Karen Temple-Beamish has taught 8th grade Earth Systems Science and high school Environmental Biology at Albuquerque Academy for 18 years. In addition to teaching science, Karen is her school’s sustainability coordinator, environmental club sponsor and director of the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden. Karen has participated in the Woodrow Wilson Environmental Institute in Costa Rica and in the Japan Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. More recently Karen has become an EE Capacity’s Community Climate Change Fellow, and a 2015 NOAA Climate Steward. Karen received the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. She has a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University.