(March Newsletter) What drew you to Room One originally and what continues to motivate you in your work as a Health Educator?
I knew after working in an English language program in inner-city Chicago, I would always be drawn to working with underserved populations, as either an educator, an advocate or active community member. Rural communities for a number of reasons often struggle to implement health education, but Room One and the Methow Valley School District have been leading the support and teachings of healthy relationships for almost a decade. I see teachers and parents alike that are excited about and motivated to include this curriculum in young people’s lives—and they’re stoke in turn greatly motivates me as an educator!
What has been your biggest project or accomplishment these past months at Room One?
I have been super excited about teaching the Healthy Relationships classes at the Independent Learning Center. The youth there have been the main driving force on what content they want to know more about, and that has led to wonderfully meaningful discussions and group activities. It is a student community that challenges me to be authentic, creative and unyieldingly compassionate—qualities I especially value as an educator.
Any fun plans for you and your family this upcoming spring & summer?
I play outside in all seasons and all weather, so as the snow melts and the nordic skis go back in the garage, I’m dusting off my running shoes and backcountry gear for summer wilderness adventures. My husband and I also recently bought a dual sport motorcycle, so our backcountry travel has a lot of diversity this year!