Finger Lakes Institute Hires Education Outreach Coordinator – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Finger Lakes Institute Hires Education Outreach Coordinator

Marc Edwards recently assumed the duties of Education Outreach Coordinator at the Finger Lakes Institute on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

Edwards will lead the Institute's effort to improve educational outreach opportunities offered to regional grade schools. The K-12 Outreach position was made possible through a generous grant from New York State and the dedicated efforts of State Senator Michael Nozzolio.

As Education Outreach Coordinator, Edwards will work closely with Jim MaKinster, assistant professor of education, Barb Halfman, Science on Seneca coordinator, and John Halfman, associate professor of environmental studies and geoscience, to enhance the Science on Seneca and other K-12 educational outreach programs at the Colleges.

The Science on Seneca program allows trained area teachers to take their students out on Seneca Lake using the 65-ft research vessel The William Scandling for a morning or afternoon cruise to perform various water quality, geological, meteorological, oceanographic and ecological studies on the lake.

In particular, Edwards will serve as the expert to join teachers and their students on cruises, write lesson plans, and determine how the experience better fits into the guidelines for New York State Regents and other benchmarks of excellence in the New York K-12 educational system. Edwards will be available to give presentations to schools, either in classrooms or at the Finger Lakes Institute building on South Main Street.

Edwards holds certification through the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide and has experience in researching, developing, and delivering educational programs to schools, as well as working with educators to develop curriculum based programs for use in schools.

Edwards comes to the Finger Lakes Institute from Calais, Maine. He received a master’s degree in Forest Management and Ecotourism Development from the University of Maine in 2003. He received his undergraduate degree in Recreation and Park Management from the same institution.