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Meet Bridger Mann-Wood

Bridger is Sussex School’s newest 5th–8th Grade STEM Teacher. Bridger is originally from

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Bridger Mann-Wood

Wyoming. He comes to Sussex School most recently from Fundación Colegio Americano de Quito in Quito, Ecuador, where he planned and implemented a comprehensive secondary science curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards and served as the 7th-grade team leader and team-mentor teacher.

This summer, we sat down with him and asked a few more questions about his love of STEM, teaching, and some tidbits about his life!

SS: What are your top three favorite elements of teaching STEM?

Bridger: I love that STEM allows for so much real-world problem-solving! I'm excited to help students question the local Missoula area and then learn how to find answers using science and technology.

SS: Was there an educator in your life who has inspired you?

Bridger: An educator who has inspired me in life is (surprise, surprise!) my middle school science teacher. She created a space for us to spend time after school asking any science questions we had and building personal projects in her room.

Bridger's van

SS: What would we be surprised to know about you?

Bridger: You would be surprised to know that last year my wife and I lived in a van for six months.

SS: If you could have a meal with any person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Bridger: I would love to have a meal with Patrick Rothfuss and ask him when I can expect the "Doors of Stone" to be released!

Bridger rock climbing.

SS: What do you like to do in your free time?

Bridger: I like to read, run, and rock climb!

SS: What was the last book you read?

Bridger: The last book I read is called “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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