Nancy Metzger-Carter

Garden Educator & Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator
Prescott College, MA
Northern Arizona University, BS
email: nancy.metzger-carter [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 636-2480

Nancy feels like she’s working in paradise—and not just because she gets to spend a good portion of her day in the Sonoma Academy garden. “I've always had a passion for connecting students with meaningful experiences in sustainability education, but I often had to fight to get these programs implemented at other schools,” she says. “I feel so supported here at SA. We're encouraged to be bold, think big, and teach from the heart. Because teachers are empowered to be creative, our classrooms are inspiring and full of energy!”
 
Before becoming a teacher, Nancy educated people on outdoor adventure trips as a guide. That job led her to become a naturalist, which exposed her to the magic of bringing the outdoors into the classroom. As our Garden Educator and Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Nancy gets to go even further in her quest to bring students into contact with the natural world. “My role at SA brings together my years of work with students to make the world a better place by inspiring and supporting students to take action on issues that matter,” she says.
 
The Student Sustainability Leaders (SSL), an Exploratory course that Nancy launched in 2019, has given students tools for making real environmental change. “My SSL students have met with members of Congress, passed climate resolutions for student councils and school boards, and even drafted a climate education resolution for the entire House of Representatives. They are so inspiring and bold in their commitment to climate action; I feel honored to support them as they engage in local and global citizenship.”
 
It’s no surprise that one of Nancy’s favorite parts of her day is the time she spends in our garden. “The garden provides a peaceful place for students to connect to the earth and the food that we eat,” she says. “It's a time for students to enjoy the outdoors and get their hands in the dirt.” 
“I feel so supported here at SA. We're encouraged to be bold, think big and teach from the heart. Because teachers are empowered to be creative, our classrooms are inspiring and full of energy!”
 

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Sonoma Academy is the only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, our students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.