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ALICIA REYNOLDS is a junior in Mathematics major secondary Education minor at Elizabeth City State University Mentor. Alicia worked with mentor Cheri Hamilton as part of the RET program this summer. She says the reason for her participation in the program was to do meaningful research with other aspiring educators.

Deanna Mallard

Sophomore in Math Education at Mississippi Valley State University

Mentor - Dr. Darnell Johnson

Kelsey Leinmiller-Renick is a junior at the University of Kansas majoring in Environmental Studies. She is participating in the UKanTeach Program and is also a member the Marching Jayhawks. Leinmiller-Renick said CReSIS helped her gain more experience with the topics of climate and glacial science, and also taught her how to make complex subject matter more accessible for teachers and students.

KRYSTLE BARNETT is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and will obtain her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Haskell Indian
Nations University in May of 2015. Upon completing over one hundred practicum hours in an elementary classroom setting, she has taken great interest in speech-language pathology and English Language Learners (ELL) instruction. She fully intends on returning to her home in downtown Kansas City to serve her community as a teacher. She worked with mentor Cheri Hamilton for the RET program this summer. In her time with CReSIS, Krystle worked collaboratively with other educators and professionals to expand her content knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics, she says.

Melissa Forester is senior at the University of Kansas majoring in Environmental Studies. She is the mother of one daughter, Leilani, and is also participating in the UKanTeach program. Forester said CReSIS taught her more about cutting-edge climate change research and helped her develop the necessary skills to prepare thorough environmental science lessons and curricula.

Nyjah Grant

Junior in Math Education at Longwood University

Mentor- Dr. Darnell Johnson

STEVEN WHITFIELD is an incoming senior from Fort Worth, Tex. pursuing an elementary education degree from Haskell Indian Nations University. Steven worked with mentor Cheri Hamilton this summer for the RET program. After graduation, he intends to teach abroad in Asia, South America, and Africa for one year each before starting his teaching career in the United States. His aim this summer at CReSIS was to learn more about the impact society has on the climate and “the new and exciting research CReSIS is a part of.” He was also excited to learn how this new knowledge regarding this topic can translate to the elementary school classroom.

Tayla Frizell

Sophomore in Math Education at Mississippi Valley State University

Mentor - Dr. Darnell Johnson

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