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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!

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

  May2018 GeoMentor Spotlight

Erin Silva - Project Manager at the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative

What was your favorite class in K-12? English. I love to read!.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I was introduced to GIS through a roommate while attending the University of MD College Park. She was a geography graduate student and I was always really interested in the courses she was taking and the projects she was working on.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): I love that geography explores important questions about humans interaction with nature and the environment. Geography is universal and spans so many disciplines. Having a solid understanding and background in geography is important for everyone.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I wish I had been exposed to geography and all the possible geography related career paths at a younger age. As a GeoMentor, I hope to inspire other young people and show them how fun and interesting geography can be.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I am open to any experiences in the GeoMentor program. I would love meet with teachers to provide GIS training, help plan and/or lead geography related events or activities.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond to them in one sentence? I answer with another question - What is more interesting and important than learning about the world we live in?!

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