Adam Smith teaches middle school math, science, language arts, and ukulele in Hood River, Oregon. His background as a wilderness guide and informal science educator cultivates an interest in bringing the wonders of the world to his students through hands-on, project-based learning. His passion for the environment leads him to outdoor explorations that he incorporates in his lessons to share with his students. Check out Adam's blog >>
Aimee Lampard is an indigenous education teacher at ЌELSET Elementary School in North Saanich, British Columbia. Aimee has had the privilege to work and live in the traditional territory of the WSÁNEC people and likes to incorporate outdoor experiential education into her classroom whenever possible. Aimee loves to learn from her students and looks forward to sharing her adventure with her amazing community back home. Check out Aimee's blog >>
Alison Ball is a seventh grade life sciences teacher at Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, California. She is passionate about developing students’ curiosity and view of themselves as global community members through scientific inquiry and problem solving. As a 2013 Fund for Teachers Fellow, she worked with a research team studying climate change on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake.
Angela Crawford is a two-time National Board Certified English teacher in Mobile, Alabama. A recent Fund for Teachers fellow, she taught in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to build a more developed global consciousness within herself and her students. During her 23 year career, her work has been published in professional journals and she speaks regularly at national education conferences. Check out Angela's blog >>
Cristina Veresan teaches middle school science at Star of the Sea School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She enriches her courses with the unique natural and cultural resources the island provides. She hopes that her own Arctic adventure will foster a more global perspective, encourage environmental stewardship, and inspire a passion for discovery among her students. Check out Cristina's blog >>
Demetria Scott is a third grade math, science, and social studies teacher at Zachary Elementary in Zachary, Louisiana. She seeks opportunities that foster her passion for environmental and geographic education. A 2012 Fund for Teachers Fellow, she engages her students in discussions about local environmental concerns that will lead them to discover the interconnectedness of similar global environmental concerns taking place in geographically different locations.
Ellen has been teaching second and third grade students for more than twenty years in San Diego. She has spent the past two summers in Wyoming, working in Grand Teton National Park as a volunteer and as part of the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program. Ellen encourages her students to take on roles of environmental stewards by helping them learn different ways to reduce their carbon footprint and understand how humans and the environment are interconnected. Check out Ellen's blog >>
Emily Starr Bean is a kindergarten teacher at Melrose Leadership Academy, a public school in Oakland, California. She has been a teacher in Oakland for five years and for the last three has had the unique opportunity of working in a dual immersion (Spanish-English), project-based K-8 school. All curriculum is teacher-designed, which has given her the space to develop hands-on, inquiry-based learning that works to instill in her students a curiosity about, appreciation for, and responsibility to the natural world.
Enrique Arce-Larreta is an AP/IB high school physics teacher at West High School in Salt Lake City. He integrates technology into his classroom whenever possible to teach students about the physical world. Enrique introduced credit card-sized computers called Raspberry Pi’s to his class curriculum this year. He also serves as advisor to the school’s FIRST Robotics team. Check out Enrique's blog >>
Garrett Norman is an outdoor education specialist in Toronto, Ontario. He delivers experiential programs rooted in local geography, history, and culture. As a student completing an M.A. in Child Study and Education, he is developing an inquiry- and arts-based approach that challenges young people to explore the curriculum through social and environmental issues. He has led youth speaking tours across North America, travelled widely, and co-founded a teen song-writing program.
Holly is a technology integrator and STEM advocate in the Pelham School District in Pelham, New Hampshire. She works with students to teach the engineering design process and relates STEM challenges to real-world issues. She is a member of the LEGO Education Advisory Panel (LEAP) and is a Google Certified Teacher. She embraces bricks, books, and maps as her tools of choice in her classroom. Check out Holly's blog >>
Isabel Morales is a founding teacher at Los Angeles High School of the Arts, an innovative pilot school within the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a dedicated social studies educator, teaching government, economics, AP Government, AP Psychology, and world history to high school students. Isabel has travelled to Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico as the recipient of various educator fellowships and recently embarked on an educational delegation to Botswana.
Jennifer Long is a biology and ecotourism teacher at Sardis Secondary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia and has also spent time working at an environmental school in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. She has organized student trips to Mexico, China, and Costa Rica, and she seeks to infuse her lessons with concepts learned from living abroad, helping to inspire a new generation of environmentally aware biologists and world travellers.
Jessica Metz-Bugg has spent a decade as a teacher for Cherokee Central School System in Cherokee, North Carolina. She enjoys providing experiential opportunities for her students to explore their culture and connections to the world through science education. She is the founder of the Cherokee Middle School Garden Club and the first educator to receive a scholarship to attend the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in Cullowhee, NC.
Dr. Julia Sheldon holds a Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from Yale University and teaches science to girls at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. She engages students in the STEM fields by encouraging them to observe the environment around them and to explore how science can help them understand and improve their world. Check out Julia's blog >>
Kathryn Zimmann lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she teaches English to high school students from around the globe who are non-native English speakers. Growing up in Ohio and spending summers in Estes Park, Colorado, Kathryn learned to love travel, adventure, and the out-of-doors. Kathryn has both music education and ESL degrees and is a professional harpist. She helps make connections to the world through her adventures, and encourages her students to share their global cultures and experiences with others.
Kelley Holmes is a first and second grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Maine. She has been part of an ongoing collaboration with Project Zero of the Harvard Graduate School of Education to design lessons and units that develop students’ global competence. She uses global thinking routines and documentation to create a culture of thinking in her primary classroom.
Michele Huppert is a National Board Certified Teacher of physics and earth sciences at Spring Valley Middle-High School in rural Wisconsin. She loves learning new things, taking family vacations to national parks, kayaking in the summer, snow biking in the winter, and sharing her passion for science and nature with her students all year. Michele and her students are especially enthusiastic about understanding and protecting our shared and interconnected water resources.
Miriam Sutton teaches middle school science and physical education at Harkers Island School in coastal North Carolina. She has developed a passion for lifelong learning, which is evident by her participation in teacher research experiences that are lab, field, and sea-based (including four Teacher-at-Sea research cruises). She transfers her passion to her students by developing adventure-learning strategies that immerse them in global science.
Nichole Von Haden is a middle school bilingual resource teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. To give students meaningful opportunities to use and acquire academic-level English and Spanish, she designs units of study in which students take virtual field trips to investigate various locations around the world. Her most recent travels took her to Mexico, where she studied, wrote curriculum, and taught her students about the Olmecs and Maya. She is also traveling to Belize and Antarctica for curriculum development in 2014. Check out Nichole's blog >>
Nicole Collins teaches middle school science and health at St. Francis Indian School on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation. Originally brought to Rosebud through Teach for America, Nicole continues to teach here because of her passion for imparting traditional scientific and ecological knowledge to her Lakota Sicangu Oyate students; the beauty of the Badlands doesn’t hurt, either! Nicole is the science content leader for Teach for America South Dakota, guiding other science teachers in creating rigorous, indigenous-based science curricula.
Sarah F. Navarro is the lead program developer in the education department of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden where she is responsible for the creation of curriculum and learning opportunities for participants of all ages. This “dream job” allows her to foster meaningful connections between people, wildlife, and wild places through hands-on, inquiry-based learning adventures. Sarah is also a certified interpretive guide through the National Association for Interpretation.
Tammy Koonce is an instructional coach at Klein High School, in Klein, Texas. Having taught world geography for the past seven years, she loves leading her students to discover the issues facing our world today. Each year her students won numerous awards for their multimedia projects showcasing issues such as trafficking, climate change, and the geopolitics of food. Tammy has travelled extensively, living and working in both Russia and Canada. She is a Friends of Geography Board Member, a Fund for Teacher Fellow, an International Business Education award winner, and a Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Teacher Consultant.
Tom Szymanski is a National Board Certified third grade teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago. For the past 8 years, Tom has enjoyed developing visual arts projects to complement two week, arts-integrated science units that bring the world of science to life through dance, music, acting, and art. He is a 2012 Fund for Teacher Fellow, as well as a participating teacher with Do Your P’art—an organization whose mission is to bring students from different backgrounds together to find commonality through art and global awareness. Check out Tom's blog >>
Tyler Sanders is an elementary science teacher at the Harlem Childrenʼs Zone Promise Academy Charter School in New York City. Growing up in northern Michigan, he developed a love for the outdoors and exploration at an early age. Videos, photos, and stories from his frequent travels as a certiﬁed rescue diver and amateur naturalist have informed many of his science lessons and his desire to share the great outdoors with his students.