I'm originally from Saint Louis, Missouri and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, but I've lived in many other places (including New York City and Montana). I'm new to Durango and excited to build community here!
I come to AHS with a passion for place-based and experiential learning informed by my diverse set of experiences working in the fields of education, conservation and community organizing. I hold a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Washington University in St. Louis and an MS in Science Education from Montana State University.
My path towards education began when I moved to the Vail Valley after college for a fellowship program with an environmental education nonprofit. Since then, I have spent a number of years teaching both in and out of the classroom for organizations across the Rockies. After relocating to Southwest Montana in 2016, I had the opportunity to become a founding faculty member for the Bozeman Field School, serve as the Outreach Manager for the Montana Wilderness School, coordinate and lead multi-day backpacking and mountaineering trips, teach yoga, support ecological research and build community around a shared love of wild places.
During this time I also served as the Development and Communications Manager for the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center where I took a special interest in community-based wildlife coexistence initiatives in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
My favorite ways to get to know a place are through climbing, backpacking and conversations over coffee. Please don't hesitate to say hi if you see me around town - I'm eager to build community!