Aaron Hefstad

Science 7, Pathways

Aaron’s love for the natural world started in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where his family went for vacation every year. This led him to study Ecology at Winona State University. After college, he spent a year as a naturalist at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. He got bit by the “teaching bug” when he realized science is way more fun when you get to share it with others. He then jet-setted across the globe to teach for two years in Busan, South Korea which spurred him to go back to get his Masters in Science Education from The College of St. Scholastica. After teaching middle school science in Cali, Colombia for four years, he missed winter so much that he decided to return to Minnesota. He is thrilled to start his first year at Upper Mississippi Academy!

Aaron hopes his ridiculous passion for science rubs off on his students. His teaching philosophy is based on having students use science to solve real-world problems within their own communities, countries, and world.  In his class, students are probably going to get dirty whether that’s building a biodigester to learn about sustainable development or planting a vertical garden.

During his free time, you’ll probably find Aaron outside rock climbing, cycling, canoeing, hiking, playing his banjo, or planning his next travel adventure. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and cat.