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August GeoMentor Spotlight: Jennifer Radcliff

08-12-2019 08:07 AM
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Each month we feature GeoMentor volunteers to showcase the wonderful talent available in our community to assist K-12 schools.

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Name: Jennifer Radcliff
Position/Job and Affiliation: GIS Program Coordinator for the City of Tumwater, WA; Co-owner and Host of the podcast "Will We Make It Out Alive?"
What was your favorite class in K-12? I liked almost all of them.  I don't remember having a favorite.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS?  I was in my senior year of undergrad, wondering what I was going to do with a geography degree.  I took my first GIS class my last semester of undergrad (it was the only GIS course offered at the time), then went on to grad school so I could work in the GIS lab and get experience. 

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): I get to do so many different things!  There's a location to almost everything, so I get to do a little bit of everything.  I never get bored!
Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I love GIS and would like to share my knowledge with a teacher so kids can get experience with GIS at a younger age.
What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for?  I would like to work with a teacher to answer their questions and help them prepare for using GIS in the classroom, and to make them aware of the resources out there (free licenses, lesson plans, etc.).  I don't want to be in a classroom myself though.
If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Location ties disparate data together and if you're not looking at the "where," you're not seeing the whole picture and not making the best decisions possible.
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Twitter:  @JRadmapgirl 
About the Author
Senior Research Geographer with the Association of American Geographers; Map Nerd