Faculty & Staff Directory
Those who have come together to build Salisbury School are uniquely qualified to lead what is one of the world’s leading schools. Meet Salisbury's leaders below.
M.S., Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Starling Childs graduated from the Groton School in 1972 shortly after the first Earth Day celebration. Bitten by the bug to learn everything there was to know about our earth and environmental science, he went on to Yale where he pursued a combined sciences major in natural resources through the Department of Geology and Geophysics. For a time after college, he worked, studied, and travelled on glaciers and in the forests of New Zealand, Australia, and later Alaska where he homesteaded and advocated for the creation of large wilderness areas north of the Arctic Circle.
Star received his Master's degree in Forest Science from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1980. After teaching several courses in environmental science for two years at the University of Hartford, he joined the forestry staff on his family Tree Farm in Norfolk, CT. In 1988 along with two other graduates of the Yale Forestry School, he co-founded EECOS,an environmental and ecological consulting company. Along with his continuing forestry and land use consulting work, he is actively involved in environmental organizations here in Connecticut serving as president of Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council and on the boards of Connecticut Forest and Parks Association, Connwood Foresters, and the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. For the past 28 years, Star has also taught a summer field training course in land navigation and mapping for incoming graduate students of Yale School of Forestry at Yale's field station located on his family's 6,400 acre Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk.
Formerly an avid hockey player through college years, he later shifted to skate skiing on the forest property and also took up the time honored family tradition of curling, an ancient ice sport that has deep roots in his native town of Norfolk. When not off on a curling bonspiel, teaching, or advocating for the local and global environment, he can be found with his wife Michelle and their horses, goats, and dogs on their hillside farm in Norfolk. They also have three grown children.