Cherie a teacher of science and biology at Freyberg High School in Palmerston North. Over her four years of teaching she has gained her registration, been Teacher in Charge of a Year 11 Science course, and spent some time as acting Head of Biology. Cherie has enjoyed getting involved in all aspects of school life and has appreciated all the opportunities that she has had through Education Outside The Classroom field trips. Cherie is the Environmental Educator for this expedition. Following the expedition, she will create contextual learning resources on the Sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
Cherie has always been interested in the environment and when she became involved in a community trapping group (Friends of Flora) whilst at high school it fostered her passion for the environment and saw her to go on to complete a GAP year with the Field Studies Council in the Yorkshire Dales, at Malham Tarn Field Centre. Upon return from the UK, she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in ecology at Massey University and then a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education.
Cherie has a passion for environmental education and is very grateful to be the recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Environmental Educators Award. She feels that this opportunity will give her rich experiences to bring to the classroom setting. It will assist her in her teaching and also give her an opportunity to develop resources that may grasp the attention of the next generation, and give them a chance to share the same appreciation for the environment that she has.