Meet the Team
Patti Vance, M.A.
STRAW Faculty Coordinator
Education and Outreach
As the STRAW Faculty Coordinator for Point Blue, my colleagues and I have an opportunity to support the important work of the STRAW restoration team and also bring hands-on learning experiences to our network teachers and their K-12 students. At a time of high environmental stakes, what better way to reach the next generation than to provide compelling classroom lessons that are based on real-world science and a hopeful message.
The Faculty gives pre-restoration presentations to classes and engages students in interactive environmental lessons. Our curriculum is designed to instill a sense of stewardship and wonder for the natural world. Before a STRAW class participates in a restoration day, a Faculty member will visit to prepare the class for their outdoor experience. The presentation includes a discussion of the watershed, native species, why restoration is important and what students can do to help the environment.
In addition, the STRAW Faculty assists with Watershed Week, the STRAW project's annual teacher conference, and the Network events held twice a year for teacher inservice.
Before coming to Point Blue, I served with a variety of education organizations that included trustee for the Ross Valley School District, board member for the Environmental Education Council of Marin and the Drake Scholarship Foundation, co-chair for the Marin Education Task Force and classroom teacher. I also managed the Integrated Studies Program at Drake High School for 11 years - a program that first initiated project-based learning. I received my Masters in Education from UC Berkeley and undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.
For fun, I love to hike, spend time with family, and manage school and community garden projects.