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Sandy Hook Elementary School, Heather Ashley’s Work Published in Virginia Journal of Education

28 April 2017 News


On the Water  is Heather Ashley’s latest article to be published in the Virginia Journal of Education, a quarterly publication of the Virginia Education Association (VEA).   A technology teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ashley is also a writer, who, since 2000, has had seven articles published in the VEA Journal.

Searching for a course that would earn recertification points for her teaching license,  Ashley found From the North Fork to the Bay, a fun, free, and “out of the box” professional development course sponsored by Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River through a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant. Ashley recounts her “experience of a life-time” in On the Water, a feature article which appears in the April 2017 VEA Journal (pages 18, 19).  (http://www.veanea.org/assets/document/VA/4_17_VJE_Web.pdf)

Ashley reports that the class was a week-long program to learn more about our local watershed and its impact on the larger Chesapeake Bay watershed.  All teaching disciplines were welcome with emphasis on those who would use science skills in their future lessons.  Participants in the course were from different regions of the watershed, she explained, and spent the first days of their week-long adventure learning about water treatment and resolutions for pollution in their communities.

Though Ashley enrolled in From the North Fork to the Bay  to earn recertification points for her teaching license, she came away from the class with much more. She states, “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which, before now, I’d never known existed,“ she wrote. “It was truly a life-changing and nature-connecting experience.”


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