Welcome to the new school year!
There is certainly a lot “new” about this kick-off to the 2017-2018 Trout in the Classroom academic year. New students, new expectations, new classrooms and instructors joining the program – I just love the promise that every fall brings, don’t you?
Another “new” that I need to introduce is…me! I am the new Trout in the Classroom Staff Assistant for this year, and I am quite excited about it. Previously, I had been working in the biotechnology research and development field for most of the past twenty years, happily interrupted with few years of teaching biological sciences at a community college. I have a passion for science and promoting the role of science literacy in our society. I also am an avid outdoors enthusiast, so with my youngest child off to college and a fresh desire to pursue new endeavors, I jumped at the chance to take this position with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission that combines all of my favorite things.
One of my favorite “new” things is always the chance to gain new knowledge. I am looking forward to learning from many of you TIC veterans about your experiences with the curriculum and how you are using it in novel ways in your classrooms. For the new TIC instructors this year, I will be learning new things right alongside you as I journey through my own first year of raising trout (I will be maintaining a tank or two myself. Thankfully I have easy access to of a lot of in-house expertise!) My goal is to provide an opportunity for all of us to share our experiences and build on ideas together regarding the TIC program. Please drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any problems or suggestions that you think the Nebraska TIC network would benefit from discussing.
Coming up in early November will be our fall training sessions for new instructors. We are currently in the process of determining the dates and locations (watch your emails for a poll about possible training dates). I will also be making regular blog entries here, so email me if you have particular topics you would like to see covered.
Until next time…