Brooke Harris earned her BA in English Literature from McGill University, MS in Education from University of New England and Educational Leadership Certification from Buffalo State College. Ms. Harris has been an educator in Rhode Island and New York for 25 years and has taught 4th grade for the past 12 years at Errick Road Elementary School in North Tonawanda. There, her students have worked on project based learning activities to create a school vegetable garden and most recently, a pollinator garden specifically designed to attract and protect monarch butterflies and other native pollinators. Ms. Harris loves to see the joy, wonder and enthusiasm for learning that science experiences create for children. Students love taking turns feeding her classroom African Water Frogs (William and Harry) and spending time working in the garden. Her 4th graders have been inspired by the Audubon Society’s “For the Birds” program, nighttime ‘Owl Prowls’, planting Milkweed with the NYS Highway Department and wading in Cazenovia Creek to collect water samples and other data for Reinstein Wood’s “A Day in the Life of the Buffalo River” program. Outside of school Ms. Harris enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the great outdoors and volunteering her time working with refugee families. As a Master Teacher, one of the things Ms. Harris is looking forward to is collaborating with other teachers on the NYSSLS Living Environment Professional Learning Team to create more engaging science and engineering projects for her students.