- M.A. Environmental Education
- UNC Asheville B.S. in Ecology & Field Biology
Blair is an NC native but grew up in an Air Force family, so therefore lived in numerous amazing places! She and her 5 brothers/sisters grew up in California, Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Italy. Spending so much time outside in these places, Blair became interested in field biology and went to UNC Asheville for a B.S. in Ecology & Field Biology. From there she went on to work with birds and mammals at the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Station, NC State University, Ecolodge San Luis in Costa Rica, and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory in California. Eventually, Blair found work in several nature centers and began to teach with birds of prey and reptiles. She completed a Masters degree in Environmental Education in 2017, then became a middle school science & Spanish teacher. Blair was also a community college instructor and a 5th grade Muddy Sneakers instructor. Her superpower is identifying birds by ear, and she has a special fondness for the songbirds of the Smokies and of Costa Rica. Blair is excited to work with the Academy at SOAR, a place held in high esteem in the community and a great place to learn & play.