Students, our future leaders, are with their teachers for a large portion of their day. They are largely influenced by their teachers, so it stands to reason that teachers should have a strong voice in society.”

Carly’s Story

Teaching Discipline

Earth Space Science and Biology

Why Science

“After completing my master’s program in a land conservation and management field, the importance of familiarizing students with the natural world around them became overwhelmingly clear.”

Volunteer Experience

Among other volunteer experiences, Carly volunteered through AmeriCorps as a citizen science coordinator that brought native plant and ecosystem restoration curriculum to multiple classrooms in Oregon. She also volunteered through the Peace Corps, where she taught high school biology, physics, chemistry, agriculture and life skills in Kenya for two years.

Professional Experience

Before teaching, Carly worked in multiple university labs, testing out the life of a researcher. As part of her master’s program, she interned with The Nature Conservancy, located in North Conway, New Hampshire. During her internship, she evaluated the impact of prescribed fires on insects. Additionally, she taught environmental education in various settings, high school in Kenya, college-level lab courses, and has been teaching high school in Vermont since 2014.


Carly is passionate about the importance of spending time outdoors and being active. When not teaching, she tries to make outdoor adventures a priority; usually, this means running up and down mountains with her pup.

Academic Background

  • Champlain College Teacher Apprenticeship Program (Teacher Certification Program)
  • University of Vermont (Master of Science in the Field Naturalist Program; Plant Biology and Bachelor of Science in Biology)

Knowles Academy Courses Taught

Designing Lesson Sequences to Increase Student Engagement in Science Practices
Exploring a Phenomenon Through the Practices of Science