The Burlington City and Lake Semester is an immersive, place-based program for high school students in Burlington, Vermont. The program is a partnership between the Burlington School District and Shelburne Farms, with staff drawn from both organizations.
Dov Stucker is the Flexible Pathways Lead for the Burlington School District. He taught Social Studies at BHS from 2011-2021, including School Innovation Seminar, a course that engaged students in the complex work of school redesign. Before returning to the classroom, Dov worked for 9 years coordinating community-based learning and service-learning projects in Burlington and the French West Indies.
Favorite Food: Anything with a flaky crust
Current Playlist: Mayra Andrade, Burna Boy, Anaïs Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Balmorhea
Craziest Roadtrip: Bandiagara to Djenné, Mali
Best of Burlington: Birdwatching at dawn
Signe Daly is a founding faculty member of Burlington City & Lake Semester. She came to BCL with 25 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level. In her pursuit of creating a place-based program for all high school students, she gathered interest, partners and student engagement to help create an immersive program for Burlington High School students. Signe has an extensive background in education for sustainability and community engagement, always with students at the center. She is also pursuing a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at St. Michael’s College and leading the Burlington High School Seahorse Pride team. She enjoys yoga, birding and hygge.
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: Out of Africa
Middle Names: Skjerk Nordahl (Danish family names)
Best of Burlington: The energy of the locals and visitors during marathon weekend
Annika Brinkley is joining the BCL team through the ECO Americorps program, in the role of Teen Program Education and Outreach Assistant. Annika is from beautiful Washington state and graduated from Western Washington University in 2021 with a degree in Environmental Science. During the 2021-22 school year, she was an AmeriCorps member at New England Science and Sailing, teaching marine science programs to students in Connecticut. She believes that place-based education, reciprocity, and relationship are at the heart of environmental education, and she is thrilled to share those values alongside BCL and Shelburne Farms in the Burlington community this year.
Favorite food: Anything spicy
Favorite trip: Sleeping on the deck of the ferry from Washington to southeast Alaska
Favorite flower: Trillium
Best of Burlington: Yet to be discovered!