Reading, Writing and Arugula: A Look At Local School Farms
Beth Mathie, Farm Educator, Great Kids Farm
Sharon Hood, Director of Roots Farm at McDonogh School
Dan Schocor, Executive Director of Green Street Academy
Eric Oberlechner, Farm Director, Green Street Academy
Eric Oberlechner ran his own Landscaping company for 9 years and managed and worked at a nursery for 7 years He has been at Green Street Academy for 4 years managing the farm and supporting the agriculture class as well as generally filling in wherever needed to support the functioning of the school and facilities management.
Born and raised in Baltimore City, with a dream of teaching and living on a farm and owning a cow, Sharon Hood became Director of McDonogh School Roots Farm in July 2016. Sharon works, manages, directs and teaches students PreK-12th grade farming, with a mission of connecting them to the land and the food we eat and getting their hands in the dirt while always instilling John McDonogh’s rule for living “to do the greatest possible amount of good.”
Beth has been the educator at Great Kids Farm for the past 7 years. Prior to working for City Schools she taught high school agriculture and science for 6 years in PA. Beth has a BS in Agriculture and Extension Education and an MS in Horticulture from Penn State University, and Education Administration certification from Towson University. She enjoys teaching the diverse range of students she sees every day at the farm.
Dr. Dan Schochor is the Executive Director of Green Street Academy. He earned his B.A. from Brown University in Education and History, and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Educational Leadership. Building on a year of experience working as a teacher in Baltimore City, the Special Projects Liaison for the Living Classrooms Foundation and subsequently three years as Principal of the Crossroads School (a Baltimore City Public Charter Middle School), he has been the Executive Director of Green Street Academy for four years.
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