Kattie Konno-Leonffu with horseshoe crab.  Limulus polyphemus - marine & brackish water arthropods
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Kattie Konno-Leonffu

Science teacher and S.T.E.A.M. educator working with LOF to educate students about our local marine environments and to help design and paint local storm drains for the Runoff Art program to raise awareness of the connections between our local storm drains and our waterways.

Science & Art

More about Kattie

Kattie has a strong background in science both as an educator and volunteer citizen scientist. As an educator, Kattie is not only a science teacher in New Haven and a certified National Geographic Educator, but is also the Director for Camp Invention in Branford, a summer S.T.E.M. program from the National Inventors Hall of Fame. As a volunteer citizen scientist for Project Limulus, through a collaboration between the Branford Land Trust and Sacred Heart University, she has helped to coordinate local horseshoe crab surveys and educate the public about the importance of this unique species in our local, regional, and global ecosystems. She was also instrumental in helping set-up horseshoe crab hatching programs in local classrooms. Kattie is also one of the volunteer educators for the Branford Land Trust’s Annual Environmental Day Camp.


Previous to becoming a science teacher,  she worked as a NHPS art teacher for 3 years and has over 20 years of professional experience as an Art Director and Computer Graphics Animator. Kattie is a strong believer that S.T.E.A.M. education, combined with real world projects, can teach our next generation of future leaders to make a positive impact in our world. She is part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their local communities and beyond. 

 

Education:

Kattie has a Masters of Science in Education from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in NYC. 


Professional Art Experience:

Before becoming an educator, Kattie worked as a Computer Graphics Animator and Art Director for Sonalysts, Inc. creating a variety of animated and interactive visuals for clients such as ESPN, CBS, NESN, OLN, Time-Life Medical, Electronic Arts, Sony, Pfizer, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, US Navy, Mohegan Sun.  Other clients have also included Telemundo, Univision, ABC, Sony International, Nabisco


Other:

With a passion for ecology, the environment, exploring the world, and the arts

Kattie was also one of the 100 lucky educators to be selected to participate in last summer’s Seedlings Educators Collaborative, Summer Teacher Workshop. It was in this truly unique workshop where Kattie learned better strategies to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics and other disciplines into real-world applications and not only learned about but also connected with various community resources. 


Citizen Science

2019 International Coastal Clean-up:

In October 2019, Clinton Avenue School student volunteers helped with this year’s International Coastal Clean-Up at two specific New Haven Long Island Sound sites. The first was at Fort Nathan Hale Pier along with the US Coast Guard and the second was at New Haven Land Trust’s Long Wharf Preserve. Students helped to collect trash and also to record data on the types and amounts of trash collected at those two sites. The data was then added to the world wide database to help scientists understand how trash is impacting our oceans and coastlines.


Project Limulus Additional Info:

Since 2006, the Branford Land Trust has assisted Sacred Heart University with Project Limulus, a horseshoe crab study. The Land Trust helps coordinate the volunteers that conduct surveys on Branford beaches. Project Limulus, started in 1998, has conducted multiple studies focusing on the life history of the American horseshoe crab population living in Long Island Sound.


During the 2013 spawning season, approximately 800 horseshoe crabs were tagged by approximately 35 Branford Land Trust volunteers. In addition, horseshoe crab eggs were raised in two classrooms in Branford public schools. 

https://branfordlandtrust.org/learn/project-limulus/


You can connect with Kattie at LotsofFish.explorer@gmail.com


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