Thanks to the Durango Nature Studies (DNS) merger, SJMA is happy to introduce Mike as our new Curriculum Coordinator. He spent the last 3 years as a full time instructor at DNS. Prior to his time in Durango, he spent five years teaching freshman biology, AP Biology, and an Environmental Science elective at Salisbury School in Connecticut. While teaching, he spent his summers leading long-distance bicycle tours for high school students with Overland Summers, an outdoor travel company based out of Williamstown, MA. Mike’s passion for exploring the world on two wheels inspired a cross-country bike tour in the Fall of 2016, during which he discovered Durango. The surroundings and community left such an impression on him that he packed up and moved here not long after.
Mike’s deep connection the natural world traces back to summers poking around the tidepools, bays and coastal forests of Maine’s Acadia National Park. As an Environmental Studies major at Colby College (ME) he found inspiration using scientific inquiry to discover the intimate connections and complexity of the natural world. As a teacher, he fell in love with the process of facilitating discovery experiences for students, where learning is driven by curiosity, exploration, and the thrill of conducting science in the field. He is thrilled to be part of a mission with such a wide-reaching and positive impact on the community!