Life sciences teacher Tom Andres incorporates Native American culture into all of his classes at Saint Labre Indian School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Ashland. He designed a Greenhouse Business class in which students study, grow and sell more than 7,000 plants, including those traditionally known among many Native Americans as the Three Sisters (corn, squash and beans). His paleontology class examines archeological methods at excavations, fossil preparation and the fossilization process. Mr. Andres takes several Advanced Biology students to Belize each year to study tropical rain forests, ancient Mayan ruins, and coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. In addition to teaching, Mr. Andres is a substitute principal, science department chairman, senior class advisor, chairman of the Native American Culture Committee, and a member of the advisory board for the school's buffalo ranch.
1991 University of Montana - Missoula, B.A.