Benito Juarez Community Academy
Biology/ Scientific Concepts
I have taught science (mostly Biology) for seventeen years in Chicago and I love having the opportunity to expose my students to new ideas and experiences. I enjoy nature, bike riding, and spending time with my family. I currently volunteer at the Field Museum of Natural History (in Insects and Birds), and head downtown before dawn every Saturday (during migration) to rescue and salvage birds that have hit our buildings. In recent years I have also been involved in habitat restoration, river and plant monitoring, and working with a local group on sustainable transportation (I’m a full year bike commuter).
My students are involved in habitat restoration, creating and maintaining a school garden, and in animal husbandry as in the care and socialization of our class pets (snakes & turtles, etc.) which has extended into well over one hundred students volunteering over a thousand hours with the Chicago Herpetological Society’s annual ‘Reptile Fest’ – the largest educational reptile and amphibian show in the country. I strongly encourage their involvement in volunteering and internships because these activities expand their experiences. I am trying to get them involved in bird monitoring; they seem to balk at getting up at 5 am on a Saturday morning (sigh) but are eager to bring in injured birds and to decorate our school’s more problematic windows.
I strive to help my students to understand the interconnectivity of everything. I want them to consider the possible impacts of climate change not only on themselves, but on others, including the birds that can travel thousands of miles during a migration. I want them to understand that their actions are important on many levels and that they should always work at being better. I feel that working with Climate Generation as an Education Ambassador will help me do a better job relating climate change to my students’ lives, and relating their lives with the rest of the planet.
Black Pine Circle School
6th grade science
If I could teach all my classes outdoors I would. I have worked in several national parks and began my teaching career leading field science programs for school groups. I moved into the classroom 12 years ago and have been at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, California for the past 10 years. I teach 6th grade science and math and manage our outdoor education programs.
My 6th grade science classes focus on earth science. A cross country drive in college convinced me to sign up for a geology course. There was so much to see and explore as the landscape changed dramatically from coast to coast, and I had so many questions about what had gone on in Earth’s history to form such amazing scenery. After that first geology course I immediately changed my major to geophysics.
Every year I add more about climate change to my curriculum. It’s on the news, it’s in the weather, it’s changing the landscape we live in, and I want my students to understand the science behind climate change and how it is impacting their lives and will continue to do so. Our
school-wide theme this year is “Create Change: Get Involved.” I am excited to be an Education Ambassador with Climate Generation this year to gain more resources to help my students get involved with finding solutions to climate change.
North Salem High School
We are in need of climate literate citizens that are motivated and ready to tackle the challenges we all face in the wake of global climate change. My goal as an Education Ambassador is to aid in this process by educating and empowering young people to be take charge of their actions and seek climate change solutions.
Arizona Project WET
Water Stewardship, STEM literacy
Transforming knowledge into action empowers students to create a positive change in their community.
I am an education coordinator for the Tucson program of Arizona Project WET (APW). We develop water stewardship and STEM literacy through teacher professional development, direct student instruction, and community engagement. Annually we instruct approximately 200 teachers and 10,000 students in the Tucson area.
This is my 4th year with APW, and I utilize my previous work experience as an engineer and classroom teacher to engage teachers and students in STEM education. In Spring 2009, I participated in the PolarTREC program and assisted a group of international researchers during their field campaign in Barrow, Alaska. I experienced where the temperature scales meet up at -40°, for Celsius and Fahrenheit. This expedition hooked me on field research, polar science, and the Polar Regions. I presented in two International Polar Year Science Conferences in Oslo and Montreal, and am a council member of Polar Educators International. As a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow I explored Nunavut and Greenland. Although my students and I live in the Sonoran Desert, we realize that changes in the Polar Regions affect us, and we affect the Polar Regions.
As an Education Ambassador I want to gain knowledge and skills in creating an Action Competence Learning environment. APW is working on a project to build community resiliency to local climate threats of drought, increased temperatures, and flooding events. We will help teachers, students and the community to transform knowledge into action.