Carol A. Leger is an adjunct instructor for the Geology Department. Leger earned her BS in Geology in 2000 and has gone on to special study in Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Applied Biostratigraphy, Field Methods, Field Methods for Educators and Google Map Applications in Geoscience Education. She also received a CELT Certification in blended learning.
Her body of work includes a presentation on the field trip and field guide: A Field Experience for Non-Science Majors: 500 Million Years of Earth History at Turner Falls, MA at What Works: Alternatives to Lecture-Based Learning in Math and Science. The work was presented at Wheaton College at the 1998 Northeast Sector Project Kaleidoscope Conference for Interdisciplinary Science Educators at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. The work resulted in the publication: Nielsen, P.A., Leger, C.A., et al. 1998. A Field Experience for Non-Science Majors: 500 Million Years of Earth History at Turner Falls, MA in What Works: Alternatives to Lecture-Based Learning in Math and Science. Wheaton College
Leger earned the Faust Award in Geology in 2000.
Her professional interests include Earth and Space Science education; the Geologic Society of NH, where she's been a member since 1994; the Geologic Society of America, where she's been a member since 1996; and, The Keene Mineral Club, where she's been a member since 1994. She's also a past member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Leger is also a member and treasurer of the Keene State College Alumni Association and an adjunct member of the KSC ISP Committee: adjunct member 2013-2014.
In the past she's taught Perspectives of the Earth, lectures and labs; and was a tutor through the KSC Aspire Program. Over the years, Leger has hosted or helped lead many workshops for local elementary school groups, after school programs, and scout troops with topics: How to Identify Local Minerals and Rocks or Mining in Cheshire County. In the summer of 2012, she taught a Kids on Campus summer program: Dirt Detectives.
Leger is an avid rock and fossil collector, loves to hike and cross country ski, and travel to National Parks. She is also a passionate teacher of introductory Earth Science courses and labs, with this guiding philosophy: "Minerals are the alphabet and Rocks are the words in the language that Earth’s history is written in. Let’s learn how to read this 4.6 billion years long story!"
She currently teaches Earth Systems Science and Geology of Our National Parks.