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GIHS Science Teacher Named Citizen of Year for Education

Jeffrey Green in his classroom Jeffrey Green, a GIHS science teacher, has been named the Grand Island Citizen of the Year in Education by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. An outstanding educator and an inspirational teacher leader who believes in the power of working together to solve problems, Green is a dedicated, intelligent, innovative and natural leader who always acts in the best interest of his students.   

Green studied and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He received his masters’ degree from St. Bonaventure University. He began working professionally as a medical technologist at a local hospital. He taught for two years in the science department of a local school district before being hired in Grand Island in 2006. Since then, Green has taught earth science, biology and a college level environmental science course, which allows GIHS students to receive college credit. Additionally, he extends his passion for teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo teaching Wildlife and Wildlands Management, a course focused on protecting wildlife in our wildlands.

During his work at Grand Island, Green was an early adopter to using iPads with his students as a substitute to paper textbooks. He has created his own textbook to immediately update the curriculum for each of his students. The textbook and interactive classroom is viewed on each student’s iPad.

He is also responsible for the design, creation and implementation of a state-of-the-art greenhouse on the GIHS campus that is used 12 months a year by GIHS students. Students are able to study basic principles of plant science, propagation and greenhouse management through a hands-on project-based approach to learning. Furthermore, students with intellectual disabilities are also able to use the greenhouse for vocational skill building throughout their summer school experiences.

An Island resident for the past 12 years, Green is the chairman of the town’s Conservation Advisory Board and volunteers his time in our community by talking to community leaders and leading nature walks that focus on various nature topics. This allows him to put some of the topics he teaches into action as he advocates for the natural resources found on Grand Island.

He and his wife, Stacy (Gibney), a lifelong Islander, have three children, Hailey, Karissa and Aidan. “Having an excellent school district was one of the top priorities when choosing a place to live,” he said.