Bio: Bev Balash is the Science Department Team Leader and a teacher at Bluffton-Harrison Middle School in Bluffton, Indiana. Bev Balash has incorporated youth voice and youth-led projects into her 8th grade classes for nearly a decade to study the local branch of the Wabash River.
As a result of this work, she has earned the Banks of the Wabash River Award presented by the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission.
Her students' work has worked to change misconceptions of the health of the Wabash River and has promoted an interest in scientific inquiry in both her students and the local community. Her partnership with Hoosier Riverwatch has resulted in an excellent longitudinal record of the heath of the Wabash River.
Master Skills: Engaging Partner Support, Youth Voice
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