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Carolyne Banks

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Extension Educator

3857 West 111th Street Chicago IL 60655

Program Areas
Commercial Agriculture
Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy

Carolyne provides agriculture and environmental education to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science and surrounding communities. Using educational best practices to make research-based information accessible and engaging for all learners, she hopes to increase environmental awareness and systems thinking.


Carolyne holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Science with a focus on Environmental Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her Master's thesis explored African American youth environmental identities. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science from Wellesley College.


Prior to joining Extension, Carolyne managed a national middle school academic competition and taught out-of-school science education programming. She also worked in a public garden and greenhouse. 

In her free time, Carolyne enjoys exploring Chicago.