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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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March 2019 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Jennifer Marie Novy; GIS Technician -  Anchorage, AK




Position: GIS Technician III/Project Management & Engineering/Land Records

What was your favorite class in K-12? History

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I used mapping when I was in the military. My supervisor saw how much I enjoyed making/working with maps that he advised I seek a degree through the Denver University GIS department. I first took courses to obtain my GIS certificate; after completion, I decided to pursue my Masters in GIS. I successfully graduated from the GIS program in 2013. I have been making/working with maps ever since.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): People tend to learn better if there are visual pictures about a topic. GIS has significantly evolved, and with the help of GIS, maps paint a picture that helps end-users/customers better understand information. Working with customers and making maps for the public is my favorite thing about GIS.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? My son loves everything about maps and the work I do; he has inspired me to share my knowledge with today’s youth.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I am open to any opportunity to share GIS with the community. I have been doing GIS Day for the last three years and working for the public for the last 20 years. I love sharing GIS’s endless capabilities and how they can benefit from its use.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships, problem-solve, and make educated decisions.

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