Ms. Tierney graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2014. She majored in environmental conservation with a minor in hydrology and wetland ecology and a concentration in watershed management and policy. While in college, she studied abroad in New Zealand and decided to return upon graduating, working for the government conducting environmental surveys and designing environmental management plans. She is currently working on her master’s degree in science education from Montana State University, through which she is examining the impacts of outdoor education and citizen science on student learning. Prior to coming to Porter’s, Ms. Tierney worked at Brewster Academy for four years as a science teacher, coach, and the assistant head of residential life. There, she created a new curriculum for an upper level freshwater ecology class; presented at the National Science Teacher Association conference on student portfolios; and piloted an outdoor travel program to the Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Ms. Tierney lives on campus and teaches science. She also serves as an advisor and head equestrian coach.