Cooking Together, Eating Together

As I wrap up my second year as a FoodCorps service member, I am lucky enough to conclude the term with one of my favorite series of events. In partnership with Garden City Harvest’s Farm to School Program, our team leads family friendly cooking classes in the...

Five Reasons to Love Lentils

A few weeks ago, a group of Ronan 2nd graders were asked to identify what Montana is famous for. Their list included: “big sky, wilderness and lentils.” Born and raised in Montana, I know that more than twice as many cows as people live in our state —...

Why I Serve in My Home State

When I graduated high school, I was determined to leave my hometown of Kalispell, Montana. I believed that staying would mean failing at life. I managed to move two hours away to attend the University of Montana, and after graduating, I hit the road. I spent the next...

The Art of Observation

I have been lucky enough over the course of this school year to work with the same seven 2nd grade classes every week and get to really know my students very personally and watch the way they learn, experience them building on knowledge and concepts that we’ve...

The Power of Simple

Simple is better.  It’s my new lesson-planning mantra.  I’ve learned it from my students, who continually amaze me with their capability for being captivated by the simple things. A planned ten-minute game interlude in a first grade class takes on a life of its own. ...