Meet Our Member - Aaron Heyerdahl
Energy Education Program Assistant
Aaron earned my B.A. in human ecology — the study of how humans interact with, relate to, and are influenced by their environment — from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He first came to Vermont as an apprentice to a wooden canoe builder in Craftsbury Common in 1986, eventually moving with his family to Vermont in 2005. He has been teaching a variety of subjects including outdoor education, woodworking, and physics in Waldorf schools since 2000, working with hands-on curricula in grades ranging from K–12. After spending the past year as a residential solar sales rep at SunCommon, Aaron is excited to return to classroom teaching where he can help engage and empower students through understanding energy issues, and also help them realize how they can impact climate change. He enjoys all things outdoors, especially boating, fly-fishing, hiking, and skiing. Aaron is a passionate photographer and naturalist, an avid golfer, and count having touched a whale as one of his peak experiences.
What is a typical day like in your AmeriCorps position?
My days at the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) are quite varied. I might be checking in, and resupplying our educational kits. These are hands-on resources both our educators, and teachers all over the state, use to help students understand issues around energy literacy and climate change. I might also be manufacturing parts for these kits, such as designing and making new adjustable racks for small PhotoVoltaic panels, or assembling new generators that help students understand electro-magnetic principles. Or, I might be in a classroom serving as an assistant for one of our educators, or running a table at an energy fair.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I joined AmeriCorps because it gives me the opportunity to: be of service to my community, work with issues that I care deeply about, and support students learning about energy choices and environmental issues they will be dealing with as they enter adulthood.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
I have been surprised by the broad range of sponsors that are hosting AmeriCorps service members. I did not know how broad AmeriCorps' impact was before I myself joined.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
The highlights for me of serving with the Vermont Energy Education Program, or VEEP, are: being part of a team and collaborating with high energy, like minded individuals, utilizing a broad range of interests and skills from my biography, and helping children develop real life problem solving abilities.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
People should know how passionate and energetic AmeriCorps members are, how varied and interesting the host sites are, and how effective VHCB AmeriCorps is on positively impacting our communities. VHCB AmeriCorps rocks!