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In Memoriam

Bernard Leonard: May 13, 1960 – November 20, 2015

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Every summer, CIAN hosts amazing teachers from around the country in Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs, and each year they return to their schools to inspire and excite their students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We have had many RET teachers who excel as summer researchers and teachers, setting an example of superior work ethic and devotion to excellence; Bernard Leonard was one of these. A role model to his fellow teachers and all who knew him, Bernard participated in the Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET) program during the summer of 2014, at the University of Arizona. Sadly, after bravely fighting cancer, Bernard passed away on November 20, 2015.

Bernard was an honorable husband and father of two children. He taught children on Arizona’s Hopi reservation, and although some of us knew him only shortly, it was obvious that he was proud of his heritage and his roles as husband, father, and teacher. He was kind, humorous, and giving.

On behalf of the Center for Integrated Access Networks and the 2014 fellow ROKET participants, our thoughts and condolences are with Bernard’s family.

Thank you for your example, Bernard. It will not be forgotten.

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Words from fellow teachers and ROKET participants:

“Bernard Leonard, a true Diné man and a friend of many, was an educator participant in the Summer of 2014 CIAN-ROKET STEM opportunity at the University of Arizona. Bernard may have lost his battle to cancer, but his fight of educating indigenous students in promoting the sciences remains. He was well loved by those of his family and friends across the Navajo Nation and especially by the community and families of the Hopi Tribe as he gave his all in educating students who entered his class over the years. It is with honor and gratitude to have had the opportunity to have met Bernard and to call him friend.”  

Bernard was a dedicated teacher who wanted to bring more to his tribe and help the students to reach… higher academic standards by participating in scientific research and different activities to bring more ideas of engaging Native American students to STEM and learning. He will be missed and hopefully other teachers from his area would follow in his foot steps to learn to engage Native American students.”

“When talking to Bernard, I was always reminded that I was talking to a true leader; a Father, husband, teacher, and Native American role model. He did it all and made it seem possible. Bernard inspired me to take value in my teaching and to follow the path that feels right.”

 

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Bernard presenting his ROKET research poster and laughing with undergraduate students.

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Bernard having fun in the Thin Films Lab

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Bernard working on an assignment in Prof. Greg Cajete’s workshop

2013 Research Experience for Teachers Program Report

2013 Post-RET Survey Report

Following CIAN’s 2013 ROKET (Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers) program, participants were asked to complete a survey administered via surveymonkey.com. Eleven out of 15 responded to the survey, which aimed at measuring differences between pre and post-program levels of confidence in specific teaching skills, as well as any change in attitudes regarding their roles as teachers. Continue reading

Now Accepting! Teachers

Are you or do you know of a STEM teacher (K-12 & Community College) that wants first hand experience in a scientific laboratory doing research?

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The Research in Optics for K-14 Educators & Teachers (ROKET) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is the perfect opportunity! This National Science Foundation funded program will host teachers of predominantly Native American students (or who are Native American themselves) to do research with top professors and graduate students on the University of Arizona campus for 6-weeks.

Housing and travel are provided as well as a $5,400 stipend Continue reading