Meet Our Teachers

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2010 RI JSS teams at The Met School in Providence

Apeiron has delivered high quality sustainability youth programming in Rhode Island since 2001, directly reaching over 600 young people annually, primarily in urban communities, through in-school and after school programs and indirectly impacting many more through teacher training, curriculum development, and community outreach activities.

Our curricula use traditional, tracking, and deep ecology methodologies to help young people connect to the environment right where they are, and through this connection, explore the principles and practices of sustainability. Underlying all of our youth programs are a set of core values and practices that contribute to our particular success with fostering positive learning environments. Apeiron’s education team collectively has a wide range of skills in areas related to urban youth development, STEM and sustainability content, education policy, and community building.

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Elisabeth Bux, Director of Education

has been designing and delivering sustainability youth programming in Rhode Island since 2007, has a background in environmental, outdoor, and arts education, and holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Fine Arts & Art History. She is Vice President of the Board of the RI Environmental Education Association and directs Apeiron’s efforts to integrate sustainability principles and practices into RI schools through youth programs, teacher trainings, the RI Junior Solar Sprint, and the Sustainable Schools Network & Summit.

 

DSC04744Carlene Bermann, Education Assistant

is Apeiron’s resident Eco-Artist with a background in the fine arts, environmental education, and museum fields. She is passionate about cultivating creative, inquiry-based learning environments for young people that facilitate learning by doing.

 

 

 

spacecampAlexandra Romano, Education Assistant

joins Apeiron after serving a year as an Americorps Turnaround Schools Member in Providence.  Alexandra holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire where she served as Community Outreach Coordinator with the University’s Organic Garden Club.  In the past few years, Alexandra has been teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with the Providence Community Library and working at the Matunuck Oyster Bar’s Vegetable and Oyster Farms.

 

 

carlyyogapicCarly Baumann, Education Assistant

brings her experience as a program developer and educator in school, after school, environmental education, and museum settings. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University. In addition to her work with Apeiron Carly currently teaches at The Wheeler School, is a yoga instructor for both youth and adults, and serves as a volunteer mentor with RISE. What Carly loves most about teaching is sharing in a sense of wonder with students, and guiding experiences that support and encourage it.

 

 

paulconnellyPaul Connelly, Education Assistant

holds his BA and MAT from RISD. He works as the Art Teacher at Meeting Street. He has been working building gardens with children for over 10 years and has worked in urban farms, as a shepherd and beekeeper.  Garden and nature are the main inspirations for his work with children.

 

Michelle ManconeMichelle Mancone, Education Assistant

is a Rhode Island native currently living in Providence. Michelle started her love affair with Apeiron way back in the summer of 2009 when she served as an Americorps member for the Bridges 4 Learning Collaborative placed at Apeiron. In addition to returning to Apeiron’s teaching team this year she is currently a student at the Community College of RI majoring in Psychology and works part time at AS220 Foo(d). At Foo(d), all the food is sourced from local farms in and around Rhode Island. Michelle was lucky enough to see her work at the restaurant come full circle last summer when she volunteered at Arcadia Farms. Whether it be creating art for her friends, cooking up healthy meals, or out for a day in nature, Michelle is always looking for something new to learn and something to give back.

Greg SankeyGregory Sankey, Education Assistant

is a Rhode Island native that’s determined to see his fellow community members not just survive but thrive. For the past four years he has helped run the non-profit  Revive the Roots in Smithfield, RI to spread and utilize the principles of permaculture (an ecologically regenerative landscape design method) in order to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, replenish soil fertility and produce an array of organic food for the community. He has studied psychology at the Community College of RI and now studies geography and public administration at Rhode Island College while self-educating in permaculture design. One day he hopes to receive his masters degree in urban planning to help redesign cities in an ecologically mindful way. Recognizing the inherent disconnect between our culture and our local ecology has inspired him to work with urban, suburban and rural youth to develop a deeper sense of ecological responsibility when making decisions in their daily lives.