Jacqui Wilson teaches eighth grade social studies and geography at John Basset Moore Middle School in Smyrna. For many years, Jacqui has been at the forefront of using Geography to enhance her students’ education. She has been a leader among Delaware teachers in adapting spatial data and GIS to the classroom. She helped lead training for her fellow teachers in “Using Technology in Geography.” She has presented workshops and training on GIS and spatial data both here in Delaware and nationally. Jacqui has led two groups of students through the ESRI Community Atlas project and has teamed with an English teacher to help students map and analyze changes in land use, and social patterns, in Downtown Smyrna. She has worked with other teachers to develop new GIS-based lesson plans relating to health issues. This spring Jacqui’s students will be out on a ground-truthing project to help NASA georeference satellite imagery. Her students plan to create their own spatial data about their community. For these and many other reasons Jacqueline Wilson has been nominated by her fellow teachers, and has been chosen by the Delaware GIS Community, to receive this GIS in Education Award.
Dawn L. Willis
Dawn Willis teaches fifth and sixth grade social studies Milford Middle School in Milford. Dawn has also long been a leader in using technology to improve classroom teaching. She has long used hard-copy maps in the classroom to show information and data to her students. She has taken the next step in finding ways to use GIS-based data and information with her students. Like Jacqui, Dawn has led workshops and offered teacher training at home, around the nation, and internationally. She has been a leader among Delaware teachers in using Geography Awareness week to help her students. Dawn’s students have joined in the ESRI Community Atlas project and have used GIS to explore the relationships between land use and environmental problems. They have also looked at the geographic spread of different socio-economic communities in Delaware. For these and many other reasons Dawn L. Willis has been nominated by her fellow teachers, and has been chosen by the Delaware GIS Community, to receive this GIS in Education Award.
Rebecca N. Reed
Becky Reed teaches seventh grade social studies at Gunning Bedford Middle School in Delaware City. Becky is a leader among Delaware teachers in using technology, and GIS, to teach Social Studies. She founded the Gunning Bedford Geography Club and has for several years led her students through the ESRI Community Atlas Project. Last year, Becky’s students hosted a group of their peers from Milford Middle School for a GPS Scavenger Hunt. Her students have also helped out NASA with ground-truthing for satellite imagery. Becky’s students have joined in the “Where’s My School” project, providing GPS coordinates and a wealth of attribute data about their school. They also are working with their school’s Environmental Club to establish a learning trail along Dragon Run Creek. They’ll be putting their GIS and GPS skills to use to help out their fellow students. Becky has also taken a hand in teaching her fellow teachers about GIS in Education. She has led and facilitated several teacher workshops. For these and many other reasons Rebecca N. Reed has been nominated by her fellow teachers, and has been chosen by the Delaware GIS Community, to receive this GIS in Education Award.