Earth Analysis Techniques Team
Carla McAuliffe, Ph.D., Professional Development Specialist, Educational Researcher, and Curriculum Developer
Hello from sunny Arizona! Although I work for TERC in Cambridge, MA, I actually live in Tempe, AZ. I am very excited to meet and work with all of you! I look forward to "talking" with you and getting to know you. OK.......a little bit about myself. I love reading, walking, and spending time with the family. I have a 16-year old son (Jacob) who will be a junior in high school, an almost 12-year old daughter (Lily) who will be in seventh grade, and a husband (Joe) who is an ecologist with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. I am absolutely crazy about the color turquoise. Welcome to this website!!
Erin Bardar, Ph.D., Professional Development Specialist, Educational Researcher, and Curriculum Developer
Like Carla, I work for TERC in Cambridge, MA...and I live here too! Outside of work, my world revolves around my 7 month old daughter Rory, whose smile lights up a room and melts my heart. I look forward to working with all of you this week.
Rita Freuder, Professional Development Specialist and Curriculum Developer
Rita Freuder has formal education background from University of Rochester, NY (BA) and Boston University (MA) in mathematics. She has teaching certification in NY State, in high school math and has been certified and taught in New Hampshire high schools as a substitute teacher in math and the sciences. She taught FORTRAN at Boston University for 3 years, during the 1970's and has taught Numerical Methods for the Computer at the University of New Hampshire. Rita was then employed at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on a NASA project for the Great Observatories on the Gamma Ray Observatory mission for 17 years as a Computer Specialist. She transferred to research in the natural resources group, under the umbrella of the Complex Systems Research Center at UNH with emphasis on computer modeling data and analysis of remote sensing data about 13 years ago. During this period, opportunity to work in education again presented itself in the Education Committee of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). From this affiliation, Rita became involved with TERC and has been an integral part of several TERC projects.
I am in NH, 2 hrs from 6,000 foot Mt. Washington and 25 min from open ocean for a beach day. I enjoy swimming, biking and gardening as summer activities. I have been a grandma for 3 years now, which can take up lots of time. I am ready to learn from you what works in your classrooms with these tools and data.
Larry Kendall, Professional Development Specialist and Curriculum Developer
Larry here, representing Southern California's "high desert." Folks who know me or have visited my Lab know that I'm a tool nut, and you and your students are going to love the new tools you'll be bringing into your classroom. Students love the challenge of using the same tools and data that scientists use in their research. Unlike expensive lab equipment, I encourage everyone to play with these tools - heck, not even middle schoolers can break them. I guarantee you'll make many exciting discoveries! (FYI - I only wear a tie one day a year - most days they're a safety hazard in my Lab!)
Eric A. Walters serves as the Director of Science and Technology at the Marymount School of New York where he teaches AP Physics and Atmospheric Science. A recipient of the 2009 Vernier Technology Award, Eric was a participant in the 2010 Eyes in the Sky II Program. As a result, Eric has developed curriculum units on using GIS to study earthquakes, tornadoes and the recent events in Japan. Eric has also presented at a regional, national and international conferences on topics such as developing and implementing global projects, interdisciplinary projects in science and mathematics and effective integration of technology into the science curriculum. Eric is currently working on an eBook that focuses on the use of the iPad and mobile technology across the curriculum and blogs about science and technology curriculum.
Greetings from New York City! It seems hard to believe that it was just a year ago that I was arriving at JPL in Pasadena for Eyes in the Sky II! What an epic adventure! Tools such as ImageJ and GIS transformed my curriculum and transformed the learning experience for my students. It is not often that a second semester senior, using AEJEE to study tornado severity near her college of choice, announces, "This is so cool!" I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy this experience! Go Red Sox!