Rebecca Smith Cottenoir is a faculty member at Wingate University and is the Director of STEAM3 Collaborative, Project Manager of GIFT Aquaponics, and teaches in the Thayer School of Education. She has an interdisciplinary background in biology and geology and has worked in various positions ranging from wetland scientist to assistant editor for Journal of Raptor Research. She attained her M.S. in Biological Sciences and graduate coursework in Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Her passion for active and community engaged learning began when she was a research associate for the Univ. of Miss. Field Station where she coordinated research, outreach, and teacher workshop projects. She utilizes different pedagogies and community partnerships to promote experiential learning for her students both inside and outside the classroom. Her teaching experiences range from both public and private secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
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