Christy Stumbo – Outdoor Educator at Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School (Santa Cruz, CA)
At OIMB, I experienced intensive, hands on learning for the first time. Everyday I studied alongside my peers and professors as we gazed into tide pools, collected samples on the boat, or stared through microscopes. I believe this is the best way to learn.
After spending 2 years as a Naturalist teacher at Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School and 3 years working a handful of jobs, I am now in the midst of the Master’s/Teaching Credential program at UC Santa Cruz. It is a year long program with an emphasis on social justice and field based learning. My teaching pedagogy is strongly influenced by my time studying at OIMB. As a future middle school science teacher, I see myself learning and asking questions alongside my students, much like my professors at OIMB.