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Valuing Teachers on World Teacher Day 2016


Valuing Teachers on World Teacher Day

October 5, 2016

Georgia Aquarium instills in its mission the values of conservation and education. For the past 10 years, we have remained steadfast in this commitment to inspiring all who have come through our doors to become stewards of the ocean, and even possibly future marine biologists or conservationists. We recently celebrated the milestone of welcoming one million students to the Aquarium. However, the students’ journey to the Aquarium wouldn’t have been made possible without the support from their teachers.

Today, it’s World Teachers’ Day. We have been fortunate to provide countless teachers and educators various professional development and immersive explorations both here at the Aquarium and all throughout the state of Georgia. As a nonprofit organization, Georgia Aquarium is honored to give back to our community and greatly values those who give so much to our students and help shape their future.

Teacher Adele Pollard We recently sat down with Adele Pollard, Gifted and Talented Education teacher from Centennial Academy, a partner school with Georgia Aquarium, and had the chance to get to know just one of the many influential educators in Atlanta. See her special feature below and what she says are some of her favorite things about being a teacher: 

How long have you been teaching?
I’ve been an educator for 24 years in the public school system.  Prior to my former teaching experience, I worked as a museum educator developing curriculum and teaching students through our programs. 

What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
When I was about 10, I remember my aunt asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I answered “a teacher”.  I’ve always known that teaching was what I wanted to do and I know that desire came from the great teachers I had.  My favorite part of teaching is the excitement I see in students when we are learning together, and especially when you can see that students have grown and the many “aha” moments that they experience.  You feel like you’re molding and shaping the students into the people they have the potential to be.  It gives me great pride to know I’ve made a difference

What is your favorite subject to teach?
Hands down it’s science, especially life science!  Many times I say that I should have been a doctor or scientist, but I realize my gift is teaching students and helping them become intrinsic lifelong learners.  Give me something to dissect, or teaching about the body, or explore marine animals, I’m in “my zone” as students say.

As a teacher, why is it important for students to be exposed to organizations like the Aquarium?
Having the opportunity to teach students in a real world environment is the optimal teaching tool.  I’ve taught Marine Science units in the past to students who had never seen the ocean. I had to bring in sand, ocean sounds, marine animal specimens and pictures to help them understand the environment in which the marine animals and plants live and thrive.  Having access to the resources at Georgia Aquarium at our fingertips, from the exhibits, both permanent and temporary, the students learn how important it is to preserve their habitats, understand the importance of conservation and sustainability and the role they can play in maintaining that gentle balance. Our partnership also exposes our students to career opportunities they might not ever have contemplated and allows our students to interact with aquarium professionals to get first-hand information.

To learn more about Georgia Aquarium's teacher and education programs, visit us here online.

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