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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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December 2016 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Erin Kelly, Library Technician at the Library of Congress

What was your favorite class in K-12? I always liked math and environmental science classes. I took AP Environmental science in 12th grade and absolutely loved it. That’s what sort of got me into GIS/geography.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? Freshman year of college I was majoring in environmental science, but had to take a physical geography as a general education course. At that time I did not know about GIS. My physical geography teacher was amazing and made learning about geography so much fun. I decided to do some research, met with advisors, and finally changed my major to Geography and Environmental Planning with a minor in GIS!

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): I think the biggest thing for me is that you can use GIS/geography in every aspect of life. It is exciting when you start seeing how geography can benefit so many different career fields. Of course I knew about the basic geography fields, but when I started to look up other career fields, so much opened up. You can use geography/GIS for public health, real estate, farming, and even viticulture!

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I actually learned about GeoMentors on national GIS Day and immediately fell in love. My entire educational career I have helped people and volunteered for different charities and GeoMentors gives me a chance to get back into the volunteering realm. Also, when you are passionate about what you do, you want to share that passion with others.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I would like to help a K-12 teacher get started with using GIS. It’s exhilarating to see what K-12 students are doing with GIS and kind of mind blowing. I did not know about GIS until my undergraduate years, but students are already tackling it head on at such a young age. Its motivation to keep spreading the word and to get more students involved.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Because it’s awesome!! -- GIS is a tool that can be used to benefit just about any career and maps help illustrate ideas/information in a more easy to understand and concise way.

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