Ariadne Prior-Grosch

Ariadne Prior-Grosch

Ariadne manages the communication with the Panama-based volunteer staff including all of the logistics involving the scholarship application process, annual ceremony, disbursement of funds, and scholar support. Ariadne is the Science Department lead at the Academy For Software Engineering, a public high school in New York City where she teaches a variety of courses including Earth Science, AP Biology, Environmental Science, Forensics and Spanish and serves as an advisor to 14 students. Prior to joining AFSE, she was a Program Assistant & Teaching Assistant for the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

Ariadne joined the board of Few for Change in 2009 during which time she moved to Panama to work for a conservation NGO she had volunteered for following her study abroad experience in 2007. Ariadne lived in a rural village working with local farmers to develop organic agriculture projects and a Community Supported Agriculture program with Panama City. She taught English and environmental education in the local village primary school and led experiential research trips around Panama for American high school students. This experience solidified her belief that providing access to education will give promising students in the Comarca access to new opportunities to pursue a career and support their families.

Ariadne graduated from Bard Center for Environmental Policy with a MS in Environmental Policy and from the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program with a MA in Teaching for Biology. She also holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.