Saturday, September 14, 2013

Education Coordinator Intern

Janet is our first Education Coordinator. She will expand and formalize our educational programming within the fields of technology, archeaology, and the new California common core curriculum. Janet arrived September 6th and has hit the ground running. A recent graduate of the University of New Mexico, she holds a Bachelor’s in Anthropology with a minor in Geography. A veteran of almost twenty years as a programmer and database designer, she brings both a technical background and archaeology skills to the position. At the University of New Mexico Office of Contract Archaeology, she classified lithics and ceramics from the White Sands Missile Range dating from 400 to 700 A.D. resulting in the flotation, cleaning, labeling, and recording of this previously neglected collection. Her graduate work included a study of ground stone tools known as "manos" from various parts of the American Southwest and the relationship of mano size to the introduction of maize (corn), and she participated in a archaeological dig in San Gemini, Italy, on a bath from about 200 BC during the Roman Republic.

A native of Southern California, Janet is familiar with the environment here in the Imperial Valley. “I grew up camping here, in the San Felipe Wash and along the Pole Line Road,” explains Janet. “We would come to Anza-Borrego in the spring for the wildflowers, and in the winter the entire extended family would camp near the old Truckhaven Trail between Christmas and New Year’s. It was a great time to be a kid.” Janet’s responsibilities will be to work with educational opportunities in the fields of technology, archaeology and 21st century learning techniques.