truly has been quite the journey watching how the organization has grown over the years and seeing all that has been accomplished.”

Alaina Michaels

AKA The Bug Lady Visit Her site Here >

Alaina Michaels is an entomologist, educator and artist. She teaches Biology at Trident Technical College and is the volunteer insect collection curator at The Charleston Museum. Her artful insect pinnings may be found for purchase locally at Public Works Art Center.

Steve Chapman

Classroom Instructor

Steve Chapman is the regional manager of the Southeastern Bonnie Plants growing station. The Southeastern Bonnie Plants growing station has been managed by his family for generations. He is a wealth of gardening knowledge and teaches growing classes to both children and adults in our outdoor classroom. Steve has sat on our board for the past year.

Stephen Harman

Director of Culinary for Glowfisch Hospitality

He has 25+ years industry experience and has worked just about every position someone could work in a restaurant, including part owner. In the past, Stephen has taught cooking classes to adults, so he is feeling challenged and excited to have the opportunity to teach the students of Katie’s Krops Outdoor Classroom. The art of cooking isn’t the only thing he’s teaching… in his free time he enjoys coaching his kid’s sports teams, as well as spending time with family and golfing. His favorite food is fried chicken or any smoked meat.