Stephanie Owens, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist with over 18 years experience teaching in public middle school, in university, and in public schools leading professional development for teachers as a consultant for Expeditionary Learning (EL), a nationally-acclaimed public school reform model. Currently, she teaches 6th - 8th grade science and math at Roots & Wings Community School (RWCS) in Questa, N.M. She is a long-term and committed resident of the Lama Community. Her math and science curriculum is written to be place-based and to meet authentic needs in the community. She also works to thematically integrate all subjects, including math, and embodies a STEAM emphasis (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). Her students have even filmed a short documentary on water issues in Northern New Mexico. Her family is currently building their permanent home on the mountain. They are involved in the local Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch and the Lama Community Garden and Goat Cooperatives. She is also co-creator of the Lama Mountain Internship, a place-based program for young adults to gain skills (and college credit, if applicable) in high desert farming, animal husbandry, food preservation, and churro wool processing.
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