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.