Darcy Bedortha

advocate, educator, learner, thinker, writer, explorer, listener....

lover of trees, rivers, deserts, oceans, mountains, books, music, conversation and silence

Darcy has always believed that education must be meaningful, relevant and often different for each individual, and that great things are already happening for students, in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. She holds a Master of Science in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a Master of Arts in Secondary English at Goddard College. She believes that all young people have a voice, and that our job as adults is to help them find, develop and use it with wisdom, empathy and respect. Passionate about issues of environmental intelligence, social justice, diversity, dignity and young people, she has worked in public education, workforce development, children's mental health, and with homeless youth. She has served in the non-profit arena addressing issues of poverty, advocating for public education and communities. Darcy has taught, coached, mentored and advised young people in academic pursuits and a variety of extra-curricular projects. She has two fantastic, grown sons of her own who get the credit for why she does what she does, and a grandbaby that is the keeper of her heart.