Monica Cooper, a first-grade teacher at Gus Franklin Jr. STEM Elementary School in Victorville, CA is humbled and honored for the privilege task of educating Adelanto Elementary School District (AESD) students. “Teaching is a rewarding profession, “she shares. “I am a proactive educator who deeply cares about the future of students, their families and education.”
A MEEC Teacher Ambassador and lifelong learner, Monica advocates for quality professional learning (PL). She encourages her colleagues to actively participant in MEEC sponsored events. “MEEC PL opportunities introduce educators to best practices, strategies and hands on activities to create a solid educational foundation for students to experience environmental learning. MEEC workshops empower teachers to expose students to science with fun and engaging activities and lessons,” she states.
After attending many MEEC’s sponsored trainings, Monica’s quest for learning more about environmental literacy became a passion. Her passion as a learner led her to volunteer as a facilitator for Population Education, Project Wild, Project Learning Tree and Project WET. “MEEC is the catalyst for many educators and their students on the topic of the environment and science. By collaborating, supporting and inspiring others with similar goals or interests to come together to bring about quality PL on the environment I am grateful to MEEC. “
- Adrian Gallardo, grade 6, was the recipient of the MEEC “Outstanding Environmental Science Project Award” at the school’s awared ceremony. “He was so surprised this evening….I think he was almost in tears. He just kind of shook and stood there…so I really think Sarah (MEEC judge) picked a deserving young man”, shared his teacher Holly Bowser.
MEEC is an incredible organization that does so much for teachers and students. I'm so lucky to have found MEEC!Malissa Voegele-BidnickAlpine Elementary, Littlerock
It is through MEEC’s dedication that has enabled our students to learn and lead others on a journey that has taken them to playing an active role in their school’s appearance to confronting larger environmental issues. From the multitude of resources and workshops MEEC has offered teachers, such as YELC and the solar oven cook- offs each year, our students have grown increasingly aware of the environment that surrounds them and they are now taking part in designing and constructing an interactive garden, leading their own workshops on solar cooking, and developing plans for weekly recycling and trash clean-up crews that are completely student-run. Thank you MEEC, your contributions are changing the way teachers and students think for the betterment of their communities and the environment around them.John KellDaisy Gibson School, Palmdale
The students had a blast with the microscopes. We are amazed at the incredible patterns and details found in the tiniest of things. It is awesome to hear the “oohs” and “aahs” of the students as they study the slides. You’ve given us a peek at another world and sparked our imaginations by your generous donation! Cathy AndreBrentwood Elementary, Victorville