A Hopewell Valley Regional School District teacher has been named the inaugural Teacher-in-Residence at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Greg Hunter, a 6th grade science teacher at Timberlane Middle School, will review and align the district K-8 science curricula with the Next Generation Science Standards while working with the Watershed education staff to create investigative experiences for use with Hopewell Valley Schools.
Dr. Thomas A. Smith, Superintendent of Schools, was eager to join in this new initiative. “Helping students think critically, while engaging them in science, builds scientific literacy. This partnership is a huge step toward that goal.”
Mr. Hunter jumped at this opportunity. “This is a really unique opportunity to build my skills as a science educator. I will be engaged with a wide variety of learners and teachers, and gain from these varying perspectives. I also enjoy the prospect of sharing and growing my expertise and passion for the Next Generation Science Standards.”
During his yearlong sabbatical from daily teaching, Mr. Hunter will work full time at the Watershed. He will work directly with district teachers, providing professional development, designed to strengthen fluency in the new standards with an enhanced focus on science practices. With the Watershed education staff, he will examine opportunities for investigative studies and civics engagement. These activities will be designed and trialed throughout the year. The Watershed is uniquely positioned for this partnership with its scientific expertise, its 950-acre living laboratory, a science lab, and its outreach into the community.
“One of the clear benefits of this partnership,” says Watershed Education Director Jeff Hoagland, “is a cross-fertilization, where both parties, understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by these new Standards, grow through collaboration, resulting in a community of learners who can fluently engage in the practices of science.”
Jim Waltman, Executive Director, said, “We’re thrilled to have Greg join us and devote his talents to developing educational tools that will energize the next generation of science leaders. We welcome him, and the whole community of teachers and learners in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.”