Joni Cooke, science teacher at Leeds Central School in Leeds, expands her students' horizons far beyond their rural community. Ms. Cooke's classes were among a handful around the nation selected to pilot the 1998 National Geographic Kids Network, a series of scientific research projects in which students use cutting edge technology to interact with a global community of student scientists. Ms. Cooke's students also participate in NASA's Learning Technology projects and develop video and multimedia presentations. She regularly engages her students in scientific competitions, in which one of her students recently received a $5,000 scholarship under her guidance. Ms. Cooke is a member of several professional organizations, including the Maine Science Teachers Association and The Leadership Consortium.
1988 University of Maine - Farmington, B.A.