Jason McGraw, professional engineer and mine supervisor for General Shale Brick (GSB), and his former high school teacher, Laura French.
For the past 45 years, a total of 1565 K-12 educators have completed the annual All About Mining course organized by the Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation (CMAEF). No figure is available for the huge number of volunteer classroom and field lecturers who have helped make the course “the flagship offering for K-12 teachers” seeking six hours of inexpensive recertification/licensure credits at the Colorado School of Mines every year.
A unique encounter for All About Mining occurred for the first time on June 11, when Jason McGraw, professional engineer and mine supervisor for General Shale Brick (GSB), Denver, recognized one of his former high school teachers while giving the Class of 2013 teacher-participants a tour of GSB’s Chieftain South (clay) Mine. Laura French taught Jason chemistry during his sophomore year (1992-93) and science during his senior year (1994-95). Ms. French still teaches chemistry and physical science, along with physics, integrated physical science, and foundations of college algebra at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale (CO). Now that Ms. French is familiar with the mining industry, CMAEF is expecting her to direct more of her best and brightest into careers in the industry.
Dan Witkowsky, Course Coordinator