Kaylyn OatesAugust 8, 2018
Big History & Physical Science Faculty
As an educator, Kaylyn has had the privilege of working with amazing kids in incredible places! From snorkeling in crystal clear Caribbean waters while monitoring sea-grass health with middle schoolers in tow, to releasing classroom-raised trout back into a Californian watershed with elementary schoolers, and hiking a 25-mile Grand Canyon rim-to-rim with high school students, Kaylyn brings a wealth of experience in educational adventures with students. With a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Geology and Education, Kaylyn has been able to meld her scientific knowledge, curiosity, and love of the outdoors with her passion for teaching. Kaylyn was a Park Ranger for four years at Grand Canyon National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, leading educational programs, field trips, and science field camps for students of all ages. She earned her Masters in Educational Leadership at High Tech High in San Diego, where she was immersed in the world of project-based learning and school leadership. She spent last year as a middle school science teacher at Grand Canyon School working with the students and staff to do meaningful work across subjects. Kaylyn is so excited to join Verde Valley School and dive into the VVS experience. Outside of the classroom, Kaylyn loves doing absolutely anything outdoors, especially backpacking, exploring new places and cooking/eating delicious food with friends and family!