Education & Outreach Programs
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Field experiences, classroom resources, and professional development for teachers
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Paid volunteer opportunities, field experiences, short courses, grants, and career resources
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Meet Your E&O Staff (Contact Info)
Jennifer Nocerino — Program Manager, Bighorn Basin Field Camp Scholars & Excellence Awards, Field Camps Excellence, Mentor Programs, Short Courses
Jennifer holds a Masterís degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a Masterís degree in Archaeology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate, she earned a minor in geology and completed both geology and archaeology field schools. Additionally, as a graduate student she served as an instructor and a researcher on numerous field schools and was a Teaching Assistant for 9 years. She has taught hundreds of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field and in classroom settings. Previously, she was the Career Services Manager at the American Geophysical Union from January 1996 to August 2001. Jennifer is passionate about helping students find jobs, internships and helping them to complete their geology fieldwork. She started at GSA in August of 2006.
Davida Buehler — Program Manager, GeoTeachers (K–12)
Davida earned her B.S. in Education from Kent State University and her M.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. As a former K-12 teacher, Davida is passionate about teaching geology to fellow teachers and helping teachers learn new techniques for communicating complex geoscience concepts to students. In particular, Davida is passionate about taking teachers out into the field where geology comes alive for the first time. For many teachers this is when they become excited to teach geology to their students. Davida joined GSA in August 2011 as the Teachers as Advocates Program Manager.
Matt Dawson — Program Manager, GeoCorps Program
Matt has a B.S. in Geology from Caltech and an M.S. in Geology from MIT. Matt first connected with GSA in the summer of 2007, when he worked in a GeoCorps position with the BLM at the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Fort Benton, MT. Before coming to GSA, Matt spent three years working as a Naturalist for the City of Chandler, Arizona, Environmental Education Center. Prior to that, Matt taught high school earth, space, and environmental science in Brockton, Massachusetts, for six years. Matt enjoys hiking, biking, running, climbing, and camping with his wife and son near their home in Lafayette and elsewhere in Colorado (and beyond). Matt has worked at GSA since July 2010.
Tahlia Bear — Program Manager, Careers and On To the Future Programs and Employment Service Center
Tahlia earned her Master’s degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development in Washington, D.C. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, Tahlia has worked for the National Council for Science and the Environment, directing a national STEM program for underrepresented high school students. Tahlia Bear is a member of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona. As a first generation student attending college, Tahlia has first-hand experience in the challenges that lay in front of underrepresented students studying in the sciences. As a result of this experience, Tahlia is passionate about helping students succeed in college and transition into meaningful careers. Tahlia started at GSA in February 2014.
Allison Kerns — Program Support Officer, GeoCorps Program
Allison has a BA in Anthropology and Professional Writing from York University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining the Education and Outreach team at GSA, Allison worked as an Archaeology Field Technician in Northeastern Montana. Before this Allison lived in the United Kingdom for almost six years, where she worked for The Roman Baths and Wessex Archaeology, and completed an MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol. Allison is an avid reader and loves visiting museums. She enjoys knitting, baking, and other creative projects, as well as hiking, swimming and skating. Allison has worked at GSA since November 2013.