Meet the 2010 Team
Mary Ann Brittain
Director, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Hobbies: playing violin, reading and being outdoors
Looking forward to: Reconnecting with my Ecuadorian friends and seeing a Humpback Whale.
Natural Sciences Educator, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Hobbies: singing, dancing, gardening, hiking, playing
Looking forward to: exploring and learning with a new group of teachers and I cannot wait to see my Ecuadorian friends again. I also look forward to seeing the snow-capped volcanoes from above and would like to see an Andean Condor in the wild.
Director of Study Tours
Pulaski Co., Arkansas
Hobbies: reading, running, cooking, playing with my babies (5, 7 and 20 months)
Looking forward to: seeing how the teaching boxes are used by the Ecuadorian teachers and students; seeing my Heifer Ecuador friends/colleagues again; learning about the flora and fauna of Ecuador and how to look at things through a naturalistís eyes.
Buncombe County Early College
Hobbies: mountain biking, tennis, CrossFit, quilting and music
Looking forward to: making new friends, seeing new places and learning lots of new things. I am especially looking forward to whale-watching.
Physical Education Teacher
Hobbies: jog, hike, bike, camp, backpack, read, watch movies, and occasionally like to cook
Looking forward to: experiencing the nature in Ecuador and seeing things Iíve only seen pictures of like whales, blue-footed booies, cloud forests and humming birds; integrating these experiences into my curriculum and empowering my students to explore the nature around them.
Rosman High School
Hobbies: horseback riding, joggin, biking, reading, watching Stephen Colbert
Looking forward to: expanding my world view and learning about different cultures; seeing the different ecosystems
5/6 Language Arts/Social Studies
Francine Delany New School for Children
Hobbies: Walk, read yoga, hike, bike, nature, love
Looking forward to: learning a lot; being present in every moment; experiencing beautiful mountains, forests, plants and animals, especially birds; experiencing a new culture and speaking Spanish.
6th Grade Science & Social Studies
Mount Airy Middle School
Hobbies: reading, light hiking, kayaking, water sports, sewing, painting
Looking forward to: meeting and working with the people of Ecuador; learning about the Ecuadorian culture and educational system; experiencing the natural environment of Ecuador and learning about its flora and fauna; sharing this experience with other educators
Hobbies: reading, swiming, walking, hiking
Looking forward to: seeing new ecosystems and meeting new people
Assistant Director of Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources
Hobbies: gardening, hiking, paddling, reading, photography
Looking forward to: visiting a Heifer International site; exploring a new continent; learning about the people, culture and natural resources of Ecuador
Forest View Elementary
Hobbies: travel, garden
Looking forward to: learning about plants, people, geography, and cool animals!
1st Grade/Dual Language
Frank Porter Graham Elementary School
Hobbies: singing, art, music, dancing, speaking Spanish, cooking
Looking forward to: bonding with a new group of teachers in a new environment; learning from the experiences in Ecuador and broadening my understanding of sustainability and how this interacts or reacts to the environment and nature
6th & 7th Grade Science
Hobbies: running, hiking, exploring new places and spending time with my husband and dogs
Looking forward to: being able to learn more about another culture and see more of the world
Team Members from Ecuador
Naturalist and Cultural interpreter
Tena, Napo Province, Amazonian Basin, Ecuador
Hobbies: I enjoy teaching my 8 year old
son about bird, bug, and frog watching.
What I'm looking forward to: Doing
my best for the mutual learning experiences of our whole
group, especially for the students
that wait for news back in the United States.
What I'm looking forward to: Learning from the group and having new experiences that I can transmit to my students.
Hobbies: Studying at University
What I'm looking forward to: Learning from the group.
Study Tour helper
Hobbies: Sports, especially soccer
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting the group and learning from each other.
Assistant to the Director of Heifer Ecuador
Hobbies: Dancing, reading, listening to music, being with
What I'm looking forward to: I hope
that all the teachers will learn about Heifer’s
work and about the reality of Ecuador. Also that all of us
learn about the Educator of Excellence program.