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Holly Durham-Guckian

  • BS, Environmental Science, Evergreen State College

Saving the world requires saving democracy. That requires well-informed citizens. Conservation, environment, poverty, community, education, family, health, economy- these combine to make one quest: liberty and justice for all. Whether one’s special emphasis is global warming or child welfare, the cause is the same cause. And justice comes from the same place being human comes from: compassion. -Carl Safina

Holly is passionate about experiential education, and nurturing students’ intrinsic drive to be learners. As a student focusing primarily on ecology, entomology, and botany, Holly developed several research projects in the rainforests of Costa Rica and throughout the Pacific Northwest. She spent 10 weeks in the alpine/subalpine environments of the Sierra Nevada, developing her love for backpacking and wilderness education. Holly spent the next several years focusing on sculpting in ceramics and moved to San Juan Island as an apprentice to a sculptor. A growing family led her down the path to homeschooling her two children pre-K through 5th grade. A firm believer that laughter and learning, movement, and mind are inseparable, Holly enjoys working with kids to build bridges between their academic and physical selves. Holly loves playing with math, finding the beauty and patterns that connect math to our daily lives and inspire creative problem-solving.  She enjoys paddle boarding, swimming, hiking, yoga, welding natural history, cooking, gardening, playing games with kids, and being a part of a learning community.