Schoodic Institute appoints new education specialist

WINTER HARBOR Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has appointed Sarah Hooper of Brooklin as education specialist.

In this role, she will support the development, coordination, and implementation of educational programs for all ages, including Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Education Adventure, Earthwatch Institute citizen science programs and community shellfish investigations with local students.

Hooper holds a master’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Maine and has served as a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon. Since 2006, she has been a teacher and science department leader at the Bosque School in Albuquerque, N.M. This independent middle and high school emphasizes environmental stewardship, social justice, service learning and learning through inquiry.

“As a wildlife biologist, I took a systems approach to land management, balancing often-competing needs of ecosystems and humans. In time, I found what I loved was taking my passion for ecology and wildlife management into the classroom as a guest presenter with live reptiles, tools of field scientists, and unabashed enthusiasm,” said Hooper.

In those classrooms, she discovered an interest in education and made the transition from scientist-educator to educator-scientist.

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