Chef Jyl Barnett Nolan
Jyl Barnett Nolan has been engaged with both traditional and experiential education for more than 20 years. Initially an outdoor and field educator, Jyl's enthusiasm for teaching comes from her experiences in teaching nature-based programs and classes for youth throughout California, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada. During that time, she also helped guide and lead three international research expeditions, which sparked her curiosity and interest in global education. Jyl has taught in both public and private institutions in the US and Europe, with a focus on humanities, environmental education, as well as garden and nutrition education. Combining her love for global learning, history and environmental justice, Jyl has been a culinary arts teacher for the last several years while she raises her three small boys outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jyl's cooking classes focus on the importance of creating community while in the kitchen, and teach young people the history and origin of staple dishes from around the world, as well as the importance of knowing where food comes from and how to use homesteading techniques to sustain oneself. She has degrees in Environmental Journalism from Michigan State University, an MA degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Humboldt State University in California, and interdisciplinary education for grades K-12.