pselly01@hamline.edu

Contact Info

Patty Born
pselly01@hamline.edu
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST OFFICE

Patty Born

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Patty Born
pselly01@hamline.edu
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST OFFICE

Biography

Patty Born-Selly believes that global and ecological literacy is imperative for future leaders, researchers, and practitioners. Sustainability includes not just environmental sustainability, but culturally-sustaining practices, policies, and pedagogies that foreground equity and create conditions where everyone can thrive. Advocacy, education, and scholarship in these areas support a brighter, more sustainable future for everyone.

Patty got her Master of Arts in Education from Hamline and is currently enrolled in the Hamline doctoral program. She is the author of three books about environmental and STEM education. She is the former executive director of the National Center for STEM elementary education at Saint Catherine University. In that capacity, Patty helped teachers create strong connections between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For 10 years, Patty has operated a science and nature education, Small Wonders, serving schools through environmental and science curriculum development, grant writing assistance, and professional development for teachers. Her clients have included public and private schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, Patty has taught in early childhood and elementary settings, and has served as a naturalist-in-residence, "green teacher," and science specialist. For many years, Patty worked as an environmental educator for parks and nature centers, serving children and adults of all ages, and she is a former instructor and outreach specialist for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She loves to help people connect to the natural world through experience, investigation, and thoughtful reflection. Patty is also particularly interested in increasing the opportunities for high-quality environmental education in underserved communities.

Patty has presented at numerous national and local conferences on STEM and children's development, nature play, human relationships with animals, sustainability and schools, and environmental education.

Her scholarly interests include the relationships between humans and animals, the connections between young children's nature experiences and later academic outcomes in STEM disciplines, nature and science in the mass media, and finally, the role of nature in the spiritual lives of young children.

Teaching Style

Patty strives to create strong, thriving communities of learners, whether in face-to-face or online contexts. She believes that each student brings their own strengths and expertise to the classroom setting, whether that classroom is a wilderness area or a classroom in a school building in the city. Through inquiry, investigation, and hands-on experience, Patty aims to help students experience the joy and wonder of science and environmental education while also promoting hope for the future along with deep intellectual curiosity and rigor.

Additional Links

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth
Connecting Animals and Young Children
Teaching STEM Outdoors