|M.S .Applied Sciences – Geoscience Education||2019||University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|B.A. Geology and Earth Science||2006||University of Wyoming|
|Secondary Teaching Certificate||2010||Pima Community College|
|EMT Paramedic Certificate||2021||UA Pulaski Tech|
Background and Interests
Kalyca Spinler has had an interest in the natural world for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Colorado and Wyoming made it easy to love being outdoors. Her initial interests in geology came about with the opening of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center Museum and Dig Sites in her hometown of Thermopolis, Wyoming. After completing her bachelor’s degree in geology and Earth sciences, with a focus on paleontology, she moved to Tucson, Arizona with her husband. There, she earned a secondary education certificate and began teaching Earth science at the middle and high school levels. During her seven years of teaching, she became involved in a program through the National Park Service at Saguaro National Park. The program allowed her to work as a park panger in the summers and bring the park back to her classroom during the school year. Working for the park service led her to also pursue work as a wildland firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
When her husband was offered a teaching position at UA Little Rock in 2015, Kalyca continued working on a part time basis as a wildland firefigther with the Ouachita National Forest. She was a park ranger at Hot Springs National Park while working on her Masters Degree at UA Little Rock. After completing her degree in 2019, Kalyca began working for LifeNet EMS in Hot Springs and has just completed her first year as a paramedic. Spinler also teaches for the Paramedic and EMT training program at Pulaski Tech.