As a child my most vivid and fondest learning moments occurred in the woods of West Michigan. I could spend hundreds of hours out there investigating toads, crayfish, and insects, studying them, letting them go; as well as imagining myself as a young pioneer exploring the world around me. Today I have the privilege of teaching in a natural setting. Teaching students is a lifelong dream and my passion. My teaching journey began as a k-8th grade science teacher, a middle school science teacher, a mother, and leading to my current position here at Blandford Nature Center. As an educator my passion is to make learning come alive through engaging, multi-sensory activities. I thrive with the challenge to make classroom walls transparent to the outside world. At Blandford those concrete walls do not exist, and it is a joy to teach in that environment. I look forward to each opportunity to walk along side students to help cultivate a sense of companionship with life out-of-doors, and hopefully an abiding love of nature. There is so much to explore and discover each day as we walk the paths here at Blandford.