Lara Tukarski

NOVA Middle School

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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Rachel Stendahl

Capitol Region ESD 113

Rachel Stendahl is the Regional Science Coordinator for Capitol Region ESD 113. She runs the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium a watershed monitoring, restoration and education group for students grades 4-12 in the Chehalis Basin region. She also is focused on the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties.

Rachel has a master’s in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College where she focused on both wildlife ecology and environmental education. While in graduate school she worked with Cascadia Research Collective on marine mammal and human conflicts and as an environmental education coordinator for Sustainability in Prisons Project. She has a special interest in underserved populations and is starting an environmental education program for incarcerated youth in Lewis County. She has also worked as scientific technician for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlfe and has additional experience as public speaker, grant writer and events planner.

In her free time she volunteers at a wildlife rehab center and enjoys hiking, camping, reading and spending time with her house rabbits.

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