Robin Kulibert, the new dual credit environmental biology teacher at PUHS, describes Patagonia schools as a family.
“I love how casual yet serious about learning the school is,” she said.
She is teaching one course at PUHS this year.
“The essential question for the course is ‘What actions do humans need to take to sustain biodiversity?'” she wrote.
Kulibert believes that teaching is all about the magic that happens when students are excited to learn, grasp the material, and master working independently, but are also able to make connections as a group.
She has taught at the middle school, high school and college levels. “To equitably preserve our own and other species, we need to understand basic ecologic principles and grapple with the environmental ethics of being human,” she wrote. “This all starts with education.”
Kulibert is originally from New York. After attending Middlebury College as an undergrad, she earned her Master of Science in plant ecology/conservation biology at the New York State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She also earned a Master of Science in environmental studies/education at Antioch New England. After college, she worked at Cornell University on recycling/composting education, and environmental outreach. After grad school, she worked for the USDA Animal and Plant Health invasive Species agency doing invasive species field work.
In Patagonia, she serves on the board for Voices From the Border and is a former member of the Recycling Task Force.
She loves to dance, sail, rollerblade, hike, bike, and when she’s inspired, reupholster chairs. “Patagonia is a great town. I’m honored to teach at the high school.”