Teacher Fellows for 2003-2004

High School Teachers

Thomas Arbuckle
Thomas Arbuckle
Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, CA

Tom was a Conservation and Resources Studies major at UC Berkeley and is interested in native plants and in evolution. He now teaches biology to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and also teaches horticulture at Pittsburg High School. Toms goals for this project include working to help his students appreciate the importance of biodiversity and to learn the actual role of science in society.
 

Joni Lynn Grisham
Joni Lynn Grisham
Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, CA

Joni teaches 10th grade biology, the science museum course, and environmental studies at Pittsburg High School. In college she majored in biology and ecology. I know that when I was in college, my field experiences were what swayed me towards biology. I never realized that science could be so much fun. I want my students to feel that same exhilaration. Especially with the states budget shortfall, there is no money to do any outside activities with my classes.
 

Rebecca Robinson
Rebecca Robinson
Richmond High School, Richmond, CA

For the past 13 years, Becky has been teaching life science, environmental science and chemistry at Richmond High school. She attended college at UC Santa Barbara where she studied environmental and systematic biology, and she has a special interest in birds. I have had a lifelong interest in nature, and have been actively involved in field work and teaching environmental biology for many years. She hopes that this project will help her students better understand biodiversity and the ways in which scientists study it.
 

Phil Wharton
Phil Wharton
Richmond High School, Richmond, CA

Phil teaches biology to students in grades 9–12 at Richmond High School. In college, he majored in biology with concentration in botany. I have found that hands-on experience is the most effective way to awaken students enthusiasm for science. When they experience science as a process, they see and relate to it in a very positive way. This can work in their future, whether as a career path or simply as a heightened and informed appreciation of science.
 

 

Middle School Teachers

Peg Dabel
Peg Dabel
Adams Middle School, Richmond, CA

Peg has been teaching for 20 years and now teaches science to 7th graders at Adams Middle School. She has participated in a number of field projects in paleontology and natural history. I like being involved in this project because I am deeply concerned about the loss of habitat and biodiversity in California and because I will learn techniques and information that I can share with my students. Our students are always excited at the prospect of being involved in projects that have meaning in the real world. They are aware of the loss of biodiversity in California but have never been offered an opportunity to have more than a minute impact on reversing this loss. Through involvement in this project the students will learn to look closely at the natural world around them and provide baseline data that could effect change!
 

John Eby
John Eby
Adams Middle School, Richmond, CA

John studied natural science in college and has an avid interest in native plants. He has been teaching science in Richmond for 15 years and is currently teaching science in grades 7 and 8. He has also set up and maintains a greenhouse at Adams Middle School. John is excited about the knowledge and resources that the project will bring to his classes. Not only will I learn techniques and information, but students will be actively engaged in a science class with a valuable real world connection. I would like to incorporate the methods and information that I learn through this project into an ongoing study of the biodiversity in the surrounding area (school grounds and neighboring Wildcat Canyon).
 

Julie Froehlig
Julie Froehlig
Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland, CA
 
Gina Parrilli
Gina Parrilli
Hillview Junior High School, Pittsburg, CA
 
 
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