Libby Lyon of Arlington, a 2014 graduate of the School of Architecture with a degree in urban and environmental planning and a minor in global sustainability, who will study at the Institute of Education at University College London.
“MY FULBRIGHT TENURE WILL FURTHER PREPARE ME FOR A CAREER IN PROMOTING THE HEALTH OF FAMILIES AND CHILDREN THROUGH FOOD-GROWING PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS.”
“I will partner with primary schools in London and research the dynamics between cooking and gardening education programs in schools and family food practices at home,” she said. “My Fulbright tenure will further prepare me for a career in promoting the health of families and children through food-growing programs in schools. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to study at the Institute of Education, University College London, alongside researchers at the Thomas Coram Research Unit who are experts in the health and food practices of children and families.”
At UVA, Lyon received a 2013-14 Jefferson Public Citizen Grant to research and implement school-garden education programming at Burnley-Moran Elementary School in Charlottesville, as well as a 2012-13 Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant to research garden-based curricula for elementary school-aged students and developed lesson plans based in various academic subjects to be taught in Charlottesville City Schools.
A founder and student leader of the Burnley-Moran Elementary Garden Club, she was on the UVA Community Garden leadership team and an apprentice at the University’s Morven Kitchen Garden. She was a student leader of the City Schoolyard Garden in Charlottesville, a service member of FoodCorps and a farmers’ market manager for GrowNYC.
She also was a student representative to the UVA Strategic Planning Career Services Working Group; a site leader for Project SERVE, a day of service for incoming students; and a trustee of the Class of 2014.
After the Fulbright, she wants to continue to work with schools to connect kids and families to healthy food.