Teaching and Outreach

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

-Albert Einstein

Contact me about speaking or teaching.  I am happy to give presentations or short courses about wild bees to citizen groups, beekeeping clubs, agricultural associations, students, etc.:
cfortuin (at) uga.edu

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is an art as much as it is a science.  I believe that the best teachers combine knowledge with enthusiasm, creativity, and engagement.  My classrooms tend to be a dynamic place for learning, and incorporate games, hands-on activities, small group discussions, and reward systems for participation.  I have taught and presented to a wide diversity of audiences, from undergraduate, high school and middle school students, to agricultural inspectors, industry representatives, non-english speaking farmworkers, teachers, government officials, and others.  These diverse experiences have given me a high degree of adaptability, and intuitive sense of what different groups of students need in order to learn, and a large set of unique tools for not only transmitting information but engaging in critical thinking.

Teaching and Outreach CV

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Professional Development Courses (pictured).

At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, I developed and taught accredited continuing education programs for science teachers in Miami-Dade County School system, including courses in general botany, ethnobotany, pollination, ecology and environmental sciences.  The teaching modules which I created for this project are available and downloadable at:  http://www.fairchildgarden.org/education/kids-families/downloadable-learning-modules  (units III, IV, and V are my creations)


Environmental Protection Agency, State Lead Agency Pesticide Inspector Training. 

I worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region4 Pesticides Section from 2003-2015.  The Agency’s Worker Protection Standard (40 CFR Part 170) is a regulation designed to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure.  Nearly 80% of farmworkers in the southeast are Spanish-speaking[1].  I worked with another bilingual colleague to develop a training curriculum for state Agricultural inspectors which included language training, cross-cultural training, and interviewing techniques that were culturally sensitive.  During a series of week-long intensive and interactive training sessions held all over the country, we trained inspectors in how to effectively work with the Hispanic farmworker population.  The effort became known as “Breaking Barriers”, and over 560 inspectors from 55 states, tribes and territories were trained using this system.    


University of Georgia Graduate Teaching Assistantships : 

  • Forest Measurement;  Forestry and Natural Resources 3000, teaching assistant in fall semester 2015

  • Soils and Hydrology; Crop and Soil Sciences / Forestry and Natural Resources 3060, teaching assistant in spring semester 2016

Other presentations and outreach:

  • Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, July 2017

  • Oglethorpe County Bee Club, November 2017

  • Guest Lecturer, Athens Academy High School Honors and AP Biology classes, November 2017 and April 2018

  • Warnell Graduate Student Annual Symposium, February 2018

  • Audubon Society Meeting, Clarke County, GA, March 2018

  • Young Harris Beekeeping Institute, May 2018

  • Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, May 2018

  • Gwinett County Beekeepers Association, August 2018

  • Lee Arrendale State Prison, beekeeping class, September 2018

  • Tri-county Beekeepers Association, October 2018

  • Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeepers Association, Jan 10, 2018

  • Trees Atlanta Native Bee Workshop, July 2019

  • Entomological Society of America (ESA) Annual Conference, November 2019

  • Upcoming:  Sierra Club Savannah River Group, September 15 2020



[1] According to the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), released in 2005 by the United States Department of Labor