Our Team

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Sandra Scott Before joining UBC I was a classroom teacher and also worked as a marine educator and park naturalist. These experiences prompted me to pursue a MA and PhD in Science and Environmental Education. I teach elementary science methods as well as courses in communications, environmental learning, and research methods. I enjoy working with Teacher Candidates and undergraduate science students in my role as Faculty Advisor with the Teacher Education Office. My research focuses on elementary science, environmental education, and teacher education. I view myself as a naturalist, scientist, and educator of, for, and in the environment; I am a passionate advocate for learning experiences that nurture our sense of wonder for the human and more than human world.


Project Team

Elizabeth Beattie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia.  She is the Graduate Research Assistant at Landed Learning.  Her research at Landed Learning is focused on the students’ learning experiences — what they find engaging and interesting about learning in the garden community. Her doctoral research focuses on how students create meaningful outdoor environmental and science learning experiences, with an emphasis on early childhood education.  She hopes to work with teachers and curriculum planners to incorporate outdoor learning into the standard curriculum, to promote meaningful, active, relevant, student-driven learning, teaching, and assessment.  Elizabeth grew up in Toronto, but fell in love with the West Coast when she moved there to do her undergrad.  She likes paddling, baseball, red wine, cats, and mystery novels.


UBC Farm

Clare Cullen took the helm as Operations Director at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems in March, 2015. She plays a key leadership role in the Centre’s daily operations, business development, and financial Clare Cullen, Operations Directorand human resources management. Clare holds a B.A. honours in Film and Communication from Queens University and an M.Ed in Art and Environment from Simon Fraser University. Prior to joining CSFS, Clare worked with UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum as the Administrative Manager. With a rich background in arts, environmental education, finance, entrepreneurship and non-profit organizations, Clare brings a diversity of skills and a wealth of experience.


Kailee Hirsche is the Garden Coordinator for the UBC Farm. Following high school, she moved from a hay farm in Alberta to a pecan farm in Georgia to pursue an internship in organic garden gardening and child care. Since that time, she completed two Sustainable Food Production kaileeinternships, Permaculture Design and teaching certificate courses and an Organic Master Gardener course at O.U.R. Eco-Village on Vancouver Island. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems from the faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Her interests include the stories behind the things and places we encounter every day. She is excited to bring both her passions for working with children and plants to the UBC Farm.


Project Advisors


Jolie Mayer-Smith is Professor Emerita in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Co-Coordinator of Science Education Programs in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She holds a B.Sc. and M.A. in Biology from Stanford University (1971, 1972), and a Ph.D in Science from the University of British Columbia (1978). She teaches courses in Curriculum and Instruction for pre-service teachers and graduate courses in Teaching and Learning and Research Methodology. Her research and writing focus on teacher education, postsecondary science teaching and learning, environmental education, genetics education, and the application of digital technologies in science education. She initiated and directs the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, which examines how to cultivate environmental stewardship in young people.

lindaLinda Peterat is Professor Emerita of Curriculum Studies, in the University of British Columbia. She holds a B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. She has directed the home economics teacher education program and graduate programs at UBC and taught graduate courses in curriculum studies and research methodologies. She was co-creator of the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project in 2002 and co-director until 2007. She now resides in Vernon, British Columbia where she retired in 2006, and directs an Intergenerational Landed Learning Program in the Xerindipity Garden at the Okanagan Science Centre.

Past Team Members

Winnie is a graduate of the SOYL program and served as a SOYL Program Leader. 

Oksana Bartosh served as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) helping with data collection and analysis, and website development.

Tamara Brown served as a SOYL Program Leader.

Jisun Choi was a Foods Educator.

Thanushi Eagalle was a Multimedia Assistant.

Stacy Friedman served as the Project Manager.

Mary Kostandy was a Web Assistant.

Tori Ostenso served as a Foods Educator.

Mario Parent served as a Program Educator.

Diana Perez served as a Multimedia Assistant.

Janine Scheffler was a Foods Educator.

Samira Thomas was a Communications Coordinator and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA).

Carla Turner was a Foods Educator.

Tathali Urueta-Ortiz Masters and PhD research both focused on the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project. She served as a Foods Educator and Research Assistant (RA).


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