Our Staff

Carolyn Ayers – Director/Art Instructor

Carolyn shows visitors the different types of fiber on the llamas.

Carolyn shows visitors the different types of fiber on the llamas.

Carolyn is a certified Elementary (K-8) and Art (K-12) teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from East Tennessee State University and her Master’s Degree from Tusculum College. Carolyn has taught all academic areas in grades 4-8 specializing in Math instruction and Elementary and Secondary Art. She is currently an Art teacher at Chuckey-Doak High School. She is the first teacher in this area to bring fiber arts to the classroom. Carolyn also serves as a mentor teacher for Tusculum College practicum art students.

Carolyn is an accomplished artist in drawing and painting with llamas being her specialty. She shears over 100 llamas a year producing llama fiber that she dyes, spins, weaves, and knits into beautiful scarves, hats, and shawls. Carolyn also makes homemade olive oil soaps that are very popular in the local community. Carolyn and Jerry will work as a team directing the farm activity sessions.

Jerry Ayers – Director/Farm Activity Instructor

Jerry is greeted by one of the many llamas in the field. It is common for llamas at Walnut Ridge Llamas to approach people first.

Jerry is greeted by one of the many llamas in the field. It is common for llamas at Walnut Ridge Llamas to approach people first.

Jerry is a certified Special Education teacher and School Administrator. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education/Speech Pathology and Master’s degree in Supervision/Administration from East Tennessee State University. “Mr. A” as students have always called him, has experience in all grade levels K-12. He was an elementary Special Education/Speech teacher for 9 years. Jerry has also been an elementary, middle, and high school principal. He is currently the Director of the Greene Technology Center in Greeneville, Tennessee focusing on green technology and energy sustainability.

Jerry has been an avid farmer, gardener, naturalist, and llama enthusiast for several years. He has a passion for educating children about farming, gardening, animal husbandry, agriculture sustainability, and training llamas.

Internships and Counselors In Training (CIT)

Walnut Ridge Llama Farm seeks individuals with a passion for the arts, nature, animals, and working with children. These dedicated volunteers are an important part of our summer day camp program. They work under the direction of the camp directors to help oversee our campers, lead in farm and fun activities, and learn along with the campers about fiber art and llamas. The positions of Interns (age 18+) and Counselors in Training (age 14-17) involve a minimum one-week commitment during the camp season. They must attend a one-day orientation and training session. Interns and Counselors in Training attend the camp for free in exchange for their service. We look forward to receiving your application. Once we receive your application we will contact you to set up an interview for the selection process.