2015 Board Nominees

Nicholas BourkeNicholas Bourke is an assistant professor at the Auburn Montgomery School of Education. He teaches science and math methods for elementary education majors and graduate students along with supervising student teachers. His research interests include documenting impacts of nonformal education experiences and elementary environmental education. Before coming to Auburn Montgomery, Nicholas served as a classroom teacher for 22 years in a variety of settings including public and parochial schools. His teaching duties revolved mainly around science and math instruction with students ranging in age from 4th-9th grades.

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Kim HallKim Hall

To me, environmental education is all about making connections: connecting people to place, to one another, and to themselves. As the Director of the Cahaba Environmental Center, I am constantly seeking ways to establish these connections and strengthen ones that already exist. The Environmental Education Association of Alabama seems to be aimed at these types of connections but on a higher level. I see EEAA as establishing deep and lasting partnerships between those of us in the business of environmental education in effort to create a community of environmental educators. With the support of this community, we can then encourage, inspire, and uplift one another within our field to constantly improve our programming. This, in turn, trickles down to positively impact the work that we all know is so important and deepen the connections for all of our participants. I am very interested in joining the EEAA board in order to support your mission and these connections in whatever way I can.

Alma HustonAlma Huston

I have been an educator for over thirty years and passionate about our environment all of my life. I live in Hartselle on 35 wonderful acres bordering Flint Creek. I want to stay on the EEAA board to be able to stay connected with others in the field and help spread the world to newcomers to my area.

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Ali PappAli Papp

As Program Coordinator of the McDowell Farm School, I would like to serve on the EEAA Board to continue spreading environmental education throughout the state. Alabama’s biodiversity is strong, and, as a farming program, we work to teach the community about the impact farming has on that surrounding environment. Everything is connected! After working in the Chicago Public School systems, I discovered the world of EE, starting as an instructor and working up to a Coordinator. Having a mix of formal and informal educators helps build the strength and perspectives of the board and its value in promoting getting students (of all ages!) to go outside, get dirty, and connect with their world. I would love to work with teachers to help bring as many educational experiences to their students as possible.

Anita SalinasAnita Salinas

Working as a resource teacher at the Environmental Studies Center in Mobile gives me the opportunity to work with teachers throughout the Mobile County Public School System. Environmental Education throughout the state is important to myself and the rest of the staff at the center. Serving on the EEAA board of directors allows me to be a part of bringing environmental education to teachers throughout my school system as well as to teachers through the state. In particular I enjoy conducting teacher workshops to introduce teachers to new and innovative curricula, as well as assisting teachers in participating in exciting and inspiring field experiences.

Jimmy StilesJimmy Stiles currently works for the Alabama Natural Heritage Program. He is involved with conducting research on some of our states rarest species. When he is not out furthering our understanding of these animal’s habits and habitats, he is trying to educate the public about Alabama’s amazing biodiversity. Jimmy is passionate about the role EEAA plays in helping educators to teach about our environment and the flora and fauna that depend on it. He has been involved with the organization for 20 years and is in tune with its mission and members. Jimmy is seeking election to the board in order to help EEAA with their efforts to promote and provide resources to Alabama’s environmental educators!

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Christina TurnerChristina Turner is a teacher for the Madison County School System in North Alabama. She uses her love of animals and outdoors to help teach her second grade students. She serves on the Environmental Education committee for her school. She also has planned four environmental education week-long programs for the school. She leads the fourth and fifth grade 4-H clubs at her school since last year. She volunteers with the Landtrust of North Alabama, as well as serves on their education committee. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, art, and working with all kinds of animals! Christina is seeking re-election to the board in order to help EEAA with their efforts to promote environmental education

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Angela UnderwoodAngela Underwood holds a B.A. degree from Huntingdon College with a double major in Biology and Psychology. She completed graduate studies and received her M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Auburn University in 2009. Angela’s thesis focused on the interactions of white-topped pitcher plants with their insect associates. Angela is passionate about her love of nature and enjoys sharing this passion with others through education programs. Angela has worked with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as an Education Specialist since 2008. In this position, she conducts education and outreach programs for Weeks Bay Reserve and the Alabama Coastal Programs Office. She currently serves as the state coordinator for the Alabama Coastal Cleanup and is the state of Alabama lead on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Environmental Education Priority Issue Team. Additionally, Angela has partnered with the Eastern Shore Art Center over the past 6 years to develop and implement the Squeaky Sneakers Program which marries environmental education with art. This highly successful program has received many grants and won a 3rd place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award. Her close working connections with state, federal, and non-profit partners should provide considerable benefit to the EEAA community.

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