Quotes from past Teacher Fellows
"I benefited both personally and professionally from this summer. I found my understanding of teaching and learning greatly expanded. This experience has inspired me to incorporate the power of place based learning in my classroom. As the summer ends I feel rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to be back to be a better teacher. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity."
- Ann Luginbuhl, Charlotte Elementary, Charlotte, ME
"Spending the summer as a Teacher Fellow was life changing. I had no idea that a professional development experience could be so productive and enjoyable. This experience solidified something that I already knew… that learning experiences are so much more meaningful when they are active. The citizen science projects inspired me to find and create similar experiences for my students. I have never considered myself a science scholar, but the projects I worked on really sparked my interest and passion in the subject. I hope to have the same effect on my students. Thank you SO much for this opportunity. I would recommend the program and park highly to anyone."
- Natalie Pulsipher, Natchaug School, Willimantic, CT
"Participating in the Teacher Fellow program at Acadia NP was a truly unique and special experience in so many ways, both personally and professionally. I took away a lot of different teaching strategies and activities from the rangers and other teachers I met. Getting to spend my summer outside exploring such a beautiful and inspiring place like Acadia National Park was reenergizing. One of the most special and important parts of the experience was the opportunity to take my middle school students to the national park for a day of tide pooling and exploring outdoors. Kids who normally are reluctant learners in the classroom were engaged and enthusiastic during the trip. Students were having so much fun exploring they forgot they were learning science!"
- Genevieve Smith, James F. Doughty School, Bangor, ME
"The Teacher Fellow program allowed me the opportunity to meet with and practice citizen science projects that I brought back to the classroom. Linking students to real science and their national park makes learning real."
- Kim Scantlebury, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME
"I never imagined that being an Acadia Teacher Fellow would open up such an amazing, fulfilling world of discovery for me!! I pinched myself every day I was there, thinking… “Is this really happening to me?! Am I really here doing all this?!” I really learned so much! Along with all my learning, I have been inspired to create an adventure of discovery for my students. Learning should be an exploration where discoveries spark your curiosity to want to learn more! I have numerous ideas and lessons that I gathered while a ATF that I want to apply to our environment. It’s going to be an experience that keeps giving!"
- DeLene Hoffner, School of the Woods, Colorado Springs, CO
"I am a technology teacher by trade. This is my first exposure to the many different disciplines in science and I really liked it. I learned so much. This experience will also help me integrate science into my curriculum, both computer science and a/v production classes. It has shown me how to take my class outdoors. Through hiking, bicycling and exploring the island I feel stronger, both mentally and physically. It is important for teachers to maintain good physical and mental health so they can help students during the school year. Working at Acadia National Parked helped me do this."
- Ronny Armstrong, Boswell High School, Fort Worth, TX