After 25 years of teaching middle school science, Jim has found experiential learning to be the most successful educational environment. His students at Coventry Middle School in Akron, Ohio, work collaboratively with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio State University’s Stone Lab Aquatic Research Center, and The Wilds in Cumberland, OH. Part of their work in the field involves their own unique aquatic community as Coventry Middle School is surrounded by a group of glacial kettle lakes that provide water for industry, recreation, and a rich history as feeder lakes for the Ohio and Erie Canal. Jim and his students work year round with Ohio’s Division of Wildlife to build an appreciation for and to preserve this incredible natural resource.
Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education and Master’s degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education both from University of Akron. He is thrilled and honored to be part of EarthEcho’s Leadership, Education, and Advisory Panel. He believes that “Today’s young people will be making crucial decisions concerning our planet’s health and EarthEcho is providing the tools and knowledge they will need to make good choices.” He is looking forward to sharing his experiences with other educators, as well as, working with and learning from educators throughout the country.