“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long
as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance
that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
I grew up running the hills of my great-grandma’s farm in Ohio, hunting the woods for morels
around Yellow Springs, and wondering how I could save the earth. No big dream, right? I tested
tech jobs and city living in Chicago, where I met my partner Dave, before heading out to British
Columbia to WWOOF with homesteaders and finally ending up where my mom always said I
belonged, as a teacher in Hong Kong. Okay, she didn’t tell me to move halfway around the world to
get into a classroom, but I loved it so much that a six-month gig turned into a year, then two….you
get the idea. I left teaching to be a full-time parent when our oldest kiddo was born and, soon
enough, we moved back to the States after four years in Hong Kong. We chose Traverse City to be
close to family and to enjoy salt-free big water beside the most beautiful land that I’ve yet seen.
Having spent ten years parenting and growing with our two kids, I’m drawn back to the secondary
classroom and delighted to find a post at Greenspire, where I can share my life-long passion for
learning with the students at GHS.
My goal as an educator is to help young people retain their natural curiosity and inspire their need
to dig deeper and discover new passions through knowledge. I feel most alive when experiencing
those “aha” moments and watching children flourish and grow in confidence as they transition into
capable, confident young adults. I’m thrilled to be joining the Greenspire family on a mission to
build community and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.