Patricia is a geologist but for more than 10 years she has worked as a science teacher in a secondary school and worked with students from 12 to 18 years. She always develops extra-curricular projects with students because it is a different and fun way to get knowledge and understand reality. With Latitude 60 in 2007 came the opportunity to join her passion for the Polar Regions to her occupation. From here her involvement in the education of polar sciences grew and crossed borders. Meeting new people and cultures is a fascination for her as it is to discover other worlds, ways of living and looking at life with new ideas. It is a new challenge and it's exciting and makes us know ourselves. She's not stopping. She always has new projects in sight. Whether they are related to professional or personal life. Developing new skills is always stimulating to her. She's in love with snow and everything connected with it. Skiing down a mountain or observing a landscape or photo, or a campaign in the Arctic or Antarctic.
Julia Dooley is a teacher of gifted/talented elementary students in Newark, Delaware. Julia holds a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in Education. Previous to her teaching experience she was a teacher/naturalist with Delaware Nature Society. She was an ANDRILL Arise Educator, spending two months in Antarctica participating with two science teams investigating climate history. Julia participated in IPY Oslo and Montreal conferences as a presenter and participant in the teacher workshops. Her passions include sharing her polar experience, and blending science and art.
Louise Huffman is the Director of Education and Outreach for the US Ice Drilling Program Office at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, but works remotely from her home in Southwest Florida. From 2007-2013 she was the Coordinator of Education and Outreach for ANDRILL, (ANtarctic geological DRILLing), at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Louise taught students ages 6-14 for 34 years and in 2003, was a teacher-researcher in Antarctica with NSF’s Teachers Experiencing Antarctica (TEA) program. In 2007, she facilitated the experience of eight international teacher-researchers when she returned to Antarctica with ANDRILL during the International Polar Year (IPY). She served as the chair of the formal education subcommittee of the international IPY Education Outreach Committee, 2006-2009. Louise has served PEI as a founding member, on the Council and Executive Committees, and is a Past President.
I am an educator.
Formal settings in which I have taught are elementary (4th grade, all subjects), middle (6th-8th grade, science) and university (currently Rockhurst University Adjunct Physics Professor). Major informal settings I have taught in are EarthWorks, an environmental education facility in Missouri; Blue River Watershed Association, an organization taking water quality programs to schools grades 4-12, (completing a term of service on the board of directors as president), and the Kansas City Zoo (currently managing a significant grant for the development of educational programs and outreach initiatives for a 4 species penguin pavilion under construction). A significant event in my professional career was being selected as a PolarTREC teacher in 2009 where I spent 8.5 weeks on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. My experiences through the education and outreach I continue to do connected to this experience provided me the opportunities I currently have to further educate people about issues related to climate change and my personal passion of motivating students to pursue studies in science. Through IPY I participated in conferences in Oslo and Montreal. Arising from IPY I have assisted APECS with E&O committee work for their first two polar weeks.
I am a water education coordinator for Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Our program promotes responsible water stewardship through excellent and effective water education to students, teachers and the public.
Previously I taught middle school science and engineering/robotics for 8 years. I have been actively involved in the International Polar Year. I teach students about the environmental changes that are occurring in the Polar Regions, and how they are affecting us in the Sonoran Desert Region of North America. In 2009, I worked with an international group of scientists, OASIS, performing atmospheric and pollutant research in Barrow, AK as a PolarTREC teacher. I have participated in and presented this experience at several conferences: AGU (2009, 2011), IPY Oslo (2010), NSTA (2011), IPY Montreal (2012). Recently, I visited Nunavut and Greenland as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. I’m still excited about seeing narwhals on that expedition!
I received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona, and worked in industry for 13 years. I love sharing my excitement for science so much that I earned a M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University.
Formal education includes a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Education. My polar experience began in 1978, working with the United States Antarctic Program in Antarctica for nine austral summers. During that period duties included Laboratories Facilities Manager for all U.S. stations, and Research Dive Officer. Since 1989 teaching middle school science has been my career and passion. My experience has ranged from teacher, to mentor, to science department chair and coordinator, to professional development specialist. I have received honors including recognition from the parents and community, special education acknowledgments, a 2010 Top Ten Teacher of the Year from the California League of Middle Schools, and most recently for 2013, Teacher of the Year for Orange County and a California State Finalist. Beginning with the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 activities, my students and myself took part in PolarTREC expeditions to Antarctica (2008), the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Alaska (2011, 2012), and to Africa/Kilimanjaro (2012). My attendance at both the IPY 2010 Oslo, and the IPY 2012 Montreal Conferences resulted in two poster presentations, attending the PolarTEACHER and PolarEDUCATOR workshops, as well as being present for the initial concept meetings for what is now the PEI.
I’m a science educator in my fourteenth year of teaching. I am currently teaching 7th and 8th grade science in Blue Hill, Maine. I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Ecology and Conservation Biology, and a second Master's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. I love sharing my appreciation of nature with others and have participated in conservation research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado; the Hato Pinero Research Facility in Venezuela; Asociacion ANAI in Costa Rica; and the Kangerlussuaq International Science Station in Greenland. I was thrilled to serve as a PolarTREC teacher in 2012. For my PolarTREC expedition, I traveled to Palmer Station Antarctica where I participated in research about ocean acidification. Since then, I’ve started a club called the Polar Ambassadors at my school. The Polar Ambassadors have been actively involved in helping me with outreach about the Earth’s polar regions. I am a member of the Polar Center at Penn State University and have been delighted to host a number of polar scientists in my classroom, both from Penn State and other universities.
I have been an elementary educator for 32 years, and have been in my current 4th grade teaching position for 25 years. As an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University, courses I taught have included “Teaching Science in the Elementary School,” (1997-2005) and “Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School,” (2009-2010). My polar experiences include three field seasons in Antarctica. Antarctic research has included selection for the Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) for the 1998-1999 field season, Cape Roberts Project; the ARISE (Andrill Research Immersion for Science Educators) program for the ANDRILL Project (2006-2007 season); and I am currently in Antarctica working with the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) Project. For each project I have been in the role of education and outreach.
Matteo currently works at Liceo Filzi (Rovereto, Trento, Italy). He has been struck by polar sciences in 2006 during the involvement in the Education and Outreach Program of the ANDRILL scientific research (www.andrill.org). Then he worked for MUSE (Museum of Science of Trento, Italy) for 7 years, coordinating web based projects to support earth science teachers.
Michelle Brown is a former middle school and 9th grade science teacher and math/science instructional coach. Although originally an English Literature major, she has been fascinated with science ever since visiting Iceland on a geology trip in college. In 2011 Michelle joined the PolarTREC family and worked with two research teams while reporting back to her middle school science class: one in McMurdo Station and another in a remote field site on the Antarctic Plateau. Michelle kept in touch with her research teams after moving to Brooklyn to teach 9th grade Earth Science at a charter school. Following the birth of her daughter, Michelle moved to State College, Pennsylvania and was invited back to McMurdo Station to work with her environmental monitoring team in November of 2015. Michelle currently works from home and develops curriculum to help increase equity in STEM fields for an educational equity organization and teaches a science methods course at Penn State University while raising her daughter. She remains passionate about polar science and plans on returning to the science classroom in the future.
David currently works as the School and Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas City Zoo, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, where he has worked for 7 years. He is passionate about science education and communication and enjoys sharing science with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. He also is a member of the KC Improv Company, performing regularly in Kansas City and elsewhere.
Since his early childhood in Winnipeg, Canada, Gabe has loved the natural world and has dedicated his life to studying science. For the last 25 years he has been teaching high school and middle school biology, physics, chemistry, robotics and computers – all the while trying to infuse fun in his classrooms. Gabe has also helped draft the Manitoba biology curriculum, stood in as the science consultant for Manitoba Education, been heavily involved in professional development of science teachers and has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Achievement in Teaching.
His concern for the environment shaped his M.Ed thesis which analyzed the effectiveness of the provincial science curriculum in making school-aged children more environmentally-minded. Living at the doorstep to the north, Gabe has also taken several opportunities to visit the impressive beauty of the Canadian arctic along the shores of Hudson Bay.
Danitza currently teaches third grade on the Navajo Reservation at Leupp Public School with the Flagstaff Unified School District. She has taught for six years at the intermediate elementary level in Bisbee and Tucson, Arizona and as well in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is currently working on her Masters of Education in Cross-Cultural Studies through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is originally from the border town of Douglas, Arizona and she is fluent in Spanish. She is a veteran and served in the Air Force as an intelligence officer for 14 years. Her hobbies include hiking, cooking and spending time with her dogs.
I have been teaching about our planet, in one form or another, for over 30 years. I have taught in both informal and formal settings, as an environmental educator and as a classroom teacher. I was Yampah Mountain High School’s lead (and only) science teacher for 17 years. Yampah is a small, public alternative high school in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. At Yampah, I was responsible for designing and teaching a wide array of earth, physical, and life science classes.
My teaching career has focused on infusing environmental literacy throughout my curriculum to create students of all ages who understand and take responsibility for their impacts on the planet and feel empowered to become agents of positive environmental change. I retired from full-time classroom teaching at the end of the 2013/14 school year, and now try to use some of my new ‘free time’ to focus on what really matters—climate change/polar education and carbon literacy.
As a certified (and certifiable) ‘Polar Junkie’ I believe that what happens in our polar regions is key to the vitality of our planet and the systems that support it. Anthropogenic climate change is the defining backdrop to all that we do. I have spent time in both the Arctic and Antarctic as a teacher on research expeditions through PolarTREC (dendrochronology and archaeology), TEA (Weddell Seal Population study) and NOAA/Teacher at Sea (Hydrography). I have also been fortunate enough to have worked on research projects in Finnish Lapland and along the Colville River Delta in northern Alaska. I have been able to incorporate information from these experiences to a variety of audiences, from pre-K through ‘grey’, bringing relevant science and information to students.
Justin has been working to educate students at the secondary level for the past 11 years in San Diego, California, Ciudad de México, D.F., and most recently the San Francisco Bay Area. Working primarily to educate students in Visual Arts classes, Justin works to design cross-curricular units which combine arts, technology, science, history, math, writing and more. By providing students with opportunities to laser cut dioramas of polar environments, or to recreate the behaviors of polar wildlife in photographs of simulated models, students are able to engage in discussions related to Polar Science and Environmental Change in new and innovative ways.
Justin is a National Board Certified Teacher, with a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts and Masters of Education in Teaching from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Justin currently lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife, Maria, and is working to complete a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of California at Berkeley.