Mona is the Volunteer Monitor Coordinator and the Program Coordinator with Alabama Water Watch/Alabama 4-H (at Auburn University)
She has been a member of EEAA for approximately 2 years.
Her post-secondary education:
Master of Community Planning (M.C.P.) from Auburn University (2010)
B.A. in Anthropology with Environmental Studies Concentration from Sewanee: The University of the South (2004)
Her additional certifications:
Alabama Water Watch Monitor and Trainer for Water Chemistry Monitoring, Bacteriological Monitoring, and Stream Bioassessment
Certified by the Auburn University Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects to conduct research that involves youth and adults.
Her experiences in environmental education:
I have approximately 10 years of experience working in environmental education. I worked for one year as a Teacher Naturalist at McDowell Environmental Center. I then served for over two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama under the Community and Environmental Conservation Program. My EE work with Peace Corps included developing and delivering weekly hands-on EE lessons to K-6 students, sponsoring Panama Verde, an environmental youth group, and organizing a number of EE related community seminars and camps for youth and adults. In 2009, while still a graduate student, I started my work with Alabama Water Watch. Alabama Water Watch is the statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program. My roles and responsibilities with AWW have been ever evolving. I currently have two major roles: AWW Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator and 4-H AWW Program Coordinator. For about three years I have been working to develop and promote an official youth water monitoring program for AWW in partnership with the Alabama 4-H Program, which has resulted in the 4-H AWW Program. I deliver environmental education to the general public, both youth and adults, in various formats including presentations, workshops, field days, and in the classroom. I certify volunteers to conduct the three types of monitoring done by AWW: Water Chemistry Monitoring, Bacteriological Monitoring, and Stream Bioassessment. AWW implements the Train the Trainer model; therefore I also train adult volunteers to deliver AWW related environmental education to adults and youth (including monitor certifications). I am also involved with the revision and development of AWW manuals and curriculum.
Her goals for EEAA:
EEAA is a great organization that is having a positive impact on environmental education for youth in Alabama. I would appreciate the opportunity to grow my involvement with EEAA. By being involved with EEAA and attending the annual conference, educators have excellent opportunities to build relationships with others who are working to achieve the same goals for environmental education. These relationships are the basis for great collaboration. In a state where very small amounts of money and support are dedicated to environmental conservation and education, it is essential that we all work together collaboratively to achieve EE goals. Enabling and supporting communication and collaboration between educators is an important goal that I feel that EEAA is already achieving, and should be continued and expanded when possible. I would like to be a part of that.