By NATALIE LAROSE
Natalie currently teaches a second and third grade combination in Burlington, Vermont. She previously taught as a math Title I educator at Edmunds Middle School and in the second grade at Edmunds Elementary School, both located in Burlington, Vermont. Natalie originally graduated from Saint Michael’s College (SMC) with a Business Degree. Knowing that her real passion in life was education, she subsequently returned to SMC to do graduate work and her Elementary Teaching Licensure. Natalie feels very fortunate to be in Burlington where there is a richness of experience and diversity of background contained in the student population. Natalie is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning.
A major theme of sustainability is improving the quality of life for all. One way in which my classroom is going to improve the quality of life for all is through a service-learning project that I planned during my time at CWI’s Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning. The project I have designed aligns with the first history unit I will be delivering, “North Street Then and Now.” Over the course of the unit students will learn about the history of North Street, the street on which their school is located. North Street is located in Burlington’s North End, an area with rich cultural diversity and history but also traditionally an economically challenged area of the city.
I am a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington, Vermont. The Sustainability Academy is the nation’s first K-5 magnet school with a sustainability theme. The Sustainability Academy is one of a kind in that sustainability is integrated into our curriculum, campus practices and culture.
At our school, we engage young citizens to make a difference in the community by exploring our diverse society, our local economy and the environment through hands-on projects. Sustainability is a shared responsibility for improving quality of life for all, economically, socially and environmentally, now and for future generations. Every day students experience the theme of sustainability. Students explore their community, learn about food and nutrition by visiting local farms and gardens, help build a school garden, compost in the classroom and cafeteria, recycle and eat locally grown food. Continue reading