Ms. Clark teaches Science Enrichment at Grayson, joining our team after over fifteen years as a Senior Science Educator at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, where she developed and delivered hands-on science curriculum to Philadelphia elementary school children through the GeoKids program.
Ms. Clark’s approach to teaching, especially science education, emphasizes the deeper learning possible through experiential instruction; for example, while at Wagner, she organized some three dozen field experiences for students through the GeoKids and SNAP programs. During her own travels through various bioregions, she realized the truth of historian Howard Zinn’s comment, “education becomes most rich and alive when it confronts the reality of moral conflict in the world,” as she saw exemplified in widely varying locations: the environmental impact and necessity of the mines of Colorado; colonization of the Hawaiian Islands and the current sovereignty movement; and energy needs and the global commons in relation to offshore oil drilling in the Outer Banks. These experiences cemented her pedagogical philosophy; today, she says, “I am a learner first and my skills for sharing and guiding other learners is my vocation,” and preaches the value of progressive, self-directed learning as precisely the kind of environment that allows gifted learners to excel.
Committed to sharing her passion for science with others, Ms. Clark has presented on science education at conferences such as the National Science Teacher Association’s national convention. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute in Maine, and earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Bowling Green State University. She may have the best answer ever to “what did you do during summer vacation?”: she worked at NASA! She was thrilled to spend time with data scientists at NASA who are trying to formalize & write search engine protocols to mine NASA’s enormous data about space to gather insights and help create meaningful directions for new research.