Headshot of Skylar in front of a lichen-covered rock at Devil’s Lake State Park

Skylar L. Primm

Environmental Educator /
Project- & Place-Based Teacher Leader /
Advocate for Student Voices

About Me

Who I Am

I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and live in Madison, Wisconsin.

I teach math, science, and a little bit of everything else at High Marq Environmental Charter School in the Montello School District.

I research, write, reflect, and grow with the Greater Madison Writing Project and facilitate with Rise Up & Write.

I serve on the boards of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and the Human Restoration Project.

I am co-lead of the Teacher-Powered Schools Wisconsin Network.

I was a 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow.

I take photos (mostly nature, often lichens) for fun.

I am learning to be actively antisexist and antiracist.


My Mission

Skylar’s Mission Statement: Cultivating students’ power, nurturing students’ joy, celebrating students’ humanity.

Cultivating students’ power, nurturing students’ joy, celebrating students’ humanity.


Online Writing

McGraw-Hill Inspired Ideas

Restorative Justice in the Classroom (June 2021)

Reflections on Teaching in the Year of COVID: Hearing Every Student's Voice (May 2021)

Social-Emotional Explorations in the Outdoors (April 2021)

Focusing on My Circles of Concern (November 2020)

Teaching During Coronavirus Has Filled Me with More Purpose Than Ever (August 2020)

Finding Comfort in the Rhythms of Nature (April 2020)

Why Teaching Outside Builds an Ecosystem of Community and Collaboration (November 2019)


Greater Madison Writing Project

My Math Equity Project “Storientation” (July 2020)

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. (July 2020)

So Long, and Thanks for All the TIWI (May 2020)

Seasons of Change, Deferred (May 2020)

Humanizing the End of the Semester (April 2020)

Dear GMWP… (April 2020)

Where’s the humanity in standardized testing? (January 2020)

Finding Humanity in Students’ Stories (December 2019)

“Normal does not exist.” (November 2019)

Focusing in on Humane Assessment (September 2019)

Rise Up & Transform Lives (August 2019)

My Students’ Thoughts on a Year Without Rubrics (July 2019)

Looking Back on a Year Without Rubrics (June 2019)

On Pivoting (May 2019)

Swirling in the Polar Vortex (March 2019)

I’m just gonna stop using rubrics. (December 2018)

How do you assess that? (November 2018)

“It sounds like a nice version of ‘test,’ which I hate.” (October 2018)

My Assessment Autobiography (August 2018)

Set Them Up and Get Out of the Way (August 2018)

On Driving Bus & Paying Attention to Kids (May 2017)

The Simple Pleasure of Taking Kids Outside to Write (March 2017)


Green Schools National Network

Parent Engagement Fuels High Marq Public Presentation Nights (February 2020)

Capstone Projects Provide Stability in a Tumultuous School Year (July 2019)

A Win-Win-Win Project for Students in Wisconsin (May 2017)


FIELD Edventures

FIELD Corps at High Marq (December 2020)


Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Snapshot Wisconsin Brings Wildlife to the Classroom (April 2021)


Teachers Going Gradeless (TG²)

Beyond the Classroom: Developing leadership and community through outdoor learning (June 2019)


Teacher Researcher Voice

“How is this math?” A Story of the 2020-21 Math Equity Project (June 2021)


Magazine Pieces

BRIGHT Magazine

Meet the School Where Students Call the Shots (October 2015)


Green Schools National Network Catalyst Quarterly

Creating a More Sustainable Future (September 2017)


Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

Learning Rooted In Place (with Kim Wahl) (April 2017)