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Meet team TrACker, the greatest teaching team of all time. Not to mention, the most charming and shnazzy looking too. All seriousness put aside, team TrACker is one of the nine teaching teams at SCA NH Corps that can be found roaming the schools of Manchester, NH. Our goal is to provide quality environmental education to 4th and 5th graders right in their own classrooms. We teach for one hour a week in each of the classes we are assigned. Some of the topics Team TrACker has taught are mammals of New Hampshire, basic tracking skills, habitats, and plants.
All of our 4th graders are a blast to teach. I feel like a celebrity whenever I walk through because as soon as the kids see us they whisper in excitement, “The SCA is here!” “Hooray!” “Their beards are so awesome!” They really do look forward to our visits, and so do we. A lot of the schools are located in the inner city. Some of them don’t even have a science curriculum and rely on the SCA to teach them. Many of the kids don’t get to go outside much, and if they do it’s mostly on pavement. We also try to make the lessons as inclusive as possible to accommodate learning obstacles some of the students might have. The city of Manchester is extremely diverse because many refugees from Nepal, Iran, and several African nations have relocated here. A lot of the student’s first language is not English and some of them struggle with the language. But even with these challenges we can tell that these kids are extremely bright and have a great enthusiasm for learning.
On the right you may have noticed the sparkling smile of Mr. Trever Walters. Trever hails from the far off land of Detroit, Michigan. Across the state in Kalamazoo he studied philosophy, public law, and German at Western Michigan University. He joined the New Hampshire Corps because he had a great experience working in the Idaho wilderness during a previous SCA internship and was excited to instill children with an appreciation for nature, and get hands on work in the beautiful NH Parks. Trever’s favorite spot at Bear Brook is a large snow pile just off of Podunk Road where he loves to scramble to the top and lay in the snow to meditate. If you were to walk into the lodge during our off time you would find Trever jamming on his guitar, cooking delightful delicacies for his fellow community, and swing dancing the night away at our weekly dance lessons.
Smack in the middle of these two fine gentlemen you can find the always beautiful Ms. Chiara Cipriano. Chiara is from Belmont, Massachusetts, which is located just outside of Boston. She studied across the border at McGill University in Montreal, where she got her B.A. & Sc. in biology while minoring in Italian and sexual diversity studies. She joined the SCA NH Corps because she led a national crew in 2011 that was full of Bear Brook alums. After getting to know them the NH Corps sounded irresistible. Chiara favorite spot at Bear Brook is an abandoned rickety bridge, on a ridge, located between Spruce and Beaver Pond that offers refuge from the snowmobilers when she cross country skis. Chiara has enjoyed the way time amplifies in the woods and the chance to be connected to people who care about the environment, while living so intimately within it.
The cheeky devil on the left is, none other, than yours truly, Mr. Anthony Vicente. I am a Jersey boy at heart, but I currently call Central NY my home. I obtained a degree in environmental biology at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry located in Syracuse, NY. My original goal was to become a field biologist in the field of herpetology, but recently I have gained an interest in environmental education. I love working with kids, especially outside with hands on activities. Once I found out about the SCA NH Corps I was determined to get in. My favorite spot at Bear Brook is sitting by Spruce Pond because I can listen to the ice being formed in the winter time. You can often find me hanging out in the lodge playing board games and my harmonica or working on my deer hide.
Well, that’s all I got for now. See you next time.