Being a visual learner led me to get a BA in Cinematography from the University of Arizona back in 89′.
After graduating from college, my interest in working for an independent filmmaker brought me to San Francisco, California. I landed a position at Francis Ford Coppola’s film company, American Zoetrope. For a couple of years, I managed the office in which all communications flowed (glorified receptionist) during the making of ‘Godfather III’. It was in that flat-iron building that I experienced my first earthquake, the big one in ’89.
Having been interested in alternative education and documentary filmmaking, I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Museum Education from John F. Kennedy University in ’93. My thesis was about interpreting contemporary Native American art. I also collaborated with Native American artists and filmmakers to produce a cable t.v. program.
Since then, my work has been to develop curriculum and implement it; and to use film as an interpretive/educational tool. In brief detail: I’ve worked at a variety of Bay Area Museum’s including Lindsay Wildlife Museum, where I managed and trained 120 docents and supervised educational school and outreach programs. I’ve also developed/taught custom classes about math in nature, insects, photography, creative writing, and art. I’ve designed and implemented curriculum about family travel, beekeeping, photography, water, dry ice, and print-making. I wrote two scripts; one of which I produced and co-edited was a short documentary about Lindsay Wildlife Hospital.
Homeschooling our three children from K-8 made me extremely interested in self-directed learning. I’ve never considered myself a teacher, but rather, a facilitator. For twenty years, it has been my role to gather ‘appropriate’ resources and present them in a way that meets the needs and interests of multiple ages.
My family and I have an urban farm. I’ve been a backyard beekeeper since 2007. We’ve raised chickens for twenty-five years–for eggs; and we’ve raised turkeys and chickens for meat since ’09. Goats have lived in the yard for summers to eat weeds. We grow veggies and fruits year-round. It’s hard work but it enables our family to experience nature regularly. Other interests include: documentary filmmaking, swimming, yoga, blogging, reading, cooking, backpacking, and foreign travel.
Over the years, it’s become evident to me that a person engaged in a subject of their interest learns more easily. At Intrinsic Lifestyle I promote self-directed learners; and interpret what they’ve taught themselves as a result of their interest.
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Kristin Sherman Olnes, ED Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions