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Staff Profile: Nina


Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 9:00 AM

Name: Nina Halsted

Role at VAL: Student Support Specialist at Springfield Learning Center and Educational Advisor at White River Junction Learning Center

Where were you born? I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I was actually born on N Halsted St believe it or not. From the time I was two years old and onwards, I grew up at 9,000 feet in Gilpin County, Colorado. 

What is your educational background? I went to Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability for three years. I eventually transferred to University of Colorado-Boulder and received my Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.

Interesting past job? I worked as an Executive Administrator for a small nonprofit in Albany New York focused on capacity building through community gardens, urban farmers training programs, micro-farms, and free produce pickups. The nonprofit was very much centered around community building and community education. It helped me understand myself and the world in new ways.

What is a unique hobby or interest you have? In the last few years, I have really taken to cooking and experimenting with new recipes. My favorite is cooking homemade gluten-free pasta dishes. 

Last book you read? Braiding Sweetgrass

How do you enjoy spending your free time? I enjoy urban gardening, cooking, spending time with my cats, playing sims, creating art, and writing poetry. 

How long have you worked for VAL? I have worked for Vermont Adult Learning for one year as of March 20th, 2024. 

Finish this sentence: I enjoy working for VAL because…: I enjoy working for VAL because I enjoy working with my community. I know firsthand how life can play a role in the accessibility of one’s educational journey. I really appreciate that Vermont Adult Learning offers an alternative way for students to succeed and redefine what education and lifelong learning means to them.

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