Before becoming a classroom teacher at DaVinci Academy for Science and the Arts in Ogden five years ago, Cheyenne Herland spent five years as a Utah state-certified environmental educator at the Ogden Nature Center, and a year as an elementary Science Specialist. She has created and facilitated workshops for adults, teens and children alike, as well as week-long hands-on science camps, where her students discovered a previously undocumented invasive insect along the foothill trails of Ogden. She is a singer-songwriter with a great love of nature and travel. Her background experience and passions lend themselves to great comfort with the chaos of hands-on, inquiry-based, cross-curricular, technology-intensive learning. Her classes go outside regularly, doing most of their learning through experimentation they largely design themselves, utilizing technology to research, collaborate, communicate and innovate.
Cheyenne will use anything from music to airplanes, costumes to the local river ecosystem, from lip balm to cell phones to hula hoops, to connect with students, create a deliberate learning community, inspire students in the sciences and continually innovate as an educator. Cheyenne runs the “Green Dragons” Conservation Club at DaVinci, a Utah Green School, as well as DaVinci's GSA. She is a state-endorsed Educational Technology Specialist, and completed her MEd last spring from Weber State University. This year she is piloting a 1:1 blended and differentiated classroom with DaVinci’s 8th grade class.