When my family came out to visit me in the Pacific Northwest, one of the places we visited was Orcas Island. While Mom and Ab were napping, Dad and I traveled to the shore to do some great exploring. In our adventure tucked under one of the rocks was a healthy sea star! Being that I had only ever seen sea stars in captivity, the joy of finding one was euphoric.

Some of the best things I have done in my professional development have occurred only briefly. While not an extensive adventure, I try to take these "Sea Star" opportunities whenever I can to better myself as an environmental educator.

Wilderness first responder

  • Middlebury College, VT

  • February 2015

Urban Environmental Education Certificate: Expert

  • Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, online

  • April 10-June 4, 2017

Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels and Co-products Conference

  • Seattle, WA

  • May 3-4, 2016

Autism Competence taught by Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy

  • Pittsburgh, PA

  • February 22nd, 2018


  • Hartford, CT

  • September 29-October 2, 2018

Maker Ed convening

  • Pittsburgh, PA

  • October 12-13, 2019