On Tuesday, October 15th Mrs. Geist’s Environmental Science and Zoology classes had a number of interesting visitors stop by her classroom, but not all of them were human! Mr. Tom Kelly, owner of the Steel City Reptile Expo stopped by and presented his animals to the students. He asked for student volunteers to hold a number of different animals ranging from different types of snakes to baby tortoises to even a gecko that crawled on one student’s glasses! (Crusted Gecko crawls on Alicia Zottola's face to the right). Mr. Tom Kelly speaks to her classes each year about reptile characteristics, species, and physiology. He brings a plethora of reptiles for students to hold and interact with. Mrs. Geist said she loves seeing the excitement in each of her students as they are learning something new while having hands-on interactions. (Elly Miller, Michael Robinson, and Caroline McCafferty have snakes wraped around them to the left!)
The High School’s assistant principals and other teachers also stopped by her classroom to meet these unique visitors and learn all they could from these new and exciting creatures. (Mr. Ken Crowly and teacher, Mrs. Lohrer holding snakes to the left.)
Ms. Geist’s daughter Coral, a 2nd grader at Muse Elementary, also gave a presentation on her bearded dragon named Steve and the new one-month old hatchling bearded dragon named Irwin. It seems as though Mrs. Geist passed her love of animals and learning on to her daughter because her daughter also assisted Mr. Kelly in passing the animals around to the other students.
It’s clear Mrs. Geist is a very hands on teacher and wants to pass her love of animals on to her students as well. To learn more about her, stop by our YouTube page for a Fun Facts video (found here) that gives some fun, interesting facts about Canon-McMillan High School’s Environmental Science and Zoology teacher!
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