Hughes Rules at KCMS!
Katie Hughes has been teaching honors science classes to seventh graders at Kent County Middle School for the past seven years. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in environmental studies and enjoys teaching ecology, Chesapeake Bay related topics, and neuroscience.
Since completing the Rivers to the Bay program in 2012, Mrs. Hughes’ students have participated in the Aquabotz program every year. Additionally, KCMS partnered with nearby elementary schools last year and her students helped run the Build-a-Buoy program. Mrs. Hughes is proud of taking what she learned from the R2B program and making it her own, incorporating watershed and local topics into her science curriculum. She says, “it’s always helpful having resources.” The most exciting parts of the program for her were the field trips, going out on the research vessel, and kayaking.
Mrs. Hughes’ favorite ways of getting her students excited about learning are through hands-on activities and labs because it “makes the material relevant to them and their lives.“ She praises R2B for enabling teachers from other schools to partner up and bounce ideas off of each other. In the future, Mrs. Hughes hopes to set up a fish tank to bring the Bay into her classroom. It’s not about keeping the kids indoors, however. She emphasized the importance of creating outdoors learning experiences for students, passionately saying, “getting kids outside is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our society.” As for teachers interested in participating in the R2B program? Mrs. Hughes recommends it to teachers of life and environmental science- promising, “it’s a lot of fun!”