Laura retired from education in 2015 after teaching for 30 years at Clermont Northeastern Local Schools. During her years at CNE, she taught 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades with most of her time being spent in 6th and 7th grades teaching science and language arts. Throughout her years at CNE, Carlier utilized the pond and nature trail located on the CNE campus to spark her student’s interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (“STEAM”) and to help students understand the natural world and our role in it. She also received various grants over the years in support of efforts to rehab, repair and maintain the nature trail.
Carlier remains active in education through substitute teaching, conducting after-school science enrichment classes for Crystal Clear Science, Inc., and working as an educator for Granny’s Garden School in Loveland City Schools. She is active at St. Louis Church and School in Owensville where she coordinates the annual Senior Citizen Christmas Luncheon, volunteers with the Youth Ministry, and volunteers at the school in various capacities.
Carlier received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from Miami University, her Master of Arts degree in 1991 from Northern Kentucky University and continued her education at Miami University’s “Green Teachers Institute.”
Laura Carlier lives in Amelia with her husband, Rob, their sons, Jacob and Logan, and dogs, Gus and Bear. Laura and Rob’s daughter, Emily, lives in Columbus.
Connie is Director of Education for the Cincinnati Nature Center, where she has worked for the past 24 years. Some of her more recent projects include leading Clermont County’s Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program through Ohio State University, leading a new teen conservation program, and designing new ways to plan and assess nature center programs. Earlier in her career she wrote the business plan for the Nature Center’s Nature Preschool and was integral in the creation of its Nature PlayScape.
Connie is a strong believer in the power of collaborations, and she co-leads the “Leave No Child Inside Collaboration of Greater Cincinnati” which was created 11 years ago to “increase access to nature for all children where they live, learn, and play”. She is a member of the Green Umbrella “Meet Me Outdoors” Committee, the Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators group, and she leads the Southern Ohio Conservation Collaborative’s education group.
Connie received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Macalester College in St Paul and her masters in natural resources from University of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Interpretive Planner with the National Association for Interpretation.
Connie has lived in Clermont County for 20 years and enjoys her home in Batavia near the Clermont County airport, where she and her husband hangar their gyroplane (Connie holds a sport pilot certificate). She and her husband Tim enjoy flying, motorcycling, camping, Lindy hop dancing, and spending time with their pets and volunteering at the League for Animal Welfare.