Mateus Da Costa

Mateus Da Costa, Day Coordinator

Mateus Da Costa, Day Coordinator

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I moved to Naples, Florida with my family at a young age where I began exploring the gulf coast waters with a fishing rod and a thirst for adventure. At the age of seventeen, I attended Chewonki’s Maine Coast Semester program for high school juniors. There, I became an avid student of natural history and found my ethos for connecting to “place” through inquiry, stewardship, and sustainability. While studying Environmental Science at Florida Gulf Coast University, I worked as a Campus Naturalist leading environmental field trips for university students into the sultry swamps and mangrove estuaries of Southwest Florida. My new found passion for teaching brought me back to the Chewonki Foundation where I served multiple educational roles eventually culminating full circle as a Maine Coast Semester faculty member. More recently, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to spend a full year educating youth groups in Grand Teton National Park while refining my pedagogical approach as a natural science educator at Teton Science School’s Graduate Program. As an educator, I believe in an educational approach that leverages the contextually rich power of place to create authentic learning experiences that engage our learners where they are. Intentional practice, wholehearted passion, and continuous reflection serve as my framework to excel in providing both meaningful teaching and learning. When I’m not teaching in the field or supporting my fellow educators, you might find me touring in my sea-kayak, naturalizing with friends and colleagues, and/or getting lost in nature with my camera. As I reflect on all the different places I’ve had the pleasure of calling home and the transformative experiences I’ve had along the way, I can’t help but feel absolutely appreciative and ecstatic for the opportunity to call the Pacific Northwest my new home.

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