Nadia Harvieux has joined the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (FLI) as the new education program manager. Harvieux brings with her seven years of experience developing K-12 educational programs and curriculum focused on local watersheds, aquatic ecosystems and water quality. In addition to her role with the FLI, Harvieux will remain the K-12 conservation educator at Muller Field Station on Honeoye Lake, and an environmental science adjunct instructor in Finger Lakes Community College’s (FLCC) Conservation Department.
“When we were looking for an education program manager, our strategy was to strengthen the K-12 environmental education community that already exists,” says Lisa Cleckner, director of the FLI. “Through Nadia, we can continue the long-standing relationship between FLI and FLCC, where she works with many of the same K-12 teachers that are involved in FLI programs.”
The relationship between FLI and FLCC made possible the creation of the Finger Lakes Regional Stream Monitoring Network, for which FLCC Conservation Professor and Muller Field Station Director Dr. Bruce Gilman, worked closely with FLI to develop the monitoring network’s protocols. More recently, Harvieux and Gilman have worked with FLI to develop teacher training on topics including water quality monitoring and aquatic invasive species.
“I’m really passionate about linking authentic scientific research to classroom curriculum,” says Harvieux. “Programs like the Finger Lakes Regional Stream Monitoring Network are incredibly important educational experiences for students to develop a life-long understanding about water quality issues. These students are the future stewards of the most important natural resources in our region, the Finger Lakes.”
After completing a bachelor of arts degree in geology from Hamilton College, Harvieux worked as a field geologist in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. She earned a master’s in teaching degree from Seattle University with concentrations in secondary science and Earth science. She taught eighth grade earth science prior to returning to the Finger Lakes Region in 2004 and is a New York State certified science teacher.
In 2006, Harvieux co-founded a watershed-focused educational outreach program for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association. She worked closely with local school districts within the Canandaigua Lake watershed to develop hands-on, inquiry based curricular enrichment programs that met district goals and NYS science teaching standards while focusing on local issues related to water quality.