Lara Tukarski is an environmental science teacher at NOVA Middle School. She has worked in the environmental education field for over 18 years. Prior to settling in western Washington, Lara served as the founding director of sustainability programs at schools where she taught on the east coast. She also designed environmental literacy curriculum for the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources and served as a Program Facilitator for Department of State Youth Leadership programming in Nepal focused on environmental health and sustainable community design.
In addition to her teaching role at NOVA, Lara is currently the sustainability coordinator and manages the school community garden. She also serves as an environmental consultant and curriculum architect for Journeys in Film, a non-profit which develops interdisciplinary curriculum for award-winning films which address the advancement of global environmental education.
Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Molecular Ecology. When not teaching, you might find Lara hiking, kayaking, in her garden, fossil hunting, on a volcano, swimming in mountain lakes, in her art studio, skiing, or hangin’ on the porch with good friends and her sweet dog Juniper Bearpaw.
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