Melisa Dettbarn earned her BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Buffalo, and MA in Science Education from the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester. An educator for nine years, Mrs. Dettbarn teaches 7th grade science, Regents Earth Science, Applied Science and AP Environmental Science at Pembroke Junior Senior High School in Corfu. A strong advocate for student driven learning that is focused on service learning and local environmental issues, Mrs. Dettbarn involves her students in debates on current environmental issues with expert guest speakers. Mrs. Dettbarn’s professional interests include green technology, sustainable development, and the Maker Movement. Recent projects focus on leading students from the Young Adult Environmental Leadership Conference in the creation of an outdoor classroom on school grounds, a presentation at the first Buffalo Mini Maker Faire at the Buffalo Museum of Science, and involvement with local sustainability issues in Buffalo, NY through the Western New York Environmental Alliance. She was honored by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club/Niagara Group for “Environmental Science Education In the Classroom” for her Applied Science class’ project creating mobile website-based field guides of the organisms and habitat of the school trails accessible by the public through scannable QR codes.