Place-Based Education for Environmental, Climate & Food Justice (Young Adults)

My work with The Eco-Stewards Program includes planning and leading annual, placed-based experiential education trips for young adults (ages 20-30).  Together we explore the intersection of faith and the environment by immersing ourselves in a particular place and listening to the stories that emerge from the land and its stewards. Past program themes have included earth care and indigenous rights in Oahu, Hawaii; faith-led climate activism in Vermont and Boston; mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia; public health and green building on the Crow Reservation in Eastern Montana; environmental and racial justice in Richmond, Virginia; and climate justice and the real-cost of energy extraction in the Pacific Northwest. During these pilgrimages, I work with young adults to identify and shape their personal stories through oral, written and photographic storytelling techniques.

As as a Food Justice Educator with the Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer Program (YAV) , I accompany young adults on a year-long deep dive into food justice issues as we explore the inequities in our food system through weekly seminars, place-based education, volunteer service, a local food SNAP challenge, and one-on-one vocational mentoring/career advising.

Environmental Education & Adventure Trips  (Elementary and Secondary Students)

As an adventure trip leader for Camp Wilmot in New Hampshire, I took middle and high school campers on Celtic-Eco Adventure trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and canoeing/rafting trips on several New England rivers: the Merrimack in New Hampshire, the Connecticut in Vermont and the Allagash in Maine. These adventure trips featured environmental education, faith formation and storytelling activities.

In volunteering with Groundwork Somerville, I’ve served as a Maple Sugaring Educator,  teaching weekly classes during sugaring season (February-March) to second graders at East Somerville Community School. The interdisciplinary curriculum incorporates math, science, history, and English lessons and culminates in a field trip to an urban community farm where students can touch, taste and test each stage of the maple sugaring process.

ESL/TESOL Education  (Adult & Higher Ed Students)

During my graduate TESOL studies at Boston University School of Education, I student-taught in a wonderful ESOL class of adult immigrants at the Community Learning Center in Cambridge. I’ve continued to substitute at CLC each year, teaching English reading, writing and grammar skills to speakers of other languages from around the world. As a writing professor at Boston University College of Communication, I taught media writing to international graduate students from East Asia, designing a course that combined lessons in professional writing with instruction in ESL grammar and style. I also taught four years as an adjunct communications professor at Lasell University, planning and teaching “connected-learning” courses in human communication, mass media history, photojournalism and internships (resume/cover letter writing & interviewing skills).