Bob Coulter learned to be a teacher at Antioch University New England in the ‘80s under the guidance of David Sobel, Heidi Watts, Ron Labrusciano, and others.
He went on to a career as an elementary grade teacher in suburban Atlanta, Memphis, Boston, and St. Louis before changing careers to work for the Missouri Botanical Garden. Along the way he completed his doctorate in science education at Boston University, but finds most of his rooting as a progressive educator deriving from his time at AUNE.
Throughout his career, Bob has maintained a practitioner-researcher focus that draws larger meaning out of direct work with teachers and kids. This research has been shared in more than a dozen book chapters or sections of co-authored books. His first solo book, No More Robots: Building Kids’ Character, Competence, and Sense of Place, articulates how teachers and kids who make a difference in the community go about their work differently. Aside from his professional work, Bob is active in the community, maintaining five weekly volunteer stints working with kids.