In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Shelley Flint, Director of Sustainability.
Shelley Flint grew up in a small town in Northern Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology, from Longwood University in Virginia. Her love of the outdoors led her to work in the state parks, as a park interpreter, where she developed environmental programs for visitors. Inspired by this experience, she continued her path in the environmental field, moved to California, and began work at the Marin Conservation Corps, training youth in the AmeriCorps environmental education program, where she worked in various leadership positions for five years. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and gardening.
Q. Full name?
A. Shelley Flint
Q. Where were you born?
A. Arlington, Virginia
Q. Favorite word?
A. Bioluminescence. I think it is a fun word to say and an amazing sight to see if you ever go night snorkeling. I heard some of our tenth graders got to experience bioluminescence on their Spring Discovery trip in Catalina!
Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
A. I am the Director of Sustainability. My favorite part of the job is getting my hands dirty in the garden, with kids, whether it's in the soil, harvesting vegetables, cooking, or making any other nature-inspired creation. I feel blessed to have a job where I can share my passion for nature.
Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)
A. I’ve been most inspired by community and service, recently, as I've had the opportunity to work with the ninth grade community of students and teachers in the garden on a number of service projects - a fun time with a great group of people!
Q. What might an average weekend look like, for you?
A. These days, most weekends are dictated by my sons’ play dates or extra curricular activities, but when we get the chance, I enjoy an outing at the beach or going for a hike. Also, I enjoy DIY home projects and working in my garden.
Q. List 1-3 of your most significant personal accomplishments, to date.
A. Giving birth to my twin boys, Jonas and Ethan, who are now in fourth grade; Making the move from Virginia to California; Hiking the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu
Q. List 1-3 of your most significant professional and/or academic accomplishments, to date.
A. Helping SD become nationally recognized as a Green Ribbon School for our Sustainability Program; Being recognized with a National Leader in Sustainability Award by the National Association of Independent Schools; Helping our school earn our award from the state of California, as an "Outstanding School Garden"
Q. What was your best, professional "I wish someone had seen this" moment?
A. What comes to mind are those moments in the garden when I've seen the excitement from students who have tried something for the first time, such as harvesting a carrot, holding a chicken, or eating something new from the garden.
Shelley, from the magical new worlds you open up for our students through experiential and project based learning in the garden, to your leadership and guidance in driving many of our School’s health, wellness, and sustainability programs, thank you so much. We are so grateful to have you in our community!