Michael Brown Educator, Writer, and Naturalist



       1990-Present - Puyallup School District, elementary classroom teacher

       1990 - First Place, Seattle, primary teacher

       1989-1990 - Renton, Mercer Island, and Snohomish School Districts, substitute teacher

       1988-1989 - Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, primary teacher


Naturalist Experience

       1994-2005- Advisor, Firgrove Naturalists Club, Firgrove Elementary School

       1995-1996- Worked on the Pierce County Oak Woodlands Mapping project for Tahoma Audubon Society

       1983-1984, Taught classes on marine invertebrates as a volunteer for The Seattle Aquarium

       Lifelong bird watcher



       1998 - Master of Arts in Computer Education, Gonzaga University

       1988 - Teaching Certificate, Seattle University, endorsed in Elementary Education, History, Speech, and Instructional Technology

       1980 - Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications, Western Washington University


Naturalist Education

       1995 Completed Master Birder course, Tahoma Audubon Society


Committees and Professional Activities

       Member WEA News Crew, 2005-2007

       Firgrove Elementary Technology Support Liaison, 2005-2006

       Served on Firgrove Elementary CSIP Committee, 2005-2006

       Summit Uniserv Council/Puyallup Education Association Executive Board, 2003-2006

       Delegate, NEA Representative Assembly, 2003

       Delegate, WEA Representative Assembly, 2002, 2006

       Served on Firgrove Elementary Arts Curriculum Team, 2001-2006

       Presenter, Northwest Council for Computer Education Conference 2000

       Served on Puyallup School District Technology Scope and Sequence Committee, 1999

       Participated in Washington Forest Protection Association Summer Science Summit, 1998

       Served two years on Firgrove Elementary site council, 1997-1999

       Served two years on Puyallup School District Environmental Education Leadership Team, 1997-1998

       Served on Firgrove Elementary technology committee, 1995-1997, 2003-2006

       Advisor, Firgrove Naturalists, 1995-2005

       Served two years on Firgrove Elementary staff development committee, 1993-1995

       Participated in University of Washington Summer Geology Institute for elementary teachers; helped develop fourth grade geology curriculum for Puyallup School District, 1991


Grants, Volunteer Work, and Awards

       Received a research grant from the Purple Martin Conservation Association to install housing and monitor the nesting of Purple Martins at Riverside Elementary School, 2007

       Served on South Hill Community Planning Board, 2000 - 2001

       Wrote and received a Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant for two Firgrove Elementary classrooms to participate in TELDEC IV, 1999

       Recipient of a Washington State PTA Golden Acorn Award for Firgrove Elementary, 1997

       Volunteer for the Tahoma Audubon Society, 1995-2008

       Wrote and received a Project WILD grant to develop an interpretive nature trail at Firgrove Elementary, 1995

       Volunteer, First Place, Seattle, 1990

       Volunteer teacher, Seattle Aquarium, 1983-1984