Amber Folkman is an Education Specialist for the SARSEF team. She loves engaging with SARSEF’s young learners by facilitating science and engineering-based workshops which lay a foundation for a scientific mindset of lifelong learners.
Amber brings a global and multi-cultural experience to her work at SARSEF. Her education career began with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from a small university in Hawaii and continued for the next decade teaching in Washington, Utah, Manila, Philippines, Texas, and now Arizona. While in Manila, she taught at Korean International School of the Philippines and International School Manila, which represented over 52 countries. She was involved in a number of dignified outreach programs to create equitable support for mothers and children in economically disadvantaged urban communities. Amber also ran a social media company to support place attachment, a concept in environmental psychology that defines a relationship between a person and a place. Her work helped foreign and local community members love where they live. Her work led her to partner with organizations such as WeWork, US Embassy Manila, and Department of Tourism of the Philippines, and her love for learning and education grew expansively. Being a naturalist at heart, a born questioner, and a deep belief in human potential, she finally has found her home in Tucson at SARSEF.