I joined the board in 2019 after my daughter's first year at Fidalgo Nature School. I've served as president in 2020 and love the work that we are able to do for our kids and our community. I have an MA in German and love being in a classroom- it's amazing to watch how the kids learn in the forest! I'm excited to expand and serve more families throughout Island and Skagit counties and I love the opportunities it has given me to learn about our forests and coasts too.
I run for fun and fix up our home in my off time and am thrilled to enjoy this beautiful corner of Washington while the Navy has us here.
I’m one of the founding board members of Fidalgo Nature School. We started in 2018 and I’ve been the secretary for most of this time. I LOVE to inspire people to fall in love with nature! I took the 40-hour training to become a Beachwatcher through the WSU Extension program. Citizen science and marine invertebrates...a match made in heaven! Haha! I’ve been a business owner for over 20 years and bring my experience with building a business with me to the school. My son has gone to FNS and my hope is to build a school that offers not only social justice work into the curriculum, but expand outdoor learning for grade and high school programs, including a coming-of-age program for 12 and 13 year olds.
I trained as an opera singer and love to surf, although I’m not very good at it. My wife, Shelley, and I moved to Anacortes 4 years ago and love raising our two children here where we are close to the ocean, forest and to Kulshan.
I am the lucky mother of 3 beautiful children ages 16, 15, and 3. I offered to volunteer for service on the FNS board shortly after enrolling my youngest in the winter of 2020 hoping that I could be useful in some way.
I grew up here in the PNW. Some of my favorite and most treasured early-childhood memories come from my experiences in our local forest and beach environments. I am so thankful that I found FNS for my youngest and to know that there are programs like this out there to serve our community in this way.
I come from a diverse career background, mostly in administration and small business, and am grateful that some of my skill set can contribute in any way. I recently returned to school with a double major in Criminology and Forensic Psychology and hope to be a mover and shaker in the movement to improve our criminal justice system and the way we view social and civil justice as a society.
I joined the board as a "Member at Large" in 2020, after my eldest son had a wonderful partial year at Fidalgo Nature School. Our entire family loves to camp, hike, backpack, and explore nature on large and small scales. I have an M.S. degree in marine and estuarine science from Western Washington University and previously worked as an oceanographer and marine biologist for King County Water and Land Resources Division and as a marine technician at Shannon Point Marine Center. My background helps support the practice of scientific inquiry and stewardship of the natural world that FNS fosters in our students. However, I am most passionate about promoting social justice in schooling and ensuring that access to our school is available to all children.
One of my dreams is to bring the outdoors into my home with a lush indoor "jungle" of houseplants, and I am teaching myself fancy ways to mend our clothing and linens.