Katy Farber is a public school teacher in Central Vermont, where she has been teaching for over a decade. Before that she taught environmental education at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring, New York. She has a master’s degree in teaching, with a specialization in science, grades seven through nine, from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Katy has served as a teacher mentor, service learning consultant, and teacher leader in her district. A documentary film by Noodlehead Network was created about the place based, service learning projects completed by her students in 2002. Katy wrote a teacher’s guide to accompany this film. She is also a contributor to the book, Reading to Learn, a Classroom Guide to Reading Strategy Instruction, published by the Vermont Strategic Reading Initiative and the Vermont Department of Education in 2004.
In the fall of 2009, Katy received an Earthwatch Educator fellowship to participate in a 10 day science research expedition to Louisiana to survey swamps and cypress forests for the effects of climate change and extreme weather. She had the opportunity to communicate with her students via blog posts and internet video, to engage them in real life science research and field based learning.
Katy is also the author of the popular green parenting blog, Non-Toxic Kids. She writes about how to keep children safe from chemicals and toxins, how to live a greener lifestyle, and covers current news stories about parenting. Katy Farber and Non-Toxic Kids have been featured in The Washington Post, , the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Toronto Star,Enviroblog, Terrain Magazine, and on many green and educational blogs and websites.
For more information about the book, or to schedule an interview or presentation, please contact Katy at farbud (at) comcast (dot) net.