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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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 August 2015 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Joseph Becker - Advisor/Advocate for GIS Scholars

What was your favorite class in K-12? My favorite course was History - it took me to different times and places.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I first learned about GIS as a Transportation Planner in the late 70's. I was part of a team that developed a mainframe carpool and transit matching program in response to Iran's oil embargo. The environment was very different from today with lots of paper maps, punch cars, Letraset, and colored pencils!

Name one things you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): Having grown up in city neighborhoods, I loved that it could take me places I had never been.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? As a City Planner in the early 90's, I had over 25 high school and college students work on building the GIS and providing services to other departments. As a Consultant for a public safety firm, I was able to train and mentor many young professionals. Since 2006, I have volunteered for many agencies using GIS to enhance their services. My latest efforts have been serving as Advisor/Advocate for a group of youth called the GIS Scholars.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I want to continue to help the GIS Scholars grow but I also want to network with other individuals and organizations across the country that want to advance geospatial learning in urban school districts.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond to them in one sentence? If you don't know where you are, it will be very difficult to know where you are going.

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