Here are some facts about the creators of A.C.T. Campground and Learning Center.
Kim H. Sherwood is an environmental engineer who worked as a waste water specialist at the Washington State Department of Ecology from 1986-2011. He was previously a Professional Engineer at Brown & Root in Houston, TX (1980-86) and was a Field Engineer for Utah Water Research Laboratory, Logan, UT (1979-80). He holds an M.S. degree in Environmental and Civil Engineering from Utah State University (1980) and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in both Utah and Washington State. He also holds an M.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan (1975) and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Utah (1973).
At the Department of Ecology Kim prepared waste water permits and reviewed engineering reports for waste water treatment plants in Eastern Washington, including at least one grant project that included a campground and more than five campground/mobile home park projects. He provided technical assistance for environmental regulations in any area regarding water quality, including gold and silver mines, farms, orchards, businesses, Forest Service projects, municipalities, gravel pits, residential developments, ground water hydro geology heat transfer in water, and chemical and metal processing industries. He also supported the education officer in the department within the public schools by teaching classes from primary to high school levels. His job also included support for research and technological development concerning complex bio-chemical soil bacteria interactions.
He was also co-owner of Iron Advantage, LLC, an Engineering and Development Company specializing in biogeochemical engineering and science. As a public service, he helped design and engineer natural ways to keep ponds and lakes clean for the city of Yakima, WA. He holds patents in the fields of energy recovery, electro-dialysis and reverse osmosis.
Dr. Cherie R. Major retired as a Full Professor of Education from the University of Idaho in 2011. Her teaching load included Educational Psychology, Social Studies Methods, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Models of Teaching, various Middle School graduate courses and supervision of pre-service interns at U. of I. Coeur d’Alene Center. She co-taught courses with classroom teachers and conducted instructional and action research within partner public schools.
Cherie received her Ed.D. degree in Curriculum, Supervision and Administration from Utah State University (1983), an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Specialization, University of Wyoming (1977), and a B.A. in Elementary Education, Social Studies Specialization, University of Wyoming (1973).
Prior to moving to the University of Idaho in 1998, she was an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME. She had also served in various teaching and administrative positions at elementary, middle and high schools in Wyoming, Utah and Washington.
While serving as a professor at the University of Idaho, Cherie was also Director of Middle Grades Connection, a Turning Points regional center for the northwest. Turning Points is a national, research-based reform model through which selected middle schools engage in a three year intensive reform process. As director she provided grant writing, guidance, a coaching staff, and professional development assistance for school leadership and staff. Her regional office was an affiliate of the Center for Collaborative Education, Boston, MA.
As a specialist in middle school education, Cherie served for six years as chair of the Professional Preparation Committee for National Middle School Association, was President and co-founder of the Maine Association of Middle Level Educators, and was a board member of the New England League of Middle Schools. She has given presentations at many national, international, regional and state conferences. During her career she wrote 30 successful grant proposals yielding more than $2.2 million. She is the author of a book and over 100 articles and papers. She has earned a number of awards, including the Distinguished Service Award of the National Middle School Association (2003), the Presidential Achievement Award of the University of Southern Maine (1998), and several more.
Cherie has consulted with Universities and in more than 100 schools in the U.S. and other countries, including Canada, India, England, Wales, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, creating and putting on institutes for adults and students ranging from one-day to full week events. While in Maine, she was an Outward Bound instructor, working in an Outdoor Adventure program that included camping, climbing, sledding, boating and ropes courses for adults from various professions and school age and college students.