My educational journey to where I am today.
I attended elementary, middle, and high school in Deerfield, Wisconsin. I graduated from Deerfield High school in May of 2007. In August of the same year, I began attending the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. I majored in Natural Resource Management and minored in Environmental Education and Interpretation. I graduated with my bachelors of science in December of 2013.
While attending UW- Stevens Point, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to Europe during the summer of 2009. I went to Poland, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, and Romania to learn about the natural resources, renewable energy practices, and cultural diversity of these countries.
During my last semester at UWSP, I had the opportunity to take two practicum courses. One of the practicum courses I took gave me the opportunity to create and present interpretive programs to the public. For this course, I was also part of a group that wrote and performed a play entitled “Nature’s Recyclers”. The play was about different organisms that break down or recycle materials. I played the role of “Dexter”, the dermestid beetle.
The other practicum course focused on gaining teaching experience. The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is a former boy scout camp that is owned by the University. I got to write lesson plans, and teach those lessons to a number of different school groups that visited CWES, as well as to the students of the Tomorrow River Community Charter School, the first Waldorf-inspired school in Wisconsin. It was an excellent experience, and I learned a great deal from it.
During my educational career at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, I have been involved in various student organizations such as Women in Natural Resources (WiNR), Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Earth Week Planning Committee, and Students for Ecological Restoration (SER).