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Road Scholar's expert lecturers and group leaders create exceptional educational opportunities for you by contributing their extensive knowledge about the culture, heritage and history of the places you're visiting. They are both authorities on your destination and lifelong learners themselves who are excited to answer your questions, hear your opinions and share your experience.

On our educational programs you will be led by people such as:



Ms. Kim Polote


Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Kim Polote has emerged as Savannah's foremost entertainer. A full-time singer, she has appeared on national television with her accompanist David Duckworth, and has performed with Harry Connick, Jr. She is the only Savannah native ever to win the gold medal for the annual American Traditions Vocal Competition hosted by the Savannah Music Festival. Kim headlines The Kim Polote Trio, which also includes talented musicians David and Alisha Duckworth.


See: Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music

Lee Knight, Folk Singer, Story Teller, Cherokee Legends


Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.


See: The Great Smokies by Train: Day Trips in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee

Mr. Darin Sehnert


A native of southern California, Chef Darin Sehnert pursued his culinary studies in hotel and restaurant management from California State Polytechnic University, and graduated with honors from Johnson & Wales University. He has been a chef in London’s theater district, at Walt Disney World, and the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Darin has also served on the faculty of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at Cal Poly Pomona, and has conducted culinary programs with Le Cordon Bleu-Paris.


See: Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music

Bruce Banker


Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.


See: Hiking Grand Canyon: Adventures On and Below the South Rim

Mrs. Nancy Richards West


Nancy Richards West has lived on Chincoteague Island for three decades, using this picturesque setting as inspiration for her paintings. The first resident artist chosen by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the thrill of painting en plein air often lures her out of the studio and into the field, where she captures the effects of changing light, weather and seasons. Nancy has extensive training in classical drawing and color theory, and her delicate treatment of oils is subtly elegant.


See: The Islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops


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