Middle School Science Teacher Eva Paredes has been recognized for Excellence in Environmental Education by the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE).
Eva, who teaches Middle Schoolers in GSB’s STREAMS Program, uses her background in environmental and marine sciences to build immersive science lessons that connect her students with nature and illustrate the immense impact they each have on the world around them.
Last year, Eva was chosen for the National Geographic Educator-Explorer Exchange Program, which pairs scientists and educators to work on a year-long project. Through the program, Eva set up weekly virtual visits with her class and Dr. Margaret Awuor Owuor, an ecologist and marine biologist from Kenya. Each week Eva and Dr. Awuor Owuor led in-depth workshops for students to study the local ecology on Gill’s campus and compare it with Kenya’s ecology. Through the experience, students learned to identify, measure, and map local organisms in order to understand their importance to native ecosystems and food webs. Students also created a website to showcase their projects!
Eva’s fifth grade scientists have also spent this year learning about biodiversity and animal migration. During their Diversity of Living Things unit, students practiced their mapping skills to track the journey of monarch butterfly migration across North America. Working in groups, each student chose an animal to conduct research on, find possible latitude and longitude coordinates where the animal could be found, and analyze reasons for animal migration.
ANJEE was established in 1985 to provide a networking forum for the state’s educators while advancing environmental efforts inside the classroom. The Excellence in Environmental Education award is presented to teachers who have utilized environmental education to impact current curricula and emphasized action process through their efforts.
ANJEE will honor Eva and this year’s fellow winners at the 2021 award ceremony on Sunday, January 23. Please join us in congratulating Eva for this wonderful and well-deserved accomplishment!