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Teaching team

Carolyn Guest, Director and Lead Teacher

Carolyn Guest guides the Balch Nature School's curriculum and oversees policies. She has contributed to the growth and of the Balch School since 2015, when she joined the Museum staff. She is a familiar face in St. Johnsbury, as she is a licensed early childhood educator with years of experience and long-time volunteer with the Museum.

Karina Weiss, Assistant Teacher

Karina Weiss graduated from Franklin& Marshall College in 2006 with a double major in Animal Behavior and Environmental Studies. Karina spent the next several years working as an educator: first with the Boys & Girls Club, then the Audubon Society, and finally the Wildlife Conservation Society, at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn. A big move north now finds Karina enjoying life in St. Johnsbury, VT with her husband Lucas (a history teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy), her son Julian (a recent Balch graduate), her daughter Peregrine (a devoted animal lover like her mama) and her two cats Marley and Ziggy. Karina is very excited to be joining the Balch Nature School and is looking forward to sharing her love of the natural world with her students!

Additional teaching support from the Fairbanks Museum's educators makes the Balch School exceptional -- inspiring curiosity and instilling a spirit of exploration.