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Faculty in Outdoor Education

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.

Zaber’s personal motto has become Keep it real. He is always seeking out real world experiences to enhance the classroom experience. Some of these experiences include service work on the hiking trails in Vermont’s Green Mountain, visits to Vermont State Prisons, discussions with migrant farm workers working on local dairy farms, and designing curriculum for educational and non-profit organizations.

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

Presentations

2002 National Association of College and Admissions Counselors
Work Colleges – A Working Solution To Reduce College Costs

2001 National Association of College and Admissions Counselors
An Introduction to Environmental Colleges

1997 The Lamoille Valley Partnership
Tools and Techniques to Introduce Resiliency Theory

1996 The Governor’s Prevention Conference
Self-Esteem and Team-Building Techniques to Foster Cooperation and Effective Learning

1994 Pennsylvania Partners Work Learning Symposium
Implementation of Service Learning with an Emphasis on Small Groups and Effective Staff Development

1990 National Association of Service and Conservation Corps – Implementing Education and Basic Skills Remediation
Introduction to WoRD – A constructive approach to encouraging the processes of writing, reading, and discussion in small group settings.

1990 Association of Experiential Education – Northeast Regional Conference
Introduction to WoRD – A constructive approach to encouraging the processes of writing, reading, and discussion in small group settings.