Rayelnn Brandl

Director
Clark Fork Watershed Education Program
Montana Tech, Butte, MT

Current Academic Responsibilities

⦁ Ensure financial stability of the organization through grant-writing and fundraising.
⦁ Provide leadership and direction for staff team of 7, including program development,        strategic planning, and staff professional development
⦁ Project PI for several grant projects that provide education and outreach for teachers and students in Montana
⦁ Math Science Partnership (MSP) project for MT Office of Public Instruction Montana    Partnership with Regions for Excellence in STEM (MPRES)
⦁ Natural Resource Damage Program (NRD)—Restoration Education Program, Clark Fork Superfund Communities
⦁ National Institutes of Health—Bringing Research Into the Classroom (BRIC)
⦁ Butte Silver Bow Stormwater Education and Outreach
⦁ Butte Silver Bow Butte Reclamation and Evaluation Survey (BRES)
⦁ Department of Environmental Quality 319 Grant—Beaver Mimicry for Climate Resilience
⦁ Watershed Restoration Council Grant-Beaver Mimicry Installation and Monitoring Project⦁ Publish and share program outcomes
⦁ Serve as liaison between program and campus leadership, local agencies, and local community outreach groups

Recent Accomplishments

Recipient, Montana State University-Billings Award of Excellence, 2017; Recipient, Montana School Boards Association Exemplary Service and Dedication Award, 2012; Program Recipient, AmeriCorps Excellence in Service Learning Program 2011

Service to SSMA

⦁ Member, Publications Committee, Present
⦁ Board of Directors, Orphan Girl Theater, 2015-2017
⦁ Vice-Chair, Butte School Board 2009-2012
⦁ Regional Director, Montana School Boards Association, 2009-2012

Vision for SSMA

I would like to provide leadership for the organization, specifically in outreach to educators who may be in the non-traditional settings. The conferences are engaging and can be an excellent venue for networking. I think that informal educators would also benefit from membership with SSMA. I also work extensively with Montana K-12 educators and would like to see targeted outreach to teachers in rural areas who are isolated from local professional networks. SSMA through our journal, website, and the annual conference can provide needed support and growth for rural educators.