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Sustainability, science teacher joins ICS faculty

Jul 02, 2019
Arla Casselman

Islesboro — Islesboro Central School announced that Arla Casselman has joined its teaching staff to teach high school sustainability courses and middle school science, beginning in the fall.

She will also be managing Islesboro Central’s greenhouses, gardens and orchard, as well as aquaculture and aquaponics equipment.

For the past three years, Casselman has taught at Medomak Valley High School, where her life science classes included biology, Maine ecology, food and nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.

Casselman received her undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University, where she created a self-designed major in sustainable agriculture and food systems. In 2017 Casselman left her position as a science teacher to pursue a master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Enrolled in Harvard's Specialized Studies Master's program, she focused on designing curriculum that includes student voice, project-based learning, and apprenticeship-style learning, specifically through agriculture.

In addition to teaching, Casselman has been farming organic blueberries for eight years. She is looking forward to bringing her experience running a farm to her position teaching horticulture.

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