Dr. Lara Bryant
Dr. Bryant earned her Masters of Applied Geography and doctorate in Geographic Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. She has a range of experience in geographic education from ten years teaching geography in both rural and urban secondary public schools, to her current position offering geography classes geared toward pre-service education majors. Her courses include: Introduction to World Geography, Geography for Educators, World Regional Geography, Topics in Regional Geography: Europe, Population Geography and Geospatial Technologies for K-12.
For the past seventeen years Dr. Bryant has been actively involved in the National Geographic Alliance Network in a multitude of roles including teacher consultant and conference coordinator for the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. She is currently the coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance. As coordinator, she is engaged in outreach programs with the public school system throughout New Hampshire.
Bryant’s research interests include GIS in secondary education, affective education, informal geographic education, and spatial cognition. She received the American Association of Geographers Applied Geography Specialty Group Class Exercise Award Competition for “Geospatial Technology Curriculum Development” in 2011 which connected local schools and public agencies with her students in developing GIS lessons. She has also participated in the Network of Alliance for Geographic Education task force which created Interconnections, an alignment guide between the second edition of Geography for Life and the Common Core ELA State Standards. Most recently she worked with other state agencies to form NHEdGIS, a partnership which brought a statewide GIS license to public schools in New Hampshire and has received state and national recognition regarding their efforts to bring geospatial technologies to the public classrooms.
Dr. Bryant’s international experiences include living in Germany, traveling to China as a Fulbright participant, and working in Chile to help develop online geography modules for the Association of American Geographers Center for Global Education. Her most recent studies abroad include her participation in a faculty seminar, “Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar: Exploring the Coexistence and Challenges of Neighboring Cultures” in Spain and Morocco.