I’ve come almost full circle since college, when I dreamed of becoming a naturalist, worked at Nature’s Classroom, studied at AUNE, and began teaching at small public elementary schools in the Monadnock region. Quite a few years later I met my husband, Rob, a lifelong New Yorker, and my son and I joined him for 16 years in Westchester County, NY. Once there, I decided to develop my skills working with teachers and administrators, and accepted a position as Curriculum/Staff Developer for a regional public organization. Six years later, I was in the right place at the right time, and watched with interest as a nearby farm estate evolved into a nascent farm and education center. I convinced the handful of farmers and staff to hire me as education programs director at the nonprofit Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture near Tarrytown, NY. At Stone Barns, I was given the opportunity to combine my love of teaching, gardening and sustainability with my new organizational and administrative skills to create, market and implement authentic student and teacher programs that were rooted in the work of the farm. In my last year before retiring, I became director of all programs, which included weekend family activities, corporate programs, and special all-farm events.
In June 2012, Rob retired after 30 years as a high-school band director, and I retired at the end of July. We quickly sold our house in NY, and are now happily living in a house at the top of a hill in Dummerston, VT, with a distant view of Mt Monadnock. I actually have time to garden, read, walk, cook, take piano lessons, and volunteer in the community. This spring I supervised interns for AUNE (as classroom teacher I had interns in my classroom almost every semester).