B.A., Susquehanna University
In order to get children to see themselves as part of the environmental “system” and to understand that their actions make a difference, Brent Deisher feels that young people need direct experiences in the natural world to build a foundation of environmental stewardship.
To that end, Brent’s first foray into teaching was outdoor education, in which all of the classes take place outside. In this role, he was able to develop classes across a wide range of subjects while achieving a certain comfort level with teaching children in an outdoor environment. Brent’s professional experience with outdoor education is one of the reasons that he chose to teach at Morristown-Beard School, and thanks to his dedicated work, outdoor education has become a signature component of the 8th grade science curriculum. In fact, 8th grade students spend the first six weeks of the school year in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum studying field dendrology and field biology.
Brent earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire, where he learned quite a bit about both the subject matter at hand as well as teaching methodology. In his Field Dendrology class, Brent learned to identify every single tree, with or without leaves, in the state of New Hampshire, and recite its scientific name. In his Systems Thinking class, he evaluated real world problems by examining a multitude of related variables and how they interacted with and influenced one another.
Brent’s absolute favorite part of working at MBS is the students. He often states that it’s his goal, each and every day, to give them a joyful learning experience, while at the same time challenging them to find creative solutions to real world problems. Brent hopes to engender a stewardship paradigm in them by using science to make the world a better place.
In his free time, Brent enjoys cycling, tennis, basketball, running, birding, playing guitar, nature photography, and gardening. His cycling accomplishments include completing the Mount Washington Auto Road Hillclimb (known as “the world’s toughest bicycle hillclimb”) and the Longest Day Ride from Port Jervis, New Jersey to Cape May, New Jersey in one day. Brent also completed three editions of the Anchor House Ride for Runaways by cycling 500 miles in a week in order to raise money for the Anchor House Foundation.
Brent also has coached five different sports in his career: cross country, tennis, basketball, baseball, and soccer. In addition, he has led an entrepreneur club, an environmental club, a tinkering club, and a birding club.