Rachael Button

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Environmental Stewardship Teaching Fellow

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M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Environment, B.A. in English, Iowa State University, Valparaiso University

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Rachael Button is a writer, a reader, an explorer, a teacher, and a passionate advocate for the places she's lived and the places she's come to love. Her own conservation education began in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where her family spent school breaks and summer vacations. These trips to the woods taught her how to observe like an ecologist and record like a poet – to feel reverence, kindle curiosity, connect with place, and to put herself in the way of beauty and mystery. Over the past eight years, Rachael has had the privilege of working in settings ranging from a state university classroom in Iowa, to an outdoor education center outside Tacoma, to a two-room public school in the Cascade Mountains. Most recently her passion for ecology, community, and education has led her to midcoast Maine, where she has been a support teacher at Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education, an adjunct professor at Unity College, and a Marketing, Outreach, and Education Coordinator at Rising Tide Co-op. From studying coyotes with first and second graders in the woods of Maine to coordinating free cooking classes at the co-op, her work has been rooted in connection; with the people she has taught, with the community she has served, and with the farm fields and forests where she has lived. She's delighted to be returning to the northern Midwest -- a place she's deeply in love with -- to work at the Conserve School. In her free time, you can find Rachael hiking, running, reading, cooking, gardening, climbing, writing, listening to podcasts, cross country skiing, and exploring. She loves early mornings, late nights, vegetables, poetry, the smell of just-turned soil, the slap of sea against rock, and the feeling of cresting the summit of a mountain, hill, tree, or skyscraper.