Geospatial Technologies


The Camp will be held at Alaska's Institute of Technology (AVTEC) in Seward, Alaska.  Lodging is spartan, and participants will be expected to help out with meals, chores, team building, etc.


  CAMP APPLICATION (limited statewide to 10 teachers and 2 students each)  Applications due:  April 2, 2012


Katie Kennedy,Alaska Geographic Alliance  /  Email:

  Katie Kennedy is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the University of Alaska Geography Program and the Coordinator of the Alaska Geographic Alliance. She is a former classroom teacher who resides in Fairbanks and conducts outreach activities - from teacher professional development to school programs such as the National Geographic Society's Giant Traveling Maps to community Geography Awareness Week events -  throughout the state of Alaska. In addition to being passionate about geography, geospatial technologies, and place-based education, Katie enjoys hiking and outdoor exploration.

Kathryn KeranenESRI Trainer  /  Email:

Kathryn Keranen, a retired teacher, was instrumental in introducing GPS, GIS, and remote sensing into the geosystems curriculum of Fairfax County, Virginia schools.  Currently she is a private consultant, an authorized K-12 Esri instructor, and adjunct faculty member at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She has co-authored "Making Spatial Decision Using GIS: A Workbook" with Dr. Bob Kolvoord and their second book "Making Spatial Decisions Using Remote Sensing" is due out later this year.

Dr. Patricia Heiser, UAF Assistant Professor of Geography  /  Email:

 Dr. Heiser is a geologist by training, and teaches physical geography, landscape analysis, and field research courses in the Geography Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her Ph.D. is in Quaternary Geology (the interdisciplinary study of ice ages, climate change, paleogeography and paleoecology) and her research is primarily in paleogeography, ecology, and landscape history in western and southwestern Alaska. She is a co-PI on a US Dept of Education funded project to develop and expand MapTEACH curriculum in rural/native communities across the state. She has helped teachers in rural districts integrate GIS, GPS, and inquiry-based local field projects into science curriculum.  She also taught for four years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, hired specifically into a position partially funded by Alaska Education Innovation Network (AEIN), and Alaska Partners Teacher Education (APTE) grants to develop science courses and train pre-service Alaskan teachers. She has participated in pre-season training of National Park Service Naturalists in Kenai Fjords National Park and also taught a teacher education course in Seward for Alaska Geographic.

Denyse Hurst,  Science Teacher (Grades 9-12), Kenai Peninsula Borough School District  /  Email:

  Nysie Hurst   teaches Distance Learning Science for Kenai Peninsula School District in Soldotna.  She has just recently moved from North Carolina where she taught high school Biology, Earth Science, and Physical Science for Burke County Schools.  She has had the opportunity to also facilitate team building, environmental science education, and outdoor leadership for various organization including: The Adventure Guild of Chattanooga, Tennessee, North Carolina Outward Bound School of Table Rock, NC, Farm & Wilderness of Plymouth, VT, and GEAR UP with Appalachian State University where she earned her Master’s in Higher Education Teaching Biology.  She is a firm believer in experiential education in which students engage in hands on science activities through field trips, research, and data analysis.   Her most favorite activity is traveling and being outdoors with her husband, Adrian, and daughter Sophia.

Matthew Balazs,  Masters College Student  (UAF) /  Email:

Matthew received his B.S. in Landscape Analysis and Climate Change, and GIS and Remote Sensing And B.A in cultural geography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is now persuing a Ph.D. in Geology with a concentration on the Remote Sensing of Natural Hazards in the fjord environments of South Central Alaska. Matthew has worked as a GIS and remote sensing tech for various organizations including the Institute of Arctic Biology and the State of Alaska Division of Geologic & Geophysical Surveys. His passions in life are travel, hunting, and spending time with his wife and dogs.

Tal Norvell & Isaac Christiansen   EED Student Interns  /  Email: & 

Tal and Isaac are in charge of document the camp in order to produce a 10-minute video on "blended learning" showing how we do this at the camp, and then follow up with distance education.  They will be producing a daily morning show recapping the previous day, at breakfast; participating for the Kodiak team students; and lending assistance, as needed.