Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Roles at NAAEE:eePRO Group Leader
Kristie Wagner is a middle school science teacher near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where after teaching freshmen Biology at the high school for 4 years she now teaches 8th grade Earth Science. She is happy to be teaching content that she is passionate about, including Ecology and Environmental Science that are embedded in Earth Science. She has taught and created curricula for Biology (9-10), Physical Science (7-10), Anatomy and Physiology (10-11), and Environmental Science (11-12) in her first 5 years of teaching, and will continue to develop and improve content within her current practice to address issues and misconceptions with climate change. Kristie hopes to impress upon her students the importance of taking care of our planet and understanding climate change within different content areas, and has worked extensively with the NGSS and WI State Standards to help her achieve that goal.
Kristie sought out a masters program that would help her continue to learn about environmental science and Ecology, and also give her the ability to integrate it into her teaching in the many content areas she teaches. She chose to earn her Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning (ETL) through Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). She has worked to apply the skills and knowledge she gained from this program in her teaching, as well as her own personal life and actions during the program and since its completion in January of 2018. This program was designed for educators to develop and increase their own understanding of Ecology, the environment, systems and sustainability in order to develop and take new tools with them into the classroom to help enrich their students' learning experiences in those areas.
With her background in K-12 education, Kristie happily brings a specific set of skills to the eePRO community geared towards using the NGSS standards within science content areas for both middle and high school levels, and a knowledge base working with many useful resources for both classroom and non K-12 environmental education settings.