Andrea Silverstri ’17 is a senior hailing from Greene, R.I., A double major in biology and secondary education, Andrea’s ambition is to be a science teacher.
When I asked Andrea why she chose Green Mountain College, she said “I went to a Quaker school for 12 years growing up and community was strongly emphasized, so that was something I valued. I wanted a school that had that intentional community, and GMC did. Also, I thought it would be easier to get involved at a small school.”
Growing up, Andrea loved doing science and working with kids. “I’m attracted to non-traditional methods of teaching—really getting students excited about science. I really value environmental education, outdoor education and hands-on learning.”
Andrea originally entered GMC as an environmental studies major when prof. Rommey Fuller suggested she combine her interests to train as an educator. “I like helping people and working with kids and I like science, so those went pretty well together.”
Andrea has a lot of teaching experience under her belt already. She spent three summers working at an all-girls wilderness camp and last summer interned at Teton Science School.
She is currently a teaching assistant for ecology lab at GMC and has accepted a position as prof. Jim Graves’ research assistant, researching native plants in Poultney and the greater Rutland county area.
Andrea has found many other outlets to engage her talents at GMC. She works as a tutor in the Learning Center and has organized and raised funds for several trips at GMC in an attempt to combine my passion for working with others, education, and the outdoors. “I think my ability to be involved on campus and organize so many of these trips strongly reflects how GMC fosters an environment in which students can pursue their passions and make an impact in their community.”
She’s especially proud of an excursion to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) as part of her Delicate Balance project. As part of the project she formed a relationship between GreenMAP and Girls Inc., an organization which aims to empower young girls by providing them with strong mentors and exposing them to a wide variety of experiences. “My project partner and I were able organize a hiking trip and a separate climbing trip to introduce a small group of inter-city girls to outdoor recreation,” she said.
Andrea has the unique opportunity of working at nearby Fair Haven Union High School with students and teachers during this fall and spring semesters as she completes her methods courses. She plans on doing her student teaching at Fair Haven next fall. “I’m really thankful to have the opportunity to get so much time and experience in the school. I feel like I’ll be really well prepared to enter the professions when I graduate.”
-Megan Healy ‘17