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Meet the Education Team!

PUD Educators

L-R: Andy, Rosalyn, Roger, Jenni, Heather, Kathie, George, and Nancy

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Kathie

Teaching Experience:
20 years in schools, 5 years with the City of Everett and 15 years with the PUD
Hobbies/Interests:
Gardening, art, antiques, fusing glass and reading
Favorite PUD Lesson:
"Circuit Systems" because it challenges students with easy-to-use, exciting equipment. It is very thought provoking!
What is your favorite electronic gadget and why?
LED lights because we have just begun to see their fantastic applications which will give us better lighting options with reduced energy use.
What’s your favorite renewable energy source and why?
Wind energy because an invisible source can power so much!


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Nancy

Teaching Experience:
33 years in schools and 3 years with the PUD
Hobbies/Interests: 
Walking, hiking, tennis
If you could be an energy-related superhero, what would your name be and what would your super power be? 
I’d be “Conservatron” and my power would be the ability to turn off the lights or water when they are being wasted. I could point or blink my eyes and the bathroom light that had been left on would go off!
What is your favorite renewable energy source and why?
Solar energy because every building has a roof so putting solar panels on the roof to give it its own energy source just makes sense.


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Roger

Teaching Experience:
12 years as a corporate trainer, 6 years substitute teaching and 5 years with the PUD
Hobbies/Interests: 
Hiking, biking and canoeing with my kids & reading and creative writing as time allows
Favorite PUD Lesson:
"Watt Do You Know About Energy?" because this lesson takes familiar concepts about energy and presents them in an organized fashion, providing students with new ways to think about the world around them.
If you could be an energy-related superhero, what would your name be and what would your super power be? 
Captain Thunderhead, who predicts storms, then captures the lightning and stores it, thus tapping in to a new renewable energy source.
What food do you consume to give yourself more energy? 
Water for the hydropower.


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George

Teaching Experience:
32 years in schools and 2 years with the PUD
Favorite PUD Lesson:
"The Journey of Hydropower" because I love it when potential energy changes to kinetic energy, providing us with electrical energy, and as a result, we can transform that energy to light, heat, motion and other various forms of energy that we use every day.
What is your favorite renewable energy source and why?
Tidal power because my favorite place to be is the ocean. Whenever I think of tidal power, I think of the ocean where I love to sit and listen to its power. It’s is my favorite renewable energy because it’s the most predictable. 
If electricity had a battle with water, who would win?
It all has to do with mobility. Whichever can outflank the other will be the winner. Electricity is always seeking to move to lower voltage and so in my mind is somewhat scattered and disorganized with its head in the clouds at times. Water, on the other hand, always moves around in a disciplined manner, taking care of assigned tasks on its “rounds.” And of course advantage in mobility goes to water; as it possesses its own cycle.


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Andy

Teaching Experience:
30 years in schools
Hobbies/Interests:
Reading books about mathematics and physics
What is your favorite gadget and why?
I think that computers are a great avenue for combining words and pictures in compelling ways.
What is your favorite renewable energy source and why?
I like solar energy. I have built two solar greenhouses, including one on the side of a “sugaring shed” in New Hampshire. 


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Rosalyn

Teaching Experience:
15+ years in schools
Hobbies/Interests:
Crafting, working out and reading
What is your favorite gadget and why?
My favorite electronic gadget is a hand-held foamer because I love coffee with a foamy, frothy, milky topping.
If you could be an energy-related superhero, what would your name be and what would your superpower be?
I would be “Solaria,” a superhero who gives solar panels to those who need them. (She’s a very busy superhero.)