Nadia Harvieux, education program manager for the Finger Lakes Institute at HWS, was bestowed this year’s Athena Canandaigua Young Professional Leadership Award. The award is given to individuals who serve as role models for young women personally and professionally. The award was presented at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 21,
Harvieux has 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 is 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.
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 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.
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.
Harvieux has already volunteered to be on the steering committee for next year’s Canandaigua award program.
“I love being a part of this tradition of honoring women in our community,” she says.