We’re all immensely proud that TTC instructor Robin Chesnut-Tangerman has been elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. Robin first began working as Tutorial Center instructor in our Manchester learning center and then moved to TTC at Smokey House. As an instructor Robin has a way of connecting with students that helps them engage in their education regardless of their personal learning styles. We’re sure he will bring that same gift, and a list of other valuable and practical skills, to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2015!
Two friendly faces often seen at our YAP Farm at Hiland Hall Farmhouse this season were those of Sam Lawson and Sylvia Maderes.
Both students are Bennington College juniors and each has their own reasons for taking advantage of this Tutorial Center work experience.
Sylvia, a literature and dance major from southern Pennsylvania, has always had an interest in science and nature, taking several science classes throughout her educational career. She likes knowing about food, growing food and food systems. As she says, “It’s good to know where your food comes from.”
Sam, from slightly closer Holyoke, Mass., is studying biology and anthropology at the college. He admits that since interning at the YAP Farm under the guidance of farm manager JJ Beck he’s beginning to think about future career pathways that include agriculture. “Not in producing food,” Sam said, “but perhaps in the areas of biology and chemistry.”
Sylvia and Sam have been with the part of the YAP farm team since early June which has allowed them to experience all aspects of the farm from planting, to weeding, to harvesting, and now putting the farm to bed for the winter planting cover crops such as buckwheat.
This is the second year that Bennington College students have had the opportunity to work at YAP Farm. This is one element of the growing connection between The Tutorial Center’s YAP and Bennington College.
That was the reaction of an Arizona Dept. of Education manager after attending TTC Executive Director Jack Glade’s workshop describing The Tutorial Center and its successful Youth Agriculture Project, given at the recent National Dropout Prevention Forum for Native and Tribal Communities. The attendees were educators from Native American communities across America — think Hawaii, Iowa, Alaska, Montana, the Dakotas, Florida as well as Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — looking to learn about educational programs that have proven results in helping high school dropouts reconnect to education and become high school graduates. Nationally, Native American communities experience very high dropout rates. Jack shared the successes of the Youth Agriculture Project and presented a model for replicating the Project in other communities.
Jan Bopp, one of our multi-talented instructors, with some of his fabulous work this past weekend as part of an pottery/ceramics exhibit at Beaver Mill in North Adams.
Jan has been studying pottery with noted ceramic artist Ray Bub whose exotic reconstructed teapots take pottery into a whole new art form. Using techniques he learns at class, Jan creates his own expressive artwork in clay.