The daughter of a naturalist, Liana was raised touring and exploring the biodiversity of North America. On the plains of Oklahoma and the high desert of New Mexico she began work in market gardening and livestock. Liana earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma. In 2009, she continued her education with a Master of Science degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University. In the meantime, she taught garden-based education, developed curricula, and engaged diverse communities in gardening at the Learning Gardens Lab in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, Liana continued this work in the Mississippi delta with the Delta Garden Study teaching science and health through gardening, as well as collaborating on the development of educational programs in public schools across Arkansas. Her experience teaching diverse youth has led her to facilitate trainings in garden-based education, class management, and student engagement for other educators. Liana is devoted to strategies for positive and healthy youth development, community-driven educational programs, and learner-centered transformation. In her spare time she can be found gardening, cooking, observing nature, and playing music with friends. She loves teaching and hopes to continually remain a student of the youth she serves.
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