Dorothy Stout Grant Recipients for 2020

Dan Alcorn, Phoenix High School, Lincoln, CA
Dan currently teaches with a continuation high school (Phoenix High) and an independent study program (ATLAS) that emphasize outdoor education. He is a past winner of the AMGEN Science Teacher of the Year award for a project based curriculum that significantly elevated State testing scores of students. Funds will be used for field trips to expose students to the geologic wonders of both Devil's Postpile and Pinnacle National Monuments.


Ana Garcia-Garcia, Physical Sciences Division, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
Ana is a native of Ourense, Spain, and she received her PhD at University of Vigo in Marine Geosciences. She is currently a Full Time Instructor at Monterey Peninsula College, in California, where she teaches Geology and Chemistry. In her postdoc years, she participated in numerous international offshore expeditions studying the seafloor, the Holocene sedimentary infill, and the implications of shallow biogenic methane in sediments, first at University of Vigo (Spain) and later, at University of California in Santa Cruz. One of her main goals is to learn new ways to actively engage her science students and make science more accessible and inclusive for everyone. She will utilize this Award to fund tidal channel field work at Elkhorn Slough Reserve with her students and acquire Virtual Reality equipment for her classes.


Matthew Scott, Douglas Freeman High School, Richmond, VA
Matt Scott is an Earth Science and Oceanography teacher at Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond, Virginia. An avid outdoor sportsman, Matt hopes to bring his experiences rockhounding, rowing, biking, running, hiking, kayaking, and rafting throughout Virginia to students in his classroom. This award will enable Matt to travel the Commonwealth of Virginia and take samples, photos, and immersive panoramic videos at 23 sites of geologic importance in Virginia. These artifacts will help create an interactive and immersive "Real Virginia" map and webpage for student and teacher use with permanent and printable installations in schools across the state.