SPARROWS POINT — A Sparrows Point High biology and animal behavior teacher will be heading to Costa Rica for ten days — but it’s not for vacation.
Krissy Bohrman has been awarded an Earthwatch Project Kindle Fellowship to study wildlife in the island nation, and will head to paradise this summer to study ecosystems.
Titled “Toucans, Parrots, and other Wildlife in Costa Rica’s Forests,” the fellowship includes the Pointer teacher and other educators and scientists.
The 10-day expedition runs from July 19 to 28, where Bohrman and others will reportedly collect data on climate change, wildlife and ecosystems. The main aim of the research is to study the ecological benefits of fruit trees in the ecosystems of Coto Brus.
Earthwatch says Project Kindle is a special program for educators “who want to engage and inspire their students through hands-on scientific field research” within the next few years. The award covers the full financial cost of the expedition, including meals, accommodations and on-site transportation. Bohrman will also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket expenses related to the study.
“Through the program, I will be prepared to eventually organize students to join me on a similar expedition,” Bohrman said.
“I will be provided with training sessions and resources on best practices for recruiting students, communicating with parents, seeking scholarship funding for students and more.”
Bohrman began teaching for Baltimore County Public Schools in 2012. Prior to joining the county’s public school system, Bohrman was a teacher and naturalist at Echo Hill Outdoor School.
As a science teacher for Grades 7 and 8 at Parkville Middle, Bohrman received a TABCO Rookie Teacher Award. She led the school in becoming Green School certified, assisted the school’s garden club and co-led the student environmental club.
In 2018, she joined the staff of Sparrows Point High after a summer internship with Integrated Pharma Services.
Bohrman has a bachelors degree in biology and secondary education from Susquehanna University and a masters degree in chemical and life sciences from University of Maryland.
“I take planning and preparation very seriously and feel that science should be approached as an investigative process, not just a body of knowledge,” she said.
“Stressing hands-on and project-based learning, questioning, collaborative work, and scientific literacy, my love for science is apparent. I hope to continue to inspire students to have an appreciation and curiosity for science and the natural world around them.”