Kathleen M. Rocco has been know as an environmental educator and mentor to children and adults for over twenty years. Indirect titles given in the above jobs include fire starter, storyteller, toilet cleaner, dish washer, table mover, lost items finder, flagger, greeter, cook, peace maker, salary calculator, nurse, tree hugger and motivator. For five summer seasons and four years, Kathleen worked for YMCAs in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Delaware building children's self esteem and their knowledge about the outdoors and the environment.
Since October of 2000, Kathleen has been the Education Specialist for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, where she teaches about reduce, reuse and recycle. She has visited hundreds of classrooms and youth groups sharing an environmental message with over six thousand students annually. Through outreach efforts to civic groups, institutions and seminars for the general public, Kathleen teaches about composting, recycling, and greening your house to achieve a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Kathleen practices what she preaches through composting, recycling, collecting rainwater, reusing materials in home improvement projects and raising red wiggler worms that eat fruit and vegetable scraps.
Over the years, Kathleen has contributed her time and expertise on projects with education or environmental organizations. Currently, she assists the Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling as Vice President, and Green Schools Committee of Northeast Ohio United States Green Building Council as Chair. Kathleen has completed a Masters of Environmental Studies through The Institute of Environmental Sciences from Miami University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton. Her favorite courses during college and graduate school were hands-on learning experiences studying ecology in the Florida Keys, Sapelo Island Georgia, Lake Erie, Smokey Mountains and Costa Rica, and a yearlong public service project on preserving green space along the Four Mile Creek Corridor. As a teaching intern for Sterling College's Southwest Field Program, Kathleen learned firsthand about how experiential education deepens learning for adults through taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing and sweat.