Class of 2006
Wanting to be an outdoor and environmental educator, I pursued a degree in environmental studies to further my personal knowledge on the subject matter. After graduating in 2006, I worked for Outward Bound, teaching people how to backpack, climb, and become stewards of the land. I also worked for the Academy at SOAR, a high school for students with learning differences (mostly ADHD). Through the wilderness, I was able to foster personal and academic growth in my students, while teaching science, math, English and history on backpacking and climbing trips.
In 2013, I participated in a number of mountain science expeditions in Peru. I loved being able to combine my mountain skills with data collection for important climate change research. This led me to graduate school at Western Washington University, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Freshwater Ecology.
Currently, I am working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a fisheries technician, in Leavenworth, WA, conducting research and monitoring on hatchery fish. My job provides a variety of seasonal activities including field work, lab work, and office work. I really enjoy researching the interactions between wild fish and hatchery fish, and the challenge of managing populations of endangered species while producing salmon for the local Native American Tribes.