We are very pleased with the team of talented and dedicated
people who will be joining us for our Belize expedition. We are very fortunate
to have each and every one of them along with us. They come from a variety
of backgrounds and experiences but all of them are adventurous and believe
that individuals can and do make a difference. (You can read about usthe
Virtual Explorerson our bio page.)
I am a 17 year-old from the Bay Area in California
who loves Fuji apples, plays club and varsity soccer and has a black
Labrador Retriever named Max. My favorite school subjects are art
and English and I hope to work in the film industry someday.
Instead of starting my senior year with fellow classmates my mom and
I will be traveling to Belize to research manatees. I am very excited
about this expedition and feel that it will be a great learning experience
for me, one greater than I could receive in the classroom. Plus from
the little information that I know about manatees they seem like very
cute and gentle mammals and I can't wait to be a part of the process
that helps protect them. I am also looking forward to being away from
the hustle and bustle of California and able to enjoy the great outdoors
in a place Ive never been to before.
Life has a magical way of placing unexpected gifts
in front of you like this expedition to help researchers study manatees.
The moment I heard about this exciting expedition and great opportunity
I knew my daughter and I had to be part of it. I work for a nonprofit
organization that helps support and educate families, patients, caregivers
and health care professional about brain tumor diseases so I understand
the precious gift of life.
I am excited to have this opportunity to step out of my comfortable
world and embark on this expedition. Plus to give my daughter the
chance to see another part of the world while helping others is invaluable.
I am looking forward to the hard work I will have to do to assist
these researchers to better understand these giant mermaids.
I teach middle grades English, social studies and science at Glade
Creek School in Alleghany County, North Carolina. My students and
I use technology to make our learning more enjoyable and relevant.
Using the Internet, we have participated in several projects with
schools around the world.
I believe that students learn best by doing, and that it is my job
to provide students with as many real-life learning experiences as
possible. I also am passionately concerned for our environment and
seek to make students aware of the issues that will face them today
and in the future. I believe this Virtual Explorers expedition will
allow my students to experience real science and develop a concern
for the environment at the same time.
When I am not in school, I enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains,
gardening, cooking, singing, and reading. I also enjoy traveling to
different countries to learn about other cultures and to see the wonders
I am a professor and an educational researcher interested
in exploring the use of learning technologies to make education a
better process for both kids and adults. I teach in the Instructional
Technology program at Appalachian State University. When I'm not teaching,
I often visit schools and help teachers plan through the process of
using technology effectively.
This is my first adventure with Virtual Explorers.
I am excited to be traveling on this expedition to Belize with the
Virtual Explorers group. While I'm there, I will be helping the group
capture the experience of this expedition to create online "slice
of life" curriculum for teachers in schools. Observing the process
firsthand will help me consider ways learning technologies can help
us use real-life problems to support more meaningful learning in schools.
I was born in 1974 in Malaysia. As a young boy, I
loved going to the seaside to play amongst white sands and coconut
trees or wade around in padi-fields to catch guppies. As a young boy,
I traveled to a lot of strange and exotic places like Thailand and
New Jersey. In my travels, I saw many interesting things. I frequently
wondered why people did the things they did? For example, I wondered
why Americans drove such big cars or how people could like snow? I
promised myself that I would study hard in school to discover the
answers to these questions one day.
Eventually, my parents moved to Florida, and even though I was sad
to leave my dog behind, I thought it would be better idea to stay
close to Mom and Dad. Besides, I figured this would be the perfect
place to find answers to my questions. And so, I went to school and
then college and had many wonderful and interesting experiences living
in the United States. After reading a lot of books and having many
great conversations about many important questions, I decided I would
become a teacher. I taught Chinese Language and History at the Loomis
Chaffee School in Connecticut for three years. Soon after I started
a company with Kevin McAllister to help schools use technology to
make teaching and learning more fun.
Ive been creating educational online content
for the past seven years. For the past three, Ive worked for
where several of my most satisfying projects have included collaborating
with partners to create exciting, interactive content about places
people can visit online, no matter where they live in the world. For
one of these projects, I collaborated with the Virtual Explorers to
highlight their visit to northern Peru to study Amazon
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Virtual Explorers
in the field this year, leaving my computer and desk in New York City
and replacing them with snorkel gear and bug repellents in Belize;
being an active participant in the research project will help me consider
new ways to present virtual expeditions to an online audience.
I grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean, learned to
scuba dive at 16 and went to college to be a marine biologist. I got
lured away by a Freshman geology class and went on to major in geology
and worked as an exploration geologist. After graduate school I married
and left for two years to serve in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.
Back in the states I moved to New England and worked as a science
and language teacher for 17 years. During those years I became fascinated
with technology and served as Director of Technology for 10 years.
In 1999 I left teaching and founded inResonance, a technology consulting
company, with Ernest Koe.
I love to travel and have visited all 50 states and most of Canada
and Europe with my family. I also spent time in Central America leading
peace delegations in the 1980s. I currently live in Western Massachusetts.
I have two daughters who are now in college themselves.
I was an extremely fortunate individual to travel
with the Virtual Explorers team to the jungles of Ghana last December,
regardless of having to slave over piles of hot coals to prepare meals
and scrub buckets of filthy, stinky laundry everyday. Remote traveling
requires excessive amounts of hard physical labor, which I have become
plenty accustomed to.
In June of '89, I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America
and received my AOS, which was soon to become my passport to world
travel. After honing my culinary skills at world class hotels such
as the Park Hyatt Chicago, the LaCosta Resort and Spa in Carlsbad,
and the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley, I decided to travel
the world and worked as the Executive Chef for Africa Expeditions,
a remote catering and safari outfit based out of Kenya.
I am currently based in San Francisco, and when I am not stirring
pots in the kitchen, I'm usually cooking over a campfire somewhere
in the outdoors. My passion for running and hiking have taken me across
the deserts of Morocco on foot, I've hiked the Pacific Crest Trail
from Mexico to Canada, and even cooked and crewed on a 37 foot sailboat
during a month-long Pacific Ocean crossing. I have never before been
to Central America, and although I'm looking forward to swimming with
the sea manatees, I am hoping the crew does not ask me to try to cook