By: Sharon Aron Baron
Traveling to the far outreaches of Greenland to participate in the largest airborne survey of the Earth’s polar ice, one teacher conducted live classroom discussions across the United States and with her very own students at Marjory Stoneman High School.
Biology teacher Adeena Teres, who has been with the Parkland school for nine years, assisted in NASA’s “Operation IceBridge” collecting data on the movement, thickness and depth of polar ice, so that more can be learned about climate change and rising sea levels.
She was selected to participate in the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States’ PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating), a program in which K-12 teachers spend three to six weeks to participate in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together.
Her students and others across the U.S. were part of the mission as Teres held live discussions from the mission’s research facility and aircraft.
She was recognized for her extraordinary passion for science and dedication to education on Friday when Broward County Commission Michael Udine presented her with a proclamation, along with Principal Ty Thompson, Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, Vice Mayor Stacy Kagan and Commissioner Bob Mayersohn.
Her students were able to be a part of the proclamation which was also covered by WPLG, WFOR and WSVN.
“Just seeing how happy you guys are makes me even happier,” said Teres to her students. “When I was watching you and your smiles, it made my smile even bigger. So thank you guys for being here and doing this with me.”