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Episode Teacher's Guide (PDF) by Melissa Fellows and Jennifer Stainton of Woodstock Union Middle and High School in Woodstock, Vermont
Melissa Fellows is a seventh grade life science teacher at Woodstock Union Middle School in Woodstock, VT. She has been teaching in Vermont and New Hampshire in middle and high school for 12 years. At Woodstock she has taught seventh grade life science as well as team-taught high school AP Environmental Science. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Biology and a graduate degree in Education. Melissa has been instrumental in developing and implementing the middle school technology program for both faculty and students. She continues to work with the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park on its Place Based education programs. She also is a co-leader of the Woodstock Farm to School program.
Jennifer Stainton is Science Department Chair and teaches Integrated Environmental Science and Chemistry at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from The University of Richmond in 1996 and was awarded a M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from George Mason University in 1999. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education Leadership at The University of Vermont, with a goal of evaluating the impact of scientist-teacher connections on student outcomes in the high school science classroom.
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