Middle School Teachers
Grade you teach or position held: 6th grade
Degrees/Certifications: Lincoln Memorial University – MEd K-6, 2012; University of Arizona – MFA Creative Writing, 2007; University of Arizona – MA Geography, 2005; Middlebury College – BA Environmental Science/Nonfiction Writing, 2003
Hometown: Madison, WI
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have always combined science, writing, and education in my career, even though my career has changed! I’ve led youth trail crews, monitored endangered species and water quality as a biological technician, taught college writing courses, designed educational curriculum for the National Park Service, published and edited science writing, and worked translating science for the public as a park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I love hiking and camping with my
husband, border collie, and two little boys.
Fun fact: When I was a teenager I hitchhiked across Alaska with my mother.
Favorite thing about CBA: My favorite thing about CBA is the ability to use the surrounding natural environment for real-world education.
Grade you teach or position held: 6th grade Math and Social Studies Teacher
Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Education
Hometown: Fowlerville, MI
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have taught in Tennessee for five years, three of which have been at CBA! I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible whether it be for working on our farm or making memories with family and friends by hiking, swimming, playing, and enjoying all the beauty that Tennessee has to offer. I have three beautiful daughters and I am happily married to my high school sweetheart.
Fun fact: I am happiest when I am near the ocean!
Favorite thing about CBA: I love the hands-on approach to learning and the amazing people who I get the opportunity to work with, guiding the next generation as they blaze the trail for their future endeavors.
Grade you teach or position held: 7th grade teacher
Degrees/Certifications: University of Tennessee, B.A., Botany 1979. Carson Newman, M.A.
Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have been a middle school teacher for over 20 years and I love the energy and enthusiasm that these young people bring to school each day. Before teaching I was a graphic designer and scientific illustrator and I love bringing art into the classroom. I am passionate about sustainability and enjoy bringing kids outside to work in the garden and to see how connected everything is. In my free time, I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends.
Fun fact: I took a delegation of 6 teenage girls to live for a month with Indonesian families.
Favorite thing about CBA: I love being able to see students learn in an environment that is safe and nurturing.