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Meet the Fellows 2016: Aniline Amoguis

By Heather Flanagan
May 23, 2016

The BOP-CCERS Fellowship at Pace University is a two-year professional development and training program designed to give teachers the knowledge and tools to engage their students in hands-on restoration science in New York Harbor.  This is our second year of the program, and the first year in which we have two cohorts overlapping. The program is structured so that second year fellows serve as mentors to the first.  

The first cohort of 17 middle school math and science teachers, who began in February 2015, are now finishing up their implementation year, during which they have taught a spiraling BOP curriculum and have taken their students on at least four monitoring expeditions. The second cohort of 24 teachers from 14 schools are currently in their foundations semester, in which they learn from guest experts and receive four days of hands-on field training from staff scientists. 

Last fall we featured some BOP-CCERS Cohort One teachers and now it’s Cohort Two teachers’ turn to shine!  Join us as we get to know more of the NYC DOE middle school teachers who are bringing hands-on restoration science to classrooms from the Bronx to Brooklyn.  Today we’re getting to know Aniline Amoguis of the Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria, Queens.

Aniline Amoguis and her class practicing tree stewardship!

Aniline Amoguis and her class practicing tree stewardship!

Tell us about…

…your school!

“My school is the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria. It is a small 6-12 all-girls public school.  Our school has a diverse population that represents about 50 different cultural heritages.  Our school is a great place to do restoration education because we are a project-based school and our educators believe in educating the whole child.”

…your students!

“I teach 6th grade science. I have many students who are interested in BOP and other environmental stewardship initiatives.”

…yourself!

“I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from a small boarding school in the Philippines.  I also have a Master’s degree in Education. I was drawn to BOP because I would like to be involved in environmental stewardship and restoration.”

What is the nearest body of water to your school?  Where would you like to site your restoration station?

“The nearest body of water to my school is the East River.  If there is a restoration site in Astoria Park (Hallet’s Cove), I would love to have it there.”

Aniline Amoguis's class

What’s something you’re proud of in your teaching, your school, or your students?

“One of my students wanted to be an ichthyologist after being in my class and my Trout and Trees club.”

What’s up next for your class?

“I have planned 6th grade trips for my students in May, including a trip to The River Project.  We are also getting ready to release our trout in May. We have raised these trout from eggs and we can’t wait to bring them back to their home.  Another project we are excited about is the Trees for Tribs trip to an organic farm where my students will be planting trees near a tributary.”

We’re so glad to have Aniline and all the other fellows aboard!  Click here to get to know the rest of Cohort Two.

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