I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2003 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and began what has been a wonderful career path, weaving my love of wilderness travel, ecology, and history. I have taught ecology and led wilderness trips with a diversity of students in Maine, California, and South Africa, and have always gravitated towards the outdoor classroom. In 2006 I began teaching biology and history in San Francisco public schools, and returned to school for a M.A. in education at Alliant University (2008). In 2008 I joined researchers at Ohio University that have been working to restore the American Chestnut to its native range (throughout the forests of the Northeastern U.S.). I spent two years investigating the potential impacts of reintroduced “hybrid” chestnut trees (American chestnut trees cross-bred with Chinese chestnut trees for disease resistance) on eastern forests, and earned a M.S. degree in Environmental and Plant Biology. I jumped back into a teaching role this fall at a middle school in Burlington, VT, and plan to get into the wilderness with college students whenever possible. I am also teaching two courses at Lyndon State College this year focusing on ecology, natural history, and cultural history.
There is nothing that excites me more than exploring and learning with students in the wilderness. Having mountain ranges and open coastline as a template for asking and answering big questions about the world is an experience too powerful to ignore. The bonds that have formed among the groups that I have led and joined have similarly left strong, lasting impressions. My own experiences as a student in the wilderness were among the most vivid and effective that I’ve had, and I feel blessed to get to continue to learn and grow through facilitating experiential education. My mission in teaching is to create a learning community that is empowered with the tools to self-educate, teach others, and make the changes that they want to see in this world. Furthermore, ecology, when combined with history, provides a fascinating window into the function of our planet, and “why” behind that function. I want to have leaders in this world who share this holistic perspective, and that is a motivating factor behind my teaching.
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