Beth Sargent moved to the Asheville area at the end of July 2019 to join the 8th-grade team teaching science at FSI. Beth spent the last twelve years in northern New Hampshire teaching high school chemistry, biology, physical science and mathematics and during her tenure at that school, she developed a deep respect for teaching challenging subjects and students’ ability to persevere with tough concepts in both math and science but wanted to extend that learning to combine classroom activities with more hands-on, field-oriented projects in a charter school setting so Franklin and its EL education model was a great fit! The culture of collaboration and community and the energy of Franklin were also a big influence in making the move to Asheville.
Beth earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and M.S. in aquatic sciences at the University of Florida and then worked as a field biologist in Florida and Arkansas before pursuing her dream of following in her grandmother’s footsteps to become a teacher. She later earned her M.Ed. in math education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She has lived in eight different states, one foreign country, and attended eleven different schools. From these experiences as well as her travels, Beth has learned that each adventure has some new insight to offer to enrich the teaching experience.
When Beth isn’t teaching or planning field activities, you can find her painting, drawing, reading, hiking with her dog, enjoying time with family and friends, or just exploring the world.