GMRI presented Pat Parent, a teacher at Massabesic Middle School, with our first annual Kevin McCarthy Education Innovation Award this spring for exemplifying leadership in science education.
Parent has impressed the GMRI education staff since his first foray with Vital Signs in 2010. Through the program, he helped students map and monitor invasive and native species in freshwater, marine, and upland environments. Not only does Parent use Vital Signs in his own teaching, he has led numerous trainings to help other teachers utilize the program.
“Pat has been tenacious, creative, flexible, and extraordinary in the way he has implemented and integrated Vital Signs into his teaching,” said Sarah Kirn, GMRI’s Education Programs Strategist. “He jumped in feet first, leading his students’ science inquiry by his own example.”
The McCarthy Award is named after retired Unum CEO Kevin McCarthy, a longtime supporter of science education in Maine. McCarthy and Unum were also honored at the spring award ceremony for two decades of charitable support for GMRI, totaling over $1 million.