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 teach Hort 2010: the Art of Horticulture; Hort 3200: Experiential Garden-Based Learning in Belize; and co-teach Hort 1110: Collaboration, Leadership and Career Skills in the Plant Sciences. I am committed to scholarly engagement in teaching, and seek out professional development experiences annually in the teaching arena; I also appreciate opportunities for discourse with colleagues about effective teaching and learning strategies. In addition, I provide opportunities for undergraduates to experience experiential learning in garden-based environments.
I provide statewide leadership and coordination of an interdepartmental/multidisciplinary garden-based learning extension program for children and youth educators. See the Garden-Based Learning website for more information.