My approach to teaching and mentoring is place-based, experiential, and constructivist modalities. I believe students draw on their prior knowledge and experiences from familiar environments (natural or otherwise) that enable them to engage with the material to “construct” new knowledge during learning. I have a relational mentoring philosophy, in which I recognize that both mentor and mentee must purposefully contribute to yield an effective mentoring relationship and that both mentor and mentee have the potential to learn and grow from the mentoring relationship.

In this award-winning video, I describe a brief overview of Project TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology), a program that I co-founded and managed for seven years.

Project TRUE has also been featured on PBS and in the New Yorker