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Dr. Joan Bouza Koster
Dr. Joan Koster is an instructor at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York and holds degrees in art education from Adelphi University, elementary education from Temple University, and a doctorate in education from Binghamton University.Her dissertation focused on forming teacher study/research groups to address racism through children's literature. She also directed the Talent Development program at Homer Brink Elementary in Endwell, New York where she developed the talents of all prekindergarten to 5th grade students through interdisciplinary projects. She is the author of Growing Artists: Teaching the Arts to Young Children, Bringing the Arts into the Elementary School, and Handloom Construction: A Practical Guide for the Non-Expert. With her husband she has conducted anthropological fieldwork focusing on shepherding in Greece and Italy and for 30 years ran a sheep farm and weaving business. She has published numerous articles in the fields of education, anthropology, and fiber art. She regularly conducts workshops on the arts, media literacy, and addressing social justice issues.
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Tim Wolcott taught secondary level science courses for 22 years, mostly at Waverly, NY Middle / High School. As Adjunct Professor at the University of Albany he directed Waverly HS's twelve-college credit Science Research Program. Tim holds a Bachelors in Geology and a Masters in Earth Science education from Binghamton University. During his teaching career, Tim taught Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Integrated Science and Environmental Science. He also coordinated the district's greenhouse projects that included constructing seven raised beds filled with flowers and produce destined for sale to benefit local at-risk youth. Prior and coincident to his teaching experience, Tim has been a restaurant cook, medical laboratory technician, oceanographic research assistant, well site geological crew chief, drilling fluids engineer and general insurance broker as well as Chairman of the Recycling and Waste Management Committee of the Broome County Environmental Management Council. His current interests include giving direct support for local peace education outreach through becoming a Board Member of Broome County Peace Action as well as organizing an inmate / community member gardening program at the Broome County Jail. Meanwhile, Tim continues to advocate for fossil fuel divestment, anti-fracking and other actions designed to mitigate climate change.
Workshops & Training
Joan and Tim are available to present workshops and inservice training to teachers, parents and peace groups on the topics of anti-bullying appropaoches, anti-racism, chidlren's books, social action and justice, and peace education
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