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Outdoor Education Faculty

lifelong-learning-photoAnne Morse

Email: amorse@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x144

Anne Morse’s journey started with a love of wild places, particularly northern places, fostered by her family and upbringing. She began working for Outward Bound in Maine and the Adirondacks, while also exploring social justice issues around nuclear disarmament and US involvement in Central America. She notes, “I discovered in myself something of a social activist. I cut my teeth in the peace movement in Boston and Nicaragua, and then for several years channelled my energy for making the world a more just and peaceful place into the avenues for personal transformation offered within the context of Outward Bound courses.” Read more

Education

  • Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution. The McGregor School of Antioch University, July 1999.
  • B.A., Education and Social Studies, Prescott College Adult Degree Program, Prescott, AZ, May 1995.
  • Tufts University, Medford, MA. Studies in the Peace and Justice Program, 1986-1987.
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT. Liberal Arts studies with a focus on the US labor movement and Russian language and history.

Adrian Owens

Email: aowens@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x150

Owens thinks that learning to be competent and comfortable outside is a key ingredient to fostering protection of the environment. “Camping and travelling under your own power is a great way to sort out which parts of our daily lives are true needs and which are superfluous luxuries,” he says.

His general teaching style is to present some theoretical background and examples, then put students into a position where they need to apply the theory to a specific situation to solve a problem. This approach can take place on a mountain side, on a river, in the classroom, or on a homework assignment. Pushing yourself to take on bigger challenges, he believes, gives a bigger potential for learning. Read more

Education

  • M.Ed. Environmental Science, Plymouth State University, 2001
  • B.A. Engineering Sciences + (Environmental Studies minor), Dartmouth College, 1990

Allison Van Akkeren

Email: avanakkeren@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x162

Allison Van Akkeren focuses on living lightly on the earth.  She was instrumental in implementing Sterling College’s Environmental Food/Kitchen mission in 1994 and changing over the Food Service that was externally operated to an internally run kitchen, which allowed for more control to connect what is taught at Sterling College to what the college eats and to give the students the opportunity to become involved in a vital community process. In the Craftsbury community she teaches and co-coordinates an Environmental Education program for elementary children and a Nutrition and Food course at the high school (as part of a grant through HungerFree Vermont). She volunteered coordinated an afterschool kids cross country ski program, and continues to support the program as it expanded into having paid staff. She is co-coach for the Craftsbury Academy Cross Country ski team. Read more

Education

  • Texas Woman’s University-Houston, M.S. Nutrition, December 1984
  • Dietetic Internship, Texas Woman’s University, August 1984
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. Dietetics, May 1983.
  • Mediation Certificate, Woodbury College, 1991

John ZaberJohn Zaber ’85

Email: jzaber@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x165

John Zaber says, “There is no hiding at Sterling College. Our small size makes it imperative that I commit 100% to my teaching responsibilities.” He continues, “I must be upfront and transparent with my goals and direction. I also find that Sterling students are not content with merely discussing a theory—we must find applications to put the theory to work and that includes time to process and find meaning for our experience.” He finds that Sterling’s motto—Working Hands, Working Minds—means that learning is not limited to the classroom, and in order for education to be meaningful, we must find real world experiences to measure our intellectual growth. Read more

Education

  • AA, Resource Management, Sterling College, Vermont, 1985
  • BA, Human Services, Burlington College, Vermont, 1989
  • MA, Experiential Education and Implications for Public School Reform, Vermont College of Norwich University, Vermont, 1997