Ariane Mohr-Felsen ’09
Career: Middle School Science Teacher
Major: Environmental analysis
An environmental analysis major, Ariane Mohr-Felsen focused her thesis on outdoor education. And a career was born.
During an environmental teaching course, Mohr-Felson led classes for local fifth graders at Bernard Field Station. “Scripps gave me my first taste of an outside-the-classroom education.”
Now, Mohr-Felsen teaches science at Paulo Freire Freedom School in Tucson, Arizona, a middle school with a social and environmental justice focus. “I led a bicycling trip around Tucson learning about the history of murals and public art and what makes a bikeable city,” Mohr-Felsen says.
In addition to this extended trip, every week a third of the school goes on an expedition, to a national park or a museum, or to volunteer. Mohr-Felsen has found that she gets to know her students on a different level outside the classroom. “You’re their friend and their mentor, and you really want the best for them,” she says.
This is Mohr-Felsen’s first year at the Paulo Freire Freedom School, where she hopes to spend some time before going to grad school for geography, which she would like to teach in the field to young teens. Mohr-Felsen is happily settled in Tucson, where she and her fiancé are raising more than 20 chickens, another reflection of Mohr-Felsen’s environmental studies at Scripps.
“We have more eggs than we know what to do with,” she says. “And there’s a rooster that crows any hour of the day.”
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