Sarah Pidgeon, Director, NYC K-12 Education Program
Sarah Pidgeon joined Solar One in 2009 as one of two Education staff. Now, with over 10 educators on board, she is thrilled to be able to offer Solar One education programs to more NYC schools each year. Sarah is excited about the growth of Solar One’s Green Design Lab Program and she is passionate about inspiring NYC students to bring sustainability into their schools and communities. Prior to joining Solar One, Sarah worked as an educator for several years at the Center for the Urban Environment in Brooklyn, where she taught classes in Urban Design and Ecology. However, her real passion for environmental education began during her childhood spent as a camper and staff member at Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskill Mountains, where she was first exposed to sustainable practices like composting food waste. When she is not busy teaching about all things sustainable, Sarah enjoys riding her bike, cooking, and drawing.
Fronsy Thurman, Assistant Director for Instruction
Fronsy Thurman has worked with Solar One since 2009. With over 10 years experience in sustainable development and the non profit sector, Fronsy brings a unique range of expertise to the education team. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Fronsy was the lead developer and author of several curricula and training manuals for audiences ranging from K-12 students to adult learners and professionals. She has also managed a number of development projects in Southern and Western Africa. Past employers include the Center for the Urban Environment, GrowNYC and the US Peace Corps. Fronsy received her BFA from Pratt Institute and in her spare time, enjoys cooking, making sculptures and spending time with her son.
Joe Chavez, Assistant Director for Sustainability
Joe began working with Solar One’s Education team in 2010 as an educator for enrichment classes and the Green Design Lab program. As a recent graduate from the Center for AgroEcology and Sustainable Food Systems at University of California Santa Cruz and a history of working with community gardens in NYC, Joe brings expertise and experience to the Green Design Lab program’s curriculum, which introduces sustainable agriculture and the food system to New York City students. For a 2011 sustainability project at the Academy of Urban Planning, a Green Design Lab school, Joe led students and staff in the planning and construction of a 3,000 square foot urban farm on the school campus. The farm provides organic produce for the students, the community, and local restaurants. He is currently focused on expanding sustainability projects for participating Green Design Lab schools with projects ranging from installing solar panels and rainwater collection systems to greenhouses and hydroponic gardens.
Alex Smith, Program Delivery Coordinator
In May 2010, Alex completed his degree in Environmental Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. After interning at Solar One during the summer of 2009, Alex joined the Education team as an instructor in the Estuary Enrichment Program, and in September 2010 came on full time as an environmental educator. Alex got his start working with children as a camp counselor during summer breaks from high school. His interest in environmental stewardship began as a young child growing up on the east end of Long Island where he spent much of his free time outside, playing in the woods or enjoying a day at the beach. He is so excited to work with the awesome people at Solar One and to have the opportunity to share his knowledge with students throughout the five boroughs of New York City. In his spare time, Alex enjoys surfing, the occasional weekend of snowboarding and riding his bike around the city.
Nicole Petti, Educator