One of my students writing in her nature journal during a nature awareness field study.
NatureGlo, full-time RVer, online math enrichment & science teacher.
I’m passionate about sharing nature with youth and making connections with it through academic studies. My hope is my students will also fall in love with the natural world. As Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love.” Our environment and resources are in need of more of our love and protection!
NeS is a nature lover’s eLearning center. I help home and school educators by offering neutral or non-faith based worldview math enrichment (MathArt) and science self-paced online courses and curriculum for students ages 10 and up.
This is me in the summer 2010 Havre de Grace, MD, MAPS Meet (Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Meetup) making fire by friction.
Here I am at age 8 along with a collage of my “MathArt” marine biology themed math booklets.
Early Childhood Nature Connection Inspired Academic Creativity
Since I was a child, I taught myself to make connections between school subjects and the natural world. A love for the natural world was inspired by my aunt and uncle who took me on numerous hikes through forests and adventures to pristine creeks, lakes looking at, appreciating and connecting with the natural world. Their investment in my life planted a seed nurturing a deep love, passion and appreciation for personally connecting with studying and teaching about the natural world to this day.
At the tender age of 8, I had an incredible creative moment that foreshadowed my future methods of learning, curriculum development, and teaching that would inspire the lives and education of my students. With paper, scissors, tape, a pencil and crayons in hand, I proceeded to make tiny booklets combining elementary math problems decorated with pictures I drew of marine life I had read about at my grandparents house. In just a few minutes, I developed my first math/science curriculum combining my childhood study of marine life with the core subject I was learning and struggling with in school. I have preserved and kept those little booklets through all the transitions of my life to this day.
How NatureGlo’s eScience Helps People Like You
As a young 8 year old girl, given the simplest of tools and guided by my own natural curiosity, I was able to make my own creative living books incorporating both science and math studies. It was the equivalent of the notebook approach or lapbook many home and school educators love to use. In my classes I teach my students to be guided by their own learning curiosity and select projects and activities they can create based on their favorite topic per subject. This kind of student liberty has given birth to some remarkably creative yet academic projects.
For most home and school educators, finding the time to create thematic unit studies from scratch is both time consuming and challenging. Many educators get burnt out or give up turning to boxed curriculum. While I loved combining my love of nature with maths as a child, throughout grade school and college, I hated mainstream math education’s disconnection with the real world. I lost interest in math altogether. It wasn’t until my early 20’s when I discovered that numbers and nature truly are interconnected. I immediately became enthralled with studying these connections. In my 30’s I began creating my MathArt course for my students which shows the interconnected relationships there are between math, science, art and history.
Inside of my MathArt and select science classes, I show you and your learners the connections there are with math, history, geography, art and more that makes academic learning both easier and applicable to the world we live in. My science classes are geared for students who love the plant and animal kingdom, want to learn more about them yet still need to meet science state requirements. My classes can help you do that! MathArt, while not a full on math curriculum, can be a great supplement to your current math teaching. It will show your learner what’s missing in most math curriculum – inspiring real world connections across the curriculum!
How Am I Qualified to Teach You and or Your Child?
I hold a BA in K-12 education and received the Kamana 1 and 2 program certificates from the Wilderness Awareness School. I began the first fourteen years of my teaching career in private schools teaching all grades and most subjects. In 2011, I transitioned to teaching homeschool students as an independent educator both in person and online.
Here I am, fall 2010, with my HASC homeschool students looking at nature’s patterns found in fruits and vegetables.
NatureGlo from the desert, to the mountains and the shore. Image left: Me at Slab City, CA fall 2015, middle image, a beautiful creek stream in Yosemite, fall 2015 and finally to the Oregon shore in Summer 2014.
A perpetual nomad since I was 17, I’ve been a full-time RVer since 2013, living in a campervan with my dog Rochelle Claire. Many of the photographs I use in my course lessons are taken from my RVing travels around the west coast, USA.