My background is in anthropology and tropical ecology and I have worked and lived in Peru, Indonesia and Malaysia at various points in my life. Since 2000 I have been on the faculty of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and have served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Environmental Studies major at Yale College. I teach classes in environmental justice, political ecology, human rights and the environment, qualitative research methods and have done research on New Haven’s environmental history and the racial effects of urban planning. For the past 25 year I have lived in New Haven and during that time my two daughters have taken advantage of the full range of classes at NMS: preschool, dance, drama, Audubon Arts, Summer Rocks, piano, and singing. And at 50 I took my very first piano lesson at NMS! My daughters and NMS have taught me the joy of bringing creative expression into all the work I do. I am so thrilled about the future of NMS and believe the launch of the ATLAS middle school in September 2019 will be huge accomplishment. BA, Harvard, magna cum laude PhD with distinction, Yale University.