Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Journal 2009
Teacher Renay Moran-Kurklen turned into Ranger Renay during the summer of 2009, when she worked at Gateway National Recreation Area. See what she learned by watching these video podcasts and by reading her journal entries!
Renay Introduces Herself: June 2009
During the school year I am a teacher at The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. I have taught fourth and fifth grade for several years. My school is a K-12 charter school accepting students from all five boroughs of New York City.
I enjoy teaching all of the subjects. However, I want to expand my knowledge of science, so that I could be a better teacher. My goal is to educate myself and in turn my students about the environment. More importantly, I want to instill a sense of stewardship of the land. I want my students to know that they play an active role in the preservation and protection of plants and animals.
This is my second summer as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher with the National Park Service. This year I am working at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York. Last summer, I worked at Acadia National Park in Maine. I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences and checking out my pictures.
I have learned so much from this wonderful program. Any teacher can apply and several National Parks around the country participate in this eight-week program. Teacher-Rangers receive a stipend, uniform, resources and a wealth of knowledge. For more information about the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, visit www.nps.gov/learn/trt.
Did You Know?
Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island at the Narrows (next to the Verrazano Bridge), is one of the oldest military sites in the nation. This site has controlled the entrance to New York Harbor since the Washington administration.