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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Vicky first arrived at Orinda Academy in 1999 to teach middle school science and math as well as earth science and environmental science.
It was here at OA, teaching environmental science, where her passion for ecology and conservation blossomed. She first traveled with OA students to Costa Rica in 2003, working with leatherback sea turtles, and participated in that trip for three years. She took the 2006 group of students to the Galapagos Islands, where the main highlight for Vicky was walking in the footsteps of Charles Darwin (one of her heroes) and seeing Lonesome George before he passed.
Being able to share meaningful conservation projects with her students is the true gem of her 18-year teaching career. Vicky left OA in 2006 after the seven-year itch set in and traveled to Missoula MT, Salem MA, Cambridge MA, Santa Monica CA, and Las Vegas NV teaching in each city. Now she is back teaching biology and environmental science and hopes to get the Costa Rica trip started up again to help students be exposed to real meaningful scientific research.