Elissa Novy NSF Teaching Partner

Irving Middle School

Years Teaching:

Master of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Graduate Partner:
Dawn Hayes

Special Accomplishments/Interests:
Elissa's graduate training is in plant science and genetics, and in her previous career she supervised field and greenhouse research operations at Rutgers University. Now, as a middle school teacher, she is a Project Wild teacher and training facilitator with the Department of Fish and Game. Elissa's professional objective is to communicate to young people the exciting applications of the natural sciences to their lives and future careers, to their local community, and to the global ecosytem of which we are all a part.

How will you integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your classrom?
When we teach the standards relating to changes in Earth’s system over time, Dawn’s expertise will surely come in handy. Her insights have already come in handy when we had a class discussion about the benefits of line graphs versus bar graphs. Dawn was able to come up with specific examples of when she would prefer to use one instead of the other. This clarified the concept for the students.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?

Profile date: Sept. 2008


Elissa Novy