We are proud to introduce our new Outdoor Classroom Coordinator, Laura Heil. Laura’s close connection to the natural world was cultivated at an early age as she was raised on a small family farm in rural northeastern New York. She studied Biology and Spanish at Saint Michael’s College where she fell in love with the community-oriented values of Vermonters. During college she also had the life-changing opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica. It was in the Tropics that Laura learned the true meaning of living sustainably and the wonder of traveling the world. She went on to study Ecology, specifically the native plants and pollinators of Montana, for her graduate work at Montana State University. Since her childhood, Laura has always strived to spend as much time outside as possible. Whether it includes exploring the wetlands in her backyard, playing field hockey, backpacking through South America, or chasing bees through the forests of southwestern Montana, she finds that there is always something to learn from her experiences in the outdoors. Laura has a deep passion for education, particularly outdoor and environmental education, and is looking forward to working with and learning from the Fairfield Center School community. When not standing in to defend bees against the ever more aggressive wasps, Laura can be found backpacking, identifying plants, gardening, or skiing.