10 reasons why NOAA loves working with teachers
Teachers are NOAA’s valuable partners, our allies in building a science-informed society. We work with teachers throughout the year, but Teacher Appreciation Weekoffsite link — May 5-11, 2019 — gives us a special opportunity to reflect on the important role teachers play in their students’ lives and in society.
NOAA’s opportunities for educators come in many shapes and forms, but in one way or another, they all connect educators with Earth science experts and scientific techniques teachers can take into their classrooms. We hope that these connections give educators more tools to empower their students to address today’s pressing challenges.This year, we reached out to NOAA scientists and educators and invited them to share what they love about working with educators. To all the teachers out there, thank you for the work that you do!
“Teachers open students' eyes to what is in their backyard and how it relates to the world at large. They inspire and motivate, cultivating the next generation of big thinkers.”
— Susan Haynes, Education Program Manager, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
"Teachers are who we entrust to prepare our future leaders."
— Jonathan Guseman, Jackson, Kentucky, Weather Forecast Office
“I love learning, and to me, teachers embody the excitement of learning.”
— Emily Susko, NOAA Teacher at Sea Program Coordinator
“I love working with teachers because they provide safe spaces for students to take risks, literally and figuratively, in the pursuit of scientific understanding and stewardship.”
— Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Co-coordinator
“Teachers are an amazing source of inspiration, not only to the students they teach, but also to all of us in NOAA!”
— Atziri Ibanez, National Education Coordinator, National Estuarine Research Reserve System
“One of the most efficient and effective ways to tackle the challenge of helping to make ALL of the citizens of our country more 'Weather Ready' is by educating our school children.”
— Ron Morales, Charleston, South Carolina, Weather Forecast Office
“Teachers are passionate, caring, and want to make a difference for the future of our children.”
— Belkys Melendez, Newport/Morehead City Weather Forecast Office
“Teachers put their hearts and souls into their work, nurturing small people into big people who can think for themselves, making the world a better place for all of us.”
— Bruce Moravchik, NOAA Planet Stewards Co-coordinator
“Working with teachers is absolutely the highlight of my job. Watching them expand on the information we provide to craft transformative experiences and lessons for their students is nothing short of awe-inspiring!”
— E.V. Bell, Marine Education Specialist, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
“The wonderful thing about reaching an educator is that they continue to inspire many children over time.”
— Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education
Our resounding thanks and a very happy Teacher Appreciation Week to every educator! If you'd like to explore more ways to work with NOAA, check out our opportunities for educators.