Elizabeth Lemire has been teaching for over 25 years and has taught preschool through 8th grade. This is her 15th year as the lower school science teacher at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ. She has a BA from Worcester University and an MA from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. She grew up in Western Massachusetts where she also raised her daughter before moving to Chestnut Ridge, NY. She has presented on the aspects of environmental education at several conferences including New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference and the American Horticultural Society National: Youth Gardening Symposium, Pasadena, CA. In addition to this she is a potter who incorporates elements of nature in her artwork and volunteers at a local biodynamic farm working with the calves and young cows. She has a passion for teaching children to respect all living beings and consequently is guardian of many rescue animals in the classroom from bearded dragons to rabbits and ducks.