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Lalena Peterson-Kidd - Ringgold, Georgia. 

Is an elementary teacher specializing in STEM. Lalena has a passion for traveling and constantly seeks innovative ways to incorporate her love for our National Parks into her teaching. With almost 8 years of experience, she has been dedicated to educating students from Pre-K to 5th grade within the Dalton Public School Systems in Dalton, Georgia. Over the past three years, Lalena has successfully integrated National Parks learning experiences into her classroom curriculum. Currently, she is pursuing certification in using Nature Journaling as a teaching tool.

Patty Taylor - Fort Mill, South Carolina

Has been an educator for 26 years with experiences as a Reading Recovery Teacher, a Literacy Coach, a 3rd grade teacher and a 2nd grade teacher, which has been her favorite. She has taught in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, where she currently lives with her husband, two teenage sons and Siberian cat. Patty loves to expose and encourage her students to wonder and explore. She is a National Park enthusiast and loves to share her passion with her students. When she’s not teaching, she loves to read, make clay jewelry, tent camp and take road trips. 

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