Mary Maier currently teaches Biology and Environmental Science to students in grades 9-12 at Willard Alternative High School in Missoula, Montana. Mary earned a B.A. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Broadfield Science and endorsements in Elementary Education and Reading K-12 from the University of Montana in Missoula and a Masters in Science in Science Education (MSSE) from Montana State University in Bozeman.
Some of Mary’s past projects have included being teacher ambassador for Montana Audubon’s Birds Beyond Borders Program and The Big Sky Science Project (BSSP). Most recently, she received a Noyce Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for designing and implementing the Willard Pollinator Ecology Project.
Mary prefers teaching science by developing place-based projects that foster students’ stewardship connection to and understanding of their natural environment, which is why Mary looks forward to collaborating on the BANR project. BANR promises to bring cutting-edge bioenergy research into her classroom while engaging her students in a locally relevant topic with a real-world context.
Role in BANR: Lead Teacher