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GeoMentor Spotlight

Each month we'll feature at least one GeoMentor volunteer, learning more about them and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms. Read about our currently featured member of the community below, or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

If you aren't a GeoMentor yet, we'd love to have you participate!

 

 September 2017 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Lisa Holzberger: GIS Coordinator, City of Myrtle Beach, SC.

What was your favorite class in K-12? U.S. History

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I was introduced to GIS by a former co-worker in the private sector in 2002. His exact words were, “GIS is the wave of the future.” That same year, I crafted a $200,000 budget to begin building a GIS department.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography: I love how GIS encourages out-of-the-box thinking and real-world problem solving. ArcGIS Online has opened an exciting opportunity for us to get GIS into the entire organization’s hands.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I was already working with the local middle and high schools to incorporate a GIS program that could build a bridge for students to continue their GIS education at the technical school and college levels. Becoming a GeoMentor is the perfect fit! The program allows me to continue assisting students and faculty with GIS by being an available resource.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I am extremely passionate about teaching, especially showing young people how rewarding a career in GIS can be. My office is always open to anyone who wants to spend time learning about GIS.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? GIS helps individuals to think in a completely different way by encouraging somewhat unconventional solutions to real world issues.

Email address: lholzberger@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Website(s) The City of Myrtle Beach introduced its first ever native app this year which is GIS-based. I am a member of LinkedIn.
 

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