New Mexico | 2009
With an education career spanning over 27 years, Vince Case has taught elementary through university public school students, including a year-long sabbatical as an invited ecology professor at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Originally from Maryland and after graduating from the University of Delaware, he moved to New Mexico in 1994 to teach on the Diné Nation in Thoreau and Shiprock. From 2000 to 2010, Vince taught at the Albuquerque Public Schools’ (APS) School on Wheels Alternative High School where he implemented an experiential and integrated inquiry, field, and place-based curriculum. His students collected and analyzed ecological data on the Rio Grande, in the Bosque, and its acequia systems, presented at various national conferences and festivals, and published several articles in journals and the local media.
In 2010, Vince became an environmental education resource teacher with the APS Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. In this role, Vince continues to support and provide an Ecology Field Program for all of the district’s fifth graders and teachers in the mountains. He is a co-founding member of the school district’s Outdoor Learning Team which provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators within the district and encourages schools to use their outdoor campus and community spaces as a resource for student learning while supporting students’ social emotional well-being and academic success. Most recently, Vince and colleagues were awarded a $50,000 grant from the NM Public Education Department to pilot and serve all APS 3rd graders with an academic field experience at the Los Padillas Wildlife Sanctuary in Albuquerque’s historic South Valley that focuses on community, habitats, and human interactions.