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Hartnell College to Conduct Workshop for Teachers and Future Teachers

March 7th, 2006

Author/artist Elizabeth Murray of Monterey will lead a workshop for teachers and future teachers at Hartnell College on Wednesday, March 15.

During the program, titled "Creativity, Culture, Ecology and Education," participants will develop and share lesson plans in a variety of subject areas by using a trilingual children's book, "Nantu and Auju: How the Moon and the Potoo Bird Came to Be," as a teaching tool.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in room 116 of the College Center. An organic lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge for the program or lunch.

Murray, well known as a gardener and photographer in Monet's gardens in Giverny, France, helped restore the gardens in 1985 and returns annually to photograph them. She lectures nationally and conducts workshops on such topics as awakening the artist within and garden photography.

Murray is the luncheon speaker. The public and campus community are invited to attend that presentation, even if they do not attend the workshop.

Denise Cook, director of Hartnell's Center for Teacher Education -sponsor of the workshop - said the "hands-on" program is aimed at future teachers as well as current teachers of preschool through sixth grade students. Persons interested in cultural activities also are invited to attend, she said.

The book, "Nantu and Auju: How the Moon and the Potoo Bird Came to Be," is set in the Amazon rainforest and is based on a myth of an Ecuadorian tribe. The book and other materials will be provided to workshop participants.

The workshop is funded by Hartnell's Cultural Funding Committee and the Center for Teacher Education.

To register for the workshop or for more information, call Laura Zavala of Hartnell's Center For Teacher Education at (831) 755-6768.