The staff at Open Connections is comprised of a vibrant, committed and highly educated group of individuals, many of whom hold advanced degrees. They represent a diverse set of professions (from engineers to former public and private school teachers; lawyers to Master Naturalists). All staff members have been trained in OC’s distinctive body of knowledge, having participated in the OC Process training workshops. Additionally they have all spent significant time observing OC programs in action before becoming official staff members. Furthermore, they participate in 1-on-1 training with OC Co-director Julia Bergson-Shilcock both initially and in an on-going capacity. Lastly, the staff also engage in on-going professional development workshops and trainings, both on-campus and off-site.
A number of staff members have spent time living, teaching or working internationally (from Japan to Turkmenistan; Macedonia to Jamaica), bringing a global perspective to their work (play!) at OC. What distinguishes the OC staff is their unparalleled commitment to providing meaningful learning opportunities in a collaborative and nurturing environment, as well as their desire and ability to develop lasting connections with the OC youth. In short, the OC staff are life-long learners, naturally curious about the world around them. OC is a home-away-from-home for our staff and many of our staff have been with us for well over a decade.