Laura A. McCluskey

Title: Environmental Science Teacher
Company: Parsippany Environmental Advisory Committee
Location: Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, United States

Laura McCluskey, Environmental Science Teacher at Parsippany Environmental Advisory Committee, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental science instruction.

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science in 1982 from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, Ms. McCluskey later followed with a curriculum development / supervisors’ certification from Caldwell University and a Master of Arts in environmental education from Montclair State University in 1990. She later acquired an environmental steward certification from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2019.

After providing superior service as a quality control chemist from 1982 to 1984 with Glidden Coatings and Resins, Ms. McCluskey interned as outdoor naturalist for visiting school and camp groups with Weiss Ecology Center in Wanaque, New Jersey from 1984 to 1986, where she conducted historical iron mine tours and taught ecology classes including outdoor survival, stream ecology and tree identification. Subsequently, she served as director of programming with Wide World of Summer / K-5 educational camp from 1994 to 2001.

From 1986 to 2019, Ms. McCluskey prospered as a K – 12 science educator with the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District. There, her areas of expertise included environmental science, biology and chemistry. She has also written the curriculum for many of the courses she taught including AP environmental science and is currently interested in providing workshops for teachers in the environmental education field.

In addition to her educational career, Ms. McCluskey serves on the board of trustees of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education, as chairperson of the Parsippany Troy Hills Environmental Advisory Committee and designs presentations and workshops for the National Science Teachers Association and Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education.

Ms. McCluskey’s honors include the Patricia F. Kane Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental Education, the High School Teacher of the Year from Parsippany Rotary in 2007 and Teachers Recognition Program Award from New Jersey Governor James Florio in 1990.

Attributing her success to her passion for teaching the next generation to understand the science of the environment, Ms. McCluskey believes that greater knowledge of the environment will inspire students to be better stewards of the natural world. Retired from Parsippany-Troy Hills since 2019,  she would like to develop more programs for K-5 teachers because she avers that they are the group that needs the background and the confidence to teach science in the coming years.

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