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Mimo graduated with a Master’s Degree in biological sciences from Central
Connecticut State University, and has been living in Connecticut ever since. He
has spent the last 35 years working in the field of Environmental Education for
the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He has designed and
coordinates five major statewide environmental education programs, mostly to
provide technical education to high school students and adults. One of his
programs “SEARCH”, a water quality monitoring education program, was chosen and
funded by the National Science Foundation to provide systemic change for
biology and chemistry in all the high schools in Connecticut. Alberto has been
recognized as providing Connecticut with a number of very unique environmental
education programs with applications beyond his home state. He is the Recipient
of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association
“Environmental Educator of the Year” award in 1989, the 1991 National “Roger
Tory Peterson” environmental education award and the 1995 Environment 2000
Governor’s award. In 1995 he was nominated by his peers and also awarded the
DEP Distinguished Service Award based on his outstanding contributions to the
Department of Environmental Protection. The Connecticut Audubon Society also
awarded him the 1997 “Piping Plover” appreciation award for his contribution to
the Audubon Society in Connecticut. In 1999, Alberto was honored once more by
Briarwood College with their “First Environmental
Service Teachers award”. In 2011 he was awarded the Dr. Sigmund Abeles Science Award for his
outstanding service to Science Education in the State of Connecticut and in
2015 he was inducted into the Science National Honor Society.
believes that the best way to influence students and reach their hearts is by
providing them with an opportunity to do research and monitor the environment.
publication brings real-world trade skills and techniques into the
classroom. These techniques transform your classroom from talking about
how science is done to actually implementing the field methods. I am able
to provide my students with hands on experiences that carry throughout the
school year. You can integrate these techniques and methods into various
points of your curriculum.
The underlying themes of this publication are skill development
and application. The application serves as a form of assessment. For example,
students know how to calculate surface area and volume but real world scenarios
tend to change their success level. Allowing students an opportunity to
practice these applications in the field, ask questions, sharpen skills, and engage
with you on a professional level is so rewarding! I am truly grateful for how
these field projects enrich our curriculum. "
Newtown High School Biology Teacher
Book signing at the Audubon Coastal Center in Milford on March 24 at 1:00 PM
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