Kate Ripley, 5th-8th Grade Science

Kate Ripley, 5th-8th Grade Science2018-08-17T16:38:41+00:00

kripley@kazooschool.org | Phone 269-345-3239 | Kazoo School Faculty since 2014

BA Biology, Hope College

About Me
I graduated from Hope College with a degree in Biology and more importantly, with a curiosity about and passion for understanding the natural world around me.  I will never forget my first sight of the Galapagos tortoise, the marine iguana, and the many other endemic species I encountered during my study abroad program to the Galapagos Islands as a student.  The science I had read about and tried to understand though a textbook suddenly came alive.  I could see and touch it right in front of me.  I came to see in a very clear way how we can impact the world through science and from there, knew that my career path would be in environmental education and field biology.  Loving to be outdoors and in search of a warm climate, I began teaching at the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center in South Carolina.  After two years of outdoor and environmental education there, I was completely hooked.

Since then, my journey as a science educator has taken me all over the country, teaching in many extraordinary places such as The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in Tennessee as a naturalist, as a marine science instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, CA, as well as scientific field work and research as a technician for Massachusetts Audubon on Cape Cod and for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Minnesota.  Most recently, I completed a six year tenure as an educator and small boat sailing instructor/waterfront coordinator on Long Island Sound with SoundWaters, a non-profit environmental organization in Stamford, Connecticut.  I’m very excited to now be a part of the Kazoo community and with a team of educators committed to the Kazoo mission.

A native of Holland, I am thrilled to be back home in West Michigan after many years away.  In my spare time, you will find me with my husband, Rob and our dog, with family, gardening, running, cooking, road tripping somewhere, paddling, and taking advantage of all of the amazing resources Michigan has to offer.

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