Field Experience: Nicole Alleyne

In addition to completing their coursework, Education Studies students are actively engaging with the education landscape. Nicole Alleyne (YC ‘24) is one shining example!

During her gap year, Nicole worked as a field instructor for Campfire Wilani, an outdoors school in Oregon. In accordance with the state’s 5th grade outdoors requirement, Nicole taught outdoor science using trail-based pedagogy. While spending the entire day outside, students were taught to think critically about their surroundings and to engage in observation-based questioning. One of the most rewarding parts about the experience, Nicole recalled, was being able to adapt lessons and activities to better meet the students’ needs. 

In the future, Nicole hopes to do more work with her no-cost camp, Camp Good Trouble. Camp Good Trouble is based in Asheville, NC. The camp aims to combat the school-to-prison pipeline by encouraging K-8 students to attach positive memories to learning using a social justice based curriculum designed in collaboration with the organization New Bridges.