About 20 years ago I joined Build-A-Field Trip as an educational field instructor. The seeds of the company were sown by a teacher with a desire for teaching children in nature’s classroom. A few years later I bought Build-A-Field Trip and have built upon the original vision.
My passion is about travel, education and outside spaces and places. As a kid growing up we lived in Asia, The Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the West indies and travelled to more than 20 countries before I turned 12. We finally settled in Florida in the early seventies. My fascination has always been the outdoors, learning about natural environments and how cultures live. So it made sense to get my degree in Biology and create an opportunity to share my passion with children, just as my parents did for me.
Lessons and experiences come alive for students as they observe and collect data about the flora and fauna in their natural habitats. I observed how this sense of empowerment through hands on education creates enthusiasm and a desire for learning. Each expedition is filled with adventure, fun and team work, making memories and friendships through each experience.
I am always the happiest when I am in nature. Originally born in Boston, MA. I came to Florida at age 14 to follow my passion of becoming a marine biologist and attended MAST Academy, a marine science magnet high school in Key Biscayne. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to study the ocean. The passion continued and led me to North Carolina where I received a B.S. in Marine Biology.
After graduation, I spent some time traveling and working in Central America mainly in Belize, where I was a field biologist for a marine reserve. Working with local communities I found my passion for teaching conservation and the importance of educating our youth in the field of Science. Eventually, I made my way back to good’ole sunny South Florida where I am currently pursuing my Masters in Marine Biology and started my environmental education career with Build-A-Field Trip.
Environmental Education is such a rewarding experience. My passion for nature flows and sparks inspiration to many students and teachers on these trips. There is no better place to learn about the environment and local ecosystems than visiting them physically.
Build-A-Field Trip has a team of dedicated graduate students who are highly motivated environmental and marine biologists that strive for excellence and take pride in their work. All instructors complete an intensive on-site training program and are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified.
By stepping out of the classroom and into the environment, students are able to immerse themselves in the natural wonders through a hands-on approach which makes the outdoor classroom come to life.
Our programs conform to specific educational standards and our instructors enable students to discover for themselves, to see, feel, and hear what is around them, which ensures the learning continues well after the trip is over. Instructors work with teachers toward a common goal to better educate our students in the natural world.