Jim Lane, holding a model of the human CFTR protein that is responsible for causing cystic fibrosis.  

Jim Lane, holding a model of the human CFTR protein that is responsible for causing cystic fibrosis.  

Meet Jim Lane

Jim Lane’s energy and love of teaching is evident to his students.  A Life Science teacher at the high school, Lane received funding from MAEF Teacher Grants to purchase a state-of-the-art molecular model for his biology class. The result?  The grant funding from MAEF “has revolutionized how I teach biology.”  These models “give [my students] access to the otherwise abstract world of molecular biology. Instead of imagining the world of molecules they are experiencing it with hands-on models.”

In addition to his classroom explorations, Lane’s Environmental Science students, with the help of an increment borer, can now listen to the story told by the forests around Mahtomedi High School. This instrument, an expense outside the high school’s budget, was purchased with MAEF monies. Students can now analyze tree rings which helps them understand the history of our surroundings. His enthusiasm evident, Lane explains the impact of this grant: “Their [students] analysis reveals the rich and dynamic nature of the forest, transforming their perspective of the land and their role in conservation through developing a land ethic.”  
 
MAEF is proud to support teachers like Jim Lane who give so much to Mahtomedi students and help further scientific exploration.  

Jim, thank you for your commitment to our students and the natural world.

By Alicia Gatto Petersen