PATRICIA JANE PENNELL

8150 Thornapple River Drive S.E. ~ Caledonia, Michigan 49316

616-891-8817

thornapple@hotmail.com

http://www.thornappleriver.com

EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48224. August 1992. Michigan secondary provisional certificate in Biology. Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Education. Minor: Biology. GPA in major 3.86. GPA in College of Education 4.0.

EMPHASIS AREAS: Courses included biology, plant biology, ecology, human physiology, plant physiology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, outdoor environmental education, fish and wildlife of North America, weather and climate, wildlife management, forestry, plant taxonomy, mycology, genetics, legal issues in natural resources, park and recreation resources and applications.

SKILLS: Public speaking, instructing, supervising, curriculum planning, html publishing, exhibit and publication design, computer skills, writing, grant writing, photography.

OBJECTIVE: to teach environmental science.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, March 1998 to present. Thornapple River Watershed Group, PO Box 341, Caledonia, Michigan 49316. 616-868-5831. Developed mission statement, goals, and measurable objectives for the TRWG, a non-profit organization. Developed, acquired, and implemented educational programs to meet goals and objectives. Researched funding sources for program support. Wrote grants and administered grant-funded projects. Wrote, designed and published quarterly newsletter, the "Current". Designed, published, and maintained internet sites on watershed environmental topics. Designed and created exhibits. Wrote public comments for TRWG on environmental issues. Acquired and organized educational materials and references. Researched and created organization partnerships. Organized and directed volunteers. Established membership and mailing database. Established a network of communication with media and agencies working on watershed issues.

BIOLOGY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHER, August 1996-June 1997. West Catholic High School, 1801 Bristol N.W. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504. Principal, Bernard Stanko. 616-453-4467. Taught three classes of biology and one of physical science.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH TEACHER, October 1994-June 1996. Discovery Alternative High School, Southkent Community Education, 173-54th Street, Wyoming, Michigan 49548. Principal, Jamie SanMiguel. 616-531-7433. Students age 14-19 at all levels of instruction and ability; class sizes of 15-22 students. Taught all science and health classes at Discovery, a school with a 100-120 student enrollment. Also taught family class (social skills, discussion, guest speakers and activities), photography classes, and helped to produce the 1995-1996 yearbook. Created innovative, four-day field trip science classes. My first year of teaching at Discovery, my students were in the newspaper three times because of our classroom activities.

SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR, September 1992-December 1997, Noorthoek Academy, P.O. box 6421, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516. Kathleen Russell, director; 616-248-0346. Taught science topics for post-secondary special needs adult students (Down syndrome and similar abilities). Classes included out-of-state weekend field trips, hands-on activities, and guest demonstrations. Noorthoek is affiliated with Grand Rapids Community College.

BIOLOGY STUDENT TEACHER, March to June 1992. Gull Lake Community High School, Richland, Michigan 49083. Supervising teacher: Mrs. Beth Rhodes. 616-629-5803. Taught five classes of 13 to 28 students at 9th, 10th, and 12th grade levels, including advanced placement biology and physical science.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

PARKS AND RECREATION INTERNSHIP, June to September 1991 and summer of 1992. Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, 414 Washington Street, Suite 107A, Grand Haven, Michigan, 49417. Supervisor: John Scholtz. 616-846-8117. Created design and layout of a 17 exhibit museum on trees and forest ecology for Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan. Researched exhibit topics, created initial designs, wrote text, did photographic illustrations.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR. Presented workshops for teachers at conferences of the Michigan Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, and at Higgins Lake DNR/Teacherís Environmental School. Designed and presented interpretive, hands-on ecology activities for Frederik Meijer Gardens, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Circle-pines camp, Hastings, Michigan, Kellogg Biological Station and Kellogg Experimental Forest, Gull Lake, Michigan.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT. 1990-1992, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Supervisor: Dr. Jean Stout. 517-676-6073. Identified and measured stream-inhabiting aquatic insects for environmental studies on potential impacts of extremely low frequency electrical fields (ELF) on stream ecosystems. Funded by grant from U.S. Navy.

BIOMEDICAL COMMUNICATIONS. 1975-1980; 1984-1985. Photographic and graphics communications for medical education and research. Photography and exhibits of patients, surgery, physical therapy techniques, and public relations. Light microscope and electron microscope photography, photo-finishing in black and white and color mediums. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS. Volunteer naturalist at Hoffmaster State Park Nature Center and Blandford Nature Center. Have performed in Grand Rapids Cantata Choir and Symphonic Choir, and performed in Calvin College Alumni music theater. I enjoy ethnic folk dance, New England Contradance, and have performed as part of an English traditional dance team at festivals and other functions. I also enjoy gardening, photography, and family activities. I have a small personal business of wedding and portrait photography.

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

On Michigan State University 3.5 GPA honor roll for 6 consecutive terms. Scholarship winner, 1991, Michigan Association of Outdoor and Environmental Education. Nominated for 1994-95 Kent County Environmental Educator of the year.