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Meet the Team

Meet the participants of the 2012 Amazon Institute

Frances Brindle, PhD
Biology Teacher
Carolina Friends School
Orange County
Hobbies: Natural History, Gardening, Bobbin-Lace making
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to experiencing the outstanding natural environment of the Amazon with expert instructors and an exciting group of fellow educators. I am expecting a transformative experience that will inform my teaching.
Patricia Cramer
Fourth Grade Teacher
Kiser Intermediate School
Lincoln County
Hobbies: gardening, hiking, reading, playing with my daughter and dogs, and visiting museums.
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to walking in the rainforest canopy, observing new plants and animals (hopefully a tamarin), meeting new friends and learning about a new culture.
Leslie Haines
Biology Teacher
Walter Williams HS
Alamance County
Hobbies: gardening, reading , cooking and loafing
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to having an experience I have enviously only seen in videos: traveling through the rain forest canopy! and then bringing that first-hand experience back to my students.
Beth Howard
Art Teacher
Dixon Elementary School
Onslow County
Photography, Drawing, Ocean Conservation, Experiencing new places, people and cultures!
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to being immersed in the most DIVERSE ecosystem on Earth and seeing the amazing animals, insects and birds that inhabit the Rainforest. I hope to record my experiences in photographs and sketches so that I can share my adventures with students, family and community so that they too may catch a glimpse of this vanishing treasure!
Loren Hintz
Science Teacher
Chapel Hill High School
Orange County
Hobbies: Hiking, Birding, Reading, Bicycling
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to exploring the Amazon Forest Canopy, seeing tropical birds, meeting Peruvian teachers and sharing my experiences with friends and students.
Constance Johnson
Science Teacher
Northern Vance High School
Vance County
Hobbies: needlecrafts, travel
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to bringing the beauty and wonder of the Amazon Rainforest to my students.
Patrick Knox
Lower School Science Specialist
Ravenscroft School
Wake County
Hobbies: hiking camping, woodworking and photography
Looking forward to: I am excited about the chance to visit the Amazon and witness the local animals and plants, especially in the rainforest canopy. Meeting a shaman and learning about native medicinal plants will be an exciting experience to share with my students.
Mike LeBaron
Earth and Environmental Science Teacher
Lake Normal High School
Iredell County
Hobbies: Backpacking, canoeing, photography
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to being in a whole new environment and seeing the Amazon River and Rainforest. I am especially eager to experience the rainforest canopy and see how the ecological niches change from the ground to the tree-tops so I can share this important biome with my Earth/Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science students back in North Carolina.
Brandi Mathis
Science Teacher
Bartlett Yancey High School
Caswell County
Hobbies: traveling and gardening
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to getting to see and experience the rainforest canopy. I hope to see lots of species that are new to me and bring back lots of pictures and stories to share.
Michael Tally
Director of Secondary Science
Wake County Public Schools
Wake County
Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, sailing, gardening, traveling
Looking forward to: Exploring the last great forest on earth is an honor and being able to share this experience is a duty.
Sam Wheeler
Physics teacher
Enloe Magnet High School
Wake County
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, hiking, learning
Looking forward to: I am excited about the opportunity to explore the upper Amazon with a group of enthusiastic travelers! I am also looking forward to the experiences, stories and inspiration that I’ll be able to bring back and share with my colleagues and students.
Kim Smart
Natural Sciences Educator
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, singing, dancing, traveling
Looking forward to: Having adventures with treasured colleagues and getting to know new ones, exploring a new region, having a successful workshop day at the library, practicing Spanish
Liz Baird
Director of Education
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: Spending time outside hiking, boating, and walking dogs, yoga, pilates
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to reconnecting with our wonderful guides, sharing the experience of the Amazon with a terrific group of people, and seeing the bioluminescent fungus!
Art Howard
Hobbies: Photography, travel, foodie
Looking forward to: I have never been to the rainforest and am looking forward to initial impressions of the rainforest.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucinda Denton permalink
    July 3, 2012 8:18 pm

    We are thinking of you during your day of travel and the excitement of arriving in Peru tonight. We eagerly anticipate your first posting from the Amazon. In thinking about the upcoming Olympics, do athletes come from any of the villages along the Amazon or do they even know about the Summer Games?

  2. Toni Moore permalink
    July 7, 2012 6:38 pm

    Beth, Can’t wait to learn about all the interesting experiences you will encounter. Take lots of pictures and I would love to see your drawings. The kids at Dixon Elementary will really benefit from your adventure. Lots of love and good wishes!

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