Darilynn Birse grew up in southern, coastal Maine where she spent her summers hiking and wading in tide pools and her winters skiing in the White Mountains. The pull of the snowy Rocky Mountains led her to Colorado where she attended Naropa University and completed her BA in Contemplative Psychology. She remained in Colorado after graduating and worked as the program coordinator and a nature-connection mentor for Feet on the Earth, a local non-profit dedicated to connecting youth to the natural world through primitive skills, community building, and naturalist knowledge. Here, she discovered her love of working with children which has led her to Antioch University in pursuit of a Masters in Education. She hopes to one day have her own classroom where she inspires youth to discover what they are passionate about, become lifelong learners, and build a lasting relationship with the natural world. Darilynn is excited to join and learn from the Academy community and feels blessed to have the opportunity to explore the beautiful state of Vermont. In her free time, she enjoys weaving baskets, backcountry skiing, and reading a good book.