Getting here:

Growing up not far away many of the adults in my life had gone to COA so applying seemed like a no brainer.

Classes

Fall 2018: Human Ecology Core Course, Child Development, Intro. to Arts and Design

Winter 2019: Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom, Intermediate Painting, Writing Seminar I in Exposition

Spring 2019: Gardens and Greenhouses: Theory and Practice of Organic Gardening, Understanding and Managing Group Dynamics, Calling Bullshit: Critical Data Literacy

Fall 2019: Changing Schools Changing Society, Spanish, Homesteading: Theory and Practice

Winter 2020: Yucatan Spanish Emersion Program

Spring 2020: Nutritional Anthropology, Ornithology, Math for Elementary Educators Group Study

Fall 2020: Residency: “The Art and History of Canning and Fermenting”

Winter 2021: Integrated Methods 1A: K-4 Reading and Writing, Integrated Methods 1B: Gr. 5-8 Reading and Writing, Introduction to Statistics and Research Design

Spring 2021: Integrated Methods II: Science, Math, and Social Studies

Fall 2021: Internship: Student Teaching 

Winter 2022: Group Study: Northern Expedition, Two Credits of Senior Project 

Favorite class:

I have really liked all of my classes, but one that was especially interesting was Homesteading: Theory and Practice.  This class brought together the theoretical aspects of homesteading, and the hands on aspects really well.  Not only did we have great in class discussion but we also had really interesting field trips to visit homesteads.  I also really loved the Yucatan Spanish Emersion Program, spending 3 months in the Yucatan allowed me to get to know another culture and to explore another side of myself.

My approach to human ecology:

Community + Education + Agriculture = Human Ecology

Internship:

I spent 15 weeks student teaching at the Bay School, a Waldorf school in Blue Hill, ME.

Senior project:

For my senior project am working with the non-profit Healthy Peninsula to do a case study on “What human and material resources are available on the Blue Hill Peninsula to support a strong and cohesive farm-to-school curriculum? What are the barriers to expanding the current gardening curriculum?” Through conducting an online survey and a set of interviews with teachers in Union 93 (a sub section of the Blue Hill Peninsula) I hope to find ways to support farmer Ag. Arts programming on the peninsula.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

A wonderful mixture of peacefully quiet and buzzing with activities. 

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

I love spending time outside, I have had lots of opportunities to do this because of the college’s ideal location.  I am also involved in the Outing Club, The Black Fly Running Club, and The Farm To School Program.

Passions & motivations:

Education and getting kids outside through adventure ed. and farm to school programs.

Adventures yet to come:

Running a Marathon, and connecting schools with farms and gardens through community building and hands on activities.

Best meal on campus:

Salmon and Beech Hill Farm Kale salad

COA might be the right college for you if...

Love learning, and want to be able to connect many different interests.  Also if you are tired of learning material for a test.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

The egg, of corse!