Senior Extension Associate
169 Plant Science Building
I am the children and youth program leader for Cornell Garden-Based Learning. I have authored many educational resources, publications, book chapters, and articles, and I collaborate with others to plan conferences and workshops to foster educator professional development. I teach several classes in the Horticulture Department, work with diverse students in individual study. I am also an artist; my work has been shown widely in NYS.
I collaborate with human development researchers and program evaluation specialists to explore youth and adult interactions in garden settings, community and youth development skills and assets gained in garden-based learning, as well as to conduct formative and summative evaluations of our programming efforts.
I provide statewide leadership and coordination of a multidisciplinary garden-based learning extension program for children and youth educators. I collaborate with my Cornell Garden-Based Learning co-leader; professional development educator Liz Falk; and state and national partners to strengthen the research link to garden-based learning, and am passionate in particular about engaging the voice of young people in the planning, design, implementation, and overall organization of garden programs. See the Garden-Based Learning website for more information. http://gardening.cornell.edu
My goal for teaching and learning is to inspire and engage students in the life-long learning process, and to ignite a hunger for continued involvement with the plant world. I am keenly interested in the power of significant learning experiences, and I am passionate about plants and their ability to transform lives, whether in a university classroom, or by way of other avenues, such as the distance learning arena, and public, community-based venues. I aim to use my creativity and energy to inspire students to achieve a sense of personal mastery and collective action through collaboration, becoming exemplary scholars, professionals, and world citizens. After more than 25 years in the garden-based learning arena, I enjoy mentoring students, while learning from their innovative and resourcefulness. Vital to this accomplishment is establishing an environment based on trust, with evident structure, open communication, and mutual respect, in which students can realize their full potential and vision for their course work, as well as for their future.