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Laurie is a co-founder of The Contemplative Educator. She brings her environmental activism and deep commitment to our earth wherever she works. She has been involved in outdoor education programs in California, New Mexico and Hawaii. Laurie has led trail hikes, garden tours, stream clean-ups, and helped several organizations become involved in Adopt-A-Highway programs.
As an environmental educator in the classroom for the past sixteen years, Laurie has helped students understand the importance of stewardship and sustainability. She is a trained mindfulness educator and uses mindfulness practices to help students develop self-awareness that informs their relationships to others and our earth. Together with her students, she has planted gardens at every school where she has taught. The gardens are contemplative outdoor classrooms where lessons include all content areas, social and emotional learning, peace studies and contemplative inquiry practices. View one of her recognized student gardens: The Learning Landscape.
Laurie holds an undergraduate degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in education. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has received numerous grants and awards for her commitment to environmental education through school garden programs. When Laurie is not working in the garden she enjoys textile arts, cooking, hiking and travel.
Currently, she is a STEM specialist with the Hawaii DOE, planting new classroom gardens and is co-writing a book with Chris Zorn about contemplative education in primary and secondary classrooms.