IslandWood educators lead planning sessions, walking field trips, and our Community Waters Field Study. Here’s our Community Waters team:
Celina Steiger (she/her), IslandWood Urban Programs Coordinator, is really loving working with Seattle teachers on Community Waters! A graduate of IslandWood’s graduate programs, she has been focusing her urban ecology and educational equity lenses with this science unit. Celina leads teacher trainings, planning sessions, walking field trips and the Community Waters Field Study. She looks forward to helping Seattle 4th graders find their “stormwater goggles”!
Erin Soper (she/her), IslandWood Urban Programs Educator, grew up in rural Tacoma, nestled between mountains and salt water and found her niche in environmental education early on. She has been teaching in traditional and outdoor classrooms, facilitating programs for all ages, and mentoring educators for over 20 years. Erin is excited to be part of the IslandWood Urban School Programs team in Tacoma. (She is also a substitute teacher at TPS!)
Erin lives with her partner, two teenagers, and a corgi. She loves exploring national parks, geocaching, sleeping in tents, and reading in hammocks.
Education: BAE Interdisciplinary Child Development, K-8 Teaching Certificate, Early Childhood Education (P-3) Endorsement, Western Washington University; Certificate of Leadership and Nonprofit Administration, North Cascades Institute; MEd Environmental Education, Western Washington University and North Cascades Institute
Brad Street (he/him), Senior Manager of Professional Development, has been loving the opportunity to develop the Community Waters unit, bringing together his time as an outdoor environmental education with the more formal training from his Masters in Teaching. While he enjoys crafting student pipes maps and fine-tuning handouts, the main categories of his involvement have been developing the curriculum, large group trainings, and program assessment. He is looking forward to his own second grader doing the unit in a couple years!