Teacher Features

Brian Scott

Professional headshot of Brian Scott
Home state: Minnesota
Grade(s): 9-12
Subject(s): Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Science Electives

I think it is important to infuse Great Lakes topics in education because it’s both extremely important and really fun!

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Sally Goodman

Image of teacher Sally Goodman using the outdoors as a classroom
Home state: Minnesota
Grade(s): 8th, 9th, 10th
Subject(s): Earth Science, Biology

When students get outside they experience many things which lead them to grow in curiosity, connection, and care for the place they are part of.

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Steve Sturgis

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Home state: Indiana
Grade(s): 6th
Subject(s): Science

Through hands-on investigations my science students are developing skills that they will carry with them, beyond a simple memorization of facts.

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Leslie Bucar

Image of Leslie Bucar in her YMCA staff sweatshirt
Home state: Minnesota
Grade(s): K-7; ages 5-12
Subject(s): Environmental science and outdoor education

Leslie's work helps Stowe Elementary realize their motto of “Educational Excellence with an Environmental Emphasis.”

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Lori Haak

Lori Haak standing on the S/V Denis Sullivan on Lake Michigan (2018)
Home state: Minnesota
Grade(s): 9-12
Subject(s): Biology, including Honors and AP

The Great Lakes are woven into every aspect of human experience in this region.

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Kelly Koller

Kelly Koller
Home state: Wisconsin
Grade(s): 3rd and 4th
Subject(s): All (Elementary--Math, ELA, SS, Science)

Ms. Koller uses sense of place to foster community, independence and understanding about the Great Lakes.

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Mick Hamilton

Hamilton standing on a boat with bridge and sailboat in the background
Home state: Minnesota
Grade(s): 9-12
Subject(s): General Biology and AP Biology

We all need to know that what we do on land affects all forms of water. Citizen science projects help students feel they are making a difference.

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Carly Ziegler

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Home state: Wisconsin
Grade(s): 7 and 8
Subject(s): Science

Ms. Ziegler connects her students to Great Lakes literacy through teaching at the urban lake in their backyard.

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