Graduate Program

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Alumni

There are nearly 400 alumni of the Graduate Program fro over our 20+ year history. Alumni have become non-profit and business leaders and highly effective educators and administrators in public and private schools. Below are a few examples of alumni who are making a difference.

Jen Levy - Class of 1994-95
Carrie Kappel - Class of 1995-96
Amy Lorenz - Class of 2012-13
Cooper Mallozzi - Class of 2002-03

Maggie Bourque - Class of 2008-9

A Wisconsin native who calls Wyoming home, Maggie works in education to explore complex relationships among communities, art, and the natural world.

Maggie received a dual bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theatre (acting) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Since then, Maggie's academic work has spanned education, cultural geography, environmental policy, interpretive theory, and natural history.

After attending Teton Science Schools' graduate program, she earned a Master of Science degree in Natural Science Education and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming.  Prior to her current work in the Academic Programs of the Haub School, she held positions with L.A. Theatre Works, Friends of Ballona Wetlands, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Teton Science Schools, among others. Her expertise includes curriculum and assessment design, education program administration, and place-based and field pedagogy.

Additionally, Maggie is a member of a collaborative team of ethnographers studying the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.  She has published or will be publishing in Global Environmental Change, Conservation & Society, Global Environmental Politics, and Focus: On Geography.

What are you currently doing?

I am currently Advising Coordinator and Academic Lecturer with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

In my position, I serve as academic and career advisor for the Haub School's 130+ undergraduate students, teach courses like ENR Problems & Policies and Art & Environment, oversee our programmatic assessment process, design and manage field courses (many in partnership with TSS!), develop curricula, recruit students, and much more. I love living in the hidden gem of Laramie with my partner, Rick, and our dog, Walter.  We enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right out the door, exploring the wonderful Wyoming landscapes, and living in a fantastic community.

How did the Graduate Program influence your life?

The TSS Graduate Program has influenced me in myriad ways, of course. Professionally, it opened so many doors and continues to inform my work choices, opportunities, and projects. Where I feel the most profound influence, though, is in the relationships I share with my cohort and faculty members. Even 5-6 years after leaving Kelly, the relationships I formed still have an acute influence on my identity. From sharing personal milestones like weddings, funerals, and kids, to brainstorming professional projects and planning adventures, I am deeply changed for the better by the people in my cohort.

What bit of advice would you offer to applicants to TSS?

Take time to recognize the wealth of experience, expertise and perspective that surrounds you. These particular, remarkable groups of people—faculty, grads, students, and staff—are all in this place, in this combination together, for only a year. Take advantage of these special resources, ask questions, find solutions, and be goofy together.

I'd also say that appreciating the components of the grad program that may not be aligned with your exact professional focus could really help, too. I know that while I differed from much of my cohort in not seeing a career for myself in K-12 education, I benefited in huge ways from the experience of hundreds of hours field teaching with young students, and from debriefing and reflecting (constantly, it seemed) on the process. I bring those lessons with me everywhere, and they are enormous assets in my professional toolbox.



Kim Scher - Class of 2009-10

What are you currently doing?

I am currently working at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School – a public school in Queens, NY. My school is in its fourth year, and I am a founding faculty member. Expeditionary Learning is a network of schools across the United States. They focus on character education, experiential learning and authentic connections between classrooms and the "real world." It is also a highly collaborative environment where all classes connect into the same theme, which changes several times each year.

I teach 6th grade Social Studies, and am the 6th grade team coordinator as well as the sustainability coordinator. I love my school and find my work challenging and wonderfully satisfying.

I live on the Upper West Side in New York City and enjoy the busy, engaging urban environment.

How did the Graduate Program influence your life?

The Graduate Program was very influential in my development as an educator. By the time I went to TSS I had already graduated from a Masters program in education at Columbia University, Teachers College. However, I was looking for a different way to educate students. I felt that I had a traditional understanding of education and was ready to expand my horizons. The incredible faculty and my wonderfully supportive and creative fellow graduate students helped me develop curriculum that was challenging and allowed me to explore education through new lenses. I was given great freedom in lesson planning and used this freedom to develop my own teaching style and philosophy. TSS faculty was there to answer questions, encourage me when I doubted my abilities in the field, and give me valuable feedback.

This program gave me a framework to become the educator I wanted to be.  I was then able to provide students with authentic, meaningful learning experiences. Additionally, I believe that my time at TSS helped get me my current position. The principals who were hiring for my school wanted people who knew how to take risks and try new things. They were interested in the risks I was taking with curriculum at TSS and impressed with the ways in which the curriculum I developed encouraged interdisciplinary learning.

In addition, I have wonderful memories of my time at TSS. I was able to present at the Shepard Symposium for Social Justice, I traveled around Wyoming to present fire ecology lessons, designed a completely new curriculum for students of FNH, visited the Journeys School, and had incredibly dedicated mentors.

The graduate program gave me confidence to re-envision education where hands-on, real world, creative learning take center stage.

What bit of advice would you be willing to give to potential graduate students?

When I applied to TSS I had already graduated from a masters program and had a full-time position teaching at a private school in New York City. My family and close friends were confused why I would leave my job and home for more education. It was 100% worth it. This program sets you apart from other applicants in a competitive job market in education. You will gain new insights into education and will live a year that you will never forget. My advice is to take the plunge and immerse oneself in the beauty and challenge of the TSS graduate program.

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