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Vicki Dabrowka holds a BA in Elementary Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Hood College. Vicki began teaching in public school in Illinois in 1991 at Northpoint Elementary School in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, where she taught 2nd grade for 3 years. She moved to the Washington, DC area in 1994 where she began teaching in independent schools. She taught Kindergarten and K-3 Science at The Banner School in Frederick, Maryland for 2 years; then 2nd grade at The Concord Hill School in Chevy Chase, MD for 3 years. During these years, Vicki also worked as a freelance writer for the education publication The Mailbox Magazine, creating thematic teaching units for elementary classroom teachers. In 2001, Vicki moved to Tampa, FL where she continued freelance writing for Mailbox Magazine until 2002 when she began teaching 3rd grade atCarrollwood Day School. She taught there for 5 years until she returned to Maryland in 2007. Currently, she is in her fifth year at Eagle Cove School, an independent PreK—5th Grade Maryland “Green” School where she teaches 3rdgrade and serves as one of the two lead environmental education teachers.
Teaching at a Maryland “Green” School, Vicki has found her niche as an environmental educator. With Eagle Cove School’s continued effort to share and expand environmental awareness to a wider community, Vicki started a monthly newsletter in December 2008 called “The Green Team Gazette.” This monthly newsletter was a joint brainstorm with the Arkansas-based founders of CynerGreen and CGKidz. The purpose of this monthly publication was to share ideas with other schools who were trying to become more eco-friendly or start environmental programs at their school. From December 2008 to May 2011, “The Green Team Gazette Newsletter” was shared with Eagle Cove School’s partner schools and other schools involved with CGKidz’s “Green Club in a Box.”
In February 2010 and in a further attempt to “darken her shade of green,” Vicki decided to branch beyond the newsletter format into the blogosphere. She created the eco-blog Green Team Gazette in order to share environmental resources on a more frequent basis. Green Team Gazette’s audience is primarily classroom teachers and environment educators, however anyone wishing to “green up their routine” may also find helpful hints inside. Green Team Gazette’s website has had international readership with over 40,000 visitors from all 6 continents. Vicki also has created a GTG Facebook page, and she is active on Twitter. In addition to staying current with environmental resources, she is also pursuing ways integrating technology in the classroom. She frequently shares ideas on her blog about how technology can be one avenue towards greening the classroom.