We at Maine TREE are excited to announce Jessie Rack’s hiring as our new Director of Education. This position is responsible for sustaining and expanding Maine TREE’s capacity to meet the needs of schools, teachers, parents, students, and other partner organizations for environmental education programs connected to Maine’s forests. In her most recent role, Jessie coordinated the University of Arizona’s Supporting Environmental Education and Communities Program, providing environmental education outreach to Title I K-12 classrooms.
“I am excited to be joining Maine TREE because it gives me the opportunity to help connect Maine teachers and their students with the forest, giving them the tools to engage safely and effectively with nature,” Jessie shared in starting in her new position. “I’ve used the Project Learning Tree curriculum for many years and love how it is both multidisciplinary and inclusive in its approach to teaching and learning.”
While her previous position in Tucson, Arizona, found her using school gardens and outdoor spaces as living laboratories to teach students about community science and the scientific method, Jessie is no stranger to New England. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and has been an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist across the region. Adding to the diversity of her experience, she also interned as a science journalist for National Public Radio and worked as a writing professor at Princeton University.
Please join Maine TREE in welcoming Jess to our community!