Local teacher participates in STEM learning externship at Big Marsh

A-P Middle School teacher Josie Suchomel is spending her summer at the Iowa DNR Big Marsh in Parkersburg, learning about ecology and wildlife management locally. (Courtesy photo)

School may be out for the summer, but A-P Middle School science teacher Josie Suchomel won’t let that stop her from continuing to learn.

Suchomel is one of more than 70 Iowa teachers participating in a summer STEM Externship - a six week program sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council that matches teachers with local organizations to provide them with unique learning opportunities to bring back to their classrooms.

This summer, Suchomel is spending her time working at the Iowa DNR Big Marsh in Parkersburg, where she’s getting a hands-on lesson in biology, ecology and wildlife management.

“So far it’s been a real learning experience for me,” Suchomel said. “I’ve gotten to do a lot of stuff that I never would have thought I’d do before.”

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