New Horizons

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of All Ages,

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Becka Miller, your new narrator here at the Green Dragon Bytes blog.  For the last four years I have been a subscriber to this very blog and all along the way I have delighted in the Green initiatives at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Under the tutelage of Mr. Compost, A.K.A. Michel Anderson, the Waldorf School of Baltimore has accomplished so much in such a short time. Looking back over the blog and all the community here at WSB accomplished, I cannot help but be elated to begin the school year as the new Ecoliteracy and Sustainability Teacher.

Darwin, Richard, and Gumball are in for a surprise. They spent their first summer breaking ground on my budding urban farm right here in Baltimore. I can’t wait to see the look in their eyes when I scoop them up and welcome them back for the school year. Until their triumphant return, I am spending my time getting to know the incredible space that surrounds WSB. Of special importance, of course, is developing a deep relationship with the woods. As Forest Aftercare Coordinator, I will spend many an hour in those very woods in all types of weather. I am looking especially forward to seeing the forest through the student’s eyes: in my experience each will have their own individual orientation to the woods.  A rich relationship with a forest unfolds over many seasons, a gift unique to the Forest Aftercare and Nature Studies programs at WSB. The Nature Studies curriculum is ahead of its time, and it seems to me that WSB is poised to pave the way for Ecoliteracy in schools across the country. It is with this deep sense of purpose and excitement that I am beginning my time here at WSB.

There are so many exciting projects to begin and good work to be done in maintaining all that has come before me. A few fun things I’m working on: starting to lay the foundation to bring in more bees this year, checking in the with the garden and learning the lay of the land on the playground, and readying the grounds for next year’s Fortlandia. Most of all, I’m dreaming up initiatives for what I am sure will be an incredibly exciting Green year.

Looking forward to seeing you on the grounds!

Becka

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