As a Science Teacher, I spend much of my time reading and evaluating my positions and beliefs in science. There are so many people who influence my teaching, my thinking, and my actions. This is an attempt to put these influences together to give a bigger picture of what has helped to create who I am today.

David Suzuki
David Suzuki
  • 40 years as a genetic biologist working with mutations on fruit flies.
  • Host of PBS The Nature of Things
  • Wrote several books on connecting with Nature including my favorite: The Sacred Balance of which a 4 part television series was created.
  • Other notable books: Tree: A Life Story, and Wisdom of the Elders.
One of my favorite quotes is:
Human beings depend on the earth and its life-forms for every aspect of their survival and life. It is impossible to draw lines that delineate separate categories of air, water, soil, and life. You and I do not end at our fingertips or skin. We are connected through air water and soil; we are animated by the same energy from the same source in the sky above. We are quite literally air, water, soil, and other living creatures!

Richard Louv
Richard Louv
  • Wrote a pivatol book on Nature Deficit Disorder (Last Child in the Woods)
  • Was Keynote Speaker at 2009's National Science Teacher Convention in Minneapolis, MN
  • I got to see this keynote speech, and was able to talk to Richard afterwards.
  • He is passionate about the importance of reconnecting children with Nature.
  • Favorite quote from book:
We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when our world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.

Aldo Leopold
  • Thought of as the one of the first ecologists.
  • Wrote several essays and the book "A Sand County Almanac"
  • I really enjoy the way he can describe simple things in great detail. One of my favorite writings was the part of Sand County Almanac called "The Good Oak." It takes a historical perspective on the cutting down of a dead oak tree to be used for fire wood. Each ring was some significant passage of time with discussion of events on history as related to the age of the tree.
    Aldo Leopold
  • Favorite Quote: One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.

Michael Newton
  • I recently read an essay by a Native American Woman who urged European-Americans to seach for their own roots. She said the spirituality of the First People, and other indigenous tribes connected them inextricably to the Earth. She suggested that Euro-American settlers lost that connection somewhere in their past.
  • With this in mind, I began to look into my own roots. I am a little o
    Michael Newton
    ver 1/2 Irish. So I have plunged into reading about my own history. The book that I started with is called: A Handbook of the Scottish Gaelic World by Michael Newton.
  • He is suggesting that humans in the modernist world have given up our connection to the land because we are enamoured with technology, and that primal cultures are thought of as backwards and "stuck" in the past. The problem with this is that the modernist view of the world may not be sustainable.
  • Favorite Quote:
Science and technology were catalysts in the formations of modernist culture. 'By the 18th century...mechanical progress and human progress came to regarded as one...' The more technologically advanced a culture (or race, according to the thinking of the times) was the more "progressed" they were as human beings. There was an assumption, which still lingers in popular mondernist though, that a sort of evolution has brought Western society from the darkness of primitivism into the light of the modernist age.