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GeoMentor Spotlight

Learn more about our volunteers 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 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!

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  April 2018 GeoMentor Spotlight

Tanya Bigos - Health and Human Services Solution Engineer with Esri

What was your favorite class in K-12? Oceanography (I grew up on an island in a fishing family, it was the perfect combination of personal experience and science) and, yes, it absolutely incorporated geography.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? As I neared the end of my Earth Sciences degree I took a GIS class and loved the problem solving nature. That lead to another class and then a diploma in GIS.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): Geography (applied through GIS) is, if not the most, one of the most valuable ways to show that everyone (and arguable everything) in this world is more connected than different, one of the most important lessons that I try to teach my kids.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? Part of it was seeing the amazing things that kids do with GIS as part of the Esri User Conference plenary every year. I remember watching elementary school children from Arkansas talk about how they did a market analysis meant to help veterans and that they actually presented to Walmart – I was hooked! (Connecting GIS with Education Video). The K12 section is one of my favorite parts of plenary every year

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I hope to continue gradually expanding my GeoMentor activities throughout my community to the other schools and groups in the district.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond to them in one sentence? Especially in this day and age having a better understanding of the world we live in is crucial. Geography really is the most attainable way to understand how things like geography, meteorology, business, culture, etc. affect people all around the world, including us.

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