The natural world has always fascinated me. So, I felt confident choosing my area of study in college: Wildlife Biology. During my four years of undergraduate studies, my love for science grew, and so did my belief that great science teachers can be instrumental in helping our future generations grow into environmentally responsible citizens.
I have learned that by incorporating sustainability education in a person’s early years, one can help children develop important values and behaviors that will contribute to a more sustainable society.
With the support of the Vision Fellowship, I plan to create a sustainability club for Island students. Through service learning, the club will foster environmental stewardship and promote community collaboration on sustainability education and sustainable development. The club will seek to engage youth in conversations about the environment and help them to develop problem-solving skills regarding environmental issues.
For the past two years, I have been working as a teacher’s assistant at the West Tisbury School. I recently started a Master of Education program with a focus on Middle School General Science at Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA. I am happy to be working with Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, my sponsoring organization. At Felix Neck, I will continue to be involved with environmental education, conservation work, and the development of the Island sustainability club.
I am excited to become a Fellow and to collaborate with others in the community who share a passion for the ideals of sustainability.