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Get to know some of the teachers that are involved with the Public Science Day 2000 Inventions project.

Rosa Alicea
Donna Davis
Carol Ann Delancy
Gina Geiger
Adrienne Gregory
Amy Jeannin
Valerie Galadza
Adrienne Gregory
Kathy Hendrix
Carol Langford
Bertha Lipscomb
Andie Smith Lloyd
Carmen Ortega
Brenda Patterson
Veronica Ros
Hector Serpa
Blanca Villalobos
Joyce Weems


Rosa Alicea
Pine Lake Elementary
Spanish, Grades 4 and 5

I am a Spanish teacher at Pine Lake Elementary. I've been teaching for 21 years and science has always been my favorite subject. Combining Spanish and science gives me the opportunity to use science and technology as a very powerful tool to improve my students' native language. My philosophy of teaching is summarized by the phrase, "every child can learn." Teachers are responsible for finding the learning channel that ultimately would create the connection to making the learning process a successful experience. I think that the use of science and technology has been a great learning channel for my students. The use of computers, Internet and multimedia experiences have been great motivators for my students.

To engage them in the theme of inventions I had my students conduct on-line research of inventions relating to transportation. In a few weeks we will have Florida Power and Light visit our school with an electric car. We are also planning a trip to the Kennedy Space Center as we explore space travel and the inventions that have made it possible.


Donna Davis
Redland Elementary
5th Grade

Working with children and guiding them in their quest for knowledge through exploration and discovery describes what I like to do best. I have been teaching for twenty-two years. Throughout my career I strive to teach the whole child. I feel it's important to build self-esteem, teach lessons of responsibility as well as impart and guide students in their quest for knowledge.

I have motivated my students to explore inventions by allowing them to identify those things they are interested in learning about. By guiding them to see that science is indeed all around us, they have been encouraged to ask questions about how and why things are. Conducting on-line research is something they always love to do and have become very proficient at "surfing the web." It never fails that they discover and learn about things that initially were not intended. This makes them feel proud of the fact they have discovered something not previously thought of.


Delancy

Carol Ann Delancy
Avocado Elementary
Gifted, Grades K and 1

I have been an educator of primary children for the past thirteen years. Durng this time, it has been my goal to instill the love of science in my students. Now as we eneter a new century, this goal has been extended to serving as an innovator exhibiting ways in which early childhood students conduct this task through the use of linking science to literature, and then integrating it with multi-media and technology. It also involves connecting students, parents and the community together to work as a network of resources and information.

For National Public Science Day 2000, my students are working on inventions that are geared towards the future exploration of planet Mars. In this science inquiry project, the kindergarten and first grade students will get to turn their classroom into a simulation of a NASA research center. Working together coooperatively, they will conduct simple hands-on experiments that involve gravity, light, movement and sound. They will also work on inventing "simple" communities and rockets that would allow people to colonize and live on Mars.

E-mail this teacher at: cdelancy@avocado.dade.k12.fl.us


Galazda

Valerie Galadza
Pine Lake Elementary
5th Grade

I have been teaching for four years. My educational beliefs are grounded in the idea that all students can learn. All students deserve at least the opportunity to participate at their own level and without fear of failure.

My students, after researching on-line and learning about famous inventors, discussed how past inventions have led to modern day technology. The focus was on how all inventions came to be because of the identified needs of that time. Students were asked to think about something they could invent that would make someone's life easier; perhaps just take two minutes off of someone's struggle to accomplish something.


Geiger

Gina Geiger
Redland Elementary
Grade

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Gregory

Adrienne Gregory
Redland Elementary
Grade

I am a fifth grade teacher with many years of experience. I have been teaching for over thirty years. I am constantly thrilled and excited about the advantages and opportunities available to students in our technologized age. My students and I learn and experiment together as we send e-mail, do research on the Internet and share information.

Exciting plans are on-going for National Public Science Day 2000. My fifth grade class has focused on energy resources. A class bulletin board shows the pros and cons of energy fossil fuels, energy from atoms, the sun and water. A nuclear physicist from Florida Power and Light has visited our class and guided us on our quest. We have been invited to visit the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant to speak to scientists there and view a simulator that is being planned. Students are working on inventions that use a form of energy and these will be displayed at the Miami Museum of Science on February 17, in celebration of National Public Science Day 2000.


Hendrix

Kathy Hendrix
Redland Elementary
4th Grade

I am an energetic teacher wanting to inspire my students to reach their full potential. I strongly feel that students have a right to learn without the fear of failure. When we build on students' strengths, success is always attainable. Children should be encouraged to question and seek answers. I have high expectations and emphasize academic learning in a caring environment.

Right now my class is motivated to invent an aircraft for the future. We have been researching the history of flight and engaged in on-line inquiry activities. We are exploring the elements of flight through hands-on experiments. We were excited to have a retired lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force come and speak to the class. He descried his experiences flying an F-4 fighter plane. He spoke of how aircraft and technology had changed from the time he entered the armed services until the time he retired. Students brainstormed about the possible changes in aircraft design and function in the future.


Amy Jeannin
Pine Lake Elementary
5th Grade

This is my 2nd year teaching. I believe the process of education should be one that motivates students to learn. I also believe that it is important to facilitate learning in a manner that accommodates a variety of learning modalities. Above all I think learning should be fun.

My students are very excited about inventions and the idea they can be inventors. I began to motivate them towards the theme of "Inventions and the Science of Everyday Things" by introducing them to famous inventors. They conducted on-line research and shared what they had learned. I told them that inventors were great problem solvers and that they should approach inventions with the idea that their invention must somehow solve an existing problem. A discussion then took place about problems and how they would invent solutions.


Langford

Carol Langford
Avocado Elementary
2-3 Grade Gifted

Carol Langford has been a professional educator for over 20 years. Her teaching experience includes all levels from elementary school through graduate school. She has served as a peer mentor and school leader for much of her career. Her accomplishments include developing and writing curriculum for the District-wide Gifted Programs as well as for her Avocado Elementary students; authoring and co-authoring numerous grants to enable Avocado Elementary to have a modern and up-to-date science and computer lab; and she has received numerous awards for her teaching abilities.

Ms. Langford believes that a teacher needs to be a caring, compassionate individual with a strong sense of commitment and dedication to children and education. It is most important that the individual who teaches loves to learn for learning's sake, and communicates this love to her students. It is also critical that the teacher be a well-balanced, well-rounded individual who teaches because nothing else satisfies, and it goes without saying that there must first of all be a love of children. Teachers have the potential to influence the life of every child with whom they come in contact. There is no greater reward than to have helped a child reach his or her potential and achieve his/her dreams.

E-mail this teacher at: clangford@avocado.dade.k12.fl.us


Lipscomb

Bertha Lipscomb
Redland Elementary
4th Grade

I have been teaching for 17 years. I enjoy working with children, and feel it's truly an honor and a service to our community to be a teacher. In addition to directing and facilitating their learning, I feel that I must also nurture, mentor and mold students to become productive citizens in our society. I am continually preparing future leaders.

I have motivated my students to explore inventions by introducing the concept of flight and having them research on-line the history of flight and the inventions that preceeded our modern day air travel technology. My students are very excited about sharing their inventions on National Public Science Day at the Miami Museum of Science!


Lloyd

Andie Smith Lloyd
Avocado Elementary
2-3 Grade Gifted

I have been teaching for nine years. I believe that students are the future. They need to be able to learn independently and through a process of investigation. In addition, I feel that books are a gift, and each child should develop a love of books, through examples set by parents and teachers.

To prepare for our unit on inventions and inventors, I have "surfed" the Internet and researched the many teacher and kid friendly sites. I have found the Internet to be a very valuable resource. The unit then began with a discussion of how things changed within the 20th century. Child magazines were made available to students with articles looking to the future and the changes we can expect. A timeline has been created of the inventions, which we have decided truly changed the world. Students have also been on the Internet using some of the sites I bookmarked for them to explore in depth. These sites have helped them to learn about inventors, inventions and also the process of inventing. They are now aware of what a patent is and the process of how to get a patent. The theme of inventions has allowed me to integrate writing, history, art and math. Students are now well under way to creating their own inventions.

E-mail this teacher at: alloyd@avocado.dade.k12.fl.us


Ortega

Carmen Ortega
Pine Lake Elementary
5th Grade

I have been teaching for 13 years. I firmly believe that given the proper motivation, every child can and will want to learn.

I introduced the idea of inventions as related to the science of everyday things by having my students explore a variety of web sites on the internet. They were amazed to learn how the simplest things around them work and the scientific principles behind them. I think this made them extremely enthusiastic because it took what they would be learning about and related it to their immediate world. In other words, it's important to make what students are learning "real".


Brenda Patterson
Redland Elementary
4th Grade

I have been teaching for 18 years. I enjoy helping students reach their full potential in life. I believe all children can learn and my goal is to find each student's particular learning style and try to educate him/her. I see my role as a teacher, one that prepares young people for the future; to be productive citizens in this ever-changing and challenging world.

I started motivating my students this year by speaking to them about National Public Science Day and the honor of being selected to participate in the event. Students were excited about researching on the Internet. We have explored such concepts as propulsion, acceleration and aerodynamics through hands-on activities. Another activity was a timeline of the history of flight. The theme of inventions has been easy to integrate across the curriculum.


Ros

Veronica Ros
Pine Lake Elementary
5th Grade

I have been teaching for six years and love what I do. My personal philosophy in relation to teaching is that students should always be challenged. Children are better aware of the successes they are capable of when they are challenged. I feel that in creating inventions, students not only have been challenged to solve a problem but have truly been able to take ownership of their learning. In this way what they are doing has heightened meaning.

My class has researched information on famous inventors via the Internet. They have also communicated with students in two other schools to share and compare what they are learning and what kind of things they are inventing. My students are looking forward to February 17, when they will meet some of their "keypals" at the Miami Museum of Science and get to see some of the inventions that have been described to them.


Serpa

Hector Serpa
Redland Elementary
4th Grade

I have been teaching for eighteen years. I believe every child regardless of academic or socioeconomic level has the ability to achieve to his/her fullest potential. Motivation is the key to learning. I think it is essential to find the way to motivate each student to learn while making the connection between learning and the its application to our daily lives. Part of my role, as a teacher is to assist each child in becoming a well-adjusted, healthy, and productive citizen.

I did several things this year to motivate my students in relation to inventions and the science of everyday things. The focus I provided was flight and many students had some knowledge of principles behind flight that were amazing. This made the others want to learn even more. Students were given the opportunity to search on-line, to find answers to questions, they themselves posed. This in itself motivated them. They shared their findings were on their way to becoming inventors themselves.


Villalobos

Blanca Villalobos
Pine Lake Elementary
4th Grade

I have been teaching for three years. I think that teachers can touch lives in ways that can make children believe in themselves. I think that the way a teacher interacts with her students determines that level of belief and the type of self-concept the child acquires and grows up with. The leaders of today were once students whose teachers touched them in this positive way.

The students in my classroom have been very excited about their participation in Public Science Day 2000. They have researched inventions from scotch tape to personal computers. Most of their research has been through the Internet and they have shared with the class what they have learned as a result. Their own inventions are going to be things that solve a problem. They have identified the problem and created the solution through their invention.


Weems

Joyce Weems
Redland Elementary
5th Grade

This is my 26th year teaching. I believe all students are gifted and talented. It is my job to find their talents and their gifted characteristics. I must draw from this to help them achieve and learn. I also believe that a hands on approach is the best way to motivate them and acquire knowledge.

I introduced the theme of inventions by having each student research a different inventor on the Internet. They each presented a brief biography orally and either drew a picture of the inventor or made a model of what he/she had invented. Students were asked to start thinking about the inventions they would be creating. A timeline on inventors and inventions was also created.