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September 2015 GeoMentor Spotlight
Annette Ginocchetti - Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
Position/Affiliation: Transportation GIS Specialist for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
What was your favorite class in K-12? My favorite class while I was in grade school had to be social studies. I was always fascinated by the study of social sciences, trends, and patterns of people’s behavior.
How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I’ll never forget approaching David DiBiase, professor of Geography 121: Mapping Our Changing World at the Penn State University Park campus, asking him for permission to join his class after the add/drop deadline. He said without hesitating, “Welcome, why don’t you sit in on a class to make sure it’s for you.” The very first lecture we learned about netiquette, such as email do’s and don’ts, communication skills, networking, and maintaining spatial connections throughout our lives. This was followed by a computer lab studying Esri ArcView 3.2. That’s when I discovered I was doing GIS.
Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): As technology and GIS projects evolve from making maps and building solutions to creating discoveries both good and bad, the common denominator is that life is constantly changing. If GIS is a representation of reality, the reality is change. Learning to adapt to change has its challenges but has become second nature. One thing I love about GIS is change, my final answer hands down.
Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I feel a sense of urgency when it comes to empowering my family, friends, and community with GIS tools. Contributing to a network of like thinkers and giving back to my community by improving geography and GIS education is rewarding in itself.
If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Introducing GIS to K-12 students inspires a globally competitive and educated workforce.
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