The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program helps connect national parks to schools.
Kristen Bergren, 2008-2012
Among her summer ranger duties as a park ranger Kristen Bergren created a package of pre-visit and post-visit activities for the elementary school program Lessons Learned In West Branch. As a third-grade teacher in the Moline, Illinois school district she also wrote National Park Fair: Kids Teaching Kids About Our National Parks, a guide for inspiring students and their families to discover America's best idea: our national parks.
Daniel Stevenson, 2010-2012
Daniel Stevenson teaches 8th grade U.S. history in nearby West Liberty, about 10 miles from West Branch. As part of his summer ranger duties, Mr. Stevenson revised and updated the curriculum guide for the middle school program From Iowa to the World.
Lynette Cummings, 2012-2013
Lynette Cummings teaches chemistry, physics, and physical science at West Branch High School in Herbert Hoover's Iowa hometown. She and her students often use the park as their other classroom. Mrs. Cummings works at the historic site writing creative lesson plans so area teachers can use the park as a resource for learning projects. She wrote lesson plans about studying the effects of sounds on the historic site, household economics in the Birthplace Cottage, and the chemistry of the blacksmith's forge.
Ashley Keenan, 2014
Ashley Keenan is a reading specialist for the West Liberty, Iowa schools. As Teacher-Ranger, Ms. Keenan wrote the lesson plan What Is THAT Used For? for elementary school students. Ms. Keenan also produced videos for teachers preparing for field trips, presented on place-based education to Iowa educators, and wrote an itinerary for teacher workshops.