Erin Fitzpatrick

Outdoor Education Teacher

I grew up making rafts on the Fox River in Algonquin, Illinois. I enjoyed the splendor of Lake Superiors’ shores while studying at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education. For three years I taught Science in Emporia, Kansas on the Cottonwood River using a tiny school garden. After solidifying my PBL knowledge, I incorporated more nature and collaborative cross-curricular projects for three years on the banks of Kids Creek in Traverse City, Michigan. After seeking a more theoretical foundation for the outdoors in my philosophy and pedagogy, I completed an MSc in Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh where I spent time in many lochs, rivers, and the sea; my dissertation included my research on choice of outdoor preschools in Scotland. After volunteering with the first nature kindergarten in Scotland, I became a certified Forest School Leader in 2018. I have spent the past three years teaching science and nature pedagogy in, through, with, and for the outdoors to students aged 3-14. In my free time I hike, garden, rock climb, paddle, and forage for all sorts with my dogs. I am delighted to return to Greenspire as an ELA teacher and cannot wait to see the amazing projects done throughout the Commons and beyond!