Olivia Ahnamann, Boulder, CO
Olivia Ahnemann has been producing documentary films for the past 18 years. Most recently she produced Racing Extinction with Academy Award winning director Louie Psihoyos and Under the Gun with director Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer Katie Couric. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Olivia was co-producer of The Cove, which gave her one of the thrills of her career – a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to receive over 70 awards worldwide including the Producers Guild of America documentary award and the 2009 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Television credits include programs for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, Travel Channel and A&E. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and daughter.
|Danielle Andrews, Thorton, CO|
My name is Danielle Andrews and I currently teach 5th grade at STEM Launch K-8 for Adams 12 Five Star School District. I enjoy teaching science inquiry and am very passionate about encouraging students to be creative, innovative, and think outside of the box. Also, I coach soccer for students in grades 3-4 and will be traveling to China this summer to teach STEM Education to 8-10 years old students.
|Christine Ashkam, Golden, CO|
I am a Chemistry teacher at Lakewood High School. I will be entering my second year teaching. I also coach gymnastics and ultimate frisbee at Lakewood.
|Renee Beliesle, Denver, CO|
After 13 moves, I have finally settled down in Colorado – at least for the short term. I spent my first six years in the classroom, teaching sixth grade science to fantastic kids at STRIVE Preparatory Schools. I am lucky enough to now be one of the two science specialists for Denver Public Schools, helping support over 300 science teachers in the district. I am also enrolled in Denver Zoo’s Advanced Inquiry Master’s Program, where I am focusing my studies on empowerment-based climate change education.
|Janet Benter, Lyons, CO|
My name is Janet Benter. I am originally from Georgia and graduated from Florida State. I have been teaching middle school for 26 years - 10 in Arizona and now in Colorado. I am excited to learn the latest climate data collection methods to educate my students about shared sustainability programs.
|Katie Boyd, Fort Collins, CO|
I am a PhD student in Ecology and Science Education at Colorado State University. I earned my BS and MS in Atmospheric Science but since then I have become interested in science education/outreach and communication efforts. I volunteer with many groups supporting outreach work in the local community and am working on an outreach project with a professor from the Atmospheric Science Department, which will be the basis for my dissertation research. I am originally from Seattle and I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing and camping.
|Jean Carpenter, Fort Collins, CO|
My name is Jean Carpenter and I volunteer as an informal educator and serve on the board for the Soaring Eagle Ecology Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado where I am co-leading a citizen science study on ground level ozone. My professional career includes the classroom (secondary life and physical sciences mainly in Poudre School District), outreach coordinator at Colorado State, and most recently as an education specialist for the City of Fort Collins, teaching about energy and macroinvertebrates to learners of all ages interested in water quality and conservation. My home is a small acreage in northern Colorado near Fort Collins.
|Amelia Cook, Norman, OK|
I am an informal educator, pre-service science teacher, Chickasaw citizen, Biologist, and science education graduate student at the University of Oklahoma currently collaborating with educational professionals and climate scientists researching and developing climate science curriculum and outreach opportunities to educate youth and the general public to understand, respond, mitigate, and adapt to our changing environment. My research focuses on ecological leadership in a project-based learning science classroom to cultivate agents of change through climate science education in diverse forums including tribal, public education, and civic outreach.
Alyssa Davidson, Golden, CO
Alyssa Davidson is an Earth Science teacher at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in Geology and a minor in Education. Alyssa strives to be a teacher leader by growing her Professional Learning Network (PLN) through social media and sharing her learning at local edcamps and on her blog. She blogs about her passion for technology, educator wellness, and Earth Science at www.mrsgeology.com. Alyssa has found value in taking an active role in her professional learning and works to create opportunities for students to become leaders and take charge of their own learning.
|Not Shown||Tanya Doriss, Arvada, CO |
Tanya Doriss is a Senior Analyst within the Natural Resources and Environment division of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (www.gao.gov). Her division is responsible for conducting assessments of federal efforts to manage our nation’s land and water resources, protect the environment, ensure food safety, manage agricultural programs, ensure a reliable and environmentally sound energy supply, meet the nation’s science challenges, address climate change, and address US and international nuclear security and cleanup.
|Robin Escobedo, Miami, FL |
My name is Robin Escobedo and I teach Earth Science and Life Science at Ransom Everglades Middle School in Miami, Florida. I have a BA in Liberal Studies/Environmental Studies and Agroecology and I am currently working on my Masters of Education, Specializing in Science Education. When I’m not teaching I can be found on the pool deck coaching Swimming and Water Polo.
|Not Shown||Jodi Garduno, Page, AZ|
My name is Jodi Garduno. I am a 6th grade science teacher in Page, Arizona, home to the Glen Canyon Dam which forms Lake Powell. I have been teaching in Page for 12 years. I moved to Arizona (born and raised in Chicago) to attend Northern Arizona University as a Forestry Major. I graduated with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice instead. I worked for 15 years for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections ending my time there as Assistant Superintendent for the female facility. I also worked in a conservation program which was an alternative to incarceration. I went on to get my masters in education which lead me to Page. I have researched water and the drought in our region and have a passion for water and water conservation. I spent a summer working with the Park Service as a Teacher Ranger and worked with park scientists whose field of study is climate change in the southwest. I am excited to be a part of the upcoming workshop.
|Phillip Haberman, Denver, CO|
I am completing my third year as a High School Earth Science and Biology teacher at Compassion Road Academy in Denver, Colorado. It is a great honor to work with and inspire youth to think about the world through a scientific perspective and make them aware of all of the college and career opportunities that are available in the field of science. Science has come alive for me through a lifetime filled with outdoor experiences through which have developed a deep passion for education, the environment and stewardship. I am eager to further my understanding of Climate Change as well as the understanding of my students, to positively impact our local and global communities.
|Heather Haberman, Westminster, CO|
I am a middle school science teacher at Excel Academy Charter School in Arvada, CO. I majored in Biology and have had many amazing experiences in this field as a zookeeper, forest protection officer and with assisting researchers. After my daughter was born 11 years ago, I decided to go back to school and get a second degree in Education. I taught Biology and Environmental Science for seven years at Scottsbluff High School in Nebraska and have been teaching 7th & 8th grade Science, as well as many electives, for the past four years at Excel Academy.
|Steven Hanford, Bailey, CO|
Steve Hanford grew up in Colorado and while he has had the opportunity to travel some, Colorado will always be home to him. His enjoyment of the outdoors is what draws him to Colorado and it is what peaks his interest in climate. Playing and working in Colorado you understand how important the snow pack is to the area. Steve is currently a science teacher at Platte Canyon High School. This was his first year teaching high school after 6 years teaching middle school science.
|Symone Johnson, Baltimore, MD|
Symone attended Hampton University as an undergrad, where she studied Marine and Environmental Science. During that time she was supported by EPP through the Undergraduate Scholarship Program. As a graduate student at Delaware State University, she studied Sand Tigers (sharks) in the Delaware Bay, examining the relationship between Prohibited shark species and recreational anglers. Currently, Symone is a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in NOAA's Office of Education.
|Aleya Kaushik, Lafayette, CO|
I am a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, CU Boulder. My work focuses on the use of stable water isotope tracers to look at water cycling in the Front Range. I have taught outreach classes for students from elementary to high school age about water isotopes and climate, and helped them set up weather stations and precipitation collectors to monitor climate.
|Lee Keyes, Mission, TX|
I am the lab instructor/instructional coach for Deleon Middle School in McAllen, Texas. Masters degree in C&I with a minor in chemistry from the University of Texas, RGV. My teaching philosophy is “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” With today’s kids you have to make it inquiry based and as interesting as humanly possible, by keeping up or ahead of the technology and knowledge curve.
|Adriane Larson, Grand Junction, CO|
My name is Adrianne Larson and I am a first year teacher at West Middle school in Grand Junction. Science is not just facts and concepts but makes the world come to life! My aspiration is to learn more about climate research to assist students in understanding our planet better. Knowledge is powerful. The more we can learn about our climate, the more we can share information, and create change through young minds.
|Not Shown||Kalman Mannis, Choncho, AZ|
Kal is currently serving as the secondary science teacher (yes he's the whole department) and STEM Coach at a rural K12 charter school in Eastern AZ. Prior to that he has served as the STEM specialist for a regional ESA, the White Mountain Apache Tribal Public Schools, and two other rural Arizona districts. In addition, he serves on the board of the White Mountain Nature Center, the Navajo/Apache (counties) Regional Council of Arizona First Things First, and the White Mountain Historical Arts Foundation. Kal grew up in South Florida and escaped to the West after University, and notes he has loved every minute.
Thomas Mitchell, Monrovia, Montserrado
My name is Thomas P. Mitchell, a citizen of Liberia, a small country in West Africa. I am currently volunteering as the Program Officer of the United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative (UNEYAI) Liberia (www.uneyai.org). The United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative is a legal nonprofit organization with no affiliation /association with the United Nations global body. The United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative also functions as an independent youth run environmental organization with local chapters in Liberia and Nigeria. I am doing my Bachelor degree in Information Technology at the Starz College of Science & Technology in Liberia. Sincerely, I am new to environmental issues and I would like to acquire more practical knowledge on Climate Change, the causes, effects, and solutions. I like to play soccer, basketball, working out in the gym, and other social activities.
|Amanda Morrison, Fort Collins, CO|
My love of science began in northeastern Vermont where I spent my childhood climbing trees and tracking deer on my family's land. I moved to Montana in 1998 to study fish and wildlife management, and earned a degree in Biology. After three years of being asked "What are you doing?" almost daily in Yellowstone while tracking elk and wolves as part of the wolf reintroduction project, I decided it was time to teach others about wildlife and research. Since 2005, I have been living my dream life - combining a love of doing science and teaching others about science. I work both at Colorado State University in science education, and teach science at a local high school. I travel annually to the North Slope of Alaska to study the impact of climate change on arctic tundra plants, and take every opportunity I have to engage in research through my work at CSU. In my spare time I love to garden, hike, run, volunteer, and spend time with family.
|Emma Mrozicki, Somerville, MA|
Emma Mrozicki teaches 4th grade in a Spanish-English dual language immersion program in Somerville, Massachusetts. In her classroom, Emma empowers her students to contribute positively through collaborative projects that address real world topics. She is a 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellow and will be spending the month of July traveling to National Parks in the western United States researching the impact of climate change on the parks./td>
Sherry Oaks, Boulder, CO
Sherry Oaks is a faculty member at the University of Colorado and enjoys engaging her students in meaningful activities on the issue of climate change. In addition to attending the conference, she will take part in the workshop's final session "Communicating Climate Cafe'." She looks forward to meeting all of you and taking part in the workshop.
|Heidi Ragsdale, Grand Junction, CO|
My name is Heidi Ragsdale and I am an 8th grade science teacher at West Middle School in Grand Junction, CO. I am the advisor for our school's STEM program, Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (M.E.S.A.), where I adventure with students to learn about STEM career options and all things AMAZING! My favorite climate science teacher moment was watching the MAVEN mission launch to Mars in 2013, from Kennedy Space Center, as a MAVEN Educator Ambassador!
|Mark Reitsma, Thorton, CO|
My name is Mark Reitsma. I am originally from the midwest but now live in wonderful Colorado. I've taught for 15 years, including places like South Dakota, Chicagoland area schools, and now in the Denver suburbs. At both the middle school and high school levels, I have worked to make the curriculum relevant to the lives of all my students. In my free time I like to spend time with my wife and 2 girls, camping, hiking, reading, watching movies, trying to garden, and volunteering.
|Christian (Todd) Rhodes, Florence, SC|
Todd is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. He is working at NCAR for a 3-month period this summer with the Climate Change and Global Dynamics group specifically focusing on research involving the modeling of gravity waves in the Southern Hemisphere within NCAR's various weather and climate models. He also will be involved in June's climate workshop and assist in the workshop's organization, content, and delivery.
|Lauren Riegler, Lafayette, CO|
Lauren is the Director of Outreach for the local nonprofit Ocean First Institute. Lauren’s passion for community outreach and marine conservation led her to earn a bachelor’s in biology from Trinity University and a master’s in conservation biology from the University of Central Florida. Her experience within the marine conservation field has included working with the communication team at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, studying horseshoe crab behavior, monitoring sea turtle nests, and assisting in marine wildlife rehabilitation. Now as a resident of Colorado, Lauren is excited to continue protecting the ocean by promoting greater awareness of marine conservation issues and empowering others to become better stewards of the marine world.
|Rachel Schoen, Denver, CO|
Rachel Schoen graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Environmental Studies, beginning her career in environmental work. After school she worked in an environmental health non-profit organization where she was active in educating the public about common environmental exposures and human health. She received her teaching certification in Biology while working at the non-profit. She recently completed a masters program in Environmental Science and Engineering and is currently working with manufacturers and vendors of chemical free health and personal care products to increase their exposure in markets around Denver.
|Linda Schoen Giddings, Santa Fe, NM|
Linda Schoen Giddings received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Hofstra University, her MA and MS from Adelphi and Hebrew University, and her BS in biology from City College of New York. She has lived in NY most of her life, but moved to South Carolina in 1998 and to Santa Fe, NM in 2013. During her years teaching, she has been an assistant principal, science specialist and teacher mentor. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Science Supervisors, and is active in NSTA and ASCD. She is active in many community organizations and activities and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren in the Denver area.
Carlie D. Trott, Fort Collins, CO
Carlie D. Trott, M.S. is a doctoral candidate of Applied Social Psychology at Colorado State University and a current Climate Steward. Over the past five years, she has taught small and large, laboratory and lecture courses at CSU, including Psychology of Gender and Research Methods in Social Psychology. She currently works at CSU’s STEM Center as a research and evaluation assistant, while completing her dissertation and CSEP project, an after-school program called Science, Camera, Action!, carried out across three the Boys and Girls Clubs in Northern Colorado.
|Joyce Tuten, Middleton, MD|
For the past 10 years, I've taught mostly AP Environmental Science in Frederick, Maryland. I'm a NOAA Climate Steward and like to learn as much as I can about climate change in order to help educate my community. My husband is in the Army, so we've lived in Germany, TX, WA, VA, HI, MD and MA. We will have an empty nest this fall, which means more time to travel, walk our Golden Retriever and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities - including tending a big vegetable garden.
|Crista VanWyk, Boulder, CO|
My name is Crista Van Wyk. I grew up in Colorado and attended Colorado State University, where I received my Bachelor in Science in Biology. After spending a few years working I returned to school to get my Masters of Education at Regis University. I just completed my fourth year teaching at Mead Middle School.
|Rozita Williams, Boulder, CO|
Rozita did her PhD. in Geography at Michigan State University. Her research focused on Land use land cover change in Borneo, looking into deforestation and impact on the indigenous people and their environment. Her specialty is in Geographical Information System and remote sensing applications for geospatial analysis, geo processing and interpretation of satellite imagery. Rozita is an advocate for research in environmental sciences at the University of Colorado. She is also engaged with CIRES outreach in the student’s Science Trout Bowl competition and BVSD Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair. Rozita mentors international students in transition into CU campus life. She lives in Boulder Colorado, and loves the outdoors. She is passionate about issues on the environment, sustainability, global warming, and climate change. Earlier this year she had the opportunity to travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, experiencing and exploring the cultural & ecological environmental aspects of the global world.
|Jillian Worssam, Flagstaff, AZ|
Hi Everyone, I am Jillian Worssam an eighth grade honors and general science instructor from Flagstaff, Arizona. I have taught in China, and completed a two-and-a-half year tour with the Peace Corps in the Philippines. Besides teaching 150 students daily, I also volunteer on the board of the Flagstaff Festival of Science and run two after-school programs: oceanography and a makerspace/STEM club. I can’t wait to meet everyone and share our amazing educational stories and experiences. (Also, Jillian is a NOAA Climate Stewards Peer Leader.)