Kestrel is honored to be a part of the excellent team here at Shelburne Farms. She began her work at the farm in the Children’s Farmyard in the summer of 2013. In her current role she collaborates with several different preschools in the Burlington area to bring Education for Sustainability (EFS) into their classrooms and school grounds. She is also part of the team that hosts a Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Educators on Education for Sustainability. Kestrel also teaches School Programs, the Adventures program, and summer camps.
Kestrel grew up in the Philadelphia area where she was lucky enough to have many wonderful educational experiences, including attending a Quaker high school. After one semester of college she made the decision to leave school, travel the country, and become involved in community organizing and grassroots activism. This two-year experience gave her invaluable insights that continue to inform her work to this day. Kestrel returned to college and graduated from Prescott College in 2007 with a major in Nature and Culture and a minor in Education. She then returned to her home state and spent several years farming and teaching urban farm-based education in Philadelphia. She and her family moved from Philly to Vermont in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education from Antioch University. Kestrel loves the farm, eating great food, studying herbalism, and having dance parties with her husband and young daughter.