Julee Cowher (’95 B.S.) developed a fascination with nature at a young age. She took a job at the university’s nature center and led groups of children through the campus’ natural area so they could experience science firsthand. Those experiences inspired her to pursue a career in teaching. As a kindergarten teacher at Spencer Elementary School in Brighton, Cowher promotes experiential learning among her students. Her leadership in the classroom prompted the Michigan Science Teachers Association to name Cowher the 2013 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year.