Grade(s): Middle School
I am an environmental educator and lover of the outdoors. I have seven years of professional experience working for non-profits, governmental agencies and local governments in the areas of environmental education and community development. I earned my Bachelors degree in Biology and Dance from Bard College and jump-started my career as an AmeriCorps volunteer in DC. Serving with AmeriCorps led me to service with the PeaceCorps in Bolivia for two years.
Upon returning, I taught environmental education to DC youth on the weekends and worked at an international development firm during the week. I returned to school and earned my Masters degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where I worked as an educator and summer program director for an environmental station. Currently, I reside in Takoma Park, MD and am working with a local dance company and the US Forest Service on a project called "Moving Field Guides." The project is in its pilot stages and engages participants in nature through outdoor exploration and movement.
Teaching and learning are my favorite pastimes! I love to learn new things and share information with others. How lucky to be able to get paid at the same time! Right now I work full time teaching people about Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Pathophysiology. I also am an online mentor and facilitate training for online learning, and the use of our CMS which is Blackboard. My husband and I live in the country with a bunch of cows, cats and a dog. We have chickens that are free range right now, but will probably appreciate their coop this winter.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.