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EWE teacher to study at Yellowstone Institute

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 26, 2010 1:46 PM

A fifth-grade teacher at Eastern Wayne Elementary School is one of 34 science teachers from across the state chosen to participate this summer in the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Educators of Excellence Institutes.

Kristina Jones, who has taught in Wayne County for seven years, all of them at Eastern Wayne, is a National Board certified teacher.

She will be part of a 12-member group attending the Yellowstone Ecology Institute, which will study wildlife ranging from gray wolves to grizzly bears, the park's unique geology, learn about the role of fire in natural ecosystems and discuss conservation and environmental isues.

Two other groups will travel to Ecuador in South America and Belize in Central America.

The workshops are subsidized by the Educators of Excellence Fund, which enables outstanding educators to experience the natural world firsthand. Admission to the Institutes is through a competitive application process.

Ms. Jones went on a similar trek in the winter of 2008, which was titled "Yellowstone in Winter."