Julia Beery ’19

Julia Beery
Vanderbilt University, Class of 2023
Mentorship: Outdoor Education as a Solution to Nature-Deficit Disorder

Julia's mentorship explored the idea of Nature-Deficit Disorder: that our distance from nature in our everyday lives has impacts on our own physical and mental health as well as how we treat the environment. This motivated her to research and write a lesson plan framework and example lesson plans to equip teachers to teach their lessons outside. The culmination of her project was coming up with the concept for a McGehee outdoor classroom which will provide additional study space on campus and make outdoor learning more accessible for students and teachers alike.
2343 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Louise S. McGehee School is a private independent all-girls school for Pre-K through grade 12 and open to all qualified girls regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin.