Marisa Still, Science, Garden, Advanced Math Teacher
Years in education: 7
Year Joined Trinity School: 2006
B. A. in Nature and Culture, emphasis Bioregionalism, UC Davis
Marisa’s Mission: Marisa wants science and garden curriculum to reflect real world problems and to empower how students understand their place in the world. She inspires students to preserve and protect that which sustains them. In the classroom, Marisa creates opportunities for students to access their questions and seek answers through scientific inquiry.
The experience that shapes Marisa’s teaching: Marisa spent four years working in the field of environmental education, traveling throughout the ecosystems of California to learn and teach about what makes those systems unique. She participated in the interpretive development program as an Associate Naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park and learned about our food systems by working at two organic farms in the Bay Area.
It’s hard to not be excited about the Earth when you talk to Marisa. Her passion for the environment and experiential learning is infectious. Students share discoveries and bring her stories every day because she wants to know! Marisa is a board member of The Biodiversity Group, a science organization with whom she works with on science and environmental education projects worldwide. Most recently, Marisa helped them launch PEEK (Photography Educating and Empowering Kids), a global citizen project in two communities on the coast of Ecuador.