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Heather Witt

National Board Certified Teacher

Heather Witt, NBCT is a National Board Certified Teacher, a native to Las Vegas, and a Clark County School District Graduate. Heather is a 2017 secondary science state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. She has taught 6th-9th grade science in CCSD for the past 7 years. She has also worked with other science teachers throughout the district in writing curriculum and resources aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science based on the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as facilitating professional development for teachers on implementation of the standards. In 2016, Heather was invited to Washington DC by the National Education Association to represent Nevada at the NEA Alumni Academy to learn to better advocate for students and ensure equitable access to science. She and two of her colleagues were selected by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the Convocation on Increasing the Roles and Significance of Teachers in Policymaking for K-12 Engineering Education in Washington DC. Heather currently serves as President of Region I of the Nevada State Science Teachers Association, where her mission is to help provide support and networking opportunities to science teachers across southern Nevada to ensure every student has access to quality science education.

Guy Pinjuv

PhD, Carbon Scientist

Guy Pinjuv, PhD trained forest carbon scientist, who has worked my entire life on Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture related projects. I have worked on making decision support systems and models that predict the effects of Climate Change on the terrestrial biosphere (i.e. where will there be forests, where will there be agriculture in the future). Currently I work on avoided deforestation, and reduced deforestation projects internationally for clients such as the United Nations, World Bank, Conservation International, and the Nature Conservancy.I am a second generation native Nevadan, and my family has been here over 100 years. My grandfather had a ranch and a store near downtown Las Vegas. At the time, the ranch was so remote that my mother being born pre-mature, was incubated in the oven on a blanket. She was raised by a Paiute woman from the reservation named Stella. I truly love this place and the people that live in it, and am running for Congress in Nevada‚Äôs third house district.

Dr. Suzanne Stone

Director of Horticulture and Research

Dr. Suzanne Stone is the Director of Horticulture and Research at Urban Seed Inc., a technology-driven hydroponic urban farm in Las Vegas, NV. She earned her PhD in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on organic food production and plant breeding. An award-winning teacher, she spent fourteen years in the public school system, helping students develop a joy for learning science. She is passionate about using science to bring fresh, nutritious food to each and every community in a sustainable manner.

March information

Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Location: 1025 S. 1st Street, Las Vegas (Art Square)

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