This program has fulfilled and exceeded my expectations in every way so far. The food that is provided is delicious and plentiful. I have yet to have a bad meal. The program is full of opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. Living in a community of 18 is a lot more fun and cozy than I expected. Finding a quiet...Read more
After four years of college roommates, I was quite excited to finally live on my own. However, since moving to Hawley, I’ve learned to love waking up with 17 other individuals. From community meeting, to carpools, teaching, dinner circle, and cooking, the sense of support and camaraderie is always present. Although we’ve only been a group since mid-October, celebrating this holiday break at home in New Jersey seems eerily quiet.
There is always something to do in Hawley. The majority of my time is dedicated to lesson planning for Hawlemont Elementary...Read more
Here at Hawley, we are now in the third month of the education season and are really getting into the swing of things at our schools. We have gotten accustomed to teaching groups environmental education, and various other science subjects; as well as learning how to plan for lessons, and cater to the different learning styles of the many students that we interact with from day to day. The more comfortable that my teaching partner and I get with lesson planning, the more and more excited we are to be teaching our lessons.
In addition to giving lessons...Read more
Today during an activity designed to let us get to know our teaching partners a little better, the question was posed: ‘What one thing would you like your students to take away your time with them?’ I sat there on the ledge overlooking the valley we live our lives in, listening to some of the other answers out there.
There are a million good answers to this question. For me though, the one thing I feel I have to offer them, is the assurance that this world is theirs to explore. The places, the people, the unequivocal beauty, and...Read more
We had our first day of school, on the 15th of November 2016! We geared up in our blue SCA ﬂeeces and shiny name tags to walk into 11 schools collectively at 8 am on Tuesday morning. Two members were selected to be at each school for one to three days at a time, with six members additionally having “conservation placements” with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Arcadia School, NESEA, Red Gate Farm, or Leave No Trace. As a collective, we will be reaching approximately 3,000 students in Western Massachusetts. Basically, we’ll be keeping busy this education season....Read more
Benjamin West was born and raised in rural Maine. He grew up exploring his home area until he had the desire to explore more. Benjamin joined the SCA when he was 15 years old as a high school crew member and fell in love with what SCA had to offer. After 3 years of working with SCA, he become a member of the Desert Restoration Corps in Southern California. After he finished his position he wanted to be closer to home, and started his positon with the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program....Read more
Meg is from Atlanta, GA, and recently graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Dance. She loves to cook and bake, and spends most of her free time either in the kitchen or outside in nature. She is excited to be a part of SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in the environmental sciences in the future....Read more
Preston Klinke is from Galveston Island, Texas (howdy!). A beautiful, marsh of a sandbar in the silty, brown waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Preston attended the University of Delaware, where he obtained his BFA. After working for a couple years in Austin and Panama, he decided to refocus his efforts towards the environment and a sustainable future. After the tropical and sub-tropical weather, he is excited for a real winter in the woods, exploring the frozen wilderness. ...Read more
Kaitee Levinson is originally from Los Angeles, California. In May 2016, she graduated from Hampshire College where she studied Environmental Conservation and Education. In the last few years, she has worked at the Long Beach Aquarium as an Education Intern, volunteered at the California Wildlife Center, and with Teaching Creatures doing animal husbandry and education. Having travelled to over twenty two countries, she hopes to continue exploring the world after her time in Hawley. Kaitee is looking forward to being apart of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps community and becoming friends...Read more
Austin graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015, where she received a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Spatial Environmental Studies. She is from Los Angeles, California, but is very excited to spend some time in Hawley for the SCA Massachusetts Americorps program. While living in Santa Barbara, she worked as an Educator at the Santa Barbara Zoo, and then moved on to be an Educator at the California Science Center after graduation. She aspires to one day work for the National Park...Read more