Belle Coles

M.S. Education, Canisius College, Buffalo, NewYork
B.A. Education, Loretto Heights College, Denver Colorado. University Without Walls Program

Came to Brattleboro in1978 from New York to teach high school science at Brattleboro Union High School. Little did I know then that I would fall in love with southern Vermont, and choose to spend the rest of my life in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont. I delighted the teaching of science for more than 30 years, working with young minds to have them understand the stories that unfold in the study of science.

In 2005, I was awarded a Fulbright to teach Chemistry in Chennai, India to students at Vidar Mandir (which in Tamil means the Temple of Education) a private management school preparing to take their British Standard Examinations. This was indeed a profound experience influenced me both personally and professionally.

After retirement from BUHS, I was hired as an Environmental Education teacher at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Soon after I was chosen to be the center’s director which I continued for the next six years. Supporting this environmental center and its mission, to preserve our natural environment through education and action is something that I am passionate about, and although I have moved on from that position, I currently remain firmly committed to its mission.

It is indeed a pleasure for me to return to science teaching with the students of MSA, using my skills as a seasoned professional, to support the academic side of their endeavors, while sharing in their accomplishments and disappointments in their journey to adulthood.