Rob Hanson epitomizes the phrase, “lifelong learner.” He has taken advantage of more than a dozen place-based and environmental education professional development opportunities over the years. As a sixth-grade teacher at the Prosper Valley School, he models for his students the deep curiosity and love for learning that he hopes they will acquire and benefit from their whole lives.
“I am here to help students develop a love of learning and ‘wake up to the world.’ We all learn best when we are engaged and passionate about a subject. And this is really one of the places we find the most joy in our lives. I want to help students find their passions.”
Rob grew up near the Sierras in California and 26 years ago, after 10 years of teaching there, he moved to Vermont. “When I moved to Vermont, I quickly found it to be a community with a real sense of place,” Rob reflects. “The Pomfret School’s strong environmental education culture attracted me to the school. I believe environmental education leads to more experiential and therefore more authentic learning.” That said, after about 10 years in Vermont, Rob reflected on his teaching practice and knew he could do better. “The amount of time my students were engaged in truly authentic outdoor learning was sporadic.”