… is an AP Environmental Science & Environmental Science teacher at Cleveland Heights High School, near Cleveland, Ohio. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies through Allegheny College and his teaching certificate through Ashland University. He was honored to receive his master’s degree as part of the first graduating class of the Global Field Program at Miami University in 2011! For the GFP, he participated in Earth Expeditions courses in Costa Rica, Belize, and Namibia. Some of his favorite experiences in the natural world include: seeing an ocelot on a night hike while at Monteverde in Costa Rica; getting his head licked by a jaguar at the Belize Zoo; snorkeling with sharks, sea turtles, and sting rays in Belize; swimming with the great white sharks in South Africa; sandboarding down the sand dunes in Namibia; and watching 25 elephants frolic and drink at a waterhole in Namibia. Since graduation, Jim has also participated in the Earth Expeditions programs in the Amazon, Mongolia and Borneo. In 2011, he was selected as one of only twelve teachers in the country to participate in PolarTREC, an educational research experience in which K-12 teachers engage in polar research, working closely with scientists from Cornell University as a pathway to improving science education.