Jamie Esler, Lake City High School
Jamie is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for teaching science. If he's not instructing, grading assignments or writing lessons at Lake City High School, he is in his kayak, knee-deep in a telemark turn or hiking with his wife and daughter. Jamie graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in geology and earth science education. Most recently, Jamie has focused his career on enhancing climate change and freshwater resource literacy in the classroom. He is currently a Teacher Fellow with the University of Idaho Intermountain Climate Education Network (ICE-Net), an Extension Lecturer for the University of Washington Program on Climate Change and "UW in the High School" program, and a 2013 PolarTREC Teacher. Jamie does all that he possibly can to provide his students with meaningful, hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities, and he is very excited to see the innovative research his students will design and complete during this year's Confluence Project!
Cindy Rust, Post Falls High School
Cindy loves to play. Through play, she recognizes the potential of activities for authentic learning experiences and turns them into opportunities for students. She currently teaches at Post Falls High School where she not only teaches various science classes, she also organizes the PFHS Ski and Snowboard Club and assists in PFHS Climbing Club. She attended Henderson State University where her priority was swimming, lettering 4 years, but somehow managed to earn a B.S. in Biology. She ATTEMPTED (long story) a M.S. at Arkansas State University, and completed a M.E.P.D. at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. All this education, in addition to work experience, has led her to believe the heart of education is authentic learning experience adventures that spark interests and develop passions in students, which internally motivate them to become life-long independent learners.