Aimee Arandia Østensen
Aimee firmly believes that learning is a life-long process and that our experiences along the natural path of life can be our best teachers. Aimee has spent most of her teaching career at Manhattan Country School guiding students through adventures in interdisciplinary learning, and having been the head teacher at many Elementary grade levels. Most recently, she has held the position of Founding Teacher at The Hudson Lab School and Farm Curriculum and Outreach Coordinator at the Manhattan Country School Farm. Additionally, Aimee has had the privilege of partnering with a range of teachers, schools and districts in the Northeast as a professional learning consultant in the field of Education for Sustainability. Her own path to teaching is a spiral of explorations into art, nature, movement and community. Aimee’s early experiences in dance created a foundation in aesthetic and kinesthetic awareness, as well as an understanding of creative and collective processes. At New York University, she studied Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Anthropology. Aimee later went on to study Educating for Sustainability at Antioch University New England. In addition to classes rich in systems thinking, biomimicry and place- and play-based learning, these studies also led her into the woods, where she discovered the delights of hiking, campfires, swimming holes and forest ecology.