Kurt’s teaching experience includes M/S, H/S, and college classrooms. Most notably,
community based science at SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House),
professional learning experiences for teachers, and leadership training for the United
States Coast Guard and Navy. However, his deepest interests and greatest skill set is
weaving outdoor environmental and ocean learning into formal 3D NGSS instructional
sequences. Whether on the deck of a schooner reaching for the trades, hiking through
the coastal rain forests of Alaska, or in formal classrooms, Kurt finds his greatest joy in
helping learners make sense of the world by doing science, not talking about science.
He is a certified wilderness first aid responder, glacier guide, licensed maritime officer,
and US SAILING Instructor Trainer.
Before becoming a full time educator, Kurt worked as a geospatial scientist applying
GIS systems to vessel routing, modeling of near shore ocean circulation patterns, and
responding to oil spills through-out the western United States. The highlight of this time
was four consecutive years in Alaska on the Exxon Valdez spill, it was this experience
that turned him towards becoming a science and environmental communicator. He
began his sea-going career with the US Navy where he performed search and rescue,
meteorological observations, interpretation of high seas weather, and forecasting.
Currently, he spends most of his time connecting scientists to teachers, leading ocean
education events for teachers, or writing on environmental literacy topics.
The most important parts of Kurt’s life are his relationship with his wife, Erin, advancing
the careers of young colleagues, and collaborating with partners to protect/enhance
access to outdoor environmental learning in California.