March 2008 Corpsmember of the Month
Vanessa Wyant and Suzanne Lundy
Supervisor: Teresa Bradley, Youth in Environmental Service Supervisor
Crew: Youth in Environmental Service (YES)
Length of time at CCNB: 7 months
Reason corpsmember was selected: Vanessa and Suzanne are admired and highly respected by the students and staff of Conservation Corps North Bay’s Education Department. Vanessa and Suzanne conceived and helped implement a plan to facilitate more integration between CCNB programs and corpsmembers. They were instrumental in increasing the exposure of students to the math curriculum and, in March, they worked to institute a language exchange for English and Spanish speaking corpsmembers outside of work hours. Their energy, enthusiasm and creativity have helped to build a strong rapport among the corpsmembers.
Skills training received at CCNB: As part of their year-long AmeriCorps service and training, Vanessa and Suzanne have received: environmental education lesson planning, classroom management, habitat restoration, native plant identification, native plant and wildlife monitoring, tool safety (hand and power tools), CPR/First Aid, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), and civic engagement training.
Favorite project: Both Vanessa and Suzanne agree that the steelhead trout monitoring training at Point Reyes National Seashore was among their favorite projects. They loved learning about the trout’s spawning practices while wading through a creek all morning.
Favorite educational component:
Vanessa: Touring the San Francisco Recycling and Waste facilities.
Suzanne: Learning about the native and invasive plants of the area.
Favorite aspect of working at CCNB:
Vanessa: Having the freedom to adjust the program as necessary to fit the needs of the community. Working with different governmental and non-governmental agencies through various projects with community partners.
Suzanne: Being outside in beautiful places and having variety in what she does, who she works with and where she works
Vanessa: Continue in the environmental education or habitat restoration fields after CCNB and return to school to complete a graduate program in either the field of restoration ecology or natural resource management.
Suzanne: Plans to get a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and become an elementary school teacher. As a teacher, I can take my students on field trips with Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) to restore riparian habitats.
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