Minnesota Teachers of Earth Science:
Northfield Middle School
Gary Schnobrich is a veteran teacher of 34 years, all in middle school Earth Science. A graduate of St. Cloud State University in physical geography, much of his extensive background in the geosciences came from summer field work funded by the National Science Foundation. During these opportunities, Gary was able to get a true sense of the science of the Earth. As a teacher, Gary uses the subject of Earth Science as way to teach skills to kids and get them excited about thinking and learning.
Gary is a problem solver both in and out of the classroom. He is willing to try anything to figure out what went wrong in a lesson or how to design a better system to demonstrate a concept. Gary's focus for his own learning is to share with the kids, whether it is finding out about identifying invertebrates for the students' river field project or bringing back slides of New Mexico geology for them to see the contrast with their own environment. One lesson that Gary has learned about teaching is the necessity of involving the kids.